Queen WILL attend Harry and Meghan’s wedding (and pick up the bill for the church, entertainment, flowers and reception)

  • Buckingham Palace confirmed the Queen will attend the royal wedding in May
  • The royal family will pay for the church service, music, flowers and a reception
  • But British taxpayers are still expected to pick up the bill for security for event
  • Public paid about £20million for policing and clear up of royal wedding in 2011

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Queen will attend the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Concerns were scotched that the Monarch would miss the ceremony as she did in 2005 when her son the Prince of Wales married fellow divorcee Camilla?in the Windsor Guildhall.?

It was also revealed today that the royal family will pay for the wedding, including the church service, the music, the flowers and the reception.

But taxpayers are expected to pick up the bill for security at the event, as they did for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in April 2011.

The Queen (seen at the wedding of Prince William and Kate) will attend the marriage ceremony of Prince Harry and Miss Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will take place at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle in May because it is a place 'close to the couple's hearts'

The Queen (pictured left, during the wedding of Prince William and Kate) will attend the marriage ceremony of Prince Harry and Miss Markle (seen at Kensington Palace yesterday)

The couple will have a church service at St George's where his father married Camilla in 2005, and?Prince Edward married bride Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999 (pictured)

The couple will have a church service at St George's where his father married Camilla in 2005, and?Prince Edward married bride Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999 (pictured)

taxpayers are expected to pick up the bill for security at the event, as they did for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ’s wedding in April 2011 (pictured)

taxpayers are expected to pick up the bill for security at the event, as they did for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ’s wedding in April 2011 (pictured)

Then, it was estimated that the total cost for the 5,000 police officers and the clear-up operation on the streets afterwards was as high as £20million.?

The Metropolitan Police will start planning immediately for the high-profile event, with the current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is severe.

Extra officers will be drafted in to patrol the streets on the day amid tight security surrounding the chosen venue, St George's Chapel.

In 2005, the monarch attended the religious blessing of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in St George's, but did not go to their civil ceremony beforehand in the Windsor Guildhall.

Miss Markle will also have been assigned a royal bodyguard from the Metropolitan Police’s Royalty and Specialist Protection Command.

Meanwhile a security detail was pictured yesterday outside her mother Doria Ragland’s home in the Windsor Hills area of Los Angeles.

Uber 'terrorist' arrested with a sword outside Buckingham Palace 'planned attack on Windsor Castle'

A suspected terrorist accused of attacking police with a sword outside Buckingham Palace ranted that the 'Queen and her soldiers will all be in hellfire'.

Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 26, sparked a major terror alert when he was arrested outside the royal residence in August.

The Uber driver was found with a samurai sword in the passenger footwell of the blue Toyota Prius he was driving.

He was sprayed with CS gas and wrestled to the ground as the palace was locked down. Three police officers suffered cuts and bruises to their hands.

Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 26, sparked a major terror alert when he was arrested outside Buckingham Palace in August

Mohiussunnath Chowdhury, 26, sparked a major terror alert when he was arrested outside Buckingham Palace in August

According to new reports, evidence taken from the scene appears to show Chowdhury had left his Luton home with Windsor Castle typed into his GPS.

The court was told he had originally intended to go to the castle but his satnav led to him to a pub of the same name instead.

He arrived in Windsor at about 7.30pm - having left an hour earlier - but ended up at the pub rather than the royal residence.

It is also reported that Chowdhury drove past the Victoria barracks in the town two minutes later, before ultimately setting off for London.

He then drove around the Mall - the road between Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square - in a loop until he stopped next to a police van and was soon arrested.

Chowdhury will appear at the Old Bailey next year.?

Police officers attempt to control crowds outside of Buckingham Palace on the morning of Prince William and Catherine Middleton's wedding day in 2011

Police officers attempt to control crowds outside of Buckingham Palace on the morning of Prince William and Catherine Middleton's wedding day in 2011

For Prince William and Kate's wedding in 2011, it was estimated that the total cost for the 5,000 police officers and the clear-up operation on the streets afterwards was as high as £20million

For Prince William and Kate's wedding in 2011, it was estimated that the total cost for the 5,000 police officers and the clear-up operation on the streets afterwards was as high as £20million

At William and Kate's wedding, planners put the cost of a cake or cakes to feed guests at up to £50,000 – or as little as £10,000 for a ‘modest’ version.

The Duchess of Cambridge's dress was said to have cost up to £250,000 while flowers for Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace were said to have been between £200,000 to £500,000.

It was later billed as the most expensive wedding in history, and will cost much more than Harry and Meghan's big day.?

It was estimated security for the event cost as much as £20million, which dwarfed the £7.4million price of security at the G20 protests in London in 2009.

As a more direct comparison, the 1981 wedding between Prince Charles and Diana was estimated to have cost £4million - which equates to around £12million today.

Security checks are carried out in drains along the Mall in central London, ahead of the royal wedding in 2011

Security checks are carried out in drains along the Mall in central London, ahead of the royal wedding in 2011

How this stunning 15th century gothic chapel will be a grand but intimate setting for the wedding

The stunning 15th century gothic St George's Chapel is set in the Lower Ward of the Queen's beloved Windsor Castle.

Steeped in history, it offers Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a slightly more intimate venue for their nuptials, but one that is still appropriately grand for a royal wedding.

It usually holds around 800 guests compared with the 2,000 capacity of Westminster Abbey where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed in 2011.

St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Berkshire has been chosen as the venue for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Berkshire has been chosen as the venue for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The chapel in Berkshire has intricately carved stonework, a magnificent fan vaulted ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows
The view from the top of the Round Tower at Windsor Castle, looking down towards St George's Chapel

The chapel in Berkshire has intricately carved stonework, a magnificent fan vaulted ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows

With the Queen now 91 and the Duke of Edinburgh 96, the choice will be especially convenient for Harry's ageing grandparents, who spend a great deal of time at home in the castle.

Located within the castle's grounds and surrounded by the Horseshoe Cloisters and the Henry VIII gate, the venue will also provide the royal family with a certain amount of privacy on the day of the wedding.

Harry was also christened in the chapel in December 1984 when he was three months old, which, according to Church of England rules, means he can also marry there.

The prince and Miss Markle's reception could be held in the castle's 180ft (55m) long St George's Hall, traditionally used for glittering state banquets.

The vast hall had to be restored following the devastating fire at the castle in 1992.

The chapel, with its intricately carved stonework, magnificent fan vaulted ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows, has seen many royal weddings and funerals.

The church is often at the heart of royal events, with the Windsors gathering there each year for Easter services

The church is often at the heart of royal events, with the Windsors gathering there each year for Easter services

The last royal wedding was for Harry's cousin, Peter Phillips - son of the Princess Royal - who married Canadian Autumn Kelly in 2008

The last royal wedding was for Harry's cousin, Peter Phillips - son of the Princess Royal - who married Canadian Autumn Kelly in 2008

The last royal wedding was for Harry's cousin, Peter Phillips - son of the Princess Royal - who married Canadian Autumn Kelly in 2008.

Harry's father, the Prince of Wales, and stepmother, the Duchess of Cornwall, had their televised religious blessing there in 2005, after their civil ceremony down the road in Windsor's Town Hall.

In 1999, Harry's uncle, the Earl of Wessex, married Sophie Rhys-Jones, now the Countess of Wessex, at St George's.

Prince Edward and Sophie leave St Georges's Chapel in 1999

Prince Edward and Sophie leave St Georges's Chapel in 1999

Royal newlyweds and their families traditionally pose for photographs afterwards on the vast west steps, as Harry and his new bride are certain to do.

It has been the setting for many historic funerals including the Queen Mother's private committal service following her Westminster Abbey funeral in 2002, and in the same year, Princess Margaret's small, private funeral.

The funeral of the Queen's father, King George VI, took place at St George's in 1952.

Like Westminster Abbey, the chapel is known as a Royal Peculiar, with the Dean of Windsor responsible only to the sovereign.

The church - a place of worship for the Queen and her family - is often at the heart of royal events, with the Windsors gathering there each year for Easter services, and in the past for occasions such as the service to mark the Duke of Edinburgh's 90th birthday.

Within the chapel are the tombs of 10 sovereigns - as well as George VI, the remains of Edward IV, Henry VI, Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour, the beheaded Charles I, George III, George IV, William IV, Edward VII and George V also rest there.?

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