In case you’ve been living deep in a mossy well for the past few months, you’ll may be aware that this weekend, there’s the small matter of a Royal Wedding happening.
As bunting begins to fill the streets and the nation gets ready for another historic moment of monarch proportions, we thought it would only be right to offer you a little rundown of this right royal event.
So without, further ado – here’s our quick-fire ABC Selfstore guide to the Royal Wedding 2018.
The bride and groom
Okay, it’s pretty obvious but we’ll mention it, anyway. The groom is, of course, our very own Prince Harry and the beautiful bride to be is LA star of the screen, Meghan Markle. It’s a UK and US love story that transcends the pond, a real heart melter if ever we saw one.
The royal best man
The Duke of Cambridge will act as best man for his little brother, Harry. Prince William will deliver his speech at the reception and also be in charge of the rings. William, president of the Football Association, is missing the mighty FA Cup final to attend the wedding.
Bridesmaids and pageboys
Meghan Markle’s gang of wedding helpers are all little ones, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be among them.
There isn’t going to be a maid of honour as Ms Markle didn’t want to choose just one person from her closest group of friends. A solid way to dodge an argument on the lead up to the big day.
The time, date and place
The congregation will start arriving from 9.30am (20th May 2018) and the Royals from 11.20am. The service kicks of at midday, and the newlyweds will emerge from the chapel at 1pm.
The ceremony will take place at Windsor’s iconic St George’s Chapel, with some 1,200 hand-picked members of the public, including charity and community heroes, attending the grounds of the castle from 9am to scoff down a picnic and watch the Royal couple arrive, and leave for their carriage procession.
The brothers will hit the scene via at the West Steps, walking past the droves of spectators invited into the Lower Ward, while greeting representatives from Harry’s charities.
The full order of service will be announced on the morning of the wedding.
Naturally, the Royal Wedding will be on the box so you can sit in the comfort of your home and enjoy the entire affair with a refreshing mid-morning Pimms or a good old-fashioned steaming cup of English breakfast tea.
The BCC will present live coverage of the event presented by Kirsty Young, Huw Edwards, and Dermot O’Leary, while Julie Etchingham and Phillip Schofield will be in charge of ITV’s coverage. Former Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt will be the official correspondent for BBC Radio 1.
Sky News is also broadcasting the event in ultra-high definition (UHD), fronted by Kay Burley from a special studio on The Long Walk.
Wherever you are on Saturday, we hope you enjoy the Royal Wedding (or if not, the football) – and if you’re hosting a special event of your own at home and need a little space, get in touch – we’ll be happy to help.