Prince Harry and Meghan ‘have NOT set a date for the royal wedding’ despite reports saying it’s on for May 26

  • Reports that the pair will marry on Saturday of the Spring Bank Holiday weekend
  • However this was shot down by sources who said no date had been set by couple
  • Wedding will take place at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle
  • Kensington Palace has yet to reveal a firm date, other than it will occur in May

Reports that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will take place on May 26 have been rubbished

Reports that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will take place on May 26 have been rubbished

Reports that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will take place on May 26 have been rubbished - with the happy couple yet to set a date themselves.

It was suggested tonight that the pair will marry on the Saturday of the spring bank holiday weekend, meaning Brits would have three days off to celebrate.

However The Sun's was quickly scotched by royal commentators, who told MailOnline that no date has been set in stone since Monday's announcement.

Earlier this week, Kensington Palace said the wedding?will take place at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle sometime in May.

Tonight it refused to comment on the proposed date of May 26.

Britons were hopeful the big day would mean an extra bank holiday would be announced, but the proposal was quickly quashed by Theresa May's government.??

This has led some to suggest that the ceremony could be held on one of the two scheduled bank holiday dates in May.

The early May bank holiday falls on May 7, while the spring bank holiday is set for May 28.

The later bank holiday is thought to be the preferred option for the royals, with May 7 falling closer to the Duchess of Cambridge's due date in April.

Kate displayed a hint of a baby bump in her designer dress as she arrived at the museum in a chauffeur-driven car?

Kate displayed a hint of a baby bump in her designer dress as she arrived at the museum in a chauffeur-driven car?

She and the Duke of Cambridge are expecting their third child at some point during that month, potentially ruling out early May as a suitable date for the wedding.?

A bank holiday was declared throughout the UK in 2011 for the wedding day of Harry’s older brother Prince William to Kate Middleton, and the nation was also given a day off for the Prince of Wales’s marriage to Diana Spencer in 1981.

But Theresa May’s official spokesman said: 'There are no plans for a bank holiday. There isn’t a precedent in this area.'

The spokesman pointed out that there was no Bank Holiday to mark the weddings of Prince Andrew in 1986 or Prince Edward in 1999.

However, a bank holiday was held for the wedding of Princess Anne in 1973, suggesting that the move has not always been restricted only to those who are in the direct line of succession to the throne.

Social media was awash with comments from British workers hoping there will be a bank holiday on the day, but this was always down to the Prime Minister to decide.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will take place at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle in May because it is a place 'close to the couple's hearts'

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding will take place at St George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle in May because it is a place 'close to the couple's hearts'

One was ordered for when Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011 but he is a future king and Harry will be sixth in line once their third child is born next year.

But Harry is considered too far down the line of succession to warrant one, especially as his brother's children are also above him.

Reacting to the news today workers were already getting excited about the possibility of an extra day's holiday in 2018.

Ellis King? tweeted: 'Yaaas Prince Harry engaged so another Bank Holiday on the calendar next year oooh ya belter.

Kevin Ashcroft? wrote: 'Prince Harry getting married... perhaps an extra Bank Holiday????'

Cristina Rodriguez? said: 'So if Prince Harry is getting married, does that mean we get a bank holiday? Cos I could totally do with a bank holiday'.

How this stunning 15th century gothic chapel will be a grand but intimate setting for the wedding

The stunning 15th century gothic St George's Chapel is set in the Lower Ward of the Queen's beloved Windsor Castle.

Steeped in history, it offers Prince Harry and Meghan Markle a slightly more intimate venue for their nuptials, but one that is still appropriately grand for a royal wedding.

It usually holds around 800 guests compared with the 2,000 capacity of Westminster Abbey where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed in 2011.

St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Berkshire has been chosen as the venue for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Berkshire has been chosen as the venue for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The chapel in Berkshire has intricately carved stonework, a magnificent fan vaulted ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows
The view from the top of the Round Tower at Windsor Castle, looking down towards St George's Chapel

The chapel in Berkshire has intricately carved stonework, a magnificent fan vaulted ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows

With the Queen now 91 and the Duke of Edinburgh 96, the choice will be especially convenient for Harry's ageing grandparents, who spend a great deal of time at home in the castle.

Located within the castle's grounds and surrounded by the Horseshoe Cloisters and the Henry VIII gate, the venue will also provide the royal family with a certain amount of privacy on the day of the wedding.

Harry was also christened in the chapel in December 1984 when he was three months old, which, according to Church of England rules, means he can also marry there.

The prince and Miss Markle's reception could be held in the castle's 180ft (55m) long St George's Hall, traditionally used for glittering state banquets.

The vast hall had to be restored following the devastating fire at the castle in 1992.

The chapel, with its intricately carved stonework, magnificent fan vaulted ceiling and beautiful stained glass windows, has seen many royal weddings and funerals.

The church is often at the heart of royal events, with the Windsors gathering there each year for Easter services

The church is often at the heart of royal events, with the Windsors gathering there each year for Easter services

The last royal wedding was for Harry's cousin, Peter Phillips - son of the Princess Royal - who married Canadian Autumn Kelly in 2008

The last royal wedding was for Harry's cousin, Peter Phillips - son of the Princess Royal - who married Canadian Autumn Kelly in 2008

The last royal wedding was for Harry's cousin, Peter Phillips - son of the Princess Royal - who married Canadian Autumn Kelly in 2008.

Harry's father, the Prince of Wales, and stepmother, the Duchess of Cornwall, had their televised religious blessing there in 2005, after their civil ceremony down the road in Windsor's Town Hall.

In 1999, Harry's uncle, the Earl of Wessex, married Sophie Rhys-Jones, now the Countess of Wessex, at St George's.

Prince Edward and Sophie leave St Georges's Chapel in 1999

Prince Edward and Sophie leave St Georges's Chapel in 1999

Royal newlyweds and their families traditionally pose for photographs afterwards on the vast west steps, as Harry and his new bride are certain to do.

It has been the setting for many historic funerals including the Queen Mother's private committal service following her Westminster Abbey funeral in 2002, and in the same year, Princess Margaret's small, private funeral.

The funeral of the Queen's father, King George VI, took place at St George's in 1952.

Like Westminster Abbey, the chapel is known as a Royal Peculiar, with the Dean of Windsor responsible only to the sovereign.

The church - a place of worship for the Queen and her family - is often at the heart of royal events, with the Windsors gathering there each year for Easter services, and in the past for occasions such as the service to mark the Duke of Edinburgh's 90th birthday.?

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