Royal Mews At Buckingham Palace

Pimp My Royal Ride: Preparing the Wedding Carriages

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have selected their horse-drawn transportation for the big day.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may be eschewing a few long-standing traditions for their May 19 nuptials (sorry, fruitcake), but a royal wedding without a horse and carriage? Unthinkable! And so it is that the couple have selected not one but two carriages (one rain, one shine) for their procession through Windsor following the ceremony at St. George's Chapel. Here, a sneak peek at the royal rides. (Pictured: Senior carriage restorer Martin Oates polishes the Ascot Landau)

THE ASCOT LAUNDAU WPA Pool/Getty Images THE ASCOT LAUNDAU This open-air option will be used in the case of dry weather. The Royal Mews houses five Ascot Landaus, two of which were used at the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. (The one the royal couple rode in dates back to 1902.) The Ascot Landau is <a href="https://www.royal.uk/find-out-more-about-carriages-and-horses-used-royal-wedding" target="_blank">described by the head of the Royal Mews</a>, Col. Toby Browne, as a &quot;wonderfully bright, small, lovely carriage, very easy for people to see — the passengers can sit up quite high. So there&#39;s a lot of visibility for everybody.&quot; WPA Pool/Getty Images The Ascot Landau is described by the head of the Royal Mews, Col. Toby Browne, as a "wonderfully bright, small, lovely carriage, very easy for people to see — the passengers can sit up quite high. So there's a lot of visibility for everybody." Ascot Landaus have, fittingly, also been the historical choice of transportation for the queen&#39;s procession during the Royal Meeting at Ascot. WPA Pool/Getty Images Ascot Landaus have, fittingly, also been the historical choice of transportation for the queen's procession during the Royal Meeting at Ascot. A close-up detail on the Ascot Landau WPA Pool/Getty Images A close-up detail on the Ascot Landau A close-up detail on the Ascot Landau WPA Pool/Getty Images A close-up detail on the Ascot Landau THE SCOTTISH STATE COACH WPA Pool/Getty Images THE SCOTTISH STATE COACH This enclosed option will be used in the case of inclement weather. The Scottish State Coach was commissioned all the way back in 1830 by Prince Adolphus (the grandfather of Queen Mary). It was later sold to an earl before being returned to the royal family in 1920 as a gift. The coach underwent an extensive remodel (hello, sunroof!) in the late 1960s. Unlike the other carriages at the Royal Mews, which bear the Royal Arms for England and the Insignia of the Order of the Garter, the Scottish State Coach is detailed with the Royal Arms of Scotland and the Insignia of the Order of the Thistle. WPA Pool/Getty Images The coach underwent an extensive remodel (hello, sunroof!) in the late 1960s. Unlike the other carriages at the Royal Mews, which bear the Royal Arms for England and the Insignia of the Order of the Garter, the Scottish State Coach is detailed with the Royal Arms of Scotland and the Insignia of the Order of the Thistle. The Scottish State Coach is a &quot;big favorite&quot; according to coachman Natalie Ozanne. &quot;It has a glass ceiling, so crowds higher up, people positioned higher up — which there will be a lot of in Windsor — can see in. It&#39;s very good for that.&quot; WPA Pool/Getty Images The Scottish State Coach is a "big favorite" according to coachman Natalie Ozanne. "It has a glass ceiling, so crowds higher up, people positioned higher up — which there will be a lot of in Windsor — can see in. It's very good for that." THE HORSES WPA Pool/Getty Images THE HORSES Windsor Greys will pull whichever royal carriage ends up in commission on the day of the wedding. The majestic breed has been in the royal family's service since Queen Victoria's reign.