Harry and Meghan Set an Odd Wedding Date

It's May 19, 2018, a Saturday—but royal weddings are usually held on weekdays
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2017 9:17 AM CST
In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee, Meghan Markle, arrive at Nottingham Academy in Nottingham, England.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

(Newser) – Prepare for an onslaught of media buzz each time a bit of minutiae about the upcoming Meghan Markle-Prince Harry wedding emerges. Friday's relevant detail: their actual wedding date. It had previously been noted the ceremony would take place sometime next spring, but now an actual date has been announced, and it's a break from convention, per the BBC. The couple will wed in St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018, which is unusual for a royal wedding as it falls on a Saturday. Royal couples usually take their vows on a weekday: Harry's parents, Charles and Diana, wed on a Wednesday, for example, while brother William wed Kate Middleton on a Friday.

The Telegraph notes the date may have been picked to avoid having to declare a bank holiday, as well as to allow Middleton time to recover from the birth of her third child, due in April. One person who will have to trade in one big event for another: Harry's best man, Prince William, who usually presides over the FA Cup soccer finals and presents the trophy. This year's championship is being held on the same day as Harry and Meghan's wedding.

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