It is a repeat performance for Prince George (fourth from left) who was a pageboy at Pippa Middleton’s wedding. (AP: Kirsty Wigglesworth)
As Meghan Markle’s father looks increasingly unlikely to walk her down the aisle on Saturday, Kensington Palace reveals the names of the bridesmaids and pageboys who will definitely be accompanying the bride.
The list includes William and Kate’s two older children: Prince George, four, and Princess Charlotte, three.
It is a repeat performance for the two, who were a pageboy and bridesmaid when Kate’s sister, Pippa Middleton, married last year.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte are among the children partaking in the ceremony. (Twitter: Kensington Palace)
The other bridesmaids are Harry’s goddaughters, two-year-old Zalie Warren and three-year-old Florence van Cutsem, and Ms Markle’s goddaughters: Remi and Rylan Litt, aged six and seven respectively, and four-year-old Ivy Mulroney.
Zoe Warren with twins Zalie and India. Zalie is Prince Harry’s god-daughter. (Instagram: zoewarrenyoga)
Besides Prince George, the pageboys are Harry’s godson, six-year-old Jasper Dyer, and seven-year-old twin brothers Brian and John Mulroney.
The three Mulroney siblings are the children of Ms Markle’s close friend, stylist Jessica Mulroney, and are the grandchildren of former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney.
Jessica Mulroney is shown with her children in a recent Instagram post. (Instagram: jessicamulroney)
It is still not clear who will walk Ms Markle down the aisle, but her mother Doria Ragland has arrived in London.
Fans react to announcement
Some devoted fans of Prince Harry and Ms Markle are already gathering at prime viewing points just outside the imposing walls of Windsor Castle, even though the wedding is three days away.
A few carried signs wishing the soon-to-be newlyweds well, and some carried US flags in honour of Ms Markle’s American roots.
Royal super-fans reacted with delight to the announcement.
“It’s great. In most of the weddings here in England, they have children rather than the bridesmaids and grooms that we have in America. And I think it’s a nice tradition, they look really cute,” Nancy McCoy from San Francisco said.
“Charlotte, she’s already organised because when she came to see Prince Louis’ birth, she already was doing that [saluting people],” another fan said.
“George is a bit shy but it will be fantastic for them to be here.”
Prince George and Princess Charlotte are expected to play a major role in the ceremony. (Reuters: Hannah McKay)
Windsor officials have warned the public that huge crowds are expected in the town on Saturday. Many roads will be closed off and extra security procedures will be put into effect.