Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Wed in May 2018

The couple have released details about their big day following their engagement.

It's been a whirlwind of a week. After weeks of speculation, Prince Harry and his American actress girlfriend, Meghan Markle, announced their engagement to the world on Monday 27 November.

The initial announcement gave sparse details about when the couple's big day would be, only noting that they would marry "in Spring 2018", but now we finally have some more details coming through - and we're tempted to buy a hat for the occasion.

Meghan and Harry announced in a statement via Kensington Palace that their wedding will be held in May 2018, although no specific date was given. It's likely that it will take place on one of the bank holiday weekends, which fall on both the first and last weekends of May, however it doesn't look likely at this stage that we'll be given an extra day off to celebrate.

After the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby suggested the high profile couple would get married in a church - "I am so happy that Prince Harry and Ms Markle have chosen to make their vows before God," his statement read - it's been confirmed that the Prince and his fiancé will indeed have a religious wedding, with their vows taking place in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

This is a location that had previously been suggested as one that was likely. A source told Us Weekly why they believed Harry wouldn't choose to get married at Westminster Abbey just like his brother: "Pomp and pageantry is the last thing [Prince Harry] would want. I can see him wanting to get married at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. It would stop it from turning into a total media circus and give the day a sense of privacy that Harry so badly craves."

And we're not surprised the pair have chosen May to get married; with the arrival of Prince William and Kate Middleton's third child taking place in April 2018, it was always likely that April would be avoided so that Kate would be able to attend the wedding.  And with the big day coming after the birth of George and Charlotte's little brother or sister, we might even get a glimpse of baby number three, which is something else to be excited about.

The Kensington Palace statement confirmed the Royal Family will be paying for the wedding (cue Meghan's dad taking a huge sigh of relief, most probably).



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