Prince Harry and his American actress fiancée, Meghan Markle, have set their wedding date: May 19, 2018.

"Today's announcement follows earlier confirmation of the month of the wedding and its location at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle," Kensington Palace noted in its announcement Friday morning.

"Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are delighted that the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle will be where they begin their lives together as a married couple," Kensington Palace press secretary Jason Knauf said Nov. 28, when they announced it as their wedding venue, one day after going public with the engagement.

St. George's, a chapel essentially in name only, is a 14th-century cathedral that can accommodate up to 800 guests. Often the site of royal baptisms and burials, it hosted the intimate 2005 prayer ceremony that marked the two-part wedding of Harry's father, Prince Charles, to his second wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.

It holds a little less than half the capacity of Westminster Abbey, the traditional royal wedding venue that hosted the nuptials of Harry's older brother, Prince William and Duchess Kate in April 2011.

The venue was available to Harry and Meghan, following a 2002 rule change allowing divorced people to remarry within the Church of England. But by virtue of its smaller size and location outside the city, St. George's will afford them the lower-profile wedding they seem to prefer.

Kauf noted that Harry and Meghan are "leading the planning" in every aspect of wedding planning.


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"They also want the day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations, too, and are currently working through ideas for how this might be achieved," he said in a statement. "This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters of the bride and groom."

In another sign of changing times, the biracial, divorced American bride-to-be is spending Christmas with the royal family at Sandringham, their estate in Norfolk. Traditionally, royal spouses don't attend until after they marry into the family.

"You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day," the palace told royal-watchers.

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Contributing: Maria Puente