From Victoria and Albert to Harry and Meghan, nobody does royal weddings like the BBC. Join our partners across the pond for five nights of front-row coverage – live from London! – leading up to live coverage of the wedding of Prince Harry of Wales and American actress Meghan Markle.
Each episode of Royal Wedding Watch unpacks the history, tradition and ceremony surrounding a royal wedding, as well as insight into the union of two very different families. Featuring experts such as historian Lucy Worsley and reporter Anita Rani, the program is hosted by Meredith Vieira and the UK’s Matt Baker.
Read on for all the details!
The Big Day: Saturday, May 19
The wedding ceremony itself, held in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, will begin at noon local time – that’s 6 a.m. in Wisconsin.
Live coverage on WPT begins at 3:15 a.m. – yes, 3:15 a.m. – so either set your DVR or lay in a goodly supply of English Breakfast tea. Coverage is expected to last until 8 a.m. CDT.
As we wait for the first glimpses of the procession, tune in every weeknight for more background and fun!
A Wedding is Announced | 9 p.m. Monday, May 14
Start here for an overview, including the engagement, venue, royal protocol, and, yes, the bride and groom – including the learning curve faced by an American commoner.
What to Wear | 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 15
Follow historian Lucy Worsley (Secrets of the Six Wives, Secrets of the Royal Wardrobe) into the archives to see dresses chosen by previous royal brides, and see what tradition dictates for the well-heeled guests and the venue itself.
Ceremony | 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 16
Lucy Worsley returns with an exploration of the ceremonial rituals and traditions of royal weddings – and royal marriages.
How to Celebrate | 9 p.m. Thursday, May 17
Experts join the hosts to talk about everything from the carriage procession to the cake. Uncover the secrets of a royal banquet!
Happily Ever After | 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 18
As Meghan Markle joins one of the world’s most famous families, discover the history behind crests and titles, marrying in, the Royal Marriages Act, gifts, honeymoons and royal life.