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Your Royal Wedding Invitation Has Arrived: We Break Down “Royal Wedding Watch” And Share How You Can Tune In

This Saturday, one televised event will unite the world as millions will turn their attention to Great Britain. Windsor in particular as the younger son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Prince Harry, will marry Meghan Markle. This will be a British royal first as Markle is not only American, she is half African-American and a former actress on the USA television show Suits. PBS joins in on the celebration with a week of Royal Wedding Watch, five one-hour programs leading up to the televised Royal Wedding on Saturday, May 19th with coverage on GPB from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. that morning. The Royal Wedding will also air as an encore presentation Sunday, May 20th at 1 p.m.

If you’ve been tuning in to Royal Wedding Watch so far, there’s one unmistakeable clear theme: the rebellious personalities of Harry and Meghan, in contrast to former royal weddings, will ultimately find a balance with royal wedding traditions. Hosted by Meredith Vieira, Royal Wedding Watch not only explores the variety of royal wedding rituals passed down for decades (and in some cases, centuries) but the trends favored by the bride and groom to be that will surely be woven into their special day.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in "Royal Wedding Watch"

For many, one of the most pressing topics of royal wedding conversation is the speculation of what Ms. Markle will wear both down the aisle at Windsor Castle and during the reception (because if you’re a royal bride, two dresses are mandatory. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge did a change of gowns for her 2011 wedding to Prince William as well). As a Hollywood actress and California girl with a perchance for figure-skimming cuts, many expect Meghan Markle to choose a form-fitting gown possibly by Australian designers Ralph & Russo who designed her engagement dress. Other designer favorites such as Christopher Bailey, soon to exit British powerhouse Burberry, have also been suggested. But no matter who Ms. Markle has selected to create her gowns, tradition mandates that fabric must be sourced from Great Britain.

But Ms. Markle could also opt for a lesser-known British designer, including recent students. As Princess Diana chose budding designers David and Elizabeth Emanuel who were far from household names in the early 1980s, fashion students at the London College of Contemporary Arts share their take on Meghan Markle’s bridal style.

 

Any Royal occasion necessitates food fit for a queen and weddings are no exception. While Harry and Meghan have revealed that their wedding cake will be Lemon and Elderflower made by royal baker Claire Ptak, owner of the London-based Violet Bakery, the cake comprises only part of the wedding day menu. Chef Mickael Weiss from the St. James restaurant Quaglino’s (Queen Elizabeth II chose this spot when she became the first reigning monarch to eat at a public restaurant) breaks down some of the previous royal wedding menus and highlights a few favorites, including the dessert from Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding.

 

 

There are even custom-made touches that viewers may not consider when discussing the details of a royal wedding. As part of the wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, new Fanfare trumpets have been commissioned to be used for the May 19th ceremony. Their construction isn’t too far from their ceremony spot at Windsor Castle, either. Just 230 miles north of the Castle in Yorkshire, The Smith Watkins Company has been working hard to create the new Smith Watkins Fanfare trumpets. The company has been making the instruments for royal occasions since the year 2000.

But trumpets are only part of royal etiquette. As Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry, she’s not only marrying the man she loves but she’s marrying into the British Royal Peerage, a tradition of titles dating back to William the Conqueror that served to govern the country. Members of the Peerage are listed in a directory from Debrett’s, a publisher and authority on British etiquette. Dr. Morris Beirbrier is a royal genealogist who explains why Prince Harry does not have his own special section in the book but is likely expected to be given a page of his own and coat of arms upon his marriage to Meghan.

For more facts and conversation leading up to the Royal Wedding, tune in to Royal Wedding Watch that will continue to air on Wednesday and Thursday at 10 p.m. and on Friday at 10:30 p.m. We will also air the Royal Wedding live from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday, May 19th. For those unable to watch live, an encore presentation of the Royal Wedding will air at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 20th.

Rachel Buchman Guest Blogger

Rachel Buchman serves as the Social Media Community Manager at GPB. She earned her degree in English Language and Literature from The University of Chicago and has been contributing to GPB’s social media platforms since 2016. She is an avid British and Australian TV fan with a love for all things Masterpiece Theatre. Outside... more