Well Meghan did say her fiancé was a feminist! Prince Harry and his bride-to-be will welcome female fanfare player ‘for first time at a British royal wedding’ as she is joined by trumpeter husband
- Lance Corporal Kate Sandford joined Band of the Household Cavalry 5 years ago
- She will play alongside her husband Lance Corporal Julian Sandford on May 19
- Female State Trumpeters have been allowed to join since the mid 1990s
- Meghan will walk down the aisle to sound of trumpets at St George’s Chapel
Meghan Markle will have to keep her nerves at bay as she walks down the aisle of St George’s Chapel with millions around the world watching next week.
But she’s not the only one – Lance Corporal Kate Sandford will become the first female State Trumpeter ever to play at a British Royal wedding when Prince Harry and his fiancee tie the knot on May 19.
Women have been allowed to join the Band of the Household Cavalry since the mid 1990s, but no woman has yet played a Royal bride down the aisle.
She and her husband Lance Corporal Julian Sandford are two of six trumpeters who will provide Meghan with a glorious fanfare to walk in to.
Lance Corporal Kate Sandford (pictured with her husband Lance Corporal Julian Sandford) will become the first female State Trumpeter ever to play at a British Royal wedding when Prince Harry and his fiancee tie the knot on May 19
Women have been allowed to join the Band of the Household Cavalry since the mid 1990s, but no woman has yet played a Royal bride down the aisle
After their wedding in December they will also be the first married couple to perform the prestigious duty at a British Royal wedding.
When they got married it was their colleagues who played Mrs Sandford up the aisle.
Mrs Sandford joined the group five years ago and is hugely excited for the big day.
She told the Sunday Telegraph: ‘I feel very proud. I’ll be very excited on the day but you’ve got to keep your head on your shoulders and play to the best of your ability.’
Bride and groom-to-be: Prince Harry, 33, and Meghan Markle, 36, are pictured at Kensington Palace on the day they announced their engagement. They will be married at Windsor Castle
She told the newspaper she has often been confronted with pointing figures and people saying ‘There’s a lady!’ when playing at state events.
But her husband added: ‘I think personally it’s just a really proud moment to represent Britain at its best and show how it does pageantry.’
State Trumpeters are easily recognisable with their long gold coats and are often seen at major state events or anniversaries.
The Band of The Household Cavalry was only formed in 2014 by joining two original groups – The Life Guards and The Blues & Royals.
They are the largest symphonic wind band in the British Army.
Meghan and Harry are to be married at St George’s Chapel (pictured) at Windsor Castle
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