Kensington Palace has announced Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will get married on May 19 next year.
The couple are due to tie the knot at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, with Archbishop Justin Welby reported to be officiating the ceremony.
The wedding falls on the day of the FA Cup final, meaning the Prince’s brother William – tipped to be the best man - might be unable to attend the event as the President of the Football Association.
The day goes against tradition given it is being held on a Saturday, as royal weddings usually take place on a weekday.
The choice of date avoids creating an issue over whether to mark the day of the wedding with a bank holiday.
It also will allow Harry’s sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, a chance to recover after the birth of her third child, which is expected in April.
The royal family is paying for the service, but security will fall on the taxpayer.