Harry and Meghan to marry on Saturday May 19 at Windsor Castle

Created on: 15th December 2017

Harry and Meghan to marry on Saturday May 19 at Windsor Castle

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding is to take place on Saturday May 19, Kensington Palace has announced.

The pair, whose engagement was confirmed last month, are tying the knot at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

The couple's chosen day clashes with another big event - it is also the FA Cup final at Wembley.

As President of the Football Association, Harry's older brother the Duke of Cambridge usually attends the high-profile match and presents the trophy.

Harry and Ms Markle have gone against tradition by choosing a Saturday.

Royal weddings usually take place on a weekday. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed on a Friday and the Queen on a Thursday.

But 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.

After the couple's engagement was announced last month, Ms Markle, the American actress, is set to appear at church with the Windsors at Sandringham on Christmas Day.

Palace aides have already said that the prince and Ms Markle's wedding will "reflect their characters and personalities" and be a moment of "fun and joy".

They will say "I do" in the historic surrounds of the Castle's 15th century St George's Chapel.

Ms Markle, who is to become a British citizen, is being both baptised and confirmed ahead of the religious ceremony.

Posted by David Pilkington

Extract from www.bbc.co.uk

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