Hear ye, hear ye. The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will take place on Saturday, May 19th, at 12 p.m. BST. For Americans obsessed with all things royal, which the Telegraph estimates to be about 23 million people, that means waking up early—very early. While the ceremony itself will take place at 7 a.m. ET / 4 a.m. PT, coverage will start even earlier. BBC America will be showing a simulcast of BBC One’s presentation, which starts at 4 a.m. ET / 1 a.m. PT. CBS and NBC will kick things off around a similar time, though HBO, which will be airing live coverage hosted by Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan (aka Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon), will start at the civilized hour of 7:30 a.m. ET and re-air at 9:45 p.m. ET.
Even if you’re a loyal royal devotee, that’s a lot of time to spend watching people arrive at a wedding, attend a wedding and leave a wedding. If you’re in it for the long haul, you’re going to need some drinks—and some encouragement to drink. Opt for one of the royal family’s favorite drinks or stick with a classic like a Gin & Tonic or a Pimm’s Cup. Then don your best fascinator and follow along with our rules for the royal wedding drinking game:
Take a sip whenever:
You see a funny hat. Yell out, “Benedict Cumber-hat!” whenever this happens.
Someone mentions a guest’s hat. Yell out, “Margaret Hat-cher!” whenever this happens.
Anyone discusses the details of Meghan’s dress.
Anyone waves on screen. (Take a double sip if the person is waving like the Queen. Take a triple sip if the person waving is the actual Queen.)
Anyone notes that the carriage in which the couple is riding is called an Ascot Landau carriage.
Any American announcer does a British accent.
Anyone mentions tea.
Take a big gulp whenever:
You spot a British celeb.
Anyone talks about how incredible Pippa Middleton is.
Anyone brings up the drama with Meghan’s dad.
Anyone mentions the fact that no political leaders are attending.
Anyone reminds the audience that Meghan is both American and an actress with no royal background.
Any of the horses acts up in any way.
Anyone brings up the fact that Prince William is missing the FA Cup to be at the wedding.
Finish your drink when:
Anyone confirms that the Spice Girls will, in fact, be performing at the reception.
The Queen arrives.
The couple is pronounced man and wife.