Stacey Leasca
December 15, 2017

Just a few short weeks ago, the world learned that Prince Harry would soon be off the market as he had proposed to his American girlfriend, actress Meghan Markle.

Details quickly poured in about the venue, the proposal, and the family’s reaction. The only thing missing was the actual wedding date... until now. On Friday, the palace officially confirmed that Harry and Meghan will walk down the aisle on May 19, 2018.

If that date sounds familiar it’s because it’s the exact same date as the The Football Association Challenge Cup, or the FA Cup. And sure, it may not be a big deal that a soccer match is happening the same day, except, as the Daily Mail noted, Harry’s brother, Prince William, is actually the FA Cup president and is typically on hand to present the trophy.

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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 who spoke to the Daily Mail it’s because the couple wants the public to be able to join in on the wedding celebration by watching at home.

“They remain hugely grateful for the messages of support they have received from people all over the world,” the aide said.

But, many Britons won’t be happy with the date as it means they will not be given a “bank holiday,” or an extra day off from work, for the event.

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According to Kensington, the pair will wed at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, which is located on the Lower Ward of Windsor Castle and was originally built in the early 13th century. Meghan will also be baptized prior to the wedding and will begin the process of becoming a British citizen.

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