London, UK : “Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have asked that The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, give the address at their wedding” Kensington Palace announced Saturday.
Bishop Michael Curry, the first African American to preside over the Episcopal Church, will deliver a sermon at the couple’s wedding on May 19.
Bishop Michael Curry, installed as leader of the U.S. Episcopal Church (Anglican Communion) on Nov. 1, 2015, is socially progressive and his sermons often focus on social justice; they are also often funny.
Bishop Michael Curry does not know the couple personally, said Neva Rae Fox, a spokeswoman for the Episcopal Church, but he will meet them before the ceremony.
Curry is the son of the late Rev. Kenneth Curry, an outspoken civil rights activist who helped bring an end to segregated schools in Buffalo.
Prince Harry – formally known as Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales – will marry Markle on May 19 in an hour-long ceremony starting at 7 a.m. EST, or noon local time.
The wedding will take place at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
“The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service and The Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate as the couple make their vows,” Kensington Palace announced on Feb. 12.
The wedding service will begin at 12noon at St George’s Chapel. The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service and The Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate as the couple make their vows. — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 12, 2018
The wedding venue holds a central location in the history of the royal family. Windsor Castle, west of London, is one of Queen Elizabeth II’s main residences. The 15th-Century chapel is as historic but more intimate than Westminster Abbey, where Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011. The queen is also very involved in the College of St. George, according to its website.
After the ceremony, the royal couple will undertake a carriage procession from St. George’s Chapel through Windsor Town and then return to Windsor Castle.
At 1pm the couple, now married, will undertake a Carriage Procession from St George’s Chapel through Windsor Town returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk. pic.twitter.com/Lw6RaqY0p5 — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) February 12, 2018
“They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day,” the palace said.
Kensington Palace revealed on May 2 the Ascot Landau carriage will be used.
Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have selected the Ascot Landau carriage for their procession through Windsor Town after their wedding on May 19th. — Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 2, 2018
“The carriage is one of five Ascot Landaus in the Royal Mews,” the palace said. “The carriages are used in official and ceremonial state events, such as Coronations, Royal Weddings and State Visits.”
Wedding guests are slated to meet the pair for a reception at St. George’s Hall.
Harry’s father, Prince Charles, will hold a private reception later that evening for the newlyweds, with close friends and family members in attendance at an undisclosed location.
Prince Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, are “hugely grateful for the many good wishes they have received since announcing their engagement,” the palace said Feb. 12. “They are very much looking forward to the day and to being able to share their celebrations with the public.”
The wedding invitations have been mailed. Six hundred people were invited to the service and another 200 close friends received an invitation to an after party at Frogmore House, Kensington Palace announced on March 22.
Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and other royals are expected to attend the wedding, along with Markle’s parents.
The pair announced on April 9 that they will be accepting donations to seven charities they support as wedding gifts for their upcoming royal nuptials.
“Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill they have received since their engagement, [and] have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion of their wedding considers giving to charity, instead of sending a gift,” Kensington Palace wrote in a news release.