All eyes were on the picturesque Royal Borough of Windsor last Saturday, May 19th as 600 wedding guests and the entire world attentively watch the regal affair now National Geographic goes behind the scenes of the lavish event.Airing just days after the wedding, Operation Royal Wedding reveals what it takes to pull off the biggest event of the year, casting a light on the myriad unsung heroes who ensure every detail of the modern-day fairy-tale wedding is perfect. From the exquisite ceremonial garments, to the extraordinary undertaking of ensuring the town of Windsor itself is royal ready, the wedding extravaganza would be impossible without this assembly of devoted people working tirelessly behind the scenes on the meticulous arrangements for the grand ceremony.
It truly takes a village to pull off a celebration of this calibre. Operation Royal Wedding unveils the whirlwind of preparations made to bring this momentous occasion to life with exclusive, unprecedented access to some of the key players involved in the event. Participation in the royal wedding, even behind the scenes, is a closely guarded secret that will only be revealed on the big day; however, National Geographic can reveal rare access to some of the organisers who are helping bring everything together for the big day:
- Britain’s Pageant master Dominic Reid OBE: Event organiser extraordinaire, Dominic Reid is the ‘go-to’ man when it comes to staging the biggest and best ceremonial and Royal events in the UK, including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and The Lord Mayor’s Show. Reid has a close working relationship with Prince Harry through his role as Chief Executive of the Invictus Foundation.
- The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby: As the head of the Church of England, the Archbishop will officiate the service at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor.
- Organiser of the Royal Windsor Horse Show Simon-Brooks Ward and Site Manager Colin Rayner: The highly experienced Brooks-Ward and Rayner coordinate the immense team that will have just 36 hours to transform Windsor Home Park from a horse show to a global event expected to attract more than 100,000 royal well-wishers.
- Osborne House: Tradition dictates that a sprig of myrtle from the garden of Queen Victoria’s holiday home on the Isle of Wight is used in royal bridal bouquets. This dates back to the Victorian era. The flower itself symbolises love and unity
Operation Royal Wedding premieres Sunday May 27 at 6.30pm on National Geographic.