Once again this morning we woke into an IRL Hallmark Channel original movie: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced that they will marry in May 2018, in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, according to the Guardian. I will assume my save-the-date refrigerator magnet is in the mail.
Don’t let the term “chapel” fool you—while it’s small in comparison to Westminster Abbey, which seats 2,000, it still fits a whopping 800 people and was the site of King Edward VII’s 1863 wedding. “The choice of the relatively low-key venue means royal watchers won’t get a big balcony moment from the couple,” according to People. The Sun notes that Henry VIII is buried there, too, which we will hope is not an omen.
According to Kensington Palace’s full statement, posted on Twitter by Sun royal correspondent Emily Andrews, “The Royal Family will pay for the core aspects of the wedding, such as the church service, the associated music, flowers, decorations, and the reception afterwards.” The Guardian notes, though, that “Wider security costs, policing and public order arrangements will be covered by the public purse.”
Don’t worry, though—they hope to include the wider public somehow: “The couple of course want the day to be a special, celebratory moment for their friends and family. They also want the day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations and are currently working through ideas for how this might be achieved,” the statement continued.
Unfortunately, the Independent, has reported that there are currently no plans for a national day off to commemorate the marriage. “There are no plans for a Bank Holiday,” a spokesperson for PM Theresa May, who added that, “There isn’t a precedent in this area,” and noted there were no bank holidays for the weddings of Princes Andrew and Edward. Are the Tories actively trying to undermine the popularity of the monarchy?
Meanwhile, CNN reports that Markle plans to become a British citizen: “A spokesman said Markle would retain US citizenship through the process of becoming a UK citizen but it was ‘too early to say’ if she would retain dual nationality.” It’ll take several years.
The couple’s first real royal appearance together—in which they actually speak to members of the public—is scheduled for Friday, in Nottingham. Just FYI, if you’re looking for an opportunity to lobby them personally about that national holiday.