With the eyes of the world fixated on the finer details such as what she’ll be wearing, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will say their nuptials at noon on Saturday 19thMay at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. Unless you’ve become one of the lucky few to receive a paper invite, you’re more than likely to be watching from the comfort of your living room sofa.
At Glam Africa HQ, we can’t wait to see Ms Markle make history as the first biracial women to marry into the royal family. We want all of our readers, whether you be in London or Lagos, to be able to view the ceremony get involved with the festivities. We’ve decided to compile our top tips on how you can enjoy the first royal wedding in seven years.
WATCH ON TV
How to watch Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Wedding in the UK
For viewers in the UK, coverage of the ceremony will be easily accessible on every television with the TV Licence being wiped for the day.
Coverage will be from 9am-2pm and anchored from the grounds of Windsor Castle. It will be presented by Dermot O’Leary, Huw Edwards and Kirsty Young.
Starting at 9.25am and lasting until 3pm, Philip Schofield and Julie Etchingham will commentate the wedding from a purpose built studio in Windsor.
Coverage on Sky News will be between 9am-3pm presented by Kay Burley live from Windsor.
How to watch the Royal Wedding from Africa
EbonyLifeTV have posted on Instagram that they are the only Nigerian broadcaster to be showing the Royal Wedding. This will be on DSTV on Channel 165 and will be from 6pm. For CAT this will be 5pm.
Other online streaming services will televise the event live.
ATTEND IN PERSON
Top tips for attending Windsor
If you’re a budding royalist and you’re desperate to catch a glimpse of the happy couple, Windsor will be happy to have you. But be aware, you will need to be prepared to get up at the crack of dawn because this is going to be one hectic day.
The ceremony will take place at St. George’s Chapel at 12pm and last one hour.
Getting in by driving
- The journey from London to Windsor takes 1hr 32min on average on a day without heavy traffic
- We expect they’ll be a lot of heavy traffic and you should be ready to arrive in Windsor from 4am.
- Reserve a car parking space at Windsor Boys School (SL4 5EH) The gates are open from 4am-10am. The Royal Windsor Race Course (SL4 5JJ) has 3000 spaces too.
Getting in by train
- Allow plenty of time as the crowds will be huge and possibly very busy. Maybe even consider arriving a few days before.
- Police checks will be enforced.
- South Western Railway will provide trains from Waterloo to Windsor & Eton Riverside with four services per hour. These will run at XX:20, XX:28, XX:50 and XX:58 from 5:50am. There are also earlier services from 4:32am. The journey will take about 55 minutes.
- Great Western Railway will also be providing a shuttle service from London Paddington to Slough every 20 minutes. You will need to change here for Windsor & Eton.
- Be prepared to que on the way back from Windsor.
Getting in by bus
- Bus is probably the trickiest route to get into Windsor on the day. Buses won’t be behaving like normal so it’s worth going online and checking how to get there.
- Bus services will be provided towards Windsor by Reading Buses, Courtney Buses, White Bus & First Travel.
CELEBRATE IN LONDON
How you can celebrate the Royal Wedding in London
The Royal Wedding has provided inspiration for the capital to throw some of it’s most glamorous parties with a royal twist.
Harry’s Stag Do is an event scheduled for Friday night (18thMay)in Box Park, Shoreditch. Jevanni, who is rumoured to be the Royal Wedding’s actual DJ will take over Beatbox Bar.Free drinks will also be given to anyone who can prove they are called Harry or Meghan. Free but book ahead!
Bluebird on the King’s Road in Chelsea will be the top destination for a full day screening of the events with a live DJ from 5pm. Expect everything from brunch, burgers, strawberries and cream and even a glass of prosecco or two. Grab a ticket for this event though as it’s expected to get packed! Tickets can be purchased for £25.
Fortnum and Mason will provide a Right Royal Celebration Afternoon Tea.This will last from 11am-2pmand provide Champagne, Scones and Cake with a live screening of the wedding. The event will cost £85to attend and must be booked ahead.
A slightly different event will be at Swingers Golf.Swingers West End has swiftly taken over the old BHS on Oxford Street and become a popular tourist attraction. They’ll screen the wedding live and you’ll be able to play golf while it’s on. Bunting and themed props will also be there so you’ll be able to get some perfect photos for Instagram. This will take place from noon.
OUTSIDE THE UK? WHY NOT THROW A ROYAL WEDDING THEMED PARTY?
Are you looking to organise a rendezvous for the marriage of Harry and Meghan? Are you just a little bit jealous on not being invited to watch the wedding in Windsor? Wherever you are in the world, why don’t you snap up your fellow royalist enthusiasts and organise the perfect royal wedding party!? You won’t even have to leave the comfort of your own lounge!
- Street Parties are a massive custom in the UK. Invite everyone living down your road and enjoy a royal picnic with Victoria sponge cake, English Breakfast Tea, bubbles and have a celebration.
- How about a Girls Night in? Get the girls together and lust over Meghan’s dress. Why don’t you match this affair with Strawberries and Cream?
- How about turning it into a family affair and invite everyone over!?
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