Kensington Palace have just released more details about the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, including the location of the ceremony, the actress’ baptism and citizenship and their first joint engagement.
Harry and Meghan have set a date in May 2018 to marry, and have chosen St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle for the ceremony; The Queen gave her permission for them to marry there. They are ‘delighted that the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle are where they will start their married life’, and is somewhere they have apparently spent a lot of time together.
The announcement also said that the Royal Family will pay for the day and it will be televised for everyone to enjoy. There won’t be a bank holiday however, with Downing Street stating that Prince Andrew didn’t have one for his wedding either; it seems a privilege only for future Monarchs.
This date means that sister-in-law Kate will probably have had the baby, and so will be able to attend.
Ms Markle, who is American and Episcopal, is in the process of getting her British Citizenship, studying for the tests. She of course will be baptised and confirmed into the Church of England to become a member of the Royal Family.
A keen humanitarian before she met Harry, Meghan will join the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as a patron after her wedding next year.
The couple have said they are ‘extremely grateful for the warm response’ to the news of their engagement, and interestingly, they want their wedding to be a public celebration. Harry and Meghan are ‘currently working through ideas’ for how the public might be involved.
Meghan’s dogs have, however, been permanently separated. Bogart will stay permanently with friends of hers in the States, and Guy the Beagle will be living at Nottingham Cottage with the couple.
Prince Harry and his fiancee will undertake their first official engagements together in Nottingham on Friday at the Terrence Higgins Trust World Aids Day event. We expect them carry out plenty of engagements together around the UK in the coming months, much as the then-Kate Middleton did with Prince William prior to their nuptials.