Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Announce Wedding Date and Location

Preparations are already in place for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding.

Preparations are already in place for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding.

On Tuesday, Kensington Palace revealed details of the highly anticipated nuptials, just one day after the couple announced their engagement.

"The marriage of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will take place at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018," the Palace tweeted from its official account. "Her Majesty The Queen has granted permission for the wedding to take place at the Chapel. The Royal Family will pay for the wedding."

Meghan, a protestant, will be baptized and confirmed before the wedding, Harry’s communications secretary, Jason Knauf, tells ET. Meghan also intends to become a British citizen and will work towards the process, which is expected to take several years.

As for Harry and Meghan's big day, Knauf says the two will make sure the wedding “reflects who they are as a couple," and are leading the planning process for all aspects of the wedding. 
For example, the location of the wedding, St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, is a “very special place” for the couple, Knauf reveals, explaining that they spent time there together since first meeting last July.

"The couple of course want the day to be a special, celebratory moment for their friends and family," a press release from Knauf also stated on Tuesday. "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."

Monday was “an incredibly happy day” for the couple, Knauf adds, noting that the two were “overwhelmed by support from the UK and around the world" when it comes to their engagement.

As for their first royal event together, the Palace revealed on Tuesday that the couple will visit a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair in Nottingham on Friday, where they will meet representatives of organizations supporting people living with HIV/AIDS. Harry has been open about supporting the cause through the years, which is significant given his late mother Princess Diana's unforgettable work for AIDS awareness.

The two will also visit Nottingham Academy to meet children benefiting from the Full Effect program, which aims to identify and support children and young people from becoming involved in youth violence and crime through a combination of early intervention, mentorship and training.

Of course, royal watchers are already speculating about Markle's wedding dress. ET spoke to royal correspondent Victoria Arbiter on Monday, who dished on what kind of dress we can expect from the stunning 36-year-old actress. When it comes to the big day, Arbiter predicts a “traditional” church ceremony, but on a smaller scale than Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2011 nuptials. 

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