It’s official, Fairies – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to get hitched on May 19!
The announcement was made via the Kensington Palace official Twitter account, which had confirmed in November of last year that the couple would be married in May – a decision influenced by Harry’s close relationship with his grandfather, Prince Philip.
Unlike his brother, Prince William, Harry has decided to break tradition. Rather than tying the knot at Westminster Abbey (where the majority of royal weddings have taken place), the newlyweds will be married in the smaller, more intimate St. George’s Chapel, located within Windsor Castle.
Following the ceremony, the newlyweds will take a traditional horse-carriage ride through the streets of Windsor.
The last wedding to take place at St. George’s Chapel was that of Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles, and his marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.
As Camilla and Charles were both previously married before, the Church of England refused to allow them to marry in the Abbey.
Could the decision to have the ceremony at St George’s Chapel have something to do with Meghan Markle’s previous divorce?
The stunning chapel dates back more than 500 years and has hosted numerous royal weddings, with the first ceremony dating back to 1863 when King Edward VII married Queen Alexandra.
The chapel is rooted deep in royal tradition as it is the site of the Order of the Garter and contains 10 tombs of monarchs, including Henry VIII, Charles I and King George V. It is also the planned burial site for Queen Elizabeth herself.
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The beautiful couple will be married by the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd And Rt Hon Justin Welby. He will conduct the ceremony, but the service at the chapel will be held by The Rt Revd David Conner, the Dean of Windsor.
Following the couple’s parade through the streets, a private evening reception will be held, given by Prince Charles.
May 19th can’t come soon enough!
Written by Ellen Kirkness