T-minus 12 days until the world gets to watch Meghan Markle kiss her Prince charming and become a real-life princess (okay, more like a duchess, but that’s a minor detail). That’s right—on May 19, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will exchange vows and wow us with the perfect fairytale-esque wedding.
From the royal wedding gown, bridal makeup, royal bridal party, flower girls, and royal hairstyle—we can’t wait to see all of it come together. But first, we need to make sure we know exactly where. when, and how we can watch the royal wedding.
Even though our royal invitations must have gotten lost in the mail, you can still watch the Meghan and Harry’s royal wedding of the decade completely free. Here’s everything you need to know.
Where to watch the royal wedding:
The Royal Wedding Coverage Will Start Way Before The Actual Wedding
Depending on your time zone, you may want to plan to set your alarm on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Meghan and Harry are set to arrive at St. George Chapel in Windsor Castle at 12 pm London time—which is 7 am Eastern Standard Time or 4 am Pacific Time. Unless you’re only here to get a quick glimpse at Meghan, Harry, and the wedding gown (which no one can blame you for), it would be wise to tune in at least one hour before the ceremony so that you can get a glimpse at the guests as they arrive.
The couple invited 2,500 members of the public to come to the front of Windsor Castle, where they'll watch Meghan and Harry arrive. An additional 900 guests will attend the actual ceremony, reports Good Housekeeping. Victoria and David Beckham are expected to attend, as David is friends with both Harry and Prince William. Victoria will be in fine company as rumor has it all of the Spice Girls will be attendance, as well--get ready to sit by your TV or computer and squeal for 10 full minutes.
Celebs like Elton John, Cara Delevingne, Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra (Meghan’s close friend), and even Harry’s ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas have reportedly been invited, as were members of the Danish and Spanish royal families.
But perhaps the most controversial possible guests of all are Barack and Michelle Obama. The former president hit it off with Harry when they worked together on the Invictus Games. However, most experts say the Obamas will not attend the royal wedding because it would be unusual and against political protocol for a former president and not the current president to attend a royal wedding.
Where Can You Watch The Royal Wedding?
The question should be: where can’t you watch the royal wedding?
NBC: The Today Show on NBC will begin coverage at 4:30 am ET, with hosts like Savannah Guthrie, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, and Megyn Kelly, bringing you all of the footage and news from in front of Windsor Castle.
ABC: Over at ABC, Good Morning America will kick things off at 5 am ET. If that’s too early for you, no worries: the station will also stream the broadcast on GoodMorningAmerica.com and ABCNews.com.
CBSN: At CBSN, which is CBS’s live stream, coverage of the wedding will start at 4 am ET. This is probably the easiest place to view the wedding, particularly if you do not have cable.
BBC America: If you’d rather watch the royal wedding coverage hosted in British accents so that you can close your eyes and feel like you're in the UK, look no further than BBC, which will live-stream the event. You will need a subscription to see it here, though.
PBS: PBS is all kinds of excited about the royal wedding. The network is running Royal Wedding Watch every evening from May 14 until May 18 and will then live broadcast the wedding on May 19.
All The Royal Wedding Details Will Finally Be Revealed
There have been more secrets leading up to the royal wedding than we ever thought imaginable, but it won’t be long now before we find out who designed Meghan’s wedding gown, whether she’s taking traditional or non-traditional style cues, and whether she’ll borrow one of the royal family’s tiaras (we can hope). The world is ready and waiting.
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