Your hour-by-hour guide to the royal wedding

Alice Sholl
Contributor
Ready, set… [Photo: PA]

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding day has finally arrived and the excitement in Windsor is building.

The bunting is up, the cake is baked and the entertainers will undoubtedly be prepping for their final rehearsals.

Whether you’re watching it at home or joining the festivities, here’s what will happen on the day of the royal wedding, hour by hour.

4:00am: The first departures

Great Western Railway has encouraged passengers to leave early. Very early: it’s advised that people travelling from Preston catch a 4:15am train, for example.

So from around 4am, anyone travelling from places further than a stone’s throw from the Royal Borough will be hopping on their trains.

9:30am: The first arrivals

Between 9:30am and 11am, ceremony guests will begin to arrive at the Round Tower by coach, then walk to the South Door of St George’s Chapel. 

Check out Windsor’s bunting [Photo: PA]

11:20am: The royal arrivals

This is when members of the royal family will begin to enter St George’s Chapel – some on foot, others by car.

Prince Harry and The Duke of Cambridge will likely come to St George’s Chapel on foot, and will enter via the West Steps. At this point, they will acknowledge everyone gathered within the Castle walls including the 200 charity representatives invited to the event.

Meanwhile, cameras will be fixed on Markle as she leaves her overnight accommodation with her mum, Doria Ragland.

The journey will take them along part of the Long Walk leading up to the Castle (where the public can see them), where Ragland will enter the Chapel and Markle will be joined by bridesmaids and page boys.

Markle will then continue her journey onwards to the church, where she’ll enter via the West Steps.

12:00pm: The service

Kensington Palace has kept details of the hour-long service itself relatively secret so far, undoubtedly saving it all for the big reveal on Saturday morning.

At which point, the order of service will be published on the royal family website, so we can follow it at home.

The pair announced their engagement in November [Photo: PA]

2:00pm: The procession

Just after the service has concluded, the newlyweds will process out of the church and acknowledge the 200 charity representatives gathered in the Cloister.

The couple will then step into their carriage as family members wave them off for the 25-minute-long procession through the streets of Windsor.

Meanwhile, once the carriage has gone past, the congregation will walk to the reception at St George’s Hall, where Prince Harry and Markle will eventually join them.

That’s it when it comes to public aspects of the wedding – TV coverage is expected to end at around 3pm.

7:00pm: The private evening reception

A little later on in the evening, we might spy the bride and groom depart for an exclusive evening reception at Frogmore House, to which they’ve invited 200 close friends and family.

So, how much prosecco can we drink during that amount of time?

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