The biggest wedding of the year is taking place on Saturday 19th May and Kensington Palace have finally released the schedule and timings for the whole day.
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If you’re planning on watching, we’ve got all the details on how and where to watch, when to tune in and even the ultimate guide to throwing a watching party so you and your friends can give this occasion the celebration it deserves.
Whether you’re watching on TV from home or heading to your local street party, here’s everything you need to know about seeing Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding.
When is The Royal Wedding?
We’ll give you the benefit of the doubt if you don’t know the answer to this already – maybe you just woke up from a coma or something? The royal wedding is this Saturday, the 19th May. Mark it on your calendar now.
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What Time Is The Royal Wedding?
Here’s what we known from Kensington Palace about how the day will run:
The lucky 2,640 members of the public who’ve been invited to watch will begin arriving at Windsor Castle’s grounds. 100,000 people are expected to visit Windsor for the day to watch from the town streets so you’ll need to turn up much earlier than 9am if you want a good spot there.
9.30 – 11am
Wedding guests will arrive at the Round Tower by coach and will walk to the South Door of St George’s Chapel to enter. This short walk is the time to celeb-spot, with everyone from David Beckham and Serena Williams to Elton John and Ellie Goulding expected to get an invite.
Members of the Royal Family will start arriving and enter St George’s Chapel by the Galilee Porch. Some will be on foot, others will arrive by car. Now’s your chance to start making bets on what hat Princess Beatrice might wear this time.
According to Royal protcol, the Queen will be the last member of the Royal Family to arrive, so expect her a few minutes before Meghan so she’s time to take her seat.
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Prince Harry and his best man the Duke of Cambridge will arrive at St George’s Chapel on foot and enter via the West Steps. Harry will stop to greet the charity representatives who’ll be gathered at the steps so we should get some great shots of him in his military outfit at this point.
Meghan will travel with her mum, Doria Ragland, from Cliveden House to the venue, beginning her journey at 11.45 and arriving at just before 12pm. She’ll be taking a car down the Long Walk where we’ll get our first glimpse of her in her dress and they’ll stop outside the castle for her mum to head into the chapel. At this point, Meghan will exit the car and we’ll see her show-stopping gown in all it’s glory. She’ll be joined by her bridesmaids and page boys (reportedly including Prince George and Princess Charlotte) and will enter the church by the West Steps.
The wedding service will start and lasts an hour. There’s a pool camera inside the church so every channel will carry the same footage of the service and exchange of vows. It’s being conducted by the Dean of Windsor with the Archbishop of Canterbury officiating.
The service ends and the newlyweds will exit the church by the West Steps. (If they don’t share a kiss on those steps, then we’re switching off.) They’ll be waved off by their family members as they begin their Procession. This is expected to last around 25 minutes and will go down Castle Hill to the High Street, along Kings Road, and back to Windsor Castle via the Long Walk.
The rest of the congregation will file out the church to watch the start of the procession before walking to the lunchtime reception at St George’s Hall hosted by the Queen so we’ll have our second chance to gawk at all the A-listers and their outfits.
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Technically not part of the royal wedding day, but we thought we ought to make a small mention of the time that the FA Cup final kicks off as we imagine there might be some people somewhere who’d weirdly want to watch that instead of wedding re-caps.
Prince Harry and Meghan will leave the reception at St George’s Hall and head to Frogmore House for their evening reception, hosted by best man Prince William. The newlyweds are expected to take time for the media to photograph them just before they leave for the evening part. Fingers crossed Meghan changes into a second dress for this!
What Are the Televised Times for the Royal Wedding?
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Bagsie your spot in front of the TV now because this will be the best place to catch all the action.
BBC, ITV and Sky will be covering the wedding all day in the UK. There’ll be one official camera inside the church streaming the service live and then the channels will be competing to convince you to watch their coverage of the run-up and post-wedding procession.
Choose your channel wisely. The BBC’s coverage starts at 9am, with Huw Edwards and Dermot O’Leary among the main presenters, while The One Show’s Alex Jones and Strictly winner Ore Oduba will be down with the crowds.
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Our beloved Phillip Schofield will lead ITV’s proceedings at 9.25am with Julie Etchingham, while GMB’s Charlotte Hawkins will be among the roving reporters. Sky kick off at 9am, with Kay Burley hosting from Windsor with Sarah-Jane Mees and Colin Brazier.
If you don’t have a TV licence, then the BBC have specially waived the need to have to one for community events – this means you can watch the BBC’s coverage at street parties, town halls, community centres and even shops without a licence.
What Royal Wedding Events Are Happening In The UK?
The BBC are putting up big screens across the UK to show the wedding coverage, including in Belfast, Salisbury, Leeds, Swansea, Winchester and Portsmouth. Most big cities will have community screenings you can attend so search in your local area.
Madame Tussauds’ Stag and Hen Party
Spend the day before the wedding with Harry and Meghan at Madame Tussauds in London! Ok, not the actual couple, but get the right filter on Instagram and no-one will be able to tell. They’re unveiling the couple’s wax-works at an exclusive stag and hen event on the 18th that’s filled with bubbles and a dedicated social media photographer to get your perfect snap with them.
Dreamland Margate Street Party
The amusement park is throwing a huge shindig for the wedding and showing the FA Cup final too. There’ll be an inflatable church, mass bouquet toss, and bunting everywhere. You can get in free if you have the name Harry or Meghan (ID required; spelling variations permitted) or if you’re in a wedding dress.
Regent Centre Cinema Screening
Wedding attire is encouraged at this quirky cinema screening of the royal wedding ceremony at the Regent Centre cinema in Christchurch, Dorset. There’s a prize for the best dressed! Plus, tickets are free!
One Marylebone Church Party
What better place to celebrate a wedding than in a church. One Marylebone, formerly Holy Trinity Church, in London is throwing the mother of all parties. Watch the nuptials while wedding cake decorating, taking a first dance class and indulging in way too much hog roast and champagne.
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Fortnum and Mason’s Royal Afternoon Tea
Fortnum and Mason’s have launched a ‘Right Royal Celebration’ afternoon tea where you can watch the wedding live while munching on the most British of afternoon teas. Fortnum’s have a royal warrant so where better to go for your celebratory tea and scones, sandwiches and champagne? You’ll even be given a pot of their exclusive Wedding Breakfast tea to take home with you.
Local Street Parties
How much do Brits love a good street party! Whip out the bunting, tell Doris from down the road to make a batch of her famous scones and stock up on Pimms, it’s time for a right royal knees-up. Searches for ‘royal wedding street parties’ have been up a staggering 188% over the past four weeks; with that kind of excitement there’s likely one happening in a street near you.
You can find out through Google or word of mouth and speak to organisers about whether you can attend. If there isn’t one near you then throw your own wedding party at home with our guide below.
How To Throw The Ultimate Royal Wedding Viewing Party
Whether you’re having your own garden party or transforming your place into a giant version of the Union Jack, throwing a watching party at home is an amazing way to celebrate! But this isn’t just any party, its a royal wedding party and that requires some serious effort.
To take all the stress away, we’ve done the thinking for you and planned the ultimate royal wedding watching party.
What Food to Make for a Royal Wedding Party?
Obviously the most important part of any party – the catering!
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Celebrate Meghan’s American heritage by firing up the biggest, baddest, meatiest BBQ you’ve ever had. This BBQ pulled pork recipe is an American classic and is done in the oven – perfect if you don’t have space for a real BBQ. We love this sticky Dr Pepper ribs recipe and grilled mojito-marinated chicken. Serve lots of chunky guacamole as a nod to California and, as Meghan’s favourite fruit is apparently watermelon, dish up this speedy halloumi, watermelon and mint salad.
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Naturally you need to show off the best of Britain too and that’s undoubtedly our afternoon teas. Bake a batch of fresh scones and serve with lashing of jam and cream or serve a savoury Ploughman’s scone. Nothing says classic British like a batch of lemon drizzle slices by Bake Off’s own Paul Hollywood, but if you fancy adding a little European flair then how good do these afternoon tea churros sound?! Tip your hat to Meghan with an incredible-sounding peanut butter jelly Bakewell tart.
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The public invited to watch the wedding will be served sausage rolls and a cup of tea – if it’s good enough for the VIPs, it’s good enough for your guests. Serve a traditional version of this tried-and-tested party favourite or go wild with these chorizo and apple sausage rolls or this cheese and marmite sausage roll recipe.
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Pull out all the stops with your own version of Harry and Meghan’s wedding cake: this lemon elderflower cake is wedding perfect. Or take a twist on a classic with an Eton mess cake. Harry went to Eton school, it’s delicious and full of strawberries – a no-brainer.
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We suggest champagne on arrival and more to toast the couple once they’ve said their vows, but for a true British feel, you must serve Pimm’s.
To celebrate Meghan’s American roots, offer a refreshing mint julep, packed full of bourbon. For something non-alcoholic, channel their cake flavours with an elderflower and lemon cordial.
Royal Family Masks, Amazon – £7.99
Is there anything more fun than role-playing the first time Meghan met The Queen and Prince Philip with these Royal Family masks?
Retro Poker Set, Ella James – £32
Brits might be more down for a game of Cluedo, but the Americans love poker, so give a nod to our cousins across the pond with a poker match at your party.
British Photobooth Props, Etsy – £5.56
Improve your selfie game 1000x with these excellent British props. Have a Union Jack as a background and let your guests go wild with patriotic pride.
Swan Temporary Tattoos, Paperself – £7.50
What’s a party without a temporary tattoo station? What’s a royal wedding party without a temporary swan tattoo?
Royal Wedding Bingo
Download yourself a royal wedding bingo card or make your own and get stamping as you watch – here’s an example one from Pinterest. Try turning this into a drinking game by taking a shot everytime you cross one off. First one to a full house, gets a prize!
Royal Wedding Playlist
You can take so many different angles on this. Go down the singers with royal titles route (Prince, Queen, Kings Of Leon); you could do songs just with singers Prince Harry has been linked with (Ellie Goulding, Rihanna, Natalie Imbruglia, Mollie from The Saturdays); you could do the princesses of pop (Britney, Taylor, Beyonce, Katy). The playlist options are endless.
Accessories & Decor
Harry and Meghan Bunting, Etsy – £13.50
You have to make the place look good – which means tons of bunting and flags. Let’s start with this Harry and Meghan face bunting.
Cupcake Toppers, Etsy – £1.65
Not only are these cake toppers a beautiful visual tribute to our favourite couple, they’re edible too! Although is it maybe treason to eat a royal’s face?
Harry and Meghan Commemorative Plate – £25
Serve your cakes on this plate and wait to see if anyone does a double take – yep, that’s right, something is not what it seems with this one…
Harry and Meghan Life-Size Cardboard Cut-Out, Amazon – £41.87
Let’s say that again for the ones in the back, a Harry and Meghan LIFE-SIZE cardboard cut-out. It’s like they’d be there in the room! A pricey but, I think we’ll all agree, priceless addition to your party decor.
Union Jack Cups, Ginger Ray – £3.49
Not one thing in your house on the royal wedding day should not scream ‘WE LOVE HARRY AND MEGHAN’, cups included.
What to Wear to Watch the Royal Wedding?
The dress code really depends on your theme. For example, a garden party is all floaty dresses for ladies and tailored shorts and shirts for boys, but an American themed shindig will need denims and frat-boy caps.
If you choose Meghan’s former TV show Suits as your inspiration, then we’re going for power dressing in sharp Harvey Specter-style suits and chic dresses.
One thing you can’t miss is this though…
Corgi Onesie, Kigu – £39.99
Creepy or cute? You decide. Either way, someone needs to be dressed as a Corgi.
If you’re looking for ideas on how to throw the perfect bride-to-be breakfast just like Meghan, we’ve got your plans covered.