Royal Wedding V FA Cup Final 2018: How to watch both events amid huge clash | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV


It couldn’t have come at a worse time – the royal wedding this Saturday is set to fall on the same day as the FA Cup, one of the biggest footballing events of the year. 

and Prince Harry will tie the knot in St George’s Chapel, bringing in millions of pounds in tourism and merchandising sales to London. 

While the biggest clash in the Premier League calendar sees Chelsea take on Manchester United at Wembley Stadium as both teams fight for the last available trophy of the season. 

Millions of Brits are now stuck with a great dilemma – do you watch the FA Cup or the Royal Wedding? 

Thankfully, there is a way to watch both events and catch every second of the beautiful game, as well as the union of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. 

When is the Royal Wedding? 

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to get married on Saturday in what is expected to be the biggest event of the year. 

Wedding frenzy has hit the UK, with thousands of royal fans looking to tune in to watch the

Speculation over who will attend, what Meghan will wear an how the event will turn out has been rife, with much of the wedding shrouded in mystery. 

Here are the timings for the ceremony throughout the evening.

11.45am BST – Prince Harry and his brother Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, will arrive at the West Steps of St George’s Chapel.

11.55am – Following protocol, the Queen will be the last member of the royal family to arrive.

11.59am – Meghan Markle arrives at the Chapel’s West Steps by car with her flower-girls and pageboys. This will be the first time the world sees Meghan in her wedding dress.

12pm – The service begins. 

1pm – The service ends and Harry and Meghan will emerge from St. George’s Chapel as husband and wife. They will be followed by the royal family and guests.

1.05pm – The newlyweds will begin their carriage procession through the streets of Windsor. This ride in their horse and carriage will take approximately 15-25 minutes.

Royalists will be happy to know that the royal wedding will be televised on UK tv, as well as being broadcast to a whole host of international networks. 

The BBC will be broadcasting from 9am until 2pm, with a slew of commentators and broadcasters covering every second. The royal wedding will also be streamed online. 

Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham will be presenting the wedding for ITV from 9.25 until 3pm.

Sky’s coverage will also start early, running from 9am until 3pm. Kay Burley, Anna Botting, Jayne Secker, Sarah-Jane Mee, Colin Brazier and Jonathan Samuels will present the live coverage from Windsor. 

The royal wedding is expected to be watched by roughly 27 million Brits and 23 million Americans, with millions more tuning in worldwide. 

When is the FA Cup?

For those who don’t care for the royal wedding, the last game of the 2017/18 season will be the final on Saturday.

Wembley Stadium will host the final, with Chelsea taking on Manchester United for bragging rights and one of the biggest trophies in the English calendar. 

Jose Mourinho’s team will travel down from Manchester in the hope of securing the silverware after a strong season where they finished second. 

Antonio Conte will be defending London’s bragging rights, hoping to take Chelsea to a second successive trophy in two years. 

Thankfully, the FA Cup game will kick-off at 5.15 pm, giving sports fans plenty of time to recover from the giddy excitement of the wedding. 

The FA Cup will be broadcast on BBC as usual, with the game also available on BBC iPlayer.

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