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When Is the Royal Wedding on in the Pacific Northwest? Your Royal Wedding Questions, Answered

Don’t panic about the time difference! Here’s how to watch the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Seattle.

May 2, 2018

From guests arriving in spring colors and statement-making fascinators to the reveal of the wedding dress, Anglophiles are counting down the days to the Royal Wedding. But, unless you’re a night owl, West Coast viewers will probably miss the live broadcast in the wee hours of the morning on May 19 (London is eight hours ahead of us.) So, when is the Royal Wedding on in Seattle, anyway?

KCTS 9 will air the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle live Saturday, May 19, from 1:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and rebroadcast it during primetime (whew!) from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Ugh, why does it have to air so early? And how did it end up on a Saturday? Here are the answers to some of your most pressing Royal Wedding questions.

We know the wedding is airing, but what about Royal Wedding Watch?

We’ll air Royal Wedding Watch, the week of the big event, from Monday, May 14, to Friday, May 18. Episodes will air at 10:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, but the Friday, May 18, episode will air at 10:30 p.m. Meredith Vieira and British television presenter Matt Baker will host the nightly series with experts, commentators and special guests weighing in on the wedding, royals and traditions. BBC presenter and host Anita Rani will report live from Windsor each night, and quirky English historian Lucy Worsley (you know her from Tales from the Royal Bedchamber) will delve into the pageantry, pomp and protocol surrounding Harry and Meghan’s nuptials.

The kickoff episode on Monday, May 14, will discuss what it takes to be a royal bride-in-training. The second episode on Tuesday, May 15, will cover “what to wear.” The Wednesday, May 16, episode will discuss ceremony and traditions. Then, it’s all about the details Thursday night, May 17, from the carriage procession to the cake. And, the final night of the countdown, Friday, May 18, explores Kensington Palace, the royal couple’s new home.  

Don’t royals usually get married on a weekday?

According to British Vogue, Harry and Meghan’s decision to get married on a Saturday goes against tradition: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed on a Friday and the Queen on a Thursday.” When a royal couple gets married on a weekday, the public is given the day off. But, there are no plans for this royal couple’s Saturday nuptials to warrant a holiday this time around. However, the Vogue UK piece states that pub opening hours on Saturday may be extended. Apparently, the serving hours were relaxed in the past for other Royal Weddings and even the Queen’s 90th birthday.

What do we know about the wedding?

Around 600 guests have been invited to the wedding at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Harry was baptized in 1984. We also know that American chef Claire Ptak is creating a lemon elderflower wedding cake. There are sure to be many surprises in store, from revealing A-list guests to finally seeing Meghan in her wedding dress. And, Royal Wedding Watch will be there to shed light on these questions and feed your wedding fever.  


Caroline Gerdes

Caroline Gerdes is the social media specialist at Cascade Public Media and a New Orleanian living in Seattle. She was also a National Geographic Young Explorer — which is totally a real job title. She recently published her first book, An Oral History of the New Orleans Ninth Ward

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