Only a day after their engagement was officially announced, details about the upcoming royal wedding are beginning to emerge.
On November 27, 2017, the Prince of Wales announced that his younger son, Prince Harry, was set to marry American actress Meghan Markle. Harry confirmed that he’d proposed to the former Suits star at their home, Nottingham Cottage, earlier this month, using a ring that includes a special tribute to Princess Diana.
But as it turns out, the location of Prince Harry’s upcoming wedding will also serve as a tribute to his late mom — because, unlike his older brother, Prince William, and his grandma, the Queen, Harry will not be marrying at the far larger Westminster Abbey.
Kensington Palace announced in a press release shared via Twitter that the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan will take place at St. George’s Chapel in May 2018. Harry’s grandma, the Queen, granted permission for the wedding to take place at the chapel, which is located on the grounds of Windsor Castle. The royal family confirmed that they will be paying for the wedding.
Although Meghan has been married before, the Church of England permits divorcees to remarry and will not stop the couple from having a church wedding, according to CNN. The palace also recently announced that Meghan intends to become a British citizen.
St. George’s Chapel is a historic place for several reasons. It was the site of many royal weddings (particularly for Queen Victoria’s children) and was more recently the venue for the royal wedding of Peter Phillips (Prince Harry’s cousin) and Autumn Kelly in 2008. It was the burial site of Henry VIII and is also expected to be the burial site for the Queen herself, when she eventually passes away.
But St. George’s Chapel also holds significance on a more personal level. The Sun reports that Prince Harry was christened there in December 1984 by his parents, Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
Meghan and Harry are said to be “leading the planning process for all aspects of the wedding” themselves. The couple is also set to undertake their first day of official engagements together on December 1, 2017, when they visit Nottingham together.
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[H/T: The Guardian]
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