The hour by hour timeline of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding
The hourly timeline of the sequence of events for tomorrow's Royal wedding where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will get married.
The Royal wedding is almost here and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are all set to tie the knot at the St. George's Chapel in Windsor. The Royal wedding ceremony will be just an hour long. Lady Jane Fellowes will be the one to give the reading, and all three siblings of Diana, Princess of Wales will be present at the ceremony.
The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service and The Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle read their vows.
The sequence of events for today's events are going to be as follows:
9 am to 11 am
Around 600 lucky guests have been invited to watch the Royal wedding ceremony on the grounds of Windsor Castle will start to arrive at the venue. By 11 am all the guests would have arrived at the venue at the Castle's famous Round Tower by coach and will enter the chapel through the South Door and take their places.
Members of the Royal Family will start to arrive at the venue and will enter via the Galilee Porch. Some will arrive by foot while others by car.
Around this time is when Prince Harry and his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William will arrive at the chapel's west steps. It is reported that they will be arriving by foot, walking past many spectators who have been invited into the grounds of the castle. Prince Harry will have the chance to acknowledge the 200 representatives from charities that he is associated with in the Horseshoe Cloister at the bottom of the steps.
11:55 to 11:59 am
As per the protocol, the Queen will be the last member of the Royal Family to arrive for the wedding ceremony.
The bride-to-be Meghan Markle will arrive at the Chapel's west steps by car, from her overnight accommodation at the Cliveden House Hotel which is located around 30 minutes away from the Windsor Castle. Meghan will arrive along with some of her bridesmaids and page boys.
Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland arrive at Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust's Cliveden Estate to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry on May 18, 2018 in Berkshire, England. pic.twitter.com/LSX6YQaV0b— Her Royal Highness (@vaninaswchindt) May 18, 2018
Her journey will begin with her passing by some of the crowds in the Long Walk along with her mother Doria Ragland. When the car stops at the castle, her mother will exchange places with her bridesmaids and pageboys. Doria will enter the chapel via the Galilee Porch.
Meghan will wait at St. George's West steps to walk down the aisle as the ceremony begins. Meghan Markle will begin her walk down the aisle on her own when she marries Prince Harry before being joined by his father Prince Charles, officials said Friday after a last-minute upset when her own dad pulled out.
Despite speculation that Markle's mother Doria Ragland could step in, the palace said the bride had asked her future father-in-law to perform the role in Saturday's ceremony at Windsor Castle.
A spokesperson for Kensington Palace shared, "The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms. Markle to the royal family in this way." It later emerged that Markle will begin walking down the aisle at St George's Chapel on her own, followed by six bridesmaids and four pageboys, before being joined by Charles, the heir to the throne.
The service is set to start.
The service will end in an hour and the newlyweds will emerge at the West steps of the chapel. They will be waved off on their carriage procession through Windsor by both the families. The congregation will step out of the Chapel to see the newlyweds leave before heading on to the St. George's Hall for a lunch reception hosted by the Queen.
Live updates and material from the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will be released through a range of our online platforms throughout the day. Find out more here > https://t.co/8sRHa0LH5V pic.twitter.com/3R01DZSn0E— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 18, 2018
The carriage procession through the streets of Windsor will begin and take a total of 25 minutes. They will be driven along Castle Hill, Windsor High Street and into the town center - along Sheet Street, Kings Road, and Albert Road.
Diehard royalists have already started camping out in the town to secure the best viewing spots along the carriage route, with dozens expected to sleep on the streets overnight. "I came here on Wednesday with all my friends," Sam Perez, 50, from New York, told AFP.
"We brought chairs, tarpaulins in case it will rain, we brought activities, word search books, sudoku, and for at night we have emergency blankets to try to keep us warm," said one happy camper, 49-year-old Peggy Desmond.
The bride and groom will depart Windsor castle for the evening reception which will take place at the Frogmore House hosted by the Prince of Wales.
Some insights have been taken from AFP.