The royal wedding bells are finally ready to ring! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are just days away from tying the knot at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, so one big question is sure to be on everyone's minds: how exactly do you watch the royal wedding?
If Kate Middleton and Prince William's 2011 royal nuptials were any indication — a whopping 23 million Americans tuned in to watch the couple wed at London's Westminster Abbey! — tons and tons of Americans are planning to break out their tea and crumpets in time for Meghan and Harry's marital union, too. So, whether it's by live-streaming online, watching on television, or viewing the wedding in a movie theater (yes, seriously!), we've rounded up everything you need to know about the royal wedding coverage. Scroll down to find out how to watch the royal wedding!
When time does the the royal wedding start?
The start time for Harry and Meghan's royal wedding is 12 p.m. in London on Saturday, May 19. Keep in mind though, there's a time difference, so for those of us viewing from the United States, the ceremony begins 7 a.m. EST and 4 a.m. PT. It's likely that preshow royal wedding coverage will begin way before that though, so set your alarm (or else risk sleeping through the event of the year!).
What channel is the royal wedding on TV?
Short answer: nearly everywhere. CBS will begin covering the ceremony at 4 a.m. EST and is including a two-hour special airing at 8 p.m. EST the same night. You can also watch the royal wedding on NBC with the Today show hosts beginning coverage from Windsor Castle at 4:30 a.m. EST. ABC's coverage starts at 5 a.m. EST and will be hosted by Robin Roberts from Good Morning America and David Muir from World News Tonight. Other networks airing the nuptials include PBS and BBC America. Ainsley Earhardt will co-host the Fox and Friends preshow on Fox News live from Windsor Castle at 5 a.m. EST, with Shepard Smith and Sandra Smith coming in at 6 a.m. EST to host the main ceremony.
HBO will also host The Royal Wedding Live with Cord and Tish! — featuring Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon as Cord and Tish — beginning at 7:30 a.m. EST. E! News coverage will start at 5 a.m. EST with Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski hosting the five-hour "Live from the Royal Wedding" special from Windsor, England. A one-hour recap will be on again at 7 p.m. EST.
How do you live-stream the royal wedding online?
For those of you viewers not interested in watching the big event on traditional television, there are a plethora of live-streaming options online. CBS is offering wedding coverage from CBSN Live starting at 4 a.m. EST. ABC viewers can find live-stream coverage on ABCNews.com, GoodMorningAmerica.com, ABC's various mobile apps, and social platforms beginning at 5 a.m. For those with a cable log-in, BBC America will be live-streaming, as well as The New York Times' website. Yahoo! will begin its live-streaming service of the royal wedding at 1 a.m. EST, according to its website.
Can I watch the royal wedding in theaters?
It's 2018, people, and yes, yes we can. Thanks to Fathom Events, 200 movie theaters across America will be airing the royal wedding at 10 a.m. your local time.
What is the royal wedding's timeline?
Are you looking for an hour-by-hour breakdown of the royal wedding's events? Great, we've got it! Starting at 4:15 a.m. London time, thousands of royal fans and visitors are expected to pour onto the grounds at Windsor Castle to get in place for when Harry and Meghan arrive on their big day. Most live television coverage of the royal wedding will begin around 6:00 a.m. in England. By 9:00 a.m., the 1,200 members of the public that Harry and Meghan invited to the wedding will start to descend upon Windsor Castle.
From 9:30 a.m. to around 11 a.m. local time, all of the wedding guests will begin to arrive at St. George's Chapel. It's expected that royal family members will begin to arrive around 11:20 a.m. ahead of the ceremony. Prince Harry and his best man, Prince William, will reportedly walk to the church while Meghan and her mother, Doria Ragland, will arrive via car — so look out for that coverage!
Harry and Meghan's hour-long wedding ceremony will begin promptly at 12 p.m. At 1 p.m., the prince, his new bride, and all their royal wedding guests will exit the chapel and Harry and Meghan will then take a 25-minute carriage ride around Windsor. At 1:25 p.m., the newlyweds will end their public carriage ride and travel to St. George's Hall for their wedding reception. Live coverage of the royal wedding will likely wrap up around 2 or 3 p.m. Sometime later that evening, Harry and Meghan will depart St. George's Hall — this will likely be our very last glimpse of them for the day! — and travel to Frogmore House where they'll have their private evening reception for around 200 guests.
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