Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to marry at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle next May and will go on their first public walkabout on Friday in Nottingham, the palace announced on Tuesday.
The couple are planning to involve members of the public in the proceedings in some form yet to be determined.
“It will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the character of the bride and groom,” said their spokesman.
Markle, 36, who is American, will also become a British citizen and will be baptised and confirmed into the Church of England prior to the wedding, Kensington Palace announced.
And it said that the royal family will pay for the wedding, including the church service, the music, the flowers and the reception.
The service is expected to drew a star-studded congregation. Markle’s friends including the tennis star Serena Williams and the Made in Chelsea star, Millie Mackintosh.
After the wedding Markle will also become the fourth patron of the Royal Foundation, the main charitable arm of the Kensington Palace royals – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. It has so far launched initiatives such as the Invictus Games and the Heads Together mental health campaign.
Markle’s belongings are currently being shipped from Canada to Kensington Palace and she is planning to travel back to North America to see friends and family in the months before the wedding.
The palace confirmed that she is leaving behind one of her dogs, Bogart, who is staying with friends in North America. Guy the Beagle is now at Kensington Palace, they announced.
Asked about how she decided between them, their spokesman said: “I can’t speculate. Miss Markle is very fond of her dogs and any decision about moving a dog over the ocean will have lots of complexity to it.”