What it’s really like to be a royal bridesmaid – and the ‘awkward’ number one rule they must follow


The names of the lucky youngsters have finally been announced – and it looks like Meghan might have her hands full!

On Saturday, the much-coveted positions of Royal wedding bridesmaids and page boys will go to Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Florence van Cutsem, Remi and Rylan Litt, Ivy Mulroney, Zalie Warren, Brian and John Mulroney and Jasper Dyer.

At just two years of age, little Zalie Warren is the smallest of a very young group made up of family and friends’ kids.

Unlike the Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan has also famously decided against having a maid of honour to keep all those excitable bridesmaids and page boys in check…

Children have a habit of stealing the show at Royal weddings.

Who can forget Florence van Cutsem’s older cousin Grace at William and Kate’s wedding , covering her ears on the balcony?

William and Kate’s wedding day. Grace is seen covering her ears on the balcony.

Or that high-spirited page boy at Pippa’s (practically) Royal wedding, pulling a dubious hand gesture?

So let’s hope Meghan and Harry’s gang are aware of the rules…because it’s going to be a long day.

What it’s really like to be a royal bridesmaid.

It’s not all fun and games. According to Prince Charles’ god-daughter, India Hicks, who was a bridesmaid at his wedding to Princess Diana , there’s a lot you have to consider.

Prince George was also one of the page boys at Pippa Middleton’s wedding

Talking to E! about her duties at what was the wedding of the century, India reveals:

“I was asked in April, the wedding happened in July.

“I got back to boarding school and would be taken out for these dress fittings and rehearsals.

“For the rehearsals, we arrived to the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral and the press was just barmy, trying to get photographs; the pushing, the shoving and all of that was slightly unnerving.

“That was so remote from the idea of my godfather getting married and then the media circus that goes along with it.”

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In addition to the attention being completely overwhelming, there was one piece of advice which was drummed into her by her own mum, who had been a bridesmaid to Queen Elizabeth.

“The only thing she did was tell me to remember to wave, ‘You must wave,’ and that to me was really awkward because, you’re 13 years old and you’re sitting in a carriage and you’re doing that ridiculous wave and you don’t know how to wave.

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“Do I wave like this? Do you wave like that?

“But my mother was right, her point was people have come and they have slept out in the streets in order to witness a wonderful occasion, they want to be as acknowledged or as involved as they possibly can and to have someone waving at them means they’ve been seen.”

So there you go kids. WAVE.



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