St. George’s Chapel is a shocking, historic place. The constructing, which dates again to the 14th century, is situated on the grounds of Windsor Fortress and has hosted many royal weddings and funerals over time.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen to get married there, and never simply due to the venue’s status. They’re additionally reportedly drawn to the chapel as a result of it’s a holy and sacred place.
Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury and the top of England’s state church, stated he had spoken to the couple and was “very, very positive” they didn’t resolve to get married at a church simply to examine off one thing from a marriage to-do checklist.
“That is no tick-box train,” Welby instructed BBC Radio four′s Right this moment program on Thursday. “There’s a profound sense of dedication [and] seriousness, each about religion and about their lives collectively, which is kind of inspirational.”
The Church of England encourages clergy members to satisfy privately with an engaged couple to find out how dedicated they’re to the wedding. If one of many companions is divorced, as Markle is, the clergy member usually asks questions concerning the circumstances of that divorce. It’s probably that Markle met with Welby or one other church chief earlier than the engagement was introduced, specialists say.
Markle, who was raised as a Protestant, plans to be baptized and confirmed into the Church of England earlier than the marriage.
Welby stated the royal marriage ceremony can be essential as a result of individuals watching it might “see a mannequin of how two individuals commit their lives to at least one one other earlier than God within the presence of hundreds of thousands of individuals.”
He additionally stated he wasn’t positive he if would preside over the marriage, which the archbishop of Canterbury usually does.
“That’s as much as them,” he stated.