If you haven’t somehow managed to score an invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s upcoming royal wedding, then surely the next best way to spend Saturday, May 19 is by watching the ceremony unfold at an outdoor screening in the gardens of Kensington Palace, just around the corner from the couple’s home at Nottingham Cottage, right?
Promising a truly special way to mark the royal wedding, the Historic Royal Palaces organization has teamed up with UK company The Luna Cinema for a live screening of the ceremony set against the backdrop of London’s Kensington Palace.
The fun event will take place on the palace’s Orangery lawn with guests encouraged to either bring their own picnic (including something with which to toast the happy couple, of course) or to opt for food and drink available from a range of kiosks on the palace lawns.
While the palace and its grounds are open to visitors, Kensington Palace is also home to a number of members of the royal family: Harry and Meghan currently reside at Nottingham Cottage, just around the corner from Prince William and Kate Middleton and their children, who live at Apartment 1A in the main palace complex. They’ve recently been joined by Princess Eugenie and her fiancé, Jack Brooksbank, who have just moved into Ivy Cottage.
So, how does one snag a spot on the guest list for the royal wedding viewing party at Kensington Palace? About 1,000 tickets will be available through a public ballot system on the Historic Royal Palaces website, which opened on Wednesday, May 2 and will close at midnight on Sunday, May 6. Lucky applicants will receive an email confirming their spot during the week of May 7; should you be successful, your tickets will be free, aside from a nearly $4 booking fee which includes a charitable donation.
And if you don’t succeed? Fear not: the wedding will be broadcasted live on the BBC, ITV, and Sky News in the UK on the day, meaning that hosting your own viewing party should be a piece of (lemon and elderflower) cake.
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This story was written by Katie Rosseinsky. It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.