Now that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have sent out their wedding invitations, been baptized in the Church of England, and allegedly had their bachelor and bachelorette parties “sorted,” it’s time to take a look inside the chapel where they will exchange their vows.
And of course that chapel couldn’t be more iconic, romantic, or royal, as it sits inside the historic grounds of Windsor Castle.
The chapel, known as St George’s Chapel, was founded more than 500 years ago. It has been the site of a number of important royal events including several weddings, baptisms, and burials.
According to People, the first royal wedding to take place at St George’s Chapel was in 1863, when King Edward VII married Queen Alexandra. Other notable royal weddings held there include the second wedding of Harry’s father, Prince Charles, to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005; and the wedding of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Charles’ younger brother, to Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999.
Choosing St George’s Chapel as their wedding ceremony site says a lot about the couple, as it is a relatively low-key location to hold a royal event.
“Windsor is a very special place for Prince Harry, and he and Ms. Markle have regularly spent time there during the last year,” a spokesman told reporters earlier this year. “They are delighted that the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle will be where they begin their lives as a married couple.”
While the chapel still holds around 800 guests, it pales in comparison to the 2,000-seat church where Prince William wed Kate Middleton wed. Though, according to royal historian Hugo Vickers, William “would have liked to have married at St George’s Chapel.” As he told People, “The only reason was that it didn’t have a balcony [for the newlyweds’ big kiss]. He would have liked to have done it at Windsor too.”
Beyond weddings, the chapel is also the final resting place of several important figures in the royal family including Henry VIII, Charles I, King Edward IV, King Edward VII, King George III, King George IV, King William IV and King George V, along with Harry’s great-grandparents, King George VI and the Queen Mother. According to People, it is also the planned burial site for the Queen.
While their reception will be a private event, Harry and Meghan did open up at least a portion of their wedding to the public. You’re also more than welcome to go check out Windsor and St George’s Chapel for yourself as there are both daily public tours and public services available each and every week.