The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry (Henry Charles Albert David of Wales) and actress Rachel Meghan Markle is one of the most anticipated events of this year. With just a few weeks to go until the big day finally arrives, Kensington Palace has officially confirmed that the wedding will take place at noon on May 19 at Saint George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
The popular couple will take their vows before their families, friends, and millions watching around the world. Fans living in the U.S. and Cayman will have to set their clocks pretty early, due to the time change, or set the TV channel to record.
The service will begin at noon sharp (Greenwich Mean Time), although crowds of people can be expected to line the streets of London in the early hours of the morning to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom as they arrive. Several hours of TV coverage will precede the arrival of the royal couple throughout the morning, which will be broadcast live on international networks.
Here in Cayman, you should be able to catch the wedding on BBC World and BBC America as it takes place, and broadcasters are also expected to offer live coverage of the day’s events on mobile devices and online.
A right royal brunch
To celebrate the special day here in Cayman, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman has planned a special brunch to commemorate the nuptials with a special viewing of the recorded ceremony from noon Cayman time. With traditional British dishes being served such as fish and chips, Cornish pasties, beef Wellington and Yorkshire puddings, as well as cupcakes, macaroons, and strawberry shortcake biscuits, it is going to be an enjoyable day out.
The Ritz-Carlton brunch is $125 including bottomless Champagne for adults, and $100 without Champagne. Children under 12 are $50. Reservations can be made (and are required) by calling 815-6912.
The Cayman Islands Sailing Club and the National Sailing Center are also getting in on the act, throwing a Royal Ball fundraiser on the night of May 19 at the George Town Yacht Club. Just because one can’t be in London for the celebrations doesn’t mean that one has to miss out.
There will be DJ spinning hits from the ‘80s, and guests are encouraged to dress “formal and funny.” No doubt a number of royal dopplegangers will be spotted roaming the property and boogieing down.
It all starts at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, followed by a dinner at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $125 each, and tables of 16 are also available. Buy individual tickets online at eventpro.ky/shop/royalball. Call 947-7913 for more information.