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Day 1: Celebration Time!

  |   By Roseanne Dela Rosa

In less than 24 hours, the wedding of the year (the wedding of the century) is about to take place! After months of being on the royal wedding watch, Kate and Will, will finally exchange vows–and we couldn't be more excited it. What will Kate wear? How will her style and dress effect the rest of the wedding industry? Quite grandly, I'm sure. But, fashion set aside, we're just happy, and proud, to witness one of the most monumental weddings in history. As a rundown, of what's to come, here's a recap (via the Globe and Mail) of the wedding day schedule ET time:

Royal wedding schedule

All times are ET. The wedding ceremony takes place between 11 a.m. and noon in London.

Arrving at the Abbey: 3 a.m. ET / Midnight PT / 8 a.m. London

3:15 a.m. to 4:45 a.m. ET: The general congregation will arrive at the Great North Door of Westminster Abbey.

4:50 a.m. ET: Governors-General and Prime Ministers, diplomats and other guests arrive at the Abbey.

Royal family arrivals: 5 a.m. ET / 2 a.m. PT / 10 a.m. London

5:10 a.m. ET: Prince William and Prince Harry leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey, arrive at 5:15 a.m.

5:25 a.m. ET: Members of the royal family leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey.

5:35 a.m. to 5:40 a.m. ET: Queen Elizabeth II and members of the royal family leave Buckingham Palace by car.

5:48 a.m. ET: Bridesmaids and pages leave the Goring Hotel for the Abbey, arriving at 5:55 a.m.

5:51 a.m. ET: Kate Middleton and her father, Michael, depart Buckingham Palace in a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI for Westminster Abbey. They will pass the Horse Guards Parade, the Cenotaph war memorial, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

The wedding: 6 a.m. ET / 3 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. London

6 a.m. ET: Kate Middleton arrives at Westminster Abbey. The hour-long wedding service will be attended by about 2,000 guests.

Wedding procession: 7 a.m. ET / 4 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. London

7:15 a.m. ET: The newly married couple leave Westminster Abbey and travel the same route in reverse to Buckingham Palace, this time by horse-drawn carriage.

The newlyweds ride in a 1902 State Landau, specifically built for King Edward VII in 1902. If it rains, they will make the journey in the Glass Coach.

The second and third carriages will carry Prince Harry, Maid of Honor Pippa Middleton — the bride’s sister — and the bridesmaids.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip will be in the fourth carriage. The fifth will carry Prince Charles and Camilla and the bride’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton.

7:30 a.m. ET: The procession arrives at Buckingham Palace

7:40 a.m. ET: Queen hosts champagne reception at Buckingham Palace for about 660 guests. Official wedding photographs will be taken.

Presenting the couple: 8 a.m. ET / 5 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. London

8:25 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. ET: The royal newlyweds appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony and are expected to kiss for the cameras. The Queen will also appear at the balcony. William's Royal Air Force colleagues stage a flyover.

10:30 a.m. ET: Wedding reception ends.

2 p.m. ET: Some 300 close friends and relatives return for an exclusive dinner and dance at Buckingham Palace.

As for those of you who won't have access to the television (and will be secretly watching at work!) The Royal Channel will be streaming the wedding live from their YouTube channel. Be sure to check back in our blogs for Kate's inspiration style and live coverage by Alison!

This article was originally published on Apr 28, 2011
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