If you're counting down the days until Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot, you're going to love this news. On Monday, Kensington Palace released new details about Harry and Markle's wedding, including what time it will start, so you can be fully prepared for the event when it rolls around this May.
The news came in a series of tweets from the palace's official Twitter, starting off with a message that thanked people for all of the good wishes the couple has received since announcing their engagement. The tweets went on to say that Markle and Harry themselves wanted to share these new details, which makes a very public moment in their lives feel so personal to everyone who loves the royal family. The tweets also confirmed that the wedding, which is still set for May 19, will be held at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. This is old news, but it does show that Henry and Markle are doing things a little bit differently from his older brother, who married Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey. It's nice that they're mixing things up a bit.
However, the person who will marry them is already familiar to the family. The Archbishop of Canterbury will officiate the wedding — the same person who performed Prince George's christening. It's nice to hear that their marriage will be made official by someone who already has ties to their family.
The statement also included the information fans have been waiting for: what time the wedding will start. The ceremony kicks off at noon in the UK, which is 7:00 a.m. ET. Being that the fun and games will start a few hours earlier, it definitely means you'll have to set your alarm for bright and early that morning if you're planning to watch — and it certainly sounds like this is something any fan of the royal family is not going to want to miss, including those of us who aren't exactly morning people.
Yes, that's really early. Yes, it will probably still be dark outside when your alarm goes off. Yes, it will be totally worth giving up sleeping in on a Saturday morning. Besides, that's what naps are for.
The fun doesn't end with the ceremony, either. "At 1pm the couple, now married, will undertake a Carriage Procession from St George's Chapel through Windsor Town returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk," the statement continued. "They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day."
After that, Harry and Markle will be holding a reception at St. George's Hall and their wedding guests, followed by a more personal reception later that night for their closest friends and family members.
Of course, this statement doesn't answer all the burning questions we all want answers to, like what Markle's dress will look like and how cute Charlotte and George will be that day (spoiler: really cute). But this is definitely enough to keep the excitement going... and to help the rest of us plan our wedding watch parties from across the pond. Of course, it's better that Kensington Palace doesn't share everything about Markle and Harry's big day. If they gave away all the juicy details before the wedding, what fun would that be? But still, it's hard not to be curious.
Let's just cross our fingers that the palace will continue to share more details as the day gets closer. Now that it's been almost seven years since William and Middleton got married, another wedding is long overdue. Is it May 19 yet?