The schedule for the second royal wedding of 2018 has now been revealed. In a new press release, Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank have announced the time they’re getting married on October 12, 2018—and it’s early.
For anyone who was wide awake to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding back in May, getting up in time for Princess Eugenie’s wedding won’t be much of an issue. However, the ceremony—which will take place in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle—will commence at 11 a.m. local time, meaning it’ll start at 6 a.m. ET for American watchers. Set those alarms in preparation!
Here’s everything we know so far about the schedule for when Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank tie the knot:
3:30 a.m.—5 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m.—10 a.m. GMT): Guests will begin arriving at St. George’s Chapel or taking their places on the grounds of Windsor Castle, which is being opened up to members of the public, much the same as at Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
Per the royal press release, over 100,000 people applied to attend Princess Eugenie’s wedding, and “invitations have now gone out” to the 1,200 people who will help celebrate the royal wedding from outside the venue. Eugenie has also invited children from two of the schools she attended—St. George’s School and Coworth Flexlands School.
Several charities important to the couple will also be present on-site on the day, including representatives from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, the Salvation Army, the Teenage Cancer Trust and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women.
As for the official guest list, it’s thought that a number of high-profile celebrities such as George and Amal Clooney will attend the royal wedding, alongside members of the royal family.
6 a.m. ET (11 a.m. GMT): The nuptials will begin inside St. George’s Chapel and last approximately an hour. The Dean of Windsor, The Right Reverend David Conner, will officiate, while the Archbishop of York, the Most Reverend and Right Honorable John Sentamu, will lead the prayers.
7 a.m. ET (12 p.m. GMT): Once the service is finished, Princess Eugenie and her new husband will set off on a short carriage ride from the Royal Mews, out of Windsor Castle, and onto part of the High Street. Unlike in Harry and Meghan’s wedding procession, the carriage will not proceed along the Long Walk, and instead will take a much shorter route, with well-wishers recommended to watch the procession from Castle Hill, the High Street, and Park Street.
After the couple’s carriage procession, Queen Elizabeth will host a Reception at Windsor Castle, which will be followed by another private reception at Windsor Park Lodge, a party being organized by Eugenie’s parents, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. Per Vanity Fair, there will be a marquee “in the grounds and dancing late into the night.”
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