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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‚Äôt let the term ‚Äúchapel‚ÄĚ fool you‚ÄĒwhile it‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 1863 wedding. ‚ÄúThe choice of the relatively low-key venue means royal watchers won‚Äôt get a big balcony moment from the couple,‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs¬†full statement, posted on Twitter by Sun royal correspondent Emily Andrews, ‚ÄúThe 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.‚ÄĚ The Guardian notes, though, that ‚ÄúWider security costs, policing and public order arrangements will be covered by the public purse.‚ÄĚ

Don‚Äôt worry, though‚ÄĒthey hope to include the wider public somehow: ‚ÄúThe 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,‚ÄĚ the statement continued.

Unfortunately, the Independent, has reported that there are currently no plans for a national day off to commemorate the marriage. ‚ÄúThere are no plans for a Bank Holiday,‚ÄĚ a spokesperson for PM Theresa May, who added that, ‚ÄúThere isn‚Äôt a precedent in this area,‚ÄĚ 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: ‚ÄúA spokesman said Markle would retain US citizenship through the process of becoming a UK citizen but it was ‚Äėtoo early to say‚Äô if she would retain dual nationality.‚ÄĚ It‚Äôll take several years.

The couple‚Äôs first real royal appearance together‚ÄĒin which they actually speak to members of the public‚ÄĒis scheduled for Friday, in Nottingham. Just FYI, if you‚Äôre looking for an opportunity to lobby them personally about that national holiday.