Royal Family fanatics will need to set their alarms early on May 19 so they don't miss a moment of the big day's festivities.
With just over three months to go, it's time for everyone to start preparing their Royal Wedding celebrations. Set for May 19, Kensington Palace officials revealed more details of the big day over the weekend, including what time it will begin, and what fans can look forward to seeing when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot.
While you're on your own for tea and crumpets -- and we don't recommend driving on the opposite side of the road in celebration -- we can help you with knowing what to expect as the big day looms. As previously announced, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be tying the knot at St. George's Chapel. But this is a royal wedding, so the festivities won't begin or end there.
What Time Does It Start?
The service begins at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 in the UK, which equates to 7 a.m. ET in the United States (West Coast folks will have to get up even earlier at 4 a.m.). Nobody is going to judge you for having coffee with your tea.
How Will They Get There?
One hour after the service begins, the royal couple will enjoy a carriage procession through the streets, flanked by their adoring supporters (who all hopefully remember to bring those amazing hats), and to St. George's Chapel.
Get out your Royal Bingo cards and see if you had the Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Revered and Right Honorable Justin Welby? You must have the full title. Welby is conducting the wedding ceremony, but The Right Reverend David Connor, the Dean of Windsor, will be leading the full service at the chapel.
Where Do They Go After?
The newly married royal couple will enjoy a carriage procession along the Long Walk. They will leave Windsor Castle via Castle Hill and travel along High Street through Windsor Town before making their way back to the castle. "They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day," the palace said in a statement.
When Is the Reception?
Directly following the wedding ceremony, the roughly 800 guests (at least this is the capacity of St. George's Chapel) will make their way to St. George's Hall in the castle for the wedding reception. The royal couple will join them there after perfecting their royal waves during the carriage procession.
Is That All?
Of course not. After the standard reception, Harry's father, Prince Charles, is throwing a private reception, but it's so private that's all we can tell you. There's no word yet on where it will be held or who will be invited, though we imagine the royal couple might sneak an invite.
Why Does It Have to End?
That's the beauty of it starting so early here. While the celebrations will go late into the evening in the United Kingdom, it will still be fairly early stateside. That means American fans can kick off their post-wedding celebrations in earnest when Harry and Meghan disappear for the night, hitting the streets in our makeshift wedding hats and shouting "Long live the royal couple!" over and over, until somebody calls the bobbies.