While every royal wedding fan in the United States is jumping for joy over the announcement of the official wedding date (May 19, 2018—mark your calendars!), choosing that specific Saturday is causing quite a stir across the pond.
Turns out, the annual Emirates FA Cup Final also falls on May 19, which happens to be the biggest sporting event in the UK (no biggie). The football (or, commonly known as "soccer" here in the States) Cup marks the last match of the Football Association Challenge Cup, and its date was announced six months ago. It has one of the highest attendance rates for any soccer game in the world, so it makes sense why so many Brits have expressed their frustration over this double booking of two major UK festivities. But, this also presents a conflict for Prince William.
As president of the Football Association for more than ten years, Prince William usually attends the game and presents the trophy to the winning team. But, seeing as he'll be Prince Harry's best man and all, his brotherly duties and the royal wedding might have to come first that day. So far, there's been no word on who might potentially fill in William's role during the Cup.
Unfortunately for the UK's die-hard soccer fans, there's no hope of the event, held at Wembley Stadium, switching dates. In a statement released by the Football Association, the organization declared that it's "delighted for HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with the announcement of their wedding at Windsor Castle next year." The statement continued, saying, "Saturday 19 May promises to be a wonderful day with such a special royal occasion being followed by English football’s showpiece event, The Emirates FA Cup Final. With millions coming together to watch both events at home and around the world, it will be a day to celebrate."
A Kensington Palace spokesman also acknowledged the conflicting sporting event. "We are aware of it and we haven't announced times yet. It will be considered as part of the further planning," said the spokesman. Having the royal wedding on a Saturday also threw everyone for a loop, since most have traditionally been held on a weekday (Will and Kate wed on a Friday). The Kensington Palace spokesman went on to say that a Saturday wedding would "give the public the greatest opportunity to watch, come out, support and get involved."
But, on a more positive (and quirky) note, the wedding date also happens to fall on the same day as another UK occurrence—National Redhead Day, according to the Huffington Post. How fitting for Prince Harry! Thankfully, this one won't cause any riffs.
Despite the clashing events, we're confident the royal wedding planner (whoever that lucky soul may be) will work around the beloved soccer tournament. We may be biased, but we also think the royal wedding trumps everything else.