Our special guide to all the TV coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding, including who the presenters are and who the guests might be...
A royal wedding between a handsome prince and a Hollywood star is the stuff of fairytales and ever since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement last November, excitement has grown across the globe. Now, it’s almost finally time to dig out the bunting as the couple tie the knot on Saturday, 19th May, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Here’s our look at where you can watch all the coverage of the Royal Wedding so you don’t miss a minute of the action…
Following a BBC Breakfast special, from 9am Kirsty Young and Dermot O’Leary will be beside Windsor Castle’s moat while Huw Edwards will be on the roof of the castle’s Guard Room. Tina Daheley, Alex Jones, Ore Oduba and Anita Rani will be based around Windsor speaking to guests and well-wishers.
“It’s going to be one hell of a party. I want to see the kiss!” Ore told TV Times. “At Buckingham Palace there is the balcony but because we’re at Windsor everyone is curious about where and when they are going kiss. It’s about all those special moments for the couple when you see that they love each other.”
So, Ore, why do you think we are all so fond of Harry and Meghan?
“I’ve never met Harry but we all feel that we know him because we’ve grown up with ‘the boys’ as we call him and William. And to see him with someone he clearly loves is wonderful. We’re rooting for them.”
The Royal Wedding: Highlights of the Day will air on BBC2 from 7pm
Julie Etchingham and Philip Schofield will host coverage from The Long Walk, near the castle.
“It’ll be a day of big celebrations not only in Windsor but around the country – and it’ll be huge fun capturing the spirit of a great British occasion,” says Julie.
While Mary Nightingale will be based at the castle, Nina Hossain, Charlotte Hawkins and Charlene White will be positioned around Windsor and James Mates will report on the ceremony. Rageh Omaar will be at Mamohato Children’s Centre Lesotho to speak to those working for Prince Harry’s charity Sentabale.
Royal Wedding Highlights will air on ITV3 at 8pm
Sky News and Sky One from 6am
Following a Sunrise special, from 9am Kay Burley will be in The Long Walk to report on the big arrivals. Royal expert Alastair Bruce will give in-depth analysis.
Timeline of the day
09.30-11am – Harry and Meghan’s guests arrive!
The 600 wedding guests, rumoured to include the Beckhams and Serena Williams, will start to arrive at Windsor Castle’s Round Tower and will be seen entering the chapel. James Corden is also rumoured to be on the guest list, although he previously said: “I don’t think I’ll be there. I just want to go on the bachelor party – that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
11.20 – The Queen will be the last to take her place
Members of the Royal Family will begin arriving at the chapel on foot and by car. The Queen will be the last to take her place. Prince Harry and his best man, Prince William, will head to the chapel on foot. They will enter via the West Steps and greet some of the specially-invited charity representatives in the Horseshoe Cloister at the bottom of the steps.
At around the same time, we’ll get the first glimpse of Meghan’s dress as she and her mother Doria Ragland leave their overnight location by car and travel to the chapel along The Long Walk. Once the car reaches the castle, we’ll get a full view of the bridal gown as Meghan enters the chapel via the West Steps. There, her father Thomas Markle will be waiting to walk her down the aisle.
12 noon – the service begins
The hour-long service will commence in St George’s Chapel. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will officiate. During the service, there will be music from Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who was crowned BBC Young Musician in 2016, gospel singers Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir, who have previously performed on Call the Midwife, and Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia, will also feature. Harry’s aunt, Lady Jane Fellowes, the sister of Diana, Princess of Wales, will give a reading.
1pm – they’re married!
The newlyweds will leave the chapel and greet some of the invited members of the public in the castle grounds. Their family members and wedding guests will see them off as they take a 25-minute trip around Windsor in an Ascot Landau carriage pulled by Windsor Grey horses.
Early afternoon – time for the royal wedding cake!
The Queen will host a private lunchtime reception at nearby St George’s Hall for the guests who attended the service. Meghan will reportedly make a speech. The lemon and elderflower wedding cake, made by Claire Ptak, who owns Violet Bakery in East London, will be served.
Evening – final chance to see the happy couple
There will be one last peep at the bride and groom as they head off to another private reception for around 200 guests hosted by Prince Charles at Frogmore House, Windsor.
Beckhams pic: Matt Baron/REX/Shutterstock Sheku pic: Steve Meddle/REX/Shutterstock