When Will Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Wedding Take Place?

Clarence House has confirmed the prince will marry his American girlfriend in Spring 2018, but the date is still to be announced.

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Clarence House has confirmed Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle in Spring 2018 and speculation around when their wedding will take place has already started to build.

A statement by the Prince of Wales said: 'The wedding will take place in Spring 2018.

'Further details about the wedding day will be announced in due course.'

While this means dates in March, April, May and possibly June are in the running, May has already been tipped as the most likely month for the royal wedding.

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As the Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth to her third child in April, many expect the prince to plan the big day for a date after the baby is born.

May is also one of the most favoured months of the year to get hitched, according to Bridebook.co.uk. The wedding planning service used analysis of over 100,000 brides to forecast the date of Saturday 26th May 2018, when an estimated 5,091 couples are expected to get married.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the Invictus Games

Although the average length of engagements in the UK is currently around 20 months, royal couples have tied the knot after a much shorter period of time.

The Queen announced her engagement to the Duke of Edinburgh four months before marrying in November 1947 and Prince William and Kate Middleton were engaged for five months before getting married in April 2011. However, while Saturday is a popular day for weddings, royals usually get married during the week rather than at the weekend. William and Kate wed on a Friday and the Queen's wedding was on a Thursday.

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The idea that Harry and Meghan's ceremony could take place on a week day has led many to wonder whether the wedding will be declared a Bank Holiday.

As for the location, Westminster Abbey is the current favourite at the bookmakers. St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle is another likely contender if Harry and Meghan chose to have a more private wedding day, like Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones who were married at the chapel in 1999.

St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle

The date and venue are still to be confirmed, but whether Harry and Meghan follow the tradition of a grand royal wedding or not, it's sure to be the royal event of the year.

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