The Royal Wedding: A Look Back at the Big Day

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A global audience of millions tuned in on Saturday 19th May 2018, to watch Prince Harry and his American bride Meghan Markle tie the knot in a spectacular fairy-tale wedding at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle…

In what was a day filled with glorious sunshine, Harry and Meghan captured the hearts of the nation as they said their vows at midday in an emotional ceremony in front of 600 guests including A-list celebrities and senior royals.

The wedding certainly lived up to the hype, and we’re still obsessing over her beautiful wedding dress, that tender moment at the altar and the incredible floral arch. We re-cap all the key points of this historic day…

The Morning

Guests began arriving shortly after 9.30am, where we got to do some serious style spotting as well as getting to see some famous faces take their seats in St.George’s Chapel.

The bride and her mother – Doria Ragland – left Cliveden House Hotel at 11.10 where we got the first glimpse of Meghan in her breathtaking dress and Veil! Whilst on the 8 mile drive, the royal family along with Prince William and Harry arrived at 11.30am.

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Ms Markle and her mum were then driven up the Long Walk in a Rolls-Royce Phantom IV before they headed up the castle gates and towards the chapel. The bride was then accompanied by two page boys her held up her train as she made her way up the steps where she was greeted by Prince Charles who accompanied her down the aisle.

The Ceremony

In a highly emotive and beautiful ceremony, we saw the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex exchange vows and rings in front of their nearest and dearest.  As they met at the altar, Prince Harry told his bride ‘you look amazing, I’m so lucky’ before tenderly holding hands and exchanging smiles (Be still our beating hearts!).

The service was primarily conducted by the Dean of Windsor, and the marriage was solemnized by the Archbishop of Canterbury. However, from the colourful address by Reverend Michael Curry to the Gospel Kingdom Choir singing ‘Stand By Me’, it was clear that the couple had put immense thought and care into ensuring that the service represented them in equal parts, with elements paying tribute to Meghan’s African American heritage.

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An orchestra made up of instrumentalists from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia performed, as well as a performance from 19 year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

The couple left the chapel before standing under the INCREDIBLE floral arch where we got to witness that kiss! They then proceeded to the carriage for their procession around Windsor town.

The Evening Reception

The celebrations came to an end in a black-tie wedding dinner staged at Frogmore House – which was hosted by Prince Charles- for 200 of the couple’s friends and family. It is reported that James Corden acted as compere.

We got a glimpse at Meghan & Harry’s second outfit choice of the day, as Harry donned a dapper tuxedo whilst Megan looked sensational in a simple crepe halter-neck dress by Stella McCartney.

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The Details

The Cake

The wedding cake 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. A filling was made from Amalfi lemon curd and elderflower buttercream to tie all the elements together. The cake was decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and 150 fresh flowers, mainly British, and in season, including peonies and roses.

The Flowers

London-based florist Philippa Craddock worked with Harry and Meghan on the flower arrangements for their wedding, and she reportedly used “branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, along with white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves”.  The floral arch at St Georges Chapel was undoubtedly stunning and it was certainly a talking point of the day!

Harry’s mother princess Diana was honoured in a simple and thoughtful way in the ceremony by her favourite flower being included in Meghan’s bouquet. The bouquet included forget-me-nots in tribute to Diana, scented sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia and sprigs of myrtle. Prince Harry reportedly picked the flowers the day before the wedding in their private garden in Kensington Palace.

The Bride

Meghan looked out-of-this-world in her hotly anticipated wedding dress, which was designed by British designer Clare Waight-Keller for Givenchy. Embodying everything that is pure, classic, regal and elegant, the dress featured a boat-neck style and three-quarter length sleeves. It was made from double bonded silk and was brilliant white in colour – bridal beauty and simplicity at its finest!

Ms Markle’s dramatic veil was 16ft long and was made from silk tulle, with a trim of 53 hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads to represent each of the 53 countries as part of the commonwealth.  Her hair was styled by Serge Normant, while her long-time friend and make-up artist Daniel Martin did her makeup.

Her hair was styled in a chic messy bun up-do, and the look was completed by the glittering Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau tiara, loaned to her by the Queen.

The Groom

Prince William joined his younger brother at the altar as his best man, and they both looked handsome in their Blues and Royals. Before the wedding, Kensington Palace released a statement saying that on his wedding day Prince Harry would wear his military uniform, selecting to wear the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals. It is understood the Queen gave her permission for Prince Harry to get married in his uniform.

The Blues and Royals is a cavalry regiment in the British Army that was formed in 1969m, and the frockcoats worn by the brothers were tailored at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row.

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The Guests

We saw a host of famous faces at the royal wedding, with Meghan’s former co-stars on the series ‘Suits’ in attendance including Patrick J. Adams, Sarah Rafferty, Rick Hoffman, Gabriel Macht and Gina Torres.  Kate’s sister Pippa also made her first appearance after her wedding, after announcing she was expecting her first child with her husband.

All senior members of the royal family were of course in attendance including HRH the Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William, The Duchess of Cambridge and all of their extended royal family. Kate made her first public appearance following the birth of her third child Prince Louis last month and she looked sophisticated in a cream/off-yellow Alexander McQueen Coat dress with matching headpiece.

Celebrity guests at the wedding included Amal and George Clooney, Victoria and David Beckham, Idris Elba, Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Carrie Mulligan and James Cordon.

The Little Ones

The palace made the announcement before the big day that there would be six bridesmaids and four page boys.

The bridal party is made up of Princess Charlotte, 3, Florence Van Custem, 3 (the goddaughter of Prince Harry, Meghan’s goddaughters Remi Litt 6, Ryland Litt 7, Prince Harry’s goddaughter Zalie Warren, 2, and the daughter of Meghan’s friend Jessica , Ivy, 4. Clare Waight Keller – who designed Meghan Markle’s wedding dress – also created the dresses for the six bridesmaids in the Givenchy Haute Couture Atelier in Paris.

Page boys included Brian and John Mulroney, 7, Prince George, 4 and Prince Harry’s godson Jasper Dyer, 6.

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