Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding is the moment royal watchers have been waiting for! On Saturday, May 19, everyone from Hollywood A-listers to European royalty to esteemed members of the public will descend on Windsor Castle for the event of the year. It's a royal wedding set to change the course of royal history – with Meghan being the first biracial American divorcée to say "I do" in St. George's Chapel – and whether in person or not, all the world wants to witness the occasion.
If you're not lucky enough to have scored a seat in the pews or a spot in the crowd outside of the castle, here's the lowdown on how you can be a part of their big day, even from the comfort of your own home (just be prepared to get up early, Canada!)
When is the royal wedding?
The ceremony will begin at 7 am EST on Saturday, May 19.
What is the schedule on royal wedding day?
Most Canadian broadcasters will start rolling a couple of hours earlier, from 4:30 to 5 am EST to catch the likes of the Beckhams, Priyanka Chopra and adorable Prince George and Princess Charlotte arriving. At 6:15 am EST, Princes Harry and William are expected to make their first appearance. Following the ceremony, at 8 am EST, the newlyweds will embark on an hour-long carriage procession through Windsor before arriving at their first reception at 9 am EST, hosted by the Queen at St George's Hall. A smaller soiree for family and friends follows in the late afternoon EST, which could go late into the night in UK time (William and Kate's wrapped up at 3 am with a fireworks display!)
Will the royal wedding be televised? How can I watch?
Yes! While televised royal weddings are not a given, Meghan and Harry want everyone to be involved in their big day – even if they are oceans away. “The couple of course want the day to be a special, celebratory moment for their friends and family," said Kensington Palace in a statement. "They also want the day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too and are currently working through ideas for how this might be achieved.”
For those in the Great White North, the CBC will broadcast the nuptials, with former anchor Peter Mansbridge on hand giving commentary alongside host Adrienne Arsenault and royal expert Katie Nicholl. Time to start planning your viewing parties!
Will the royal wedding be streamed?
Hello! Canada will be hosting a live stream – starting at 4:30 am EST – of the royal wedding right here at ca.hellomagazine.com! And just like for Prince William and Duchess Kate's nuptials back in 2011, the Royal Family's official YouTube channelwill also have a lives stream.
If you’d rather listen than watch (or do both at the same time!), CHFI 98.1 will have Hello! Canada editor-in-chief Alison Eastwood join Darren & Mo In the Morning for a very special royal wedding edition of the popular show (6-10 am EST). Outside Toronto you can tune in at chfi.com or by using the Radioplayer Canada app.
Where is the royal wedding happening?
The couple will exchange vows at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, joining a huge roster of royals who have said "I do" in the historic location. Harry's father, Prince Charles, and his stepmother Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also got married there. In the fall, his cousin Princess Eugenie will wed Jack Brooksbank in the same location. The royal borough of Windsor is 30 miles west of London and just 15 minute's drive from Heathrow Airport.
How much will the royal wedding cost?
UK wedding planning app Bridebook has estimated that Meghan and Harry's royal wedding will cost a staggering $55 million, compared to William and Kate's nuptials which cost around $34 million. The food - including their modern elderflower lemon cake - is expected to cost $500,000, flowers could ring in at nearly $200,000, another $35,000 for their gilded invitations and upwards of half-a-million dollars for Meghan's bridal looks (which will reportedly cost less than Kate's), among other expenses.
It was confirmed that the royal family will pay for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 2018 wedding. The royals will be footing the bill for the church service, the music, the flowers, decorations and the reception following the ceremony.
Who will be at the royal wedding?
Meghan and Harry both have strong ties with Hollywood. The bride-to-be is a former star of the hit series Suits while her prince has built many A-list relationships through his charity work. So, naturally, their big day will be star-studded! While there's a lot of speculation going around, a few celebs have confirmed that they'll be there.
Meghan's longtime pal Priyanka Chopra will make an appearance, as well as George and Amal Clooney and royal wedding fixtures David and Victoria Beckham. The 36-year-old's stylist and Toronto bestie Jessica Mulroney will be there along with her family, including her adorable little girl Ivy, 4, who may even walk down the aisle as a bridesmaid. Expect to see a number of Meghan's Suits co-stars, too.