This Saturday, the world will watch as Prince Henry of Wales marries Ms. Megan Markle in the biggest royal event in the past few years! (I refuse to say it is the wedding of the century, because that happened on 29 April 2011…) As usual, I will be waking up before dawn to watch the entire proceedings from start to finish, and I’m pretty excited to see a royal wedding take place at Windsor Castle. If you are new to the whole royal watching event deal, there are a few things to certainly watch out for throughout the wedding…
1) Celebrity Sightings
I will admit, I am not the biggest celebrity follower- I know a few actresses and actors that are in my favourite TV shows and movies, but I’ve not a clue as to who is feuding with whom, who is dating whom, and who is friends with whom (including Harry and Megan). So, although I personally won’t really be watching out for celebrities, it should be a good place to see British, American, and Canadian socialites, designers, actors, and influencers of sorts, and I imagine that a lot of people will be watching for it! If you are interested in seeing your favourite famous person of the day, I would recommend following somewhere like People on Instagram, as I imagine that they will be posting live with updates on sightings.
2) All of the Details, Both Personal and Historical
Now, this may be the royal historian in me, but I always love being able to have a sneak peek into these 500+ year old cathedrals, chapels, and palaces! (I did visit Windsor, but Her Majesty decided a week prior to visit, so we were only able to see three rooms. It was the only time I shook my head at the Queen… I CAME FROM CANADA TO SEE IT, AND LITERALLY PLANNED MY TRIP AROUND IT. Anyways…) You will be able to see some of the most fascinating architectural elements, as the Gothic style is really something else. Unless the camera is hyper-focused on the wedding party, (and I’m really hoping they aren’t), you will also be able to spot the banners of the members of the Order of the Garter. I’m also interested to see what personal elements that Harry and Megan work into their wedding; Catherine featured her favourite trees and candles in Westminster Abbey to personalise the space, and we could see something very similar at St. George’s Chapel!
3) Traditions and Etiquette
If you are new to the blog, I am a huge supporter and promoter of etiquette. (See here, here, and here to start with…) Royal events, particularly weddings, are the perfect time to see some of those more formalised and somewhat foreign etiquette quirks. If you are awake early enough to see everyone arriving to the wedding, you will start to notice that people arrive in a very specific order. Celebrities and regular folks, then the aristocracy, then the minor nobles, then the royals- you can’t just arrive whenever you feel like it, you observe the order of precedence. Interestingly, while normally the Queen is the last to arrive, she waives this for weddings, as the bride is traditionally the last to arrive! We will also see Megan (and Harry) curtsy to Her Majesty on the way back down the aisle once they are married, but she won’t curtsy on the way there. (Also, a one time only, wedding special!) While most of us don’t need to observe this level of formality in our etiquette, I do use a lot of their etiquette as a benchmark, as you typically won’t offend someone by showing them a higher level of courtesy than they are expecting!
4) The Hats, Obviously….
Also, if you don’t know me, I am all about millinery. Hats, fascinators, headwear, I am here for it all! (Well, not really fascinators, because if you are going to put something on your head, make it substantial enough to be an actual hat rather than the thought of one…) If you live in the UK/Ireland, or somewhere that people actually don headwear to attend horse racing, hat spotting might not be the event for you that it is for me. However, if you don’t live there, events like this are the best way to spot the biggest, boldest, and best hats out there. I can guarantee that milliners Philip Treacy and Jane Taylor’s creations will be on several notable guests, in addition to other well-known as well as up-and-coming milliners’ work! If you have been watching royal events for a while, you can start to spot when hats are repeated (which is actually a pretty fun game), and even identify new pieces by each designer without it actually being announced. So, if you are anything like me, I would recommend following FromBerkshiretoBuckingham and WWKD_Official on Instagram, as I can guarantee they will also be live posting the arrivals and accompanying hats!
For anyone interested, I will be live posting on my Instagram stories throughout the entire event, from the first arrivals to whenever they leave at the end! I will probably have a quick post up on Saturday to remind everyone, but other than that, it will stay mostly on Instagram (and possibly the Facebook page). I will probably have a follow up post on Sunday or Monday to cover my favourite parts!
So, what will you be looking for at the Royal Wedding? And will you be observing the event in style?