In case the arrival of a royal baby wasn’t exciting enough, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle only added to the good news when they officially announced their engagement. The couple first met in May 2016, and the royal says he immediately knew that she was ‘the one.’
Unbearable cuteness aside, here’s everything we know so far about the much-anticipated wedding set for 2018.
It will take place next May
Kensington Palace confirmed the nuptials will occur in the spring, but the exact date is still TBD. That means sister-in-law Kate Middleton will be hoping that her 1-month-old baby won’t start crying in the middle of the ceremony.
The marriage of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. pic.twitter.com/lJdtWnbdpB
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 28, 2017
Windsor Castle will host the event
The pair will say their vows specifically in St George’s Chapel, which is located within the royal residence. It’s smaller than Westminster Abbey — where Prince William and Kate Middleton married — and St Paul’s Cathedral —where their parents wed — but prestigious enough for a high-profile royal wedding. Case in point: Prince Edward, the younger brother of Prince Charles, tied the knot with Sophie Rhys-Jones there in 1999.
While the spot is justtt right for this type of affair, the Queen did technically have to give the couple permission to use it. Luckily, Harry’s grandmother gave it the a-okay.
It’s going to be televised
You won’t need an invitation to watch the two say “I do.” A spokesperson for the couple told Us Weekly that the ceremony will be broadcasted to viewers around the world.
‘The couple of course wants the day to be a special, celebratory moment for their friends and family,’ the unnamed rep said. ‘They also want the day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too and are currently working through ideas for how this might be achieved.’
While it’s too early to say how and when well-wishers will tune in, there’s plenty of time to start planning your watch party.
The royal family will pay for the wedding
Just like Prince William’s wedding, it’s the groom’s family that will foot the majority of the bill. The Queen received over $108 million in income this year, so a seven-figure budget won’t be much of a stretch. That said, Kate Middleton’s parents did chip in ‘quite heavily’ for their daughter’s ceremony, so a contribution from Markle’s parents isn’t out of the question.
They’ll each receive new titles
The monarch traditionally bestows new titles on royal men when they marry, and Prince Harry is no exception. Experts strongly expect Prince Harry will become the Duke of Sussex, making his new bride the Duchess of Sussex and an “HRH” (Her Royal Highness.) She could also go by Princess Henry of Wales, but Markle won’t become a princess in her own right since she wasn’t born into the royal family.
The ceremony will be more ‘low-key’
While no royal wedding qualifies as ‘casual,’ don’t expect the same grandeur as 2011. Since Meghan Markle was previously married, the couple may have a ‘service of blessing’ instead, historian Hugo Vickers told People.
‘I don’t imagine that Prince Harry will go for a big grand wedding,’ he said. ‘He would want to do it his own way.’ Scot Peterson, author of Legally Married: Love and Law in the UK and the US, agreed. ‘You wouldn’t necessarily have a big grand ceremony,’ he said. ‘It would be more like Charles and Camilla.’
Markle will likely wear something simple
‘My personal style — wedding or not — is very pared down and relaxed,’ the actress told Glamour in the US last year. ‘Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist.’ Potential designers for the much anticipated gown include Elie Saab, Erdem, Antonio Berardi, Gile Deacon, Ralph & Russo, Emilia Wickstead, Temperley London, Jenny Packham and Amanda Wakeley.
Markle could also turn to her friend and designer Misha Nonoo, who reportedly introduced the couple in the first place.
The calligraphy will be top-notch
‘I used to be a calligrapher for weddings and events — that was my side job while I was auditioning,’ Markle told Good Housekeeping US last year. While it’s doubtful she’ll provide the penmanship for her own invitations, the royal writers are likely feeling extra pressure this time around!
From: Good Housekeeping US
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