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The British High Commissioner's royal wedding predictions

2018-05-18 12:46
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Photo: Getty Images)

Cape Town - The British High Commissioner to South Africa, Nigel Casey, joined Martin Bester on Jacaranda FM to talk all things royal wedding related on Friday.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday. 

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Speaking about why the world is so excited about the upcoming royal nuptials, Martin said: "The world loves these kinds of events because it is a distraction from all the other hectic and heavy things happening in our world."

Which Nigel agreed to, saying: "People get to switch off for the day, soak themselves in the atmosphere and get lost in it."

WEDDING ATTIRE 

According to Nigel there is a tradition in Britain for brides to have two outfits. There is the wedding dress worn during the ceremony and then the bride will change into something called a "going-away dress."

"What happens is you've got the wedding and then there is a reception or a dinner afterwards. The bride and groom traditionally drive off to the honeymoon in their going-away outfits," says Nigel.

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A NEW MODERN ROYAL ERA

"The reason our royal family has survived when so many other's have come and gone is because they are actually fantastically adaptable," says Nigel. 

He added that the royal family moves with the times and that this wedding will show this movement more than any other. "It's going to have their personal stamp on it. It's going to be a Harry and Meghan wedding not just a royal wedding."   

Talking about the general vibe we can expect, he said: "They have invited a very diverse crowd of people to the event and they've tried to make it as open as possible to the public. It's not as big a formal event as William and Kate's wedding a few years ago. I think it's going to have more of a relaxed feel. There is going to be a lot more formality in the actual ceremony, but outside you'll get a different feeling." 

CEREMONY PROTOCOL 

Nigel also mentioned some royal protocol we can look out for, starting with the order in which the guests will arrive. He said: "The most senior guests will arrive last, and the Americans will come first."

He also said that the Archbishop of Canterbury is "extremely nervous."

"Prince Harry has four names, and Meghan has I think three. The last time this [royal wedding] happened, I think the Archbishop of Canterbury got the names muddled up. Or somebody did. So this Archbishop is quite nervous. He has been practicing the names right."

"There will be a bride side and a groom side. Her best friend is a Canadian and her sons and daughter are among the pageboys and bridesmaids," he added.   

LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE