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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry on Saturday 19th May

Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will get married on Saturday 19th May.

The confirmation of the exact date follows the announcement in November that the couple will marry in St George’s Chapel located in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The choice of venue means the wedding will be a much smaller affair than that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011 when they got married at Westminster Abbey.

The palace also confirmed that Ms Markle is a protestant and will be baptised and confirmed before the wedding.

The couple has said they want to involve the public in their big day and details are being worked out on how to achieve this, although it is reported that the wedding will be televised.

Windsor Castle has hosted many royal weddings including that of The Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward to Sophie Rhys-Jones.

Taking place on 19 June 1999, the couple wished that the wedding would not be a state affair. The smaller occasion meant that politicians, like Prime Minister Tony Blair, were not invited. There was also no military or ceremonial state involvement.

Prince Charles and Prince Andrew acted in the ‘Best Man’ role and for 20 minutes before the ceremony walked past well-wishers.

After the ceremony, the newly created Earl and Countess of Wessex rode past thousands of onlookers in a horse-drawn carriage to St. George’s Hall where the reception was to be held.

St. George’s Chapel holds 800 people but Edward and Sophie’s wedding had around 550 guests. The broadcast is estimated to have brought in approximately 200 million viewers.

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