The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her third child, and back at work after some early pregnancy health challenges. She spoke to the media yesterday about the delightful news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement, as more details about the forthcoming wedding were revealed.
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Today The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Foundling Museum in London to find out more about the Museum's history. The Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. The Duchess learned about how the Museum aims to give young people new skills, an understanding of history and a space in which their voices are heard. Her Royal Highness also had a chance to take part in arts and crafts activities with local nursery children. 📷 – PA
The Duchess of Cambridge was on an official visit to London’s Foundling Museum, when media stopped her on the way in for comment on the royal engagement.
“William and I are absolutely thrilled. It’s such exciting news,” Kate said.
“It’s a really happy time for any couple and we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy this happy moment.”
It’s a happy moment indeed with Buckingham Palace yesterday releasing an official statement announcing Harry and Meghan’s engagement and today, fleshing out some of the details about when and where the wedding will take place.
Meghan and Harry will be married at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel, a venue that’s about half the size of Westminster Abbey, where Kate and William were most recently married. The ceremony will take place in May next year, the exact date still unclear.
A statement released by Buckingham Palace said further details will be announced in “due course”.
The marriage of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May, 2018.
Her Majesty The Queen has granted permission for the wedding to take place at the Chapel.
The Royal Family will pay for the wedding.
Further details about the wedding will be announced in due course.
– Buckingham Palace
“Very special place”
Harry’s communications secretary Jason Knauf told Hello Magazine that Windsor Castle is “very special place” for the prince and he and Meghan were excited to be marrying in the “beautiful grounds of Windsor”.
“They will be making sure it reflects who they are as a couple,” Jason explained.
“They 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.”
It’s thought that this event will be a much more relaxed affair than the usual royal weddings, with Meghan’s Hollywood pedigree attracting more famous faces than aristocracy.
“Delighted” and “great joy”
The Queen released a statement via Twitter congratulating the happy couple.
“The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness.”
Meghan’s mum and dad, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, did the same.
“We are incredibly happy for Meghan and Harry. Our daughter has always been a kind and loving person. To see her union with Harry, who shares the same qualities, is a source of great joy for us as parents. We wish them a lifetime of happiness and are very excited for their future together.”
Brand new life
It’s also been revealed that Meghan will be baptised to allow her to marry in the church, and that the wheels are in motion for her British citizenship too.
Meghan and Harry will embark on their first royal engagement together, as an engaged couple, later this week. It’s expected that thousands of well-wishers will turn out to give the cute pair a wave when they visit Nottingham on Friday. We. Can’t. Wait. We’ll be glued to the telly.
This lovely union is the good news many of us didn’t know we needed.
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"We're a fantastic team and we know we are, and we hope over time to try have as much impact for all the things we care about as much as possible." In this interview, filmed on the day Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement was announced, the couple talk about how the "stars were aligned" as they fell in love.
Kate’s official visit to the Foundling Museum