Crowds gathered to celebrate in Windsor on a gloriously sunny day as Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in a lavish ceremony at St George’s Chapel on Saturday, 19 May 2018.
Many people had camped out for days to ‘bags’ a good spot to see the newlyweds passing by, with millions across the world turning in on television.
Australians, Americans and Canadians were among the revellers who travelled to Windsor to celebrate this special historic day.
Buckingham Palace had announced Queen Elizabeth was pleased to confer the title of Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel upon Prince Harry earlier that day.
The bride wore a white minimal but traditional silk cady wedding dress created by acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller, who became the first female Artistic Director at French fashion house Givenchy.
Ms Waight Keller designed the 5-metre veil with the distinctive floral emblems of 53 countries of the Commonwealth, including wattle from Australia, sewn onto her veil.
Ms Markle had expressed her wish of having all 53 countries with her on the journey down the aisle, especially following Prince Harry’s appointment as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.
The veil is made from silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza.
The bride wore shoes made of a silk duchess satin, based on a Givenchy refined pointed couture.
Seven-year-old twins Brian and John Mulroney carried Meghan’s train as she walked into the Chapel.
Queen Elizabeth II lent Meghan Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara which has hardly been worn for decades, as ‘something borrowed’.
The diamond bandeau was specifically designed to accommodate the centre brooch, which had been given to Queen Mary in 1893 when she married Prince George Duke of York.
Crowds cheered as Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, arrived at St George’s Chapel, wearing dress and day coat designed by the creative directors of Oscar de la Renta, and a custom hat exclusively made by British milliner Stephen Jones OBE.
Both Prince Harry and best man Prince William wore the frock coat from their former Regiment, the Blues and Royals, whilst the page boys wore miniature versions cut and made by Savile Row tailors Dege & Skinner.
Prince Charles accompanied Meghan down the aisle of the Quire, instead of her father Thomas who was unwell to travel to Britain.
Harry’s maternal aunt, Lady Jane Fellows, read a passage from the Song of Solomon.
Reverend Michael Curry gave a stirring 13-minute address, probably a record according to royal biographer Ingrid Seward, as most are usually two to seven minutes maximum, where he preached the gospel of Christ.
Meghan and Harry laughed as Reverend Curry said, ’Two young people fell in love and www all showed up’ and ‘We gotta get y’all married’.
Award-winning British Sports Broadcaster Stan Collymore posted on Twitter during the address, ‘I want the Queen to stand up now and shout, “Hallelujah Brother”.’
I want the Queen to stand up now and shout “Hallelujah Brother”.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) 19 May 2018
The happy couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, smiled at each other and held hands throughout the service.
Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir sang a soulful rendition of Stand By Me from the West End of the Chapel.
Dean of Windsor David Connor led the service with Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, solemnising the marriage with the exchanging of vows, the giving of rings and the proclamation.
Crowds cheered as Harry and Meghan shared a kiss on the steps at the west door at St George’s Chapel.
However, another memorable moment was when little Princess Charlotte waved as the newly-wed Duke and Duchess of Sussex set off in the Ascot Landau for their a carriage procession through Windsor.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) 19 May 2018
Crowds cheered as they passed through the town of Windsor before returning via the Long Walk to the castle for a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth hosted a Lunchtime Reception for around 600 guests where a selection of canapes and bowl food.
Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Prince Harry is now HRH The Duke of Sussex but his subsidiary titles will not be used.
Meghan Markle is now HRH The Duchess of Sussex, not Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Duchess Meghan or Princess Meghan.
As a couple, they are Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
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