Kensington Palace announced Friday that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to marry on May 19, 2018.
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, followed a similar wedding timeline. The two got engaged in November 2010 and were married five months later, on April 29, 2011. Harry and Markle most likely chose to wed in May because William and Kate are expected to welcome their third child in April.
Dreamt I was engaged to prince Harry last night but we had to call off the wedding because he spoke too posh.
— Amy (@aamy_elizabethh) March 21, 2018
While William and Kate were married at Westminster Abbey, Harry and Markle have opted to marry at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Though it’s a much smaller location, it’s extremely meaningful to the couple.
“Windsor is a very special place for Prince Harry and he and Ms. Markle have regularly spent time there over the last year and a half,” Kensington Palace said in a statement in November.
The couple’s decision to get married at St George’s Chapel shows just how serious they are about a religious wedding, according to Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury and the head of England’s state church.
“This is no tick-box exercise,” Welby told BBC Radio 4′s “Today” program on Thursday. “There is a profound sense of commitment [and] seriousness, both about faith and about their lives together, which is quite inspirational.”
Before getting married, Markle ― who was raised as a Protestant ― will reportedly be baptized and confirmed into the Church of England.