Charlotte residents have even more reason to tune into the big event.

By Meghan Overdeep
May 16, 2018

T-minus four days until Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot, and the excitement—even on this side of the pond—is reaching fever pitch.

Americans, and Southerners in particular, are understandably enthusiastic, after all, there's nothing quite like a royal wedding. And how often does an American make her way into the royal family?

But as The News & Observer recently pointed out, Charlotte residents have even more reason to tune into the big event. The ties the Queen City has to the couple's impending nuptials, and Markle in particular, are just to many to ignore. Skeptical? See the connections for yourself below:

  • Queen Charlotte, the monarch for whom the North Carolina city is named, was born on the same day as the royal wedding, May 19, in 1744 in Mirow, Germany.
  • Queen Charlotte was buried in St. George's Chapel— the site of Saturday's wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
  • Markle is being called the first biracial member of the royal family, but, as most Charlotteans know, Queen Charlotte, having been of African descent, was actually the first "mixed race" member of the royal family.
  • And finally, Christopher Warren-Green, the music director for the Charlotte Symphony, will conduct the orchestra at the wedding ceremony.

How wild is that?