Mark your calendars and start planning your haute headwear because Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have set a date for the royal wedding. Kensington Palace announced Friday morning that the couple is set to be wed on Saturday, May 19 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Kensington Palace announced their engagement to much fanfare on November 27 (the white coat Markle wore sold out pretty much immediately), and their first major outing as an engaged couple, which happened later that week, was an incredible success. Basically, royal wedding fever has gripped the people of both Britain and America alike.
Interestingly, the couple’s wedding date is going against royal tradition. According to The Telegraph: “Royal weddings usually take place on a weekday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed on a Friday and the Queen on a Thursday.” So why did Prince Harry and Markle choose to wed on a Saturday? “Harry and his fiancee’s choice avoids the issue of whether or not the royal wedding should be a Bank Holiday.
The May wedding will also have been picked to give Kate time to recover after the birth of her third child, which is due in April,” says the British paper. Not declaring the royal wedding a national holiday means that the people of Britain will not be able to take off to watch the big event, but since the wedding falls on a Saturday, most people will be able to watch the biggest wedding of the year unfold anyway.
The wedding date isn’t the only thing that will be considerably different from William and Kate’s over-the-top 2011 nuptials. According to People, the wedding will be much smaller, as St. George’s can only hold 800 people, while Westminster Abbey, where William and Kate wed, can hold up to 2,000. While 800 people is still a massive wedding, this means the guest list will be considerably tighter than last time.
And remember the epic balcony kiss from William and Kate’s royal nuptials? Sadly, People reports that Prince Harry and Markle will not feature a Buckingham Palace balcony kiss because the wedding is being held in Windsor and not London.
Prince Harry proposed to Markle with a custom three-stone engagement ring that holds a lot of sentimental value. The center stone is from Botswana, a country that is close to the couple’s heart, and the two side stones are from Princess Diana’s personal collection. While we have no doubt that Markle’s ring will cause a spike in the three-stone engagement ring design, British jeweler for the royal family, Cleave and Company, will not be making any replicas of Markle’s ring.
According to CNN, the couple plans to spend Christmas with Queen Elizabeth and other members of Britain’s royal family at the Sandringham royal estate. They are planning to live in Nottingham Cottage on the grounds of London’s Kensington Palace, which is also the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
While the world anxiously awaits the royal wedding and what Markle will wear down the aisle, we’ll be counting down the days until May 19, 2018!