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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s Wedding Guest List Will Include Members Of The Public

These chosen folks couldn’t be luckier.

The countdown is on to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding. And while many of us have dreamed about getting an invitation in the mail, a lucky few people will actually receive them.

That's right — the royal couple has expanded their guest list to include members of the public.

Kensington Palace announced the news on their official website Friday.

"Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have invited 2,640 people into the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the arrivals of the Bride and Groom, and their wedding guests, at the chapel and to watch the carriage procession as it departs from the castle," the note read.

The royal couple has always made it clear that they want the public to feel part of their wedding celebrations, which is why they previously revealed that they will be taking a carriage ride through Windsor on the day of their May 19 nuptials.

Prince William and Kate Middleton did the same on their wedding day in April 2011, as did William and Harry's parents, Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, in July 1981.

But while there will be over 2,000 members of the public who will have the honour of watching Harry and Markle say "I do," Kensington Palace noted that there were strict stipulations as to who was invited.

The biggest group consists of 1,200 people "from every corner of the United Kingdom." The couple specifically requested that invitees in this group will come from a variety of backgrounds and ages, and will include "young people who have shown strong leadership, and those who have served their communities."

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Edinburgh Castle on Feb. 13, 2018 in Scotland.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Edinburgh Castle on Feb. 13, 2018 in Scotland.

Harry and Markle will also invite 200 people who work closely with the charities and organizations they are associated with, as well as 100 kids from two schools in the Windsor area.

It's not surprising that the royal couple is inviting so many young people to their nuptials. After all, Harry and Markle have always shown an interest in today's youth, and for their second joint royal engagement earlier this year, they chose to visit a London underground radio station that supports young people.

Harry is also a patron and head of a number children's charities – including WellChild and Sentebale – and Markle has previously worked with World Vision Canada to support and empower girls.

To round off the members of the public, "610 Windsor Castle community members" and "530 Members of The Royal Households and Crown Estate" will also be invited.

To be honest, these chosen folks couldn't be luckier. Not only will they get to be in the presence of royalty and other famous celebs as Harry and Markle walk down the aisle, but they will also likely get to watch the Spice Girls perform and maybe, if they're really lucky, get to take a selfie with the bride-to-be herself!

The royal wedding will be televised for us unlucky folks who didn't get invited. Viewers in Canada and the U.S. can expect to catch a glimpse of the action starting at 7 a.m. EST.

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