Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (9685483f) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Carriage Procession, Windsor, Berkshire, UK - 19 May 2018

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.

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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).

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock (9685483f)
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The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Carriage Procession, Windsor, Berkshire, UK – 19 May 2018

THE INVITATIONS

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 CEREMONY

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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THE BOUQUET

Like many details of Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding, the bouquet included a personal touch. The all white arrangement featured flowers picked by Prince Harry himself before the wedding. Blooms in the bouquet included Forget-Me-Nots, which were Princess Diana’s favorite flower, sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine and astrantia. Like all royal wedding bouquets, it included a sprig of myrtle, which dates back to the wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter, Princess Victoria. Myrtle symbolizes hope and love, making it a fitting addition to any bride’s bouquet, royal or not.

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BRIDESMAIDS AND PAGE BOYS

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Meghan chose 10 bridal attendants to serve in her wedding party, including her newly-minted niece and nephew, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. Find out who else was a page boy and a royal bridesmaid on the big day.

THE RECEPTION

We shouldn’t expect Meghan and Harry’s nuptials to be a repeat of what we’ve recently seen from the royal family.

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After their Westminster Abbey ceremony, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greeted the thousands of well-wishers who waited to see catch a glimpse of the carriage procession back to Buckingham Palace, where the Queen hosted a lunch for 650 guests. They later enjoyed an evening reception for their most trusted friends and family inside the Palace.

Meghan and Harry’s first reception will take place at St. George’s Hall, a state room within Windsor Castle. Approximately 600 guests have been invited to the ceremony and then lunch, which is being hosted by the Queen. On May 4, the Palace revealed after the Carriage Procession begins, all guests will walk from the Chapel to the reception at St. George’s Hall, and that all guests invited to the ceremony will also attend the reception.

The final public element of Harry and Meghan’s wedding day will be the moment the newly married couple leaves Windsor Castle for Frogmore House, where their evening reception will take place. Around 200 guests were invited to this reception, and it will be hosted by the Prince of Wales.

THE CAKE

Royal wedding cakes are typically fruit cakes, but Meghan and Harry are bucking tradition, and plan to have a lemon elderflower cake created by Claire Ptak, a pastry chef who was raised in California but now owns London-based bakery Violet Cakes. Get the scoop on the royal wedding cake here.

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WHO FOOTS THE BILL?

Tradition may suggest the bride’s family pay for the wedding expenses, but the royals will be picking up the tab for Meghan and Harry’s celebration. “As was the case with the wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Royal Family will pay for the core aspects of the wedding, such as the church service, the associated music, flowers, decorations, and the reception afterwards”

WHAT WILL MEGHAN’S LAST NAME BE?

Now that Meghan Markle has officially married Prince Harry, her last name is technically Rachel Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor. “Junior members of the royal family have the option of using the surname ,” royal historian and author Carolyn Harris tells Town & Country. But royals rarely use their surnames.

Additionally, Harry and Meghan received a new title from the Queen on their wedding day: Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Although Meghan now holds the rank of princess, she won’t be known as Princess Meghan. According to the customs of British peerage, a woman takes the title of her husband, meaning Meghan would become HRH Princess Henry of Wales, but she’s not a British “blood” princess, so calling her Princess Meghan would be incorrect.

ROYAL PRECEDENT

With around 1,900 guests invited to the Westminster Abbey service and a global television audience estimated at two billion people, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding was a major production. Yet history shows that the weddings of second siblings in the royal family aren’t always understated either.Best moments, pictures and talking points of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding 10

Both Princess Anne, the Queen’s second child, and her younger brother Prince Andrew got married in Westminster Abbey. Anne’s marriage to Mark Phillips in 1973 was declared a public holiday and both occasions attracted a global television audience of an estimated 500 million.

Whether they follow the tradition of a grand royal wedding or not, when the actress marries into the monarchy, it will be the society event of the year.