Looks like it’s time to break out your best black tie attire! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will wed at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018, Kensington Palace announced today on Twitter.
For those of you clamoring for an earlier date, officials confirmed that the May wedding is meant to give Duchess Kate time to recover after the birth of her third child, which is due in April. As far as her two other children are concerned, Prince George is slated to be a page boy at the wedding, while Princess Charlotte is rumored to take on the role of bridesmaid.
The Queen and the rest of the royal family are also set to be in attendance. The date does pose a slight problem for Prince William, however, who traditionally presents the trophy at the FA Cup Final on the same day. According to reports, the organization and the Palace are working together to make it possible for the Duke of Cambridge to attend both events.
And from the sounds of it, he won’t want to miss the amazing nuptials. Palace aids previously revealed that “the wedding will reflect [the couple’s] characters and personalities” and “will be a moment of fun and joy.”
News of Harry and Meghan’s engagement first broke on Nov.27 in an official royal statement: “Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle. The wedding will take place in Spring 2018. Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course. His Royal Highness and Ms. Markle became engaged in London earlier this month. Prince Harry has informed Her Majesty, The Queen and other close members of his family Prince Harry has also sought and received the blessing of Ms. Markle’s parents. The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.”
Shortly after the announcement, the couple made their televised debut, and naturally we couldn’t stop swooning. Sitting down for an interview with BBC, the newly engaged love birds divulged all the details about their engagement – from how they first met (on a blind date) to Harry’s romantic dinner proposal (over roast chicken). Oh, and let us not forget to mention their magical second date in Botswana.
“I think about three, maybe four weeks later that I managed to persuade her to come and join me in Botswana,” Prince Harry said. “We camped out with each other under the stars. She came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.”
During the interview, we also got an intimate look at Meghan’s gorgeous engagement ring, which features two diamonds from Princess Diana’s jewelry collection and a stone from Botswana, accompanied by a classic yellow gold band.
When asked about how his late mother would get along with his fiancé, Harry said Meghan and Princess Diana would have been “thick as thieves…best friends.” We’re sure Diana would have given the world to see her second son walk down the aisle!
The couple, who has been dating for over a year, clearly couldn’t be more smitten with each other. Opening up about her relationship with Prince Harry to Vanity Fair in September, Meghan revealed: “We’re in love. I’m sure there will be a time when we will have to come forward and present ourselves and have stories to tell, but I hope what people will understand is that this is our time. This is for us. It’s part of what makes it so special, that it’s just ours. But we’re happy. Personally, I love a great love story.” Cue the waterworks.
It’s been reported that the American actress will made a British Citizen, as well as baptized and confirmed into the Church of England, before she says “I do.”
Needless to say, we’ll eagerly be tuning into the next royal wedding. If Prince William and Kate Middleton’s nuptials were any indication, the ceremony promises to be absolutely breathtaking!
In the meantime, make sure to check out What Will Meghan Markle’s Wedding Gown Look Like? Here Are Some Clues to see what the stunner might wear on her big day!