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Little by little, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are revealing details about their spring wedding. For instance, we know where they plan to wed and where they plan to move afterward. We even learned the event might get an international televised broadcast, like Prince William and Kate Middleton's nuptials. Now we can mark our calendars, because the couple has announced the wedding will happen on May 19, 2018.
Kensington Palace previously said Prince Harry and Meghan Markle would marry in May 2018 at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, and then they would move into Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace. Initially, the rumor mill said the couple was thinking about scheduling the wedding for the last weekend of May, to align with Memorial Day Weekend in the United States and give Markle's American guests extra time to attend. Plus, sources claimed putting the event around Memorial Day Weekend would have helped the wedding garner a vast viewership if they televised it.
Nevertheless, May 19 is still a great day to get married. In fact, Kate Middleton's sister, Pippa Middleton, got the press talking this year when she married her husband, James Matthews, at St. George's Chapel on May 20. Prince Harry brought Meghan Markle to the reception afterward. Perhaps the couple had such a fun time that they decided to try the magic again that weekend one year later.
St. George's Chapel holds special meaning for the royal family. This Gothic fourteenth-century church has hosted several royal weddings. Before Pippa Middleton and James Matthews wedding--which was not a royal wedding, but had royal guests and participants--Prince William and Kate Middleton got married there in 2011. In fact, as ET points out, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall got their marriage blessed there in 2015. Thus, when Prince Harry weds Meghan Markle, he will be following in the footsteps of his brother, father, and past relatives.
It is worth noting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding might have an extra special guest, as Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their third child sometime in April. There is a big chance the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge might bring their newborn to the wedding. In fact, the couple's first two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, participated in Pippa Middleton's wedding; maybe Prince Harry and Markle will ask them to take a role on May 19, too. We'll have to stay tuned.
While we know the date and location of the wedding, there are still pieces yet to learn. For example, we want to know all about the wedding dress Meghan Markle chooses. For the moment, Prince Harry and Markle most likely are basking in the glow of their engagement as they get ready to enjoy the holidays with the other royals. We're enjoying the tidbits about the holly, jolly festivities Markle and her prince soon will enjoy; still, we hope the couple soon clues us in on all of the other fascinating wedding details.