Whether or not you care about the Royals, it’s hard to deny the romance and beauty of the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle which took place took place on Saturday, May 19th at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. And, as we did with William and Kate’s Wedding, we simply had to share pics of the event.
Best Pics From The Royal Wedding Of Harry and Meghan
On a brilliantly sunny day in Windsor, the love-struck bride and groom exchanged vows in the least formal royal wedding to date.
On the morning of the wedding it was announced that The Queen had conferred a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales; The Duke of Sussex. His titles are therefore Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. On her marriage to The Duke of Sussex, Ms. Meghan Markle will become known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.
The Duke of Sussex, accompanied by his Best Man and brother, walked down Castle Hill to St George’s Chapel, both wore the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals:
The 600 guests included Oprah and George and Amal Clooney:
The mother of the bride, Ms. Doria Ragland, the father of the groom The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall:
The Bride’s Gown & Veil
The dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy. The veil represented all 53 Commonwealth Countries, featuring distinctive flora from each country.
The veil was held in place by Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, which was lent by The Queen.
Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau worn by Meghan Markle for her wedding to Prince Harry was specifically made for Queen Mary in 1932 to accommodate in the centre the detachable brooch given as a present for her own wedding in 1893 by the County of Lincoln.
The bandeau, chosen from Her Majesty’s collection, is formed as a flexible band of eleven sections, pierced with interlaced ovals and pave set with large and small brilliant diamonds. The centre is set with the detachable brooch of ten brilliant diamonds. The bandeau and the brooch were bequeathed by Queen Mary to The Queen in 1953.
In the choir of the Chapel’s Altar, many – including myself, wanted to believe it was an empty seat was left for Diana, but in reality, the seat in front of The Queen is always left empty so she can see and be seen:
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding service was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and took place in St. George’s Chapel.
An enthusiastic Bishop Michael Curry set the tone and closed by quoting Dr. Martin Luther King “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world.”
The couple smiled as they listened to Bishop Michael Curry’s powerful words:
After the giving of the rings, The Archbishop of Canterbury joined the couple’s right hands and proclaimed them husband and wife. The couple will now be known as Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The rings were made by Cleave and Company. The Duchess’ was fashioned from a piece of Welsh Gold, gifted by The Queen, The Duke’s was a Platinum Band with a textured finish.
The First Kiss
Accompanied by friends and family, The Duke and Duchess left the Chapel, exchanging their first kiss as a married couple. Their Royal Highnesses were greeted by 200 guests that are involved with organisations closely associated to the couple.
The Carriage Procession
The couple then embarked on a Carriage Procession around Windsor Town, which was a chance for the public to see the newlyweds.
The Instrument of Consent
Bearing The Queen’s signature, the Instrument of Consent records Her Majesty’s consent to the Marriage of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle.
The design to the left of the text incorporates a red dragon, the heraldic symbol of Wales, together with the UK’s floral emblems – the rose, thistle & shamrock. It also features Prince Harry’s Label, including three tiny red escallops from the Spencer family Arms.
To the right of the text is another rose, the national flower of the USA, and golden poppies – the state flower of California, where Ms. Markle was born. Below the Welsh leek & Prince Harry’s Label are olive branches, adopted from the Great Seal of the United States.
The Reception Dress (and shoes!)
Ms. Meghan Markle wore a bespoke Stella McCartney high neck lily white gown in silk crepe to the Wedding evening Reception in Windsor at Frogmore House.
The Bride is wearing shoes from Aquazurra. “The shoes are expertly hand crafted in Florence from silky satin with a contrasting see-through net backed with nude mesh showcasing a modern, timeless and feminine feel. The soles were painted in baby blue to ensure Meghan carries with her, her ‘something blue.” – Edgardo Osorio, Aquazzura
The newlyweds travelled from Windsor Castle to Frogmore House in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. This vehicle was originally manufactured in 1968, and has since been converted to electric power.
The Wedding Reception, hosted by The Queen, took place in St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle.
The Wedding Cake:
The romantic Wedding cake served at the reception was made of organic Amalfi lemon and English elderflower by Claire Ptak of London’s Violet Bakery 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.
Unlike the formal, ornate and ostentatious fondant covered cakes at many weddings (such as the one for William and Kate), Meghan wanted one that actually tasted good.
A close-up detail of one tier of the cake:
“This tall tier was my favourite of the three because it was so simple. It was such an incredible honour to be able to display them on these gilt stands from the Royal family’s collection. The stylist side of me was thrilled to be able to work with such fine craftsmanship that has been so cared for over all these years. And while we always decorate with fresh flowers we always remove them before serving. They are purely for decoration.”- Claire Ptak, Violet Bakery
images courtesy of Getty, The Royals, Kensington Royal, Clarence House Instagram and my own screen grabs off the tv at 4am!