After months of preparations, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally exchanged vows and rings in a beautiful ceremony at the St George’s Chapel in England on Saturday. The newlyweds, now to be known as Duke and Duchess of Sussex gazed into each other’s eyes and pledged their eternal love in front of members of the royal family, hundreds of celebrity guests and millions of viewers around the world.
Markle arrived to the wedding venue with thousands of people cheering all along the way as she drove down to the chapel from her hotel with her mother. Walked down the aisle accompanied part of the way by Prince Charles and by 10 young page boys and bridesmaids, she made heads turn in a beautiful wedding gown designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller and a long veil that billowed out for many feet behind her long train.. The group of pageboys and bridesmaid included 4-year-old Prince George and 3-year-old Princess Charlotte, children of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince Harry and bestman Prince William wore dark formal military dress, with white gloves and the frock coat uniforms of the Blues and Royals.
After the beautiful service in the church, the newlyweds seals their union with a kiss as they stepped outside before setting off on a carriage procession. For more updates on the royal wedding, follow this live blog.
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Elton John performs at the Royal Reception
Sir Elton John performed at the Reception, which was hosted by The Queen at St George's Hall, Windsor Castle. According to the statement relased by the Kensington Palace, Prince Harry had asked the noted musician and singer to perform on the special day. "Sir Elton performed for the newly married couple in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family," the statement added.
Donate to charities instead of gifts
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex urged everyone to donate to a list of charitable organisaton instead of sending the royal couple gifts on tehir wedding. Sharing a list of seven such foundations, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle thanked everyone.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the #RoyalWedding considers making a donation to charity, rather than sending a wedding gift.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
Take a look at the seven charities chosen by Their Royal Highnesses: https://t.co/K9bgolanZ4 pic.twitter.com/yWtujm9V5R
When Prince Charles walked Meghan Markle down the aisle
Clarence House shared a beautiful photo of Prince Charles walking his daughter-in-law, Meghan Markle down the aisle at the St George's Chapel. The bride started to walk the aisle solo before meeting the Prince of Wales halfway to the altar.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrive at Windsor Castle for reception
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive back at Windsor Castle after their carriage procession for the reception.
The reception: Of cakes and speeches
The royal reception will include the cutting of the wedding cake designed by Claire Ptak. The special cake features elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence in Sandringham from the estate’s own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple. The reception will also include speeches from The Prince of Wales, Prince Harry and his newlywed wife, Meghan Markle.
The wedding cake is to be served at the Reception. It was designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence in Sandringham from the estate’s own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple. #royalwedding pic.twitter.com/kt5lE4tEn9— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
A filling made from Amalfi lemon curd and elderflower buttercream ties all the elements together. The cake is decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and 150 fresh flowers, mainly British, and in season, including peonies and roses. #RoyalWedding— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
A royal reception for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Queen Elizabeth II is giving a Lunchtime Reception at St George's Hall in Windsor Castle for around 600 guests drawn from the Wedding Service congregation. In an official statement, the Kensignton Palace released the royal menu is it's more than exquisite. From delicious entrées such as Garden Pea Panna Cotta with Quail Eggs and Lemon Verbena to mouthwatering desserts like Miniature Rhubarb Crumble Tartlets.
The statement also added that guests will be served Pol Roger Brut Réserve Non Vintage Champagne, and a selection of wines along with some signature mocktails and Sandringham Cox's apple juice
Her Majesty The Queen is giving a Lunchtime Reception at St George's Hall in Windsor Castle for around 600 guests drawn from the Wedding Service congregation. Find out more here > https://t.co/Tr10vZOOz8— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
Kensington Palace shares photos of Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Amid all the frenzy and chatter around the royal wedding, Kensington Palace shared photo of the newlyweds, Duke and Duchess of Sussex sharing a kiss and another of them stepping out of the St George's Chapel after their wedding.
Carriage procession for the new couple begins
The newlyweds, Duke and Duchess of Sussex emerged at the West Steps of the Chapel, they were waved off on their carriage procession through Windsor by members of both families. In a horse-drawn carriage the couple depart from the wedding venue as crowd cheers.
Wedding ceremony comes to an end
The beautiful wedding ceremony came to an end with the national anthem been played. Now, the newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are on their way out, smiling to guests. The couple seal their wedding with a kiss as they emerge from the Chapel.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex sign the wedding register
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now married.
The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, proclaims them “husband and wife”. Cheers can be heard from outside the chapel.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take their vows
Prince Harry makes his vow to take Meghan to be his wife “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part”. Then Markle repeats the same words and it’s time for the rings exchanged as “a sign of our marriage”.
Moment Meghan arrives at chapel
The bride arrives wearing a dress by British designer Claire Waight Keller.
Address by the Most Rev Michael Curry
Next address is by the Most Rev Michael Curry, the first black presiding bishop of the Episcopal church in the US. He quotes Martin Luther King Jr in his reading.
"Love is the only way" - Meghan and Harry hold hands and smile through Reverend Michael Curry's address pic.twitter.com/ObeZe8iova— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 19, 2018
Reading by sister of Princess Diana, Lady Jane Fellowes
Details of Meghan Markle's wedding gown and tiara
Meghan Markle is wearing a simple, long-sleeved white dress, with veil covering her face.
Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
The veil is held in place by Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Ms. Markle by The Queen. The diamond bandeau is English and was made in 1932, with the entre brooch dating from 1893.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
Queen Elizabeth II arrives at the venue
Members of the royal family arrive at the wedding venue
Members of the Royal family arrive at St George's Chapel and enter via the Galilee Porch, some on foot and others by car. They included the Duke and Duchess of Kent; Princess Anne, the Princess Royal and Mike and Zara Tindall.
Priyanka Chopra opts for lavender coat and fascinator
Meghan Markle's friend and international superstar, Priyanka Chopra's look for the royal wedding is finally revealved. Styled by Mimi Cuttrell, the diva arrived at St George's Chaple in a Vivienne Westwood's ensemble.
The Clooneys, the Beckhams, Oprah Winfrey among A-listers arriving at the wedding venue
Actor George Clooney arrived at St George's Chapel with his wife wife Amal. Soon after David and Victoria Beckham too reached the venue. Oprah Winfrey and Idris Elba were among the first guests to arrive.
Prince Harry to wear wedding ring after marrying Meghan Markle
Not all royal grooms decide to wear rings or wedding bands after their wedding. However, according to the statement released by the Kensington Palace, Prince Harry has decided to wear a ring unlike his brother Prince William. "Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen Cleave and Company to make their Wedding rings," the palace tweeted. Adding more details about the wedding symbols, they said, "Ms. Markle's ring has been fashioned from a piece of Welsh Gold, gifted by Her Majesty The Queen. Prince Harry's ring will be a Platinum Band with a textured finish."
Ms. Markle's ring has been fashioned from a piece of Welsh Gold, gifted by Her Majesty The Queen. Prince Harry's ring will be a Platinum Band with a textured finish. #RoyalWedding— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
Royal Meal: A look at the menu for the royal wedding
Kensington Palace had announced some of the springtime dishes that were being prepared ahead of the royal couple’s May 19 wedding. Royal Chef Mark Flanagan and his team are pepped up to treat the guests with delicious delicacies made from the freshest produce available. “All the staff are delighted to be involved on the day. We’ve even had old staff contacting us if we need some extra support,” the Head Chef said in a statement issued by the palace. Read more here
Guests are beginning to arrive at wedding venue
The stage is all set and guests have begun to arrive at the venue of the royal wedding. From celebrities to royal dignitaries are beginning to arrive at Windsor's St George's Chapel.