The STRICT engagement tradition all royals follow from Kate Middleton and Prince William to Princess Diana and Prince Charles as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to follow suit
Kate Middleton and Prince William got married after five months together.
The nation loves a royal wedding, which is why when now-pregnant Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Prince William tied the knot 24 million people tuned in to watch.
And a lot has happened in the six years since their lavish Westminster Abbey ceremony back in April 2011, with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry recently announcing their engagement.
Kate – real name Catherine – and Will have gone on to have Prince George and Princess Charlotte, and are now expecting their third, with many speculating what the baby’s sex will be, and what will happen to succession, especially if she had twins.
The couple don’t always play by the rules and have been known to break tradition in the past.
However, one royal trend they did follow was the length of their engagement.
The couple announced they were engaged in November 2010, and had a five month engagement – the same length of time as Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
And Prince Harry and Meghan have already set their wedding date, abiding by the tradition and setting the date for May 2018 – giving them just six months to plan the wedding.
The average engagement length in the UK is 14 months, but actually it turns out all royal engagements are significantly shorter.
This could be due to the lack of financial restraints, and the fact they have all the help needed to plan a grand ceremony in such a short space of time.
A short engagement is a long-running royal trend.
Source: OK CO UK
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