Anyone in Cayman who wants to tune into the royal wedding Saturday will be in for an early start.
Prince Harry, sixth in line to the British throne, and his bride to be, American actress Meghan Markle, will tie the knot at Windsor Castle at noon in the U.K., which is 6 a.m. in Grand Cayman.
Well-wishers, some clad from head to toe in Union Jack regalia, were already camped out on the streets of the historic English town of Windsor, Thursday, and visitors are expected to throng the town Saturday to watch the horse-drawn carriage procession that follows the ceremony.
The ceremony itself will take place in St. George’s Chapel, within the castle walls, in front of 600 invited guests.
Prince William will be best man and his children, Prince Harry’s niece and nephew, 3-year-old Princess Charlotte and 4-year-old Prince George are among six young bridesmaids and four page boys.
Ms. Markle’s father is apparently unable to attend due to health problems, according to news reports in the U.K.
At 1 p.m. (7 a.m. Cayman time) the carriage procession will begin making its way through the streets of Windsor and back to the castle.
Cayman royal watchers who want to tune into the coverage live have a number of options.
NBC, Fox News, ABC, CNN, BBC America, HBO and MSNBC are among the networks promising hours of live coverage of the event and surrounding festivities throughout the day. CNN’s coverage begins from 4 a.m. Cayman time.
For those who want to take a more relaxed approach, the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, is hosting a wedding brunch with tape delay coverage from noon Cayman time. The event will feature traditional British food like fish and chips, cornish pasties and Yorkshire puddings.
A royal ball will also be held at the Cayman Islands Sailing Club Saturday night.
Miss Markle visited Cayman in 2016 for the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit at the same time as talk show host Jay Leno. At the time she was best known for her role in U.S. television show “Suits.”