You may or may not need to put your royal wedding watch party plans on hold and swap out your plastic tiara for a dress and fascinator. If you didn't land an invite to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's widely anticipated nuptials, there's a new opportunity to view the live ceremony that rivals watching from your couch—an outdoor screening at Kensington Palace, commoners included! But, before you book your plane ticket to the U.K., there is one caveat.
Historic Royal Palaces, an independent charity that maintains six palaces in the United Kingdom, announced via Twitter that the organization will partner with the Luna Cinema to host a viewing session on palace grounds. To truly channel your inner Meghan Markle and get a glimpse of the royal lifestyle, the screening will be located on the Orangery lawn, which happens to be near the newlywed couple's future home, Nottingham Cottage.
However, attendance at the best royal wedding viewing imaginable is limited—only 1,000 tickets are available, and will be selected by random ballot. The ballot opened yesterday, and will close at midnight on May 6. Successful admission will grant you tickets for either two or four people, so your fellow royal wedding-obsessed friends can tag along. Entrants will find out the week of May 7 whether they've been selected or not, so fill out your online ballot on the event's website and pray to your Meghan Markle and Prince Harry shrine that you'll make the cut.
The entire event won't cost you a penny (besides airfare and your royal-worthy outfit, of course), but you will have to cover a £2.50 booking fee if you're lucky enough to gain admittance, which is a small price to pay for an opportunity of this caliber, and half of these proceeds will go to charity. Guests will be able to bring a picnic lunch, or enjoy a array of food stalls and open bar on the palace lawns. The Luna Cinema will offer blankets and back rests for purchase, as well as ponchos in the case of rain. The royal palace gates will open for the event at 9 a.m. (4 a.m. EST back in the States), and the line will begin forming at 8:30 a.m. The wedding itself kicks off at noon in the U.K.
While this screening certainly won't top watching Markle and Prince Harry tie the knot in Windsor Castle, seeing the live ceremony from Kensington Palace comes as a close second (and dream come true). Best of luck to all ballot entrants, and may the royal wedding odds be ever in your favor.