For some of us, rising early to watch a royal wedding on television is not an option, it’s a tradition. Remember Princess Anne’s wedding to Capt. Mark Phillips in 1973? And there was the unforgettable wedding of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Prince Charles in 1981. Even with the crush of news about Friday, when Prince William and Catherine Middleton (right) will marry in the British monarchy’s most-awaited royal wedding in decades, setting the alarm to witness the vows in real time just seems, well, appropriate.

Some of you have joined us for our Oscars live-blogs — which were great fun! We think a live-blog for the wedding of William and Kate will be just as much fun. If you’re going to get up early (or stay up extra, extra late) to watch the wedding live, we’d love to hear a comment or two from you, if you’ll have access to a smartphone or computer keyboard.

Television coverage begins at 3 a.m. Eastern time on BBC America. TLC joins the celebration at 3:30 a.m. Then NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, CNN and E! begin their live coverage at 4 a.m. The schedule for the wedding, as released by the palace, is below. All times are Eastern Daylight Time.

  • Between 3:15 a.m. and 4:45 a.m.: The general congregation will arrive at the Great North Door of Westminster Abbey
  • From 4:50 a.m.: Governors-general and prime ministers of realm countries, the diplomatic corps and other distinguished guests arrive at the Abbey.
  • 5:10 a.m.: The bridegroom and best man Prince Harry leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 5:15 a.m.
  • 5:20 a.m.: Members of foreign royal families arrive at the Abbey from Buckingham Palace.
    And Carole Middleton and son James leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 5:27 a.m.
  • 5:25 a.m.: Members of the Royal Family (except those listed below) leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 5:30 a.m.
  • 5:35 a.m.: The following members of the Royal Family leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 5:40 a.m.
    * The Duke of York
    * Princess Beatrice of York
    * Princess Eugenie of York
    * The Earl and Countess of Wessex
    * The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence
  • 5:38 a.m.: The Prince of Wales (Charles) and Duchess of Cornwall (Camilla) leave Clarence House for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 5:42 a.m.
  • 5:40 a.m.: The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh leave Buckingham Palace for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 5:45 a.m.
  • 5:48 a.m.: The bridesmaids and pages leave the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey. They arrive at the Abbey at 5:55 a.m.
  • 5:51 a.m.: Kate Middleton, accompanied by her father, Michael, leaves the Goring Hotel for Westminster Abbey.
  • 6:00 a.m.: The marriage service begins. It will be relayed by loudspeakers along the route.
  • 7:15 a.m.: The carriage procession of the bride and groom with a captain’s escort of the Household Cavalry, followed by the Queen’s procession with a sovereign’s escort of the Household Cavalry, leaves Westminster Abbey for Buckingham Palace.
  • 7:30 a.m.: The bride’s carriage procession arrives at Buckingham Palace.
  • 7:40 a.m.: Members of the Royal Family and members of foreign royal families arrive at Buckingham Palace. Other guests for the reception thenarrive at Buckingham Palace.
  • 8:25 a.m.: The Queen and the bride and groom, together with their families, appear on the balcony.

As you can see from the above, you can even sleep as late as 5:45 Eastern and still catch the ceremony and the ceremonial procession to Buckingham Palace. But we’ll be on it earlier. We don’t expect you to slave over a keyboard all morning, but if you are as fascinated with the wedding as we are, we’d be honored if you could join in the fun.

  • There will be a new wedding post every hour starting at 4 a.m. And we’re all entering our thoughts in the comments section below. No need for an elaborate login process, and it should keep the dialogue buzzing!
  • Feel free to comment at any length, on anything from fashion to pomp and/or circumstance. Comments can be sentimental or a bit snarky. Just remember you’re in the virtual presence of royalty.
  • Share links to other sites if you want – and if you have any photos of your wedding-viewing gathering, submit them via email and we’ll make sure they get posted!

Thank you for your support of Women’s Voices for Change. And I hope we have a blast!

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  • B. ElliottI April 29, 2011 at 5:47 am

    I started to get tears in bleary eyes the moment I heard the bells of the abbey ring.

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