LONDON — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have set a marriage date for May 19, Britain’s royal family announced on Friday.
The couple said shortly after announcing their engagement in late November that they were planning a May wedding at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, west of London. On Friday, the royal family gave the date.
Word of the impending marriage has inspired some Britons to hope that, midway through a chilly season, with uncertainty surrounding the nation’s place in Europe and the world, the wedding will inject a shimmer of glitz into an otherwise dull agenda for 2018.
The plans present something of a conflict, however, for Prince Harry’s older brother, Prince William.
Prince William is president of the English Football Association, and May 19 is the date of the F.A. Cup final, one of the biggest English soccer games of the year. (He presented the trophy to this year’s winner, Arsenal.)
The May nuptials will be the first royal wedding since April 29, 2011, when Prince William and Catherine Middleton were married at Westminster Abbey in London.