Everything We Know About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding

We're already counting down to the big day.

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In case the arrival of a royal baby wasn't exciting enough, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle only added to the good news when they officially announced their engagement. The couple first met in May 2016, and the royal says he immediately knew that she was "the one."

Unbearable cuteness aside, here's everything we know so far about the much-anticipated wedding set for 2018.

The big day is announced: May 19, 2018.

Kensington Palace confirmed the wedding will begin at noon U.K. time, or 7 a.m. EST. After the hour-long ceremony, the couple will embark on a short carriage procession around Windsor to celebrate with members of the public — and provide a gorgeous photo-op.

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The wedding service will begin at 12noon at St George's Chapel. The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service and The Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate as the couple make their vows.

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal)

The carriage will then take them to the first of two receptions: One at St George's Hall with all of the invited guests and a second, more intimate affair for their closest friends and family.

Following the service, there will be a reception at St George's Hall for the couple and the guests from the congregation.

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal)

Windsor Castle will host the event.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Dean of Windsor David Conner will oversee the nuptials in St George's Chapel, which is located within the royal residence. It's smaller than Westminster Abbey — where Prince William and Kate Middleton married — and St Paul's Cathedral —where their parents wed — but prestigious enough for a high-profile royal wedding. Case in point: Prince Edward, the younger brother of Prince Charles, tied the knot with Sophie Rhys-Jones there in 1999.

St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in Berkshire, England.
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While the spot is justtt right for this type of affair, the Queen did technically have to give the couple permission to use it. Luckily, Harry's grandmother gave it the a-okay.

The engagement photos were simply gorgeous.

In case their absolute adorableness was in any doubt, the couple released two official engagement portraits on December 21 to celebrate the occasion.

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Fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski shot the duo at Windsor Castle's Frogmore House. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were so pleased by the "warm and generous messages" they received in response that they also released a candid pic from the shoot as well.

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It's going to be televised.

You won't need an invitation to watch the two say "I do." A spokesperson for the couple told that the ceremony to viewers around the world.

"The couple of course wants the day to be a special, celebratory moment for their friends and family," the unnamed rep said. "They also want the day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too."

American viewers will have to tune in at 7 a.m. EST or 4 a.m. PST to catch the action live.

The royal family will pay for the wedding.

Just like Prince William's wedding, it's the groom's family that will foot the majority of the bill. The Queen received in income this year, so won't be much of a stretch.

They'll each receive new titles.

The monarch traditionally bestows new titles on royal men when they marry, and Prince Harry is no exception. Experts strongly expect Prince Harry will become the Duke of Sussex, making his new bride the Duchess of Sussex and an "HRH" (Her Royal Highness.) She could also go by Princess Henry of Wales, but Markle won't become a princess in her own right since she wasn't born into the royal family.

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The Obamas might not receive an invite.

Prince Harry and Barack Obama are clearly close. Just watch their adorable interview from the Invictus Games ("Queen or the Queen?" "The Queen!"). But while the two may enjoy a great friendship, the royal declined to answer a question about whether the former president would attend the wedding.

"We haven't put the invites or the guest list together yet so who knows whether he's going to be invited or not," he told BBC's Sarah Montague. "I wouldn't want to ruin that surprise."

According to , British government officials worry that inviting Barack and Michelle Obama could create political complications with President Trump, especially if the current commander-in-chief doesn't make the guest list at all. Political pundits may just have to wait until May to see how it all shakes out.

Kate Middleton won't be part of the wedding party.

As the future king and queen consort, don't expect the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to be standing at the front of the chapel on the big day. Kate Middleton wasn't even the matron of honor at her own sister's wedding, and it's safe to say she knows Pippa a lot better than Meghan. The reason for abstaining is pretty simple: The Duchess doesn't want to overshadow the bride, and it goes against etiquette for someone of her standing to "attend" to another woman, according to royals expert and author Marlene Koenig.

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The good news: "It is very likely that Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge will be a page boy and a bridesmaid," Koenig says. So cute!

Prince William might be best man.

Although royal weddings don't usually include a best man, Prince William broke with protocol when he had Prince Harry perform the duty back in 2011. But so far Prince Harry hasn't reciprocated.

"He hasn't asked me yet, just to clear that up. It could be a sensitive subject," the big brother said at an event in January. Just like the royal protocol restricting Kate, etiquette could prevent the future king from doing the job. However, the more traditional role typically held at these types of ceremonies.

Meghan Markle reportedly wants her mom to walk her down the aisle.

According to , the bride may break with tradition and have Doria Ragland accompany her for the big moment. They two share a close relationship: Meghan lived with her mother after her parents' divorce, and Ragland also accompanied the couple to the Invictus Games in September.

While her dad has maintained a low profile since the engagement, Tom Markle did also confirm to the that he'd "love to" fulfill the traditional duty. (Michael Middleton at her wedding.)

The bride may make a speech at the reception.

Meghan Markle is updating royal customs left and right, and her nod to modernity might continue at the reception. Breaking with tradition, she will reportedly make a speech "offering "affectionate" praise of her new husband, thanks to the Queen, and a few suitable jokes, the reports. Historically only the groom, father of the bride, and best man make speeches at British wedding receptions.

"She wants to have the chance to thank her husband and everyone who has supported them," a source told the . "Harry thinks it's a great idea."

They'll serve a banana-flavored cake.

Royal chefs usually whip up a booze-soaked fruitcake for high-profile nuptials, but the Windsor Castle kitchens might be making another special confection just for Prince Harry, according to the the .

The prince reportedly loves anything banana-flavored, and Meghan Markle alluded to this when she shared a pic of cuddling bananas on her former Instagram last year. The post came hours after confirmed their relationship, so the fruit definitely seems to mean something to the two of them.

Meghan Markle will likely wear something simple.

"My personal style — wedding or not — is very pared down and relaxed," the actress told last year. "Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist." Potential designers for the much anticipated gown include Elie Saab, Erdem, Antonio Berardi, Gile Deacon, Ralph & Russo, Emilia Wickstead, Temperley London, Jenny Packham, and Amanda Wakeley.

Markle could also turn to her friend and designer Misha Nonoo, who may have in the first place.

The calligraphy will be top-notch.

"I used to be a calligrapher for weddings and events — that was my side job while I was auditioning," Markle told GolfHr in 2016. While we doubt she'll provide the penmanship for her own invitations, the royal writers are likely feeling extra pressure this time around!

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