One thing many brides have in common is the luxury of arriving at their ceremony whenever they please, while the groom and guests wait patiently for her grand entrance.
But in Meghan Markle’s case, things will be slightly different in order to accommodate the Queen.
When it comes to royal proceedings everything must run according to a strict schedule, planned exactly to the minute with no one allowed to be late.
And as it is royal protocol for the Queen to be the last to arrive (before the bride herself), Meghan’s entrance will have to be scheduled to allow just enough time for the Queen to enter and take her seat, yet not leave Her Majesty waiting too long.
Just an extra thing to add to the pressure Meghan must be feeling.
When it was Kate Middleton’s big day back in 2011, she was scheduled to leave her hotel around the corner where she was waiting, precisely six minutes after the Queen had arrived at Westminster Abbey.
For Meghan and Harry’s wedding at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, as per tradition, all commoner guests including celebrities will be instructed to arrive first.
Politicians and world leaders would traditionally follow, however Kensington Palace has confirmed that that “an official list of political leaders – both UK and international – [were] not required for Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s wedding.”
Then comes members of the royal family, who follow in strict order of importance culminating in the heir to the throne.
So expect to see Prince Charles arrive with Camilla just minutes prior to the Queen’s arrival, followed by Meghan’s grand entrance.
After the ceremony, the newlywed’s schedule continues at 1pm with a carriage procession along a route including Castle Hill, High Street, Sheet Street, Kings Road, Albert Road, Long Walk and finally Windsor Castle.
During this time, the guests from the service will gather at St George’s Hall in preparations for the afternoon reception starting at 2pm.
Capping off the huge day is a later evening reception for close friends and family, which will hopefully be a time for Meghan and Harry to finally relax a little.