When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wed at St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle in May, President Donald Trump won’t be in attendance.
Neither will former President Barack Obama despite his budding friendship with the younger son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana. Instead, the couple will restrict their guest list to those who have a “close relationship” with them, according to the BBC.
That decision, made in part due to Harry’s lower place in the line of succession to the throne, means that political leaders will be largely excluded from the celebration. In contrast, Prince William’s 2011 wedding to Kate Middleton featured an extended invitation list of politicians and foreign dignitaries — due to the presumption that William will one day become the ruling monarch.
But Harry and Meghan will extend some special invitations beyond close friends and relatives, with their decision to include members of the British public in their wedding. The couple tasked Lord Lieutenants with extending invitations to a select group of young people who have demonstrated their commitment to service or leadership.
One guest, Reuben Litherland, is a 14-year-old who was recognized with an invitation to the wedding for his advocacy for the deaf community.
“I opened the letter and I couldn’t believe it,” he told the BBC. “We danced around.”
Amelia Thompson, a 12-year-old injured during a bombing at a 2017 Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, will also be in attendance for the royal wedding. The BBC reports Thompson was “speechless” when she learned she would be a guest at the wedding.
Philip Gillespie told the Daily Mail it was “a wee bit surreal” to be invited to the wedding. Gillespie, an Afghanistan war veteran, lost his leg after stepping on an improvised explosive device in 2010. Since then, he has dedicated his life to working with The Soldiers’ Charity.
“It’s a massive privilege, it will be a huge spectacle,” Gillespie said.
In total, 1,200 members of the public will join Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for their wedding in May.