If you tuned in to Prince Harry and Meghan’s Markle royal wedding back in May, you know the drill, early wake up call and all. With Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank’s upcoming October 12 ceremony, the timeline across the pond remains fairly the same, meaning you should have your plastic tiaras and tea ready bright and early to partake in the festivities.
Unfortunately, it’s still up in the air whether this second widely anticipated royal ceremony will be televised. However, an exclusive first look at the couple’s wedding invitations, courtesy of Vanity Fair, reveals that the ceremony will be begin promptly at 11 a.m. For those of us across the pond, that translates to approximately 6 a.m. EST, an entire hour earlier than the previous British royal wedding. Have your alarms set and ready to go!
Just like Meghan and Harry’s big day, Princess Eugenie and her fiancé will wed at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where the ceremony will likely also run for an hour. Afterward, the newlyweds will embark on a carriage ride through parts of Windsor High Street, followed by a lunchtime reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth (noticing a scheduling pattern here?). However, divulging from Meghan and Harry’s wedding day routine, the pair has opted for a two-day party at the bride’s family home, Royal Lodge in Windsor.
Aside from the ceremony, much of Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding was kept under wraps, including the couple’s star-studded, no-phones-allowed evening reception at Frogmore House. Given the fact that the royal family is constantly within the public eye, it’s likely Eugenie will want to do the same, even if she does choose to televise her ceremony.
However, for a select few (thousand) members of the public, it’s their lucky day. Taking another cue from Harry and Meghan, Brooksbank and Eugenie have invited 1,200 United Kingdom citizens to the Windsor Castle grounds to witness the wedding procession and listen to a live broadcast of the ceremony. Members of the Windsor community, local schoolchildren, and representatives from charities that the couple supports will also be in attendance.
All in all, even if you skipped out on the last royal wedding, trust us—nothing beats witnessing an IRL princess bride in action.