The Royal Proposal
At the beginning of this week we were greeted by the fabulous news that Prince Harry had asked Meghan Markle to marry him, and she of course, said yes!
This is extremely exciting news for the Royal Family as well as Britain and the rest of the Commonwealth.
Unfortunately, as you may or may not know by now, we won’t be getting a Bank Holiday for the wedding day as we did with William and Kate.
This has been confirmed by the government, and speculation is that it is because Harry is not directly in line to the throne, whereas William is second in line.
When and Where?
It has been released in the media that they will be getting married in May 2018, with William and Kate’s new addition due in April, this ensures the whole family can attend.
However, the late Queen Victoria was very superstitious, and is known to have believed in the rhyme ‘Marry in May and rue the day’, so they will be going against this!
There is speculation that it could potentially take place on one of the Bank Holidays already in May, either the 7th or 28th. But with the Royal baby due in April and government elections taking place at the beginning of May, it is more likely that it will be the latter date.
They have chosen St George’s Chapel in Windsor and it has been noted that Windsor has a special place in Harry’s heart.
The Ring and Proposal:
There have been many pictures of the beautiful ring since the announcement on Monday.
Harry designed the ring himself, choosing a classic yellow gold band along with three stones on top. The centre stone is from Botswana, having been mined by De beers diamond jewellers, with the two outer diamonds coming from his late mother, Princess Diana’s jewellery collection.
Having the middle stone coming from Botswana is very special for both of them. Harry first travelled there when he was 13 years old and is a patron for the Rhino Conservation there.
It is also where their first holiday was, taking place at Meno a Kwena camp, glamping amongst the wildlife and under the stars. He also whisked her back here for her 36th birthday earlier this year.
In their interviews following the proposal, the happy couple have lovingly explained how they were having a cosy night in at home, cooking dinner, before Harry got on one knee.
Meghan has said that she didn’t even let him finish proposing by saying yes excitedly!
If you love proposal stories, here is one of our favourites written by one of the Holidaysafe team.
Now, there has been speculation that they will honeymoon back in Botswana now it has even more meaning to them.
However, as everyone is now well aware of their favourite getaway, we would imagine for their honeymoon they may end up somewhere a bit more secluded, with the favourite being Nambia.
We have a list of unusual honeymoon destinations that they may want to include in their options!
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