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You Could Watch The Royal Wedding At Kensington Palace - For Free

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If you haven’t somehow managed to blag an invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Windsor Castle wedding (the result of some cruel administrative error, we can only assume) then surely the next best way to spend May 19th 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?

Promising a truly special way to mark the royal wedding, Historic Royal Palaces have teamed up with the Luna Cinema (who have previously hosted outdoor cinema events at iconic landmarks across the country, from Westminster Abbey and Hampton Court Palace to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire and York Minster) for a live screening of the ceremony, set against the backdrop of Kensington Palace. It’ll take place on the 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 stalls 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: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle currently reside at Nottingham Cottage, just around the corner from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 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 this regal occasion? 1,000 tickets will be available through a public ballot system on the Historic Royal Palaces website, which opened yesterday and will close at midnight on May 6th. Lucky applicants will receive an email confirming their spot during the week of May 7th; should you be successful, your tickets will be free, aside from a £2.50 booking fee which includes a charitable donation.

And if you don't succeed? Fear not: the wedding will be broadcast live on the BBC, ITV and Sky News on the day, meaning that hosting your own viewing party should be a piece of (lemon and elderflower) cake, while venues across the country are putting on special wedding events and screenings, too...

Read on for more brilliant ways to get into the royal wedding spirit on May 19th...