Britain’s Prince Harry and his American fiancee, Meghan Markle, will marry on Saturday May 19, 2018, Kensington Palace has announced.
Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, fifth-in-line to the throne, and Ms Markle, who stars in the US TV legal drama Suits, announced their engagement last month with the marriage to take place in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
“His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle will marry on 19th May 2018,” Kensington Palace said in a statement, using Prince Harry’s legal name.
The couple have chosen to marry in Windsor, west of London, because it is “a special place for them”.
Windsor Castle is one of Queen Elizabeth II’s main residences and the 15th-century chapel is as historic but more intimate than Westminster Abbey, where Prince Harry’s older brother Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011.
Prince Harry’s 91-year-old grandmother, Elizabeth, will attend the ceremony.
Ms Markle, 36, who attended a Catholic school as a child but identifies as a Protestant, will be baptised and confirmed into the Church of England before the wedding.
She intends to become a British citizen, though she will retain her US citizenship while she goes through the process.
The Gothic St George’s Chapel is located in the grounds of Windsor Castle, which has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years.
Within the chapel are the tombs of ten sovereigns, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour, and Charles I.
The wedding date presents a potential conflict for Prince William, however.
Prince William is president of the English Football Association, and May 19 is the date of the FA Cup final, one of the biggest English soccer games of the year.
Prince William attended this year’s match and presented a trophy to the winner, Arsenal.