Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Wedding Date Conflicts With FA Cup

TravelandLeisurePublished: December 18, 2017693 views
Published: December 18, 2017

Prince Harry will marry former actress Meghan Markle, the American 36-year-old who has transformed some embedded royal traditions after just over one year of dating Harry. Whether you have been hiding under that rock, in desperate denial that Harry isn’t actually now off the market, or if you just can’t get enough of our Royals and want to recap on what we know about the wedding so far, prepare for a Royal rundown!

Harry and Meghan announced their engagement on Monday 27 November. A statement was released via the Clarence house on behalf of Prince Charles of Wales. Now, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle on 19 May 2018, the Kensington Palace has announced. The pair will tie the knot at St George's Chapel located inside the grounds of Windsor Castle which is one of the Queen's main residences. The 15th century building has hosted many royal ceremonies, weddings and burials and is more intimate than Westminster Abbey, where Harry's older brother William married Kate Middleton in 2011.

If the wedding date sounds familiar to you it is because it is the exact same date as the The Football Association Challenge Cup. It may not be a big deal that a soccer match is happening on the same day, except that Harry’s brother, Prince William, is actually the FA Cup president and is typically on hand to present the trophy. He attended this year's match and presented a trophy to the winner, Arsenal.
Moreover, the date is yet another move away from royal tradition as May 19, 2018 is actually a Saturday. Typically, royal weddings take place during the week. Prince Charles married Princess Diana on a Wednesday, while Prince William married Kate Middleton on a Friday, and Queen Elizabeth married Prince Philip on a Thursday. So why the change?

According to a Kensington aide, the couple wants the public to be able to join in on the wedding celebration by watching at home. Some Britons aren’t happy with the date as it means they will not be given a “bank holiday” or a day off from work for the event.

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