Prince Harry and his American actress fiancée, Meghan Markle, have set their wedding date: May 19, 2018.
“Today’s announcement follows earlier confirmation of the month of the wedding and its location at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle,” Kensington Palace noted in its announcement Friday morning.
Windsor, a 900-year-old castle located about 30 minutes west of London, is the queen’s favored weekend residence and one of the major royal tourist destinations in the U.K. It has been described as being a “very special place” to Harry and Meghan, who have visited regularly during their year-and-a-half relationship.
“Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are delighted that the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle will be where they begin their lives together as a married couple,” Kensington Palace press secretary Jason Knauf said Nov. 28, when they announced it as their wedding venue, one day after going public with the engagement.
St. George’s, a chapel essentially in name only, is a 14th-century cathedral that can accommodate up to 800 guests. Often the site of royal baptisms and burials, it hosted the intimate 2005 prayer ceremony that marked the two-part wedding of Harry’s father, Prince Charles, to his second wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.
It holds a little less than half the capacity of Westminster Abbey, the traditional royal wedding venue that hosted the nuptials of Harry’s older brother, Prince William and Duchess Kate in April 2011.
The venue was available to Harry and Meghan, following a 2002 rule change allowing divorced people to remarry within the Church of England. But by virtue of its smaller size and location outside the city, St. George’s will afford them the lower-profile wedding they seem to prefer. … see more