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- Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018.
- The news comes just a day after the couple announced their engagement to the world.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced that they will marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018 – a month after Kate Middleton is due to have her third child.
A notice from Kensington Palace said the Queen has given permission for the wedding to take place at the chapel, where Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles had part of their service when Charles remarried in 2005.
It has been a traditional venue for royal weddings ever since the future King Edward VII married Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863, according to The Telegraph.
The chapel can accomodate 800 guests – a much smaller venue than the 2,000-guest strong Westminster Abbey, where Prince William married Kate Middleton.
The palace also confirmed that the Royal Family will pay for the wedding, including the church service, music, flowers, and reception.
Markle, who is American, will become a British citizen, according to the palace. The notice also said that she is a Protestant, and will be baptised and confirmed into the Church of England before the service.
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
The couple are planning the wedding themselves, according to The Telegraph, who reported that they want a “fun” wedding that the public can be involved in and is likely to be televised.
Prince Harry’s communications secretary Jason Knauf said: “They will be making sure it reflects who they are as a couple.”
He added that Windsor is a “very special place” for Harry and Meghan, who have spent time there during their relationship.
Markle will also give up her current charity commitments, and will “begin a new series of charitable ventures as part of her new life in the UK,” according to the Evening Standard. She will also become joint patron of the Royal Foundation, along with William, Kate, and Harry.
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The news comes after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle publicly announced their engagement on Monday morning.
Harry proposed to her in London earlier this month, and got an enthusiastic yes, which the couple described in a televised interview broadcast yesterday.
They will live together in the grounds of Kensington Palace, and are set to carry out their first engagement together at an Aids charity event in Nottingham on Friday.
They will take part in “a series of royal engagements in the lead up to the wedding, which will also be attended by Meghan Markle’s parents,” according to the Evening Standard.