NPT is airing a full week of programming leading to the May 19, 2018, wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. In addition, we’ll air five hours of live BBC coverage of the event on NPT2, beginning at 3 a.m., with an encore presentation later that day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Brush up on your knowledge of royal protocol, traditions and history with Royal Wedding Watch, a weeklong series airing at 9 p.m. Monday, May 14, through Thursday, May 17; and at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18. Each nightly episode covers a different theme and will be hosted by Meredith Vieira and British television presenter Matt Baker, with the BBC’s Anita Rani reporting live each night on the preparations at Windsor Castle. In addition, English historian Lucy Worsley (familiar to NPT viewers from Tales from the Royal Wardrobe and similar programs) will provide historical tidbits and tours of royal residences.
The episodes are as follows:
Monday, May 14, 9 p.m. A Wedding Is Announced
Lucy Worsley explains how Queen Victoria started the trend of wearing white wedding gowns. Also, what a royal bride-to-be might expect in terms of training.
Tuesday, May 15, at 9 p.m. What to Wear
Worsley revisits gowns chosen by previous royal brides, while experts in the studio discuss how a royal wedding gown is not only a reflection of the styles of the day, but also of protocol, tradition and etiquette.
Wednesday, May 16, at 9 p.m. Ceremony
An exploration of previous royal wedding ceremonies and an update on preparations at Windsor Castle.
Thursday, May 17, at 9 p.m. How to Celebrate
Every aspect of the wedding celebration – from the carriage procession to the cake to the parties – is discussed. Meanwhile, Worsley visits Hampton Court (home to Henry VIII, a monarch with more matrimonial experience than most) to reveal the secrets behind a state banquet.
Friday, May 18, at 9:30 p.m. Happily Ever After
Well, we hope so. A history of Kensington Palace, traditionally the London home of royal newlyweds.
Saturday, May 19, at 3 a.m. on NPT2 Royal Wedding
Coverage on NPT2, our secondary channel, begins at 3 a.m. CT; the ceremony itself will start at 6 a.m. An encore presentation airs at 11 a.m. NPT2 is available at 8.2 over the air; Channel 241 on Comcast; Channel 176 on Charter; and on Channel 75 on Google Fiber. Unfortunately, NPT2 is not currently available on AT&T or DirecTV.