Finally, something that all of us were curious about… The date of next year’s royal wedding has been announced by Kensington Palace!
After Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got engaged last month, the royal family’s spokespeople initially only revealed that the couple will be married at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle in May 2018.
The statement also announced that the wedding, including the service, flowers, music, and the reception will be covered in full by the royal family.
Today’s announcement follows earlier confirmation of the month of the wedding and its location at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/7pgdRM90Na
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) December 15, 2017
Now, a Twitter post from the Palace announced the exact date when the wedding will be taking place.
“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.”
A lot of people were very excited about the news
Just checked my calendar and I’m free so will pencil it in pending the invitation 👑👑
— Hannah Jackson (@hannahlulutx) December 15, 2017
Hooray!🎉 so excited for a Royal Wedding!!
— Royal Art Museum (@RoyalArtMuseum) December 15, 2017
— Nick “Surely, you can’t be serious” Vucic (@npv708) December 15, 2017
— Britt Collins (@Psychophrenia26) December 15, 2017
The pair announced their engagement on the 27th of November and pictures from The Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace immediately surfaced online. It was revealed that the Prince asked the Suits actress to marry him earlier that month during a “quiet night in”, while they were preparing a roast dinner at home.
After the announcement, many Britons got excited about the prospect of a Bank Holiday for the wedding, as was the case with the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton, but it was soon announced there wouldn’t be a day off this time.
A spokesperson for British Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“There are no plans for a Bank Holiday. There isn’t a precedent in this area.”
The spokesman also pointed out that “we didn’t get a Bank Holiday to mark the weddings of Prince Andrew in 1986 or Prince Edward in 1999.”
According to reports, Markle will be baptized into the Church of England before the wedding. She will also celebrate Christmas with the Queen and the royal family, who are breaking a royal tradition just for her.
Normally, the partners have to wait until they get married before being invited to spend the Christmas with the Queen.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said:
“You can expect to see The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day.”
The same thing didn’t happen for Kate Middleton who was not invited to join the family for Christmas in 2010, even though her engagement to the Duke of Cambridge was announced a month before.
Mike Tindall, the former-England rugby ace also wasn’t invited, even though he was engaged to Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Phillips.
Some quarters have speculated that the invitation is a gesture of goodwill towards the 36-year-old actress, as her entire family is in the United States which would mean she would otherwise be alone for Christmas.