St George's: the scene of royal romances

The blessing for the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla was held at St George's Chapel.
The blessing for the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla was held at St George's Chapel.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be a very modern couple but the pair has chosen a 15th-century gothic church, steeped in history, as their wedding venue.

The medieval St George's Chapel is set in the Lower Ward of the Queen's beloved Windsor Castle, which sits just over 30km to the west of London.

The chapel offers royal couples a more intimate wedding venue but one that is still appropriately grand and has been a favourite of ruling monarch's families in its 500-year history.

In 2005, the chapel hosted a service of prayer and dedication after Prince Charles married long-term love Camilla Parker-Bowles in a civil ceremony.

It was also chosen by the Queen's youngest son Prince Edward for his marriage to Sophie Rhys-Jones, now the Countess of Wessex, in 1999 and by the Princess Royal's son Peter Phillips when he wed Autumn Kelly in 2008.

In total, 15 royal weddings have taken place within the hallowed walls of St George's - including that of Queen Victoria's eldest son the future King Edward VII to Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863.

The chapel is also the burial place of the infamous King Henry VIII as well as a number of Britain's other royals.

Harry and Markle's May 19 wedding won't be the only royal nuptials hosted by St George's in 2018, with the prince's cousin Princess Eugenie also set to marry her fiance Jack Brooksbank there on October 12.

Australian Associated Press