Am I the only one who got a little nervous reading the detailed schedule for the Royal Wedding posted on the official site? Can you imagine American celebrities announcing what time they will leave and arrive, which entrance will be used, and where the bride will be staying the night before the ceremony? I understand this is an internationally televised wedding on an entirely different scale, but I still find it fascinating (and optimistic). Below is the schedule, copied and pasted with local times. The marriage service will being at 6 a.m. ET, the carriage procession of the bride and bridegroom with a Captain’s Escort of the Household Cavalry at 7:15 a.m. ET, the Buckingham Palace balcony photo op at 8:25 a.m. ET, and the “fly past” by the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at 8:30 a.m. ET.
The following timings have been confirmed for the Wedding Day:
- Between 8.15am and 9.45am: The general congregation will arrive at the Great North Door of Westminster Abbey.
- From 9.50am: Governors-General and Prime Ministers of Realm Countries,the Diplomatic Corps, and other distinguished guests arrive at the Abbey.
- 10.10am The Bridegroom and Prince Henry of Wales leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.15am.
- 10.20am Members of Foreign Royal Families arrive at Westminster Abbey from Buckingham Palace.
- 10.20am Mrs. Michael (Carole) Middleton and Mr. James Middleton leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.27am.
- 10.25am Members of the Royal Family (except those listed below) leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.30am.
- 10.35am The following Members of the Royal Family leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.40am:
– The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence
– The Duke of York
– Princess Eugenie of York
– Princess Beatrice of York
– The Earl and Countess of Wessex
- 10.38am The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.42am.
- 10.40am The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.45am.
- 10.48am The Bridesmaids and Pages leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 10.55am.
- 10.51am The Bride, accompanied by Mr. Michael Middleton, leaves the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey.
- 11.00am The Marriage Service begins. The Marriage Service will be relayed by audio speakers along the Route.
- 12.15pm The Carriage Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom with a Captain’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, followed by The Queen’s Procession with a Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry, leaves Westminster Abbey for Buckingham Palace.
- 12.30pm The Bride’s Carriage Procession arrives at Buckingham Palace.
- 12.40pm Members of the Royal Family and Members of Foreign Royal Families arrive at Buckingham Palace.
- From 12.40pm: Other guests for the Reception arrive at Buckingham Palace.
- 1.25pm The Queen and the Bride and Bridegroom, together with their Families, appear on the Balcony.
- 1.30pm Fly Past by the Royal Air Force and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.
Miss Catherine Middleton, accompanied by her immediate family, will spend the night before the Wedding at the Goring Hotel. This was the Middleton family’s personal choice.
All arrivals at Westminster Abbey are at the Great West Door unless otherwise indicated.
All routes to and from Westminster Abbey are as already announced: The Mall, Horse Guards Road, Horse Guards Parade, through Horse Guards Arch, Whitehall, Parliament Square (south side), Broad Sanctuary. The additional route from the Goring Hotel to The Mall is yet to be confirmed.
The Wedding Service will be relayed by audio speakers along the Route. This is in addition to the screens already announced at Hyde Park and Trafalgar Square. More information for members of the public wishing to watch the Wedding Service in central London is available atwww.direct.gov.uk/royalwedding
Further information about the Ceremonial aspects of the day, including passengers in the Carriage Procession, will be made available closer to the Wedding Day.