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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s exact wedding date is FINALLY announced

Time to buy those hats!

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Prince Harry and fiancee Meghan Markle will marry on Saturday, May 19.

Kensington Palace confirmed the couple’s exact wedding date on Friday, so mark it in your diaries, people!

We already knew the wedding would be in May at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, but we’d all been waiting to find out the actual date.

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They’ll become man and wife on May 19 (Credit: John Rainford/WENN.com)

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A statement released by the palace read: “His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle will marry on 19th May 2018.

“Today’s announcement follows earlier confirmation of the month of the wedding and its location at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.”

Exciting!

Get the date in your diaries, people! (Credit: Twitter)

Royal fans were thrilled by the news, with many saying they’d be out in force at Windsor Castle on the day – or waking up early overseas so they didn’t miss a moment of the celebrations.

It’s yet to be confirmed whether the wedding will be televised but we’re keeping our fingers crossed!

The Queen granted permission for the couple to wed at Windsor Castle’s chapel.

It will be paid for by the Royal Family.

Harry, 33, proposed to American actress Meghan, 36, during a cosy night in at his home in Kensington Palace in November, after seeking permission from her parents.

Of course, what we all really want to know is whether we get a day off for the wedding!

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How exciting! (Credit: Twitter)

After all, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011 led to a glorious extra bank holiday in the calendar.

Well, sadly, it’s looking unlikely right now…

Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said there are “no plans” for the public to be granted an extra bank holiday in 2018.

Her rep pointed out that while Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding led to an extra bank holiday in 1981, there was no such extra time off for the weddings of his siblings Prince Andrew or Prince Edward.

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Pictured together in September at the Invictus Games (Credit: Wenn)

Harry and Meghan began dating last July after being introduced by a mutual friend in London, whom they’ve vowed not to name in order to protect her privacy.

They hit it off immediately and just weeks later jetted to Botswana together.

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They were introduced through a mutual friend in London (Credit: BBC)

Harry said in an interview with BBC News after the engagement: “We camped out with each other under the stars — she came and joined me for five days out there, which was absolutely fantastic.

“So then we were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure that we had a chance to get to know each other.”

Contrary to reports, Harry had never watched Meghan’s legal drama series Suits before and had no idea who she was before the blind date.

“I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her and there she was sitting there,” he said.

“I thought, I am really going to have to up my game here, sit down and make sure I’ve got a good chat.”

Harry had never seen Meghan in Suits before (Credit: USA Network)

Harry added: “The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was sort of confirmation to me that all the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect.

“It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life.

“I know the fact that she will be unbelievably good at the job part of it as well is obviously a huge relief to me because she will be able to deal with everything else that comes with it.

“We’re a fantastic team. We know we are. And we hope to, over time, try and have as much impact for the things that we care about as much as possible.”

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Harry said the “stars aligned” when he met Meghan (Credit: BBC)

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Meghan has now quit her role on Suits – and acting in full – to move to London.

She and Harry will live at Nottingham Cottage, his residence at Kensington Palace, next door to Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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