The Royal Wedding is on Saturday 19 May, and the good news me for, is that it will be on local TV screens (BBC Lifestyle, DStv channel 174, will broadcast the ceremony in South Africa via a live stream of the build-up and the ceremony. BBC World News DSTV channel 400, will also be live streaming the ceremony). If you don’t have DStv, then head to a friend or family who does!
Anyway, I’m not necessarily a Royal fan. In fact, my interest lies mostly in hearing what Kate has named her kids, and seeing what she’s wearing.
While I didn’t watch William and Kate’s wedding, the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has me excited for some reason. So much so that I booked it out in my calendar, and suggested to my best-ever mother-in-law to fly from Port Elizabeth to watch it with us. And by “us” I mean me and my sister-in-law. My husband has no interest. My mom-in-law IS coming, and so I have someone to drink G&Ts with, and eat cucumber sandwiches – there needs to be a sort of British like meal plan for the day. And while I know Pimms or Champagne should be the drink of choice, we’re fond of our gin, so Tanqueray (a UK gin) is on the cards.
We’re going to watch the buildup from early in the morning, probably over coffee or tea, and immerse ourselves into a present-day fairytale, kinda. We will watch scenes from Charles and Di’s wedding (which I remember watching avidly as a small child, and which I still recall very well. Which is impressive considering that this morning, one minute after I think that I maybe put my sunscreen on, I realised I might not have, which is why I applied or re-applied it).
So why am I so keen to watch this? It’s because Harry and Meghan don’t fit the Royal norm, and they’re gorgeous and exciting to watch. I’m expecting some interesting twists and surprises that we might not have seen before. Plus what if Suits’ Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) is there?
It’s also a day to ooh and aah, spend time quality time with the couch, my mom-in-law and a toddler who will be running around. It’s also a day to drop the laptop, not work, and just escape a bit.
On the menu for the day
Since we can’t drink gin all day on an empty stomach, and since we’ll be glued to the TV most of the day, we need fuel. Here’s what I’m thinking. I’ll probably make, bake and buy them, depending on time:
- Butter biscuits
- Cucumber sandwiches
- Salmon sandwiches
- Mini quiches
- Mini chocolate brownies
- Lemon bars
- Scones with jam and cream
- Strawberries and cream (I know that’s Wimbledon’ish, but we can extend it, in the spirit of Britain and all)
On the 19th, the couple will exchange vows at 1pm (our time) at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Following the service, a carriage procession will start at 2pm (our time) from St Georges Chapel through Windsor Town returning to Windsor Castle via the Long Walk.
Wedding buildup shows
In the buildup to the wedding, here’s what you can expect on BBC Lifestyle:
Royal Wedding 2011: HRH Prince William & Catherine Middleton the highlights
Sunday 13 May at 9pm
Diana our Mother: Her life and legacy
Monday 14 May at 9pm
Elizabeth at 90
Tuesday 15 May at 9pm
Harry and Meghan: A modern love story
Wednesday 16 May at 9pm
Britain’s royal weddings
Thursday 17 and Friday 18 May at 9pm