Update: Amidst the celebrations of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement, there was one piece of disappointing news: The wedding date wouldn't be declared a bank holiday. We predicted that a lot of people would mysteriously fall ill that day and call in sick, but it turns out that won't be necessary.
The wedding date has been announced and it's scheduled on an existing bank holiday. Prince Harry and Markle will tie the knot on May 26, 2018, as reported by The Cut. The date just so happens to be Spring Bank Holiday Weekend and Memorial Day, so save the date everyone, we have a wedding to celebrate.
Original story published on 27th November 2017.
Actress and humanitarian Meghan Markle is engaged to a retired British soldier! We're giddy with excitement about the news of the upcoming royal wedding (fine, he's also some kind of prince), already speculating on everything from the guest list to the type of wedding dress the Suits star will wear.
But when people saw the news about Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Sparkle (this is her name now, sorry), many were concerned with a more practical matter about the royal wedding: Will it mean a day off work? After all, royal weddings are traditionally held during the week, and their ceremony — slated for spring 2018 — will likely follow suit.
Sadly, Downing Street dashed their hopes. After all the speculation on Twitter, Theresa May's official spokesperson said: "There are no plans for a Bank Holiday," according to the Independent. "There isn't a precedent in this area," the spokesperson added, mentioning that there were no bank holidays to celebrate the weddings of Prince Andrew in 1986 or Prince Edward in 1999.
When Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, wed at Westminster Abbey on 29th April 2011, then-Prime Minister David Cameron declared the day a "bank holiday" for people in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. (Around the world, many people unofficially took a few hours off to watch the spectacle.) The country also took the day off for Princess Diana's wedding in 1981.
It didn't seem as likely that we will get a holiday for Harry — he's only fifth in line to the throne. It will be up to the government to decide, according to the Mirror. The papers are predicting that Prince Harry and Markle will get married at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, which is a smaller venue than Westminster Abbey but still grand enough for this type of affair.