Now that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have seen the happy arrival of their third child, all parties happy and healthy (albeit a bit sleep-deprived), we can check that long-anticipated event off our list of exciting royal engagements slated for 2018.
It’s now safe to turn our time and attention to the excitement of the upcoming nuptials within the Royal Family. First, Prince Harry will wed Meghan Markle on May 19th and then, on October 12th, Princess Eugenie will say her “I dos” with longtime love Jack Brooksbank. Both ceremonies will be held at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle.
First things first, though, and the agenda item with top priority is the fairytale wedding in just a few short weeks of Prince Charles’ and Princess Diana’s younger son, Harry. May 19th will be here before you know it and, as last-minute details are being finalized, the Queen is making her presence known to the bride and groom by putting her foot down about one unexpected technicality.
Although the Queen is doing her best to let the young couple do things their way, and make the event uniquely their own, Her Majesty cannot let one thing slide. And what it is will undoubtedly surprise you.
The Queen, who is experienced and well-versed in being an impeccable hostess, would take it very personally if something were to go awry on the big day, so she has chosen this time to step in to make sure everything is “just so.”
And what is this last-minute component of the wedding that she is insisting be done her way? The Queen is very aware that the visual impression any Royal event is what many guests will remember for many years to come, so she is particular about what is and isn’t seen.
And that includes the necessary microphones that will be omnipresent so that all in attendance won’t have to miss out on a single word of the many speeches and tributes that will be given on that spectacular day.
The secret the grandmother of the groom will employ? She plans to hide them in the flowers, of course! When you think about it, it’s a rather brilliant solution. What better place than among the multitude of floral arrangements that are sure to fill both the church and the reception hall? Clever, right?
Grant Harrold, former butler to Prince Charles, told how the Queen prefers for microphones to be out of sight during speeches at state banquets.
Grant elaborated on how the Queen prepares: “Even on some occasions, it is known that the Queen will even go around and check the tables.
“She’ll go around for a final inspection. With state banquets, she will go around and make sure that everything is how it should be. So she’s quite strict with that kind of thing.
“She’s got a very good eye for attention to detail and there’s microphones in the flowers for when people do speeches.”
He continued: “So that’s where the actual microphones are. She always makes sure that you can’t see them.
“She’s been doing it for years. She’s a fantastic hostess. She knows exactly what to look for.
“She will notice if anything is not in place if something’s not been done right. She will pick up on it.”
It’s likely that her disdain for visible microphones hearkens back to a long time ago when those organizing such events were not so subtle, “In the old days” the Monarch revealed, “they used to march up the middle and plonk them down in front of me.”
And it must have made quite an impression on the young queen because, nowadays, at all state events (even weddings) she makes sure the microphones are heard and not seen!
So, on the day of Harry and Meghan’s wedding, as you sit in front of the telly enjoying all the pomp and glamor of the big event, be sure to say a silent “thank-you” to Her Majesty the Queen for her amazing eye for detail.
Speaking of the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, you can find out about the couple’s honeymoon plans in the video, below.