Prince Harry, Meghan Markle announce wedding date and location

Preparations for the royal wedding have officially begun.

Kensington Palace revealed the first details about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's upcoming nuptials on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. 

"The marriage of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will take place at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018," the Palace tweeted in an official letterhead text-post. "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."

The Palace also announced that the couple's first royal engagements will take place on Friday, Dec. 1 in Nottingham with a visit at the Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair. "They will meet representatives of organisations supporting people living with HIV/AIDS," the Palace tweetedadding, "Prince Harry is looking forward to introducing Ms. Markle to a community that has become very special to him." 

They will also "speak to staff and mentors @NottinghamAcad about the Full Effect programme which is helping prevent young people from turning to violence and crime," the Palace continued.

According to BBC News, Markle, who is a protestant, will be baptized and confirmed prior to the highly anticipated wedding and also plans to begin the years-long process of becoming a British citizen. 

The former Suits actress, who previously studied international relations and served as a UN Ambassador, also announced her retirement from acting this week. "I think what's been so exciting [transitioning] out of my career and into, as you said, the causes I can focus even more energy on, very early out of the gate, [is that you] have a voice that people listen to, a lot of responsibility," she told Us Weekly. "I see it is a new change, a new chapter."

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, confirmed their engagement on Monday, Nov. 27. The two have been together since the fall of 2016.

While we wait for more details about the couple's engagement, read up on everything we know about Harry and Markle's wedding.