The world stood at attention as Prince Harry marries former actress and American Meghan Markle in a fairy tale wedding at the St. George’s Chapel Windsor England.
The bride radiating in a Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy dress was adorned by Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, lent to her by Queen Elizabeth arrived the church with her mother , Doria Ragland, about 45 minutes before the wedding began their 20-minute drive to the chapel. They were chauffeured in a Rolls-Royce Phantom IV that was built and delivered in 1950; it was Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip‘s first Rolls-Royce—made when she was still Princess Elizabeth—and is one of only 16 ever built.
Her veil represented Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each of the 53 Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition.
The couple recited their vows at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle; since 1863, the 14th century chapel has hosted 16 royal weddings.
Ms Meghan Markle was joined by six bridesmaids, including 3-year-old Princess Charlotte, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.The youngest of the bridesmaids and page boys — chosen by Prince Harry and Markle — is 2 and the oldest is 7, Kensington Palace announced Wednesday.
Along with Princess Charlotte, the bridesmaids include…
- Two of Harry’s goddaughters
- Two goddaughters of Markle
- Ivy Mulroney, 4, whose mother is one of Markle’s close friends, Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney.
The four page boys are…
- Prince George, 4, oldest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
- Harry’s godson Jasper Dyer
- Ivy Mulroney’s 7-year-old twin brothers, Brian and John
Harry, who decided not to shave his beard, arrived wearing the Blues and Royals frockcoat uniform—with his grandmother’s permission. It was tailored at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby officiated the couple’s wedding vows; the Dean of Windsor, the Rev. David Conner, conducted the service; and The Most Rev. Michael BruceCurry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, gave the address. Karen Gibson and a gospel choir then sang a cover of Ben E. King‘s “Stand by Me.”
After reciting their vows, the couple exchanged gold rings.
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared their first kiss as a married couple kiss on the steps of St. George’s Chapel
19 year old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason First black winner of Young Musician of the Year 2016 led the orchestra with his talent
The duke and duchess in their royal carriage possession around Windsor. During the ceremony, the bride carried a very special bridal bouquet. According to the Palace, her now-husband handpicked several flowers from the couple’s garden at Kensington Palace.
Alexi Lubomirski, who shot the couple’s engagement portraits, is doing the formal wedding portraits which would be released next week.
The Queen will host an afternoon reception — starting from 2 p.m. (9 a.m. ET) — at St. George’s Hall within the castle grounds. All 600 guests from the ceremony have been invited to the reception.
Introduced through a mutual friend, they met for their first “blind date” in July 2016. “Because I’m from the States, you don’t grow up with the same understanding of the royal family,” Meghan said in her BBC interview. “While I now understand very clearly there is a global interest there, I didn’t know much about him. So, the only thing that I had asked her when she said she wanted to set us up was…I had one question. I said, ‘Well, is he nice?’ Because if he wasn’t kind, then it didn’t seem like it would make sense. So ,we went and met for a drink then, I think, very quickly into that, we said, ‘What are we doing tomorrow? We should meet again.'” Harry said he’d “never heard” of Meghan prior to their date, either. “I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her—and there she was, sitting there,” he marveled. “I thought, ‘I’m going to have to up my game here, sit down and make sure I’ve got a good chat.'”
Because of their busy schedules, Harry suggested Meghan join him on safari in Africa for another date. “It was hugely refreshing to be able to get to know someone who isn’t necessarily within your circle, [who] doesn’t know much about me [and] I don’t know much about her. To be able to start almost fresh right from the beginning in getting to know each other step by step, and then taking that huge leap of only two dates and then going effectively on holiday together in the middle of nowhere and sharing a tent together and all that kind of stuff. It was fantastic,” the prince recalled. “It was absolutely amazing to get to know her as quickly as I did.”
To protect their privacy, Harry said, “We had to sort of reverse the whole [dating] process.” Often, the couple would spend “cozy nights in in front of the television,” eating meals in their cottage, “rather than going out for dinner and being seen in public.” The experience “provided different opportunities,” Harry said. “It made us a hell of a lot closer in a shorter space of time.”
The couple had been together for a little over a year and a half before Harry popped the question. Meghan wouldn’t call it a “whirlwind” romance, despite how it may have appeared, considering they had “a good five, six months” of privacy. And while she was finishing her run on USA Network’s Suits, she said, “We never went longer than two weeks without seeing each other, even though we were obviously doing a long-distance relationship. So, we made it work.”
Meghan added, “Very early on, when we realized we were going to commit to each other, we knew we had to invest the time, the energy and whatever [else] it took to make that happen.”