- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding is on Saturday, May 19.
- Kensington Palace has detailed the exact timings of the arrivals of members of the public, wedding guests, and the royal family.
- Her Majesty the Queen will be the last of the royals to arrive.
The world is giddy with excitement as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding is finally upon us – and Kensington Palace has detailed the exact timings of the arrivals of each member of the wedding party.
The wedding officially begins at 12 p.m. local time, but most channels broadcasting the big day will begin live coverage of the arrivals of the members of public, guests, and royal family hours before.
Here’s a rundown of exactly what time people are arriving, according to a notice issued by the palace:
Saturday May 19
The 1,200 members of the public who were invited to watch the wedding from inside the grounds of Windsor Castle begin to arrive.
9.30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The 600 guests invited to the ceremony at St George’s Chapel begin to arrive by coach at the castle’s Round Tower, from where they will walk to the chapel, entering through the South Door.
Members of the royal family begin to arrive – some walking, some in cars – and they will all enter the chapel through the Galilee Porch.
Meanwhile, Markle and her mother will depart the Cliveden House Hotel in a car that will pass along the Long Walk, providing onlookers with a glimpse of the bride. The car will drop Ragland at the castle from where she will head on to the chapel, while Markle will be joined by some of her bridesmaids and page boys before continuing on to the church.
Prince Harry and brother and best man William arrive at St George’s Chapel around 10 minutes after the royal family begin arriving at the chapel, according to Reuters, most likely on foot, and will enter via the West Steps. The pair will have greeted some of the 200 charity representatives gathered in the Horseshoe Cloister at the bottom of the steps that were also invited into the castle’s grounds.
Queen Elizabeth II will be the last member of the royal family to arrive.
Finally, Markle will arrive at the church and also enter via the West Steps.
The ceremony begins with a service conducted by David Conner, the Dean of Windsor. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate as the couple make their vows.
The newly married couple will process out of the chapel and acknowledge the 200 charity representatives. They will then embark on a carriage procession through Windsor Town, waved off by their close family members from the West Steps. The carriage procession is expected to last just under 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, all members of the congregation will start heading towards the reception at St George’s Hall, which is hosted by Her Majesty the Queen.
Around 200 of the guests have also been invited to a more intimate evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by Prince Charles.
The last glimpse the public will have of Harry and Meghan will be their departure from Windsor Castle to the evening reception.
Photographer Alexi Lubomirski is charged with taking all of the formal photographs of the wedding.
More on the royal wedding:
- Meghan Markle has broken her silence on her family drama – and says her dad definitely isn’t coming to the wedding
- Commoners invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding are being asked to bring their own food – and people aren’t happy about it
- Meghan Markle’s dad reportedly staged paparazzi photos and there’s a video that basically proves it
- Meet Meghan Markle’s half-sister Samantha Grant, who recently lashed out at Meghan for being ‘unqualified’
- Meet Meghan Markle’s bridesmaids – all of whom are under 10 years old
You can read all of INSIDER’s royal wedding coverage
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