We know that the wedding will take place in May 2018, we know that it will be televised, and that it will be a ceremony catered to the public. We know that there is a chance their wedding cake could be banana flavoured, and that Serena Williams might be involved!
And here’s something else we can add to the list: we know that their wedding will be missing one hugely iconic royal tradition, the balcony kiss.
In their initial statement, Kensington Palace revealed that Harry and Meghan have chosen Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel as the location for their wedding, which means that the Buckingham Palace balcony-kiss portion of the wedding will have to be scrapped—since, you know, there’s no balcony.
“The only thing about St. George’s is it doesn’t have a balcony,” royal expert Katie Nicholl explained to Entertainment Tonight. “So we won’t get to see that big balcony wave that we got with the royal wedding being in central London and of course at Buckingham Palace.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s balcony kiss, as well as Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s, have long since been considered iconic. Their slightly-awkward pecks were seen as a little moment shared with the public, since royal wedding ceremonies don’t include kissing at the altar.
Both these moments were held at Buckingham Palace, which worked for them. Kate and Wills’ wedding was held at Westminster Abbey, which is a few short blocks from the Palace, and Charles and Diana’s was held at St Paul’s Cathedral, which is a 20-minute drive away. Both weddings included receptions held at the Palace.
However, St George’s Chapel is about an hour’s drive from central London. This means that unless Harry and Meghan are willing to pack up their entire procession and high-tail it for an hour in heavy security back into a veritable logistical nightmare, then their balcony kiss will have to be held… not on a balcony.
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