Best moments, pictures and talking points of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding
THE ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING RINGS
Shortly after Meghan and Harry announced their plans to marry on November 27, we got our first look at the custom diamond engagement ring Prince Harry used to propose. Harry designed the piece, which was then made by court jewelers Cleave and Company using one diamond sourced from Botswana and two smaller stones from Princess Diana’s collection.
THE WEDDING DATE AND TIME
The wedding took place on May 19, 2018. The ceremony began at 12 p.m. BST (7 a.m. ET), followed by a carriage procession through Windsor at 1 p.m. BST, (8 a.m. ET).
PERMISSION TO MARRY
On March 15, the Queen gave her formal blessing to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s marriage. “My Lords, I declare My Consent to a Contract of Matrimony between My Most Dearly Beloved Grandson Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales and Rachel Meghan Markle, which Consent I am causing to be signified under the Great Seal and to be entered in the Books of the Privy Council,” reads her official consent.
According to the Successions to the Crown Act, the first six in line to the throne need the monarch’s authorization (Harry is currently fifth in line).
The formal wedding invitations were mailed out in late March. Get your first look at the cards below, then head here for all the details
The invitations follow many years of Royal tradition and have been made by @BarnardWestwood. They feature the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink. pic.twitter.com/cd7LBmRJxO
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 22, 2018
Meghan and Harry’s gorgeous wedding ceremony took place at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. After walking down the aisle with her bridesmaids, page boys, and later Prince Charle, Meghan met her groom at the altar of St. George’s Chapel. The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry delivered a rousing sermon during the ceremony, and the bride and groom said their vows and exchanged rings.
A CARRIAGE RIDE THROUGH WINDSOR
Immediately following the exchange of vows, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took a carriage ride through Windsor. The route went go along High Street through town before returning back via the Long Walk. See all of the gorgeous photos from their carriage ride here.
THE ROLE OF HARRY AND MEGHAN’S FAMILIES
Harry and Meghan previously revealed their desire to include their families in the wedding ceremony and reception. In late April, the Palace shared that Prince Harry chose Prince William to serve as his best man, a break in royal tradition. William was “honoured to have been asked” by his brother. On May 4, the Palace revealed that on the wedding morning, Prince Harry and his best man, Prince William, will arrive at the ceremony by walking. Will and Harry will also greet the royals fans on the Castle grounds ahead of the ceremony.
Harry and Meghan also paid tribute to Princess Diana on their wedding day. The Palace revealed that all three of Diana’s siblings, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, Baroness Jane Fellowes, and Earl Spencer would attend the wedding. Additionally, Jane Fellows gave a reading at the wedding.
On the wedding day, Meghan traveled to the Castle in a car through the procession route with her mother Doria Ragland by her side.
THE WEDDING DRESS
Meghan’s stunning wedding dress was designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy. Here’s everything we know about her dress.The designer also created Meghan’s shoes for the big day. And, royal fans were treated to Meghan’s first royal tiara moment: the bride wore Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara for her wedding day look.