Sailors and Royal Marines to join ceremonial support for Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle's wedding

Royal Marines and Royal Navy sailors will join the ceremonial support to the wedding of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle in May.

It was revealed today that regiments and units that hold a special relationship with Prince Harry will provide ceremonial support at the wedding on 19 May and during the carriage procession at the request of Kensington Palace.

More than 250 members of the Armed Forces will perform ceremonial duties at the wedding.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, Chief of the Defence Staff, said: "I am proud that members of the Armed Forces have been asked to take part in the ceremonial celebrations taking place on the royal couple's wedding day. It is a happy occasion for the whole country and reminds us of the role the Armed Forces play in marking important events in the life of the nation.

"I am particularly pleased to hear that members of the Armed Forces who have a close relationship with Prince Harry will be taking part. Servicemen and women from the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force will all be honoured to offer their support."

I am proud that members of the Armed Forces have been asked to take part in the ceremonial celebrations taking place on the royal couple's wedding day. It is a happy occasion for the whole country and reminds us of the role the Armed Forces play in marking important events in the life of the nation.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach

Royal Navy sailors from the fleet's small ships and diving units will join the ceremonial contribution, along with Royal Marines. Prince Harry is Commodore-in-Chief of Small Ships and Diving and he is also Captain General Royal Marines, after succeeding the Duke of Edinburgh in the role at Christmas.

Members of the Army's Household Cavalry will form a staircase party at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle as part of the wedding. The State Trumpeters and a Captain's Escort from the Household Cavalry will also provide ceremonial support.

Prince Harry joined The Blues and Royals in April 2006 and served with the Household Cavalry Regiment, undertaking two tours of Afghanistan and rising to the rank of Captain.

Other units taking part in street lining within the precincts of Windsor Castle include personnel from 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, the Royal Gurkha Rifles, and RAF Honington.

Musical support to the street liners will be provided by the Band of the Irish Guards.

A Kensington Palace spokesperson said: "Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are pleased that members of the Armed Forces will play such a special role in their Wedding. The Military, and these units in particular, hold a great significance for Prince Harry and the couple are incredibly grateful for their support."