Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry in May at Windsor Castle

Photo: Prince Harry said he knew Meghan Markle was the one "the very first time we met". (Reuters: Toby Melville)

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry in May at Windsor Castle

By Nick Dole in London

29 Nov 2017,

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will take place next May in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, a venue with royal associations going back centuries.

The details were revealed by Kensington Palace one day after the couple announced their engagement following a 16-month romance.

In a statement, the Palace said the location had special significance.

The ring's connection to Diana

"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," it said.

"They are grateful to the Queen for granting permission for the use of the Chapel."

The wedding will be paid for by the Royal family and is likely to be televised, but the couple is still deciding on the details.

"The couple of course want the day to be a special, celebratory moment for their friends and family," the palace statement said.

"They also want the day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too and are currently working through ideas for how this might be achieved.

"This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters of the bride and groom."

Meghan Markel to be baptised

Ms Markle will also be baptised and confirmed into the Church of England in preparation for the wedding.

The US actress will also apply for British citizenship.

According to the Palace, the couple is "extremely grateful" for the public's response to their engagement.

"In a happy moment in their lives, it means a great deal to them that so many people throughout the UK, the Commonwealth, and around the world are celebrating with them," it said.

First official engagement announced

The couple will make their first official engagement on Friday in Nottingham.

They will visit the National Justice Museum and will have an opportunity to meet members of the public who are expected to attend to wish them well.

They will also commemorate World AIDS Day and visit an academy that works with young people by providing positive role models.

"Ms Markle cannot wait to meet many of the young people Prince Harry has told her so much about," a palace spokesman said.


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