Kensington Palace has confirmed on December 15 that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on May 19, 2018. The couple’s decision to wed on a Saturday goes against tradition, as royal weddings usually take place on a weekday. The royal wedding in 2018 will be on the same date as the FA Cup Final, which Prince Harry's brother William normally attends in his role as President of the Football Association. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed on a Friday and the Queen on a Thursday.
The royal wedding is expected to cost around half a million pounds. The royal family have announced that they will pay for the wedding. In December 2017 Israeli designer Inbal Dror was asked to submit designs for a wedding dress.
Ahead of the wedding a TV movie will be created entitled Harry & Meghan: The Royal Love Story, focusing on the couple's courtship and engagement and starring Parisa Fitz-Henley and Murray Fraser. The Lifetime network was behind 2011’s William & Kate: The Movie, which was released in the run-up to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding.
Although the public were given a day off to celebrate the weddings of Prince Charles to Diana Spencer in 1981, Prince William to Catherine Middleton in 2011, and Princess Anne to Mark Phillips in 1973, Prince Harry and his fiancée's choice to wed on May 19 avoids the issue of whether or not the royal wedding should be a bank holiday.
There won't be one this time around, though, as Harry is lower down the line of succession. But the Saturday ceremony means much of the country will be able to have the day off to watch it if they want to - and pubs will be permitted to apply for longer opening hours.
A church wedding beckons, despite Meghan being a divorcee. The day after the engagement news was released, it was announced the wedding would take place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Prince Charles and Camilla had their blessing there in 2005 and it was where Harry was christened. Meghan will be baptised and confirmed into the Church of England ahead of her wedding day.
After the vows, a carriage procession will begin at 1pm. It was announced in February that their route will take them from Windsor Castle via Castle Hill and process along the High Street and through Windsor Town, before returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk.
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