Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reveal the First Details About Their Wedding Day
Update—February 12, 2018:
Royal wedding planning is certainly underway, and today, Kensington Palace released the first details about the schedule for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's big day. According to the official statement, the couple has planned the ceremony and proceedings to ensure the public share in their celebration. They hope a short carriage journey "will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day," the royal statement said.
Here's how the most-anticipated nuptials of 2018 will play out:
12 p.m.: The wedding service will being promptly at noon at St George's Chapel. The Dean of Windsor, the Rt Revd. David Conner will conduct the service.
1 p.m.: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will make their first appearance as a married couple. "At 1300, the couple, now married, will undertake a Carriage Procession along a route from St George's Chapel, leaving Windsor Castle via Castle Hill and processing along the High Street and through Windsor Town, returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk," the statement outlines.
After the Carriage Procession, the couple will return for a reception at St George's Hall, then, later in the evening, they'll have a private reception with only close friends and family.
Update, December 15, 2017:
Let the royal wedding countdown begin: Prince Harry and fiance Meghan Markle have announced the date of their wedding. In an official statement from Kensington Palace, the couple confirmed they'll tie the knot on May 19, 2018.
This confirmation comes just a month after the couple officially announced their engagement on November 27. The world was given a first glimpse at Markle's royal engagement ring when the pair made their first appearance outside Kensington Palace. Close-up photographs reveal a large center diamond flanked by two smaller stones on a classic yellow-gold band.
It's believed Harry designed the ring himself. Elle reports the center diamond is from Botswana and the two accompanying stones are from Princess Diana's private collection. According to Us Weekly, they came from his mother's brooch.
The couple looked jubilant as they posed for pictures and were happy to answer a few questions from the press—although they wouldn't share the intimate details of their proposal. E-News says Markle told reporters the proposal was "very" romantic. Harry added he know Markle was the one "the very first time we met." We can't wait to hear more.
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This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.