We’ve taken the hard work out of planning your Royal Wedding celebrations by compiling a definitive(-ish) guide to the big day. So whether you can’t wait to see the dress, you want to join the celebrations, or you just want an excuse to drink Pimm’s – we’re here to help!
Who, where and when?
Venue: St George’s Chapel
Date: Saturday 19th May
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will marry Harry and Meghan, whilst The Rt Rev David Conner, Dean of Windsor, will conduct the service itself.
At 1pm, following the service, the couple will travel around Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage, giving an opportunity for the general public (who have travelled far and wide to be at Windsor) to see them and join in the celebrations.
FACT: Prince Harry was christened at St George’s Chapel.
For those not lucky enough to be able to be there in person, you can watch full coverage on BBC One from 9am. (We always think these things are better from the comfort of your own sofa).
For those able to travel to Windsor, you will be able to watch live footage of the wedding and the carriage procession on big screens located on the Long Walk and in Alexandra Gardens. Food stalls and other facilities will also be available. If you’re planning to come along, make sure you plan ahead. Rail operators will be putting on extra trains and there will be park and walk and park and ride services to help people get into town. A 6,000 space pre-booked car parking area will be at the Review Ground, just off the Long Walk. Visitors are encouraged to book all travel arrangements early so they can make the most of their trip.
Best man duties (Footy vs. Harry)
Prince William will be Prince Harry’s best man, but this decision means that William, who is President of the Football Association, will not attend the FA Cup final, which is happening on the same day as the wedding. We all know a best man who’d put football before the stag!
Holding or attending a street party to celebrate the big day? Make sure you get permission from the local authorities (where applicable) and have a gander at our top 5 street party tips:
- Colour code – Red, white and blue is the logical colour palette for any Royal Wedding celebration. Bunting, table cloths, face paint, you name it. Deck the street out in patriotic colours.
- Cake – We think cupcakes are best. Easy grab food which can be decorated in endless ways (although we think that sticking with red, white and blue would be a good choice). How about that edible paper with Prince Harry’s face on to top them all off?
- Food – No party is complete without lots and lots of food. Why not theme it with a ‘Great British Picnic’, an ‘Afternoon Tea’ or a ‘Full English Buffet’
- Music – Once the wedding ceremony has concluded, you’ll want to stick on the tunes to party the night away. Go with some true British legends such as Oasis, The Beatles, Tom Jones to really get the British pride flowing. (Or you could just put a playlist of UK Eurovision entries on repeat, it’s up to you).
- Alcohol – Pimm’s. Enough said.
As always, the details of the dress will be kept secret. But rumours have it that ivory silk rolls sighted in London will be part of Meghan’s £100k dress.