The most awaited royal wedding of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place today. The event is expected to be a lively occasion but as per British royal tradition.
The royal wedding service will be followed by a carriage procession, a lunchtime reception and an evening party.
Here are details of the day’s programme:
1:00pm PST (0800 GMT)
Around 2,640 guests begin to enter the grounds of Windsor Castle. The attendees include charity workers, military veterans, and community leaders. They will be able to witness the newlyweds before and after the ceremony. This includes 200 people from charities & organizations, 100 pupils from local schools, and 530 royal staff.
1:30pm PST (0830 GMT)
The first arriving 600 wedding guests begin to fill St. George’s Chapel. The guests will arrive by coach at the castle´s Round Tower and walk to the chapel´s South Door.
4:00pm PST (1000 GMT)
The last arriving non-royal guests will sit on their respective places.
4:25pm PST (1025 GMT)
Its time for members of the royal family to arrive at the venue either on wheels or on foot. They enter the chapel via the Galilee Porch on the south side.
4:40pm PST (1040 GMT)
Prince Harry of Wales and his best man, his elder brother Duke of Cambridge Prince William, arrive at the West Door and are received by the Dean of Windsor, David Conner, who will conduct the service.
4:45pm PST (1045 GMT)
Meghan Markel’s mother Doria Ragland will arrive at the Galilee Porch and is seated by the Dean of Windsor.
4:52pm PST (1052 GMT)
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the Galilee Porch and is escorted to her seat.
5:00pm PST (1100 GMT)
The wedding service finally begins. Meghan Markle will enter from the West Door, to the sound of fanfare. Meghan Markle will walk down the aisle on her own initially, and then escorted by Prince of Wales,Charles.
The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service. This includes performance on “Stand by Me” by the choir and two hymns.
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, will officially announce the couple as they make their vows.
Siblings of late Princess Diana will also attend the ceremony. Princess Diana’s sister Lady Jane Fellowes will give the reading from the Song of Solomon.
6:00pm PST (1200 GMT)
The newlywed couple will come out from the West Steps and greet the charity representatives.
The couple will take a 25 minutes carriage procession through Windsor. Close family members wave them off.
The route takes them down the High Street and along the Long Walk tree-lined avenue back up to Windsor Castle.
They will travel in the horse-drawn Ascot Landau carriage, accompanied by a travelling escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.
6:30pm PST (1230 GMT)
Reception will be held at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Hall hosted by Queen Elizabeth II. The couple and 600 wedding guests will be attendees.
Later, the newly wed couple and members of the royal family will be photographed officially by portrait photographer Alexi Lubomirski.
Prince of Wales, Charles hosts a private reception for 200 close friends and family at Frogmore House.