British Royal Family

Mark your calendars! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have officially set a wedding date

We can barely wait...

By Candice Mehta-Culjak
They have the location, they picked the cake. And now, they have an official wedding date.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will marry on Saturday, May 19, at Windsor Castle, Kensington Palace confirmed via a statement on Friday.
It read: "His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle will marry on 19th May, 2018. Today's announcement follows earlier confirmation of the month of the wedding and its location at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle."
It's clear Harry's brother, Prince William, and sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, were taken into consideration when picking out an appropriate wedding date. The couple are due to welcome their third little prince or princess in April, and the May nuptials fall comfortably after that time.
In late November, during a special briefing at Buckingham Palace just hours after announcing their engagement, Meghan and Harry revealed they would marry at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
"Windsor is a very special place for Prince Harry, and he and Ms. Markle have regularly spent time there during the last year," the couple's spokesman said. "They are delighted that the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle will be where they begin their lives as a married couple."
The venue is a relatively low-key choice (by royal standards, of course!), which stands in stark contrast to the pomp and pageantry of royal weddings past -- particularly that of William and Kate, who married in the grandeur of Westminster Abbey.
Nonetheless, it's still a popular choice.
Harry's father, the Prince of Wales, wed the Duchess of Cornwall at St. George's in a "service of blessing" in April 2005. It was also chosen for the nuptials of Harry's cousin, Peter Phillips, and Autumn Kelly in 2008, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex in 1999.
Charles and Camilla wed at St. George's in a "service of blessing" in April 2005.
St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle is pictured here during the annual Order of the Garter Ceremony.
The spokesman added that the duo "want the day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations" and will work through ideas for how this might be achieved.
"This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters of the bride and groom," the spokesman added.
The royal family will pick up the bill for the wedding, including the church service, the music, the flowers and the reception.
Meghan, a protestant, will be baptised and confirmed in the Church of England ahead of the wedding and is already going through the process of becoming a British citizen.
Harry and Meghan confirmed their happy engagement news last month.
The lovely couple are set to marry on Saturday, May 19, at Windsor Castle.
Harry, that smile says it all!
Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, became engaged over a roast chicken dinner at their home, Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace.
"It happened a few weeks ago, earlier this month, here at our cottage; just a standard typical night for us. Roasting a chicken… trying to roast a chicken," Harry said of the private moment during an interview with BBC News broadcaster Mishal Husain.
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"She didn't even let me finish, she said 'can I say yes, can I say yes?' and then there were hugs and I had the ring in my finger and I was like can I -- can I give you the ring? She goes -- oh yes the ring."
"It was a really nice moment, it was just the two of us and I think managed to catch her by surprise as well."
"It was so sweet and natural and very romantic," Meghan added.
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