Save the date, because you’ve been cordially invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding. Well, sort of. BBC America announced on Friday that it will be providing a live and direct simulcast of BBC’s coverage of the royal event, so we’ll be able to ooh and ahh over every detail on this side of the pond.
The wedding will be held on Saturday, May 19, in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, followed by a public Carriage Procession through Windsor Town. The chapel was completed in 1528 and has been the site of many significant royal occasions. In fact, it was where Prince Harry himself was christened 33 years ago (oh, if those walls could talk). The BBC will be there to cover every moment of the wedding ceremony and Carriage Procession, with coverage of all the matrimonial mayhem before and after.
The ceremony will start midday, with the procession scheduled for 1 p.m. local time in London. For those on the East Coast, that’ll mean tuning in at 7 a.m. to catch all the action. Those trying to watch the event live on the West Coast will want to set their alarms for 4 a.m., though maybe it makes more sense to just stay up through the night at that point? If that’s a little too early for you, don’t worry, you can still sleep in because the BBC will play an encore of the event later in the day. Spoiler alert: It’s going to be beautiful.
While the wedding is certainly the main event of the week, BBC and BBC America will also provide a week’s worth of coverage for the anglophiles among us. Recaps of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding, a new special called Harry and Meghan: A Very Modern Romance, a retrospective on royal weddings from 1923 to today, and many more programs will get everyone prepared for the big day.
Pass the tissues, we’re already getting emotional.