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Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle to marry Prince Harry

Prince Charles will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle for her wedding to his son Prince Harry tomorrow night.

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Kensington Palace has made the announcement following the news that Meghan's father Thomas won't attend the wedding for health reasons, believed to be heart problems which saw him hospitalised in California this week.

"Ms Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George's Chapel on her Wedding Day," the palace press release said. 

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"The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to The Royal Family in this way," it added.

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First picture: Kensington Palace releases image of Royal wedding cake preparations

The first pictures of the wedding cake for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's big day tomorrow have been released.

Kensington Palace tweeted the photo and video tonight, declaring, "The baking of the #RoyalWedding cake is under way!"

It also listed the extraordinary amount of ingredients for the cake - 200 Amalfi lemons, 500 organic eggs from Suffolk, 20kgs of butter, 20kgs of flour,  20kgs of sugar and 10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial.

In the video, baker Claire Ptak, flanked by a male baker, worked on the cake as she enthused: "We've been so lucky to work at Buckingham Palace to bake the cake and to ice the cakes." 

Ms Ptak explained the cake is made up of lemon sponge with an elderflower syrup drizzle on it.

"And it has an amalfil lemon curd and then it has a swiss meringue buttercream with elderflower.

"We will assemble it in-situ at Windsor Castle on Saturday morning."

The baking of the Royal wedding cake at Buckingham Palace. Source: Twitter: Kensington Palace/ Press Association