Where to Watch the Royal Wedding
It's here! Prince Harry will marry American actress Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 19. Here, we explain how you can take part in the excitement.
Can I go to Windsor to watch the festivities in person?
Good luck with that. In Windsor – located about an hour west of London – the best up-close viewing spots are reserved for the couple's wedding guests and the 2,640 lucky members of the public who've been invited to watch from the Castle grounds. Still determined to go? You'll have the best chance of seeing the royal couple after the ceremony, when the newlyweds will leave Windsor Castle by carriage and travel along High Street through the town of Windsor, before returning to the castle by the Long Walk.
Where Can I Celebrate in the U.S.?
The wedding will be televised and live-streamed, with coverage of the guest arrivals starting a few hours before the 7 a.m. ET ceremony. (CBS begins their footage from Windsor at the painful hour of 4 a.m.) Don’t want to watch alone? Take your pick of parties, both during and after the early-morning wedding. Countless community viewing parties have been posted on social networks and event sites, so do a quick search to find one close to you. The ultimate big-screen option? Watching the much-larger-than-life royals marry on Imax screen at The Rangos Giant Cinema at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Science Center.
Hotels are getting in on the action, too. Every Fairmont property in the world (there are 19 in the U.S.) will be marking the wedding, whether through a stay package, a live screening or a special menu. You can find all three at The Plaza in New York City – which is fitting considering that Meghan’s "Suits" character held her wedding there. The Palm Court will be serving a royal breakfast (including mimosas to toast the couple) and offering a play-by-play from royal experts as the wedding streams on the big screen.
Hilton is hosting events too, including a full calendar of events throughout May at The Drake in Chicago, which boasts a Princess Diana Suite.
Finally, if you have $51,918 to spare (the wedding date, get it?), you can splurge on the Royal Wedding Weekend Getaway at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans.
So, when will the newlyweds come to the States?
Obviously, Harry and Meghan will honeymoon in Meghan’s hometown, Los Angeles. Kidding! Their honeymoon destination is a secret, but one contender is a safari holiday in Botswana, where Harry and Meghan took their first trip, camping out in the wilderness.
That said, anticipation is high that the newlyweds will visit the U.S. this summer in conjunction with a cross-country trek for Walking with the Wounded, one of Harry's charities. He and and Meghan could make an appearance when the trek kicks off in Los Angeles on June 2 or wraps up in New York on Sept. 6. We'll be hanging on to our wedding favors just in case!