Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced their official wedding date. While Kensington Palace had previously revealed in November just a day after their engagement was announced that the pair would say ‘I do’ in May 2018, the exact day has been confirmed as the 19th. It will take place at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
The couple have chosen a date after the Duchess of Cambridge‘s due date in April, meaning the new royal baby could be one of the guests.
The royal family have said they will pay for the wedding, with further details to be announced in due course.
Harry isn’t the first royal to choose not to marry in Westminster Abbey. Prince Charles wed Diana in St. Paul’s Cathedral, while Prince Edward opted for St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Zara Phillips went further afield, opting for Canongate in Edinburgh.
Now the big question is: What will Meghan wear? While many have pointed to her friend (and reported matchmaker) the designer Misha Nonoo, the Bahrain-born creative doesn’t have any experience with bridal wear.
Other names in the running include Erdem, Elie Saab, Carolina Herrera, and Harry’s friend Victoria Beckham. Although royals are expected to choose a British designer, it’s possible that Markle could honor her American heritage with a U.S. name instead.
The couple’s title will not be revealed until their wedding day, although royal experts believe that they’ll known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Wedding guests are likely to include political figures including Harry’s friends Barack and Michelle Obama as well as celebrity names such as Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra, and the Beckhams.
The royal couple announced their engagement on Monday morning with a photo call in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace.
There Markle showed off her three-stone diamond engagement ring featuring a stone from one of the couple’s favorite locations, Botswana, and two from Princess Diana’s personal jewelry collection.
In their first interview together, the couple spoke about how they met, revealing that Harry proposed over roast chicken in the confines of the royal’s two-bedroom Nottingham Cottage.
The pair will continue to live in the cottage once they are married.
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