The Date of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Wedding Made History

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding had all types of historical significance. One of them being their wedding date.

Not many people can say that the date they picked for their wedding made history. But Markle and Prince Harry are no ordinary couple. Keep reading to learn why the date their wedding fell on, made history.

Where did they get married?

Prince Harry and Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, chose to have their wedding ceremony at St. George’s Chapel inside Windsor Castle.

Initially, the duke and duchess wanted Frogmore House to serve as their wedding venue. But their advisers weren’t happy with their choice and asked the couple to pick another more “practical” venue. Markle and Prince Harry settled on holding the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel and having their reception at Frogmore House.

St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle
St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle | Danny Lawson – WPA Pool/Getty Images

St. George’s Chapel is where Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, received a blessing following their civil ceremony in April 2005. Prince Harry’s cousin, Princess Eugenie, married Jack Brooksbank at St. George’s Chapel five months after he and Markle had their nuptials there.

The chapel is considered more intimate compared to other royal wedding venues such as Westminster Abbey. St. George’s Chapel holds 800 people whereas Westminster Abbey holds 2,000.

As for Frogmore House, Markle and Prince Harry reportedly spent a lot of time there when their relationship was still unknown to the public. The couple would have picnics on the grounds in secluded areas of the gardens.

The wedding fell on a weekend

Markle and Prince Harry got married on May 19, 2018, which fell on a Saturday. This broke the royal tradition of weddings being held on a weekday, according to Reader’s Digest.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on wedding day during carriage ride.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle | Aaron Chown – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Harry’s brother, Prince William, married Kate Middleton on a Friday. Prince Harry and Prince William’s parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, exchanged vows on a Wednesday. And their grandparents, Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Philip got married on a Thursday.

Not only did the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding fall on a weekend, but it happened on the same day as another big event in Britain, the Emirates FA Final Cup, the country’s historic soccer cup competition. As Reader’s Digest pointed out, the Football Association’s president is Prince William, and he normally shows up at the Final Cup. Obviously, he skipped the Final Cup to attend his brother’s wedding.

No holiday

Following the engagement announcement of Prince Harry and Markle, the country’s government told the British people there “isn’t a precedent in this area” for a bank holiday to be declared. Basically, that means the public wouldn’t get a day off to watch the royal wedding. But since the wedding fell on a Saturday, there was no need for a holiday.

Meghan Markle St. George's Chapel on wedding day.
Meghan Markle | DANNY LAWSON/AFP/Getty Images

The government declared Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding day a bank holiday as well as the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, according to Express. However, both of those royal weddings took place during the week.