Set your alarm, everyone, because we now know exactly when the wedding of the year will be taking place. Sure, we previously knew that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry would be tying the knot on May 19, 2018, at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. (They announced that news shortly after their engagement.) But now, Kensington Palace has just released new details of the royal wedding—including what time the ceremony will take place.
With fewer than 100 days until Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to say “I do” (97 days to be exact, but who’s counting?), we’ve been dying for more confirmed details of the nuptials. And, finally, palace officials have delivered with this weekend’s announcement that the royal wedding will begin at noon in the U.K. That’s 7:00 a.m. EST or 4:00 a.m. PST if you’re in the United States, so put on the tea and biscuits and get ready to wake up early!
The ceremony will last approximately one hour, and then the newlyweds will embark on a fairy-tale-worthy carriage ride through the streets of Windsor. “They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day,” said the Kensington Palace statement, according to People magazine. The procession will of course also give us more time to fawn over Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, which is what really matters here. If you remember Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding (which, of course you do), the couple similarly paraded through the streets of London in a horse-drawn carriage following their ceremony. Le sigh.
Palace officials also revealed that the couple will be married by the archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby, while the church service will be led by the Rt Rev. David Conner, the dean of Windsor. Following the ceremony and the carriage procession, the reception will take place inside the castle at St. George’s Hall. And later in the evening, there’ll be a second, private reception hosted by the groom’s father, Prince Charles, at an undisclosed location.
A horse-drawn carriage?! Two receptions?! If you weren’t already jealous of Meghan Markle, we bet you are now.