Complete Guide To Binge Watching The Royal Wedding
The countdown of the final few days until the wedding of the year is officially on with the Royal Wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry happening on Saturday 19th of May.
Earlier today it was announced that Queen Elizabeth had officially given written consent for the royal wedding to take place and so now all that’s left to do is organise those last minute details before the big day goes ahead.
So while Harry, Meghan and their no doubt army of hired help double check the flowers and check the weather apps for their wedding day, we’re over here purchasing our popcorn and ice-cream, and prepping ourselves to stay up and watch the whole thing take place from the comfort of our coach.
But if you’re not as organised as us and you’re wondering how on earth you’re meant to watch one of our favourite royal couples tie the knot with the whole thing happening over in London, then not to worry, we’ve got your back!
Here is your complete guide to where you can watch the royal wedding, what time the coverage will be starting, and of course if you’re one of those people who doesn’t want to deal with all of the lead up and just want to watch them say I do, we’ve got a timeline of events for you too!
HOW TO WATCH:
While the highly anticipated wedding day will begin in the morning local time, for us Aussies it’ll all be taking place Saturday night. Coverage will be shown on most free to air channels from about 7pm.
- ABC: Coverage live from London will begin at 7:30pm (AEST)
- Seven: Rolling coverage will be happening all day but the actual wedding will play out during the evening news
- Nine: Coverage live from London will begin at 7pm (AEST)
- SBS: Coverage live from London will begin at 7:30pm (AEST)
THE ROYAL WEDDING MAIN EVENTS TIMELINE:
9am local time/6pm AEST - Members of the public who have been invited to watch the wedding day from the grounds of Windsor Castle arrive.
9:30-11am local time/6:30-8pm AEST - Guests arrive at the Castle's famous Round Tower by coach and enter the chapel through the South Door.
11:20am local time/8:20pm AEST - Members of the royal family begin to arrive and enter via the Galilee Porch.
11:45am local time/8:45am - Around this time Harry and Prince William arrive at the Chapel's West Steps, probably walking past the thousands of spectators invited into the grounds of the castle. Harry will have the chance to acknowledge the 200 representatives from charities he is associated with gathered in the Horseshoe Cloister at the bottom of the steps.
11:55-11:59am local time/8:55-8:59pm AEST - Following protocol, the Queen will be the last member of the royal family to arrive for the wedding service.
11:59am local time/8:59pm AEST - Ms Markle arrives at the Chapel's West Steps by car with her mother Doria Ragland. Ms Ragland will enter the chapel by the Galilee Porch and Meghan's father Thomas Markle will make his way to the West Door to meet his daughter before the ceremony begins.
12:00pm local time/9:00pm AEST - Service starts.
1:00pm local time/10:00pm AEST - Service ends and the newlyweds emerge at the West Steps of the Chapel. They will be waved off on their carriage procession through Windsor by members of both families. The congregation will file out of the chapel to see the newlyweds leave before heading to St George's Hall for the lunchtime reception hosted by the Queen.
1:05pm local time/10:05pm AEST - Possibly around this time the carriage procession through the streets of Windsor begins, taking 25 minutes.
7:00pm local time/4:00am AEST - Bride and groom depart Windsor Castle for the evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales.