Royal Wedding Viewing Guide
Are you all set to watch Will and Kate tie the royal knot? You're not alone: 2.5 billion people across the globe are expected to watch Prince William of Wales and his bride, Kate Middleton, walk down the aisle. Whether you're using the DVR and enjoying a leisurely British-style brunch, or waking up with the birds to catch the live ceremony stream, check out our viewing tips for the grand affair!
- The wedding ceremony takes place 11 a.m., Friday, April 29 in Westminter Abbey in London, England — for those of us stateside, that's 3 a.m. PST or 6 a.m. EST. Early birds may get the worm, but this might be a good opportunity to put your DVR to use. Expect the wedding, and the requisite recap specials, to be featured on channels across the dial. Check your local listings for details.
- The ceremony is expected to last about an hour, after which the newlyweds will set off in a carriage for Buckingham Palace. The couple invited 1,800 guests to the ceremony, including David and Victoria Beckham and Sir Elton John.
- When the pair arrives at the palace (site of the reception, hosted by Queen Elizabeth), they are expected to make the traditional appearance at the balcony to greet the country as husband and wife.
- The couple will have two wedding cakes. Leicestershire-based cake designer Fiona Cairns will create a multi-tiered traditional fruit cake with cream, white icing, and a strong British floral theme. Additionally, McVitie's Cake Company will create a chocolate biscuit (read: cookie) cake for the Buckingham Palace reception. Specifically requested by Prince William, the no-bake cake will feature approximately 1,700 McVitie's Tea Biscuits and 37 pounds of chocolate.
- Close friends and family, totaling a reported 300 people, are invited to join after the reception for dinner, drinks and dancing hosted by Prince William. The couple is expected to leave for their honeymoon to a yet-undisclosed location the following day.