The royal wedding – between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry – is May 19th, meaning it’s just 10 days away and I’m so excited!
I will admit, I haven’t been following this couple as much as I did when Kate Middleton and Prince William were getting married in 2011. I just love Kate Middleton – I’m not quite as into Meghan, but I also haven’t been paying much attention.
That may all change when I settle in to watch “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance”, which premiers Sunday night on Lifetime (8pm/7pm CST). This is a 2.5-hour drama (but of course) on the history of the couple and their relationship. THANK YOU, LIFETIME – even though it’s hard-telling how much of what will be shown is true.
Who cares. I’m here for it.
So, after we all watch the Lifetime movie, then we’ll just have a few days before the actual wedding. BBC put together a “Non-Brit’s Guide to the Royal Wedding” – and dropped this useful nugget:
The ceremony will take place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, 21 miles (34 km) west of London, at noon local time on 19 May. That means that if you want to watch from North America, you will have to tune in at 7:00 EDT.
…That means 6am central time.
But, early mornings call for coffee… or perhaps English tea in your fanciest teacup! Don’t worry, I’ll get to the festive foods and snacks in a moment… but first. How to watch the wedding and all the coverage:
Gayle King and Kevin Frazier will kick things off at 4 a.m. ET and a two-hour special, Royal Romance: The Marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, will air later that night at 8 p.m. ET/PT. You can also watch a live stream on CBS.com
The Today Show will have hosts Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Megyn Kelly, and Kathie Lee Gifford positioned at “a special vantage point” overlooking Windsor Castle for coverage beginning at 4:30 a.m ET.
Good Morning America will start special coverage at 5 a.m. ET with co-anchor Robin Roberts and World News Tonight‘s David Muir. The network will also stream the five-hour broadcast online on ABCNews.com, GoodMorningAmerica.com, their mobile apps, and social platforms.
…You may also check at your local movie theatres, as many are showing all of the coverage and the wedding at 10 am. You can visit this website and type in your zip code to see if there’s a showing in your area.
Now let’s talk food. The actual meal being served at the wedding is being kept under wraps, but salmon was a part of the meal at William and Kate’s wedding, and has been a part of royal weddings in the past. So perhaps a bagel and lox would be in order while watching.
It is a well-known fact that Harry proposed to Meghan while they were making a roast chicken (!), so perhaps the menu will include a nod to that moment.
They have said the cake will be an elderflower cake with buttercream.
Thinking of throwing a viewing party? I found a complete guide here, that includes where you can buy edible cupcake toppers of the royal couple, royal masks, themed tea bags, and even t-shirts, among many other things.
After all my research, I think I am going to watch the live coverage at home, in my pajamas. I’ve considered having a viewing party, but I’m not sure how many people want to join me at 3am. I will, however, have coffee or tea out of a real teacup, probably make some mimosas, and will definitely be getting some croissants or other fancy pastries to eat.
What are you all planning to do for the wedding? I am looking forward to it and would love to hear how you’re thinking of watching it.