CBS NEWS May 19, 2018, 3:15 AM
It’s the most anticipated wedding of the year: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday.
Harry and his brother and Best Man Prince William greeted cheering fans in Windsor on Friday. And Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, had tea with Queen Elizabeth on Friday.
Kensington Palace confirmed Friday that Prince Charles will walk Markle down the aisle.
The royal wedding of of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
- Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
- Time: 4:00 a.m. ET
- Where: Windsor Castle
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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Queen Elizabeth II bestowed new royal titles early Saturday on her grandson Prince Harry and his bride-soon-to-be Meghan Markle. The couple will henceforth be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
“The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Prince Harry thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms. Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex,” the queen said in an official statement released by the palace.
Markle will become the first ever Duchess of Sussex. The title of Duke of Sussex was vacant, and had been regarded as the most likely choice for Prince Harry.
The only previous Duke of Sussex (Duke of Sussex, Prince Augustus Frederick, the sixth son of King George III and Queen Charlotte) was married twice but neither of his marriages was approved by his father, George III, meaning they were considered unlawful — thus no previous Duchess. Prince Frederick died in 1843.
How the royal wedding will unfold
All times Eastern:
4:30 a.m. Wedding guests arrive at the Round Tower of Windsor Castle by the busload and will enter St. George’s Chapel. All non-royal guests are scheduled to arrive by 6:00 a.m.
6:20 a.m. Royal family members begin to arrive via the Galilee Porch of St. George’s Chapel.
6:45 a.m. Prince Harry and Prince William arrive, possibly on foot, walking past and possibly greeting the invited public.
6:55 a.m. Queen Elizabeth II arrives for her grandson’s wedding, expected to be accompanied by husband Prince Philip.
6:56 a.m. Meghan Markle’s car is expected to arrive at Windsor Castle via The Long Walk. Markle will be accompanied by her mother, Doria Ragland, and bridesmaids and pageboys.
7:00 a.m. Marriage service begins. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby officiates thee marriage ceremony. The Dean of Windsor will conduct the service. The late Prince Diana’s sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, gives reading.
8:00 a.m. Marriage service concludes. Royal couple leave St. George’s Chapel via the West Steps, when we will likely see a first kiss.
8:05 a.m. Procession begins as Prince Harry and Meghan are waved off by both families for a 25-minute carriage procession through Windsor.
8:25 a.m. Newlyweds return to Windsor Castle via King George IV gate, followed by guests who will attend the wedding reception at St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle.
BBC: Weather “couldn’t be better”
Arrivals have begun on the Long Walk
Spectators have already begun to arrive along Windsor’s “long walk,” CBS News’ Charlie D’Agata tweeted.
Other says the weather “couldn’t be better for a royal wedding.” Although the day started chilly, the temperatures are expected to climb to 20 to 21 degrees Celsius (about 68 degrees Fahrenheit). The sun is expected to be out all day.
After leaving the ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, the couple will the newlyweds will travel along the town’s main street, then down the so-called “long walk,” before arriving back at Windsor Castle, giving thousands of spectators a chance to see the couple along the way.
“They want to be able to give the public a chance to share their celebrations with them, be part of the day,” royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah told CBS News on Friday. “That was was very, very important to Harry and Meghan when they first got engaged, how would they do that.”
It’s a royal procession similar to the wedding of Queen Elizabeth’s youngest son, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, in1999.
Suits cast has “last supper”
Markle’s “Suits” co-star (and on-screen husband) Patrick Adams posted an Instgram photo of some of his castmates at a London restaurant with the caption “Last Supper.”
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Adams also tweeted he was thinking about the “strange surreal and wonderful day my friend Meghan is going to have tomorrow.”
Kensington Palace posts Official Order of Service
Kensington Palace posted the Official Order of Service for Saturday. The Order of Service includes full details about the processions, music, hymns, prayers and readings, Kensington Palace said.
The service is from Common Worship. Kensington Palace noted that Harry and Markle have “taken a great deal of care in selecting all elements for their service” and they led a “collaborative effort.”
But there is a sign of this week’s chaos: The program says the bride will join her father, Thomas Markle, to the high altar. Kensington Palace announced Friday that Prince Charles will accompany Markle at least partway down the aisle after Markle confirmed her father would not walk her down the aisle, saying in a statement that she hoped he would, “be given the space he needs to focus on his health.”
Thomas Markle was embroiled in controversy over tabloid photographs, which he told TMZ he staged.
metro.co.uk: Some 3,000 guests have been invited to the wedding of Harry and Meghan today, including 2,640 members of the public to watch the service, 600 friends and family to the service and lunchtime reception and 200 to a more intimate evening reception held by Prince Charles at Frogmore House.
The guest list includes 1,200 young people who have shown exceptional leadership skills, bravery or service to their communities. They include a young survivor of the Manchester bombing.
There will be 200 people from charities and organisations that Meghan and Harry have close ties and 100 pupils from two local schools.
Heads of State and politicians have not been invited to the wedding, making it a very personal, friendly affair.
ROYAL WEDDING DAY 2018: PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE
There were an estimated 100,000 people on the streets of the town.
The majority were positioned on the Long Walk, leading up to the castle gates.
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Meghan Markle (R) and her mother, Doria Ragland, arrive for her wedding ceremony to marry Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George’s Chapel Image: Insider
Insider: Fashion is a big deal at the royal wedding. Whether it’s Meghan Markle‘s Givenchy gown and not-so casual bun or Prince Harry‘s beard and military uniform, every little detail matters. The same goes for the family and friends of the bride and groom.
And Meghan Markle’s mom Doria Ragland didn’t disappoint. She arrived at the wedding, which was held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, UK, wearing a traditional, pale green Oscar de la Renta ensemble.
Her dress had beautiful floral details. Gareth Fuller – WPA Pool/Getty Images Her nose ring was subtle, but it shone in the light. Source: Insider
But Ragland’s accessories — namely her sartorial choice to keep her nose ring in — stole the show.
The facial piercing is part of Ragland’s signature look. In a 2014 blog post on Markle’s now-defunct blog The Tig, she described her mother’s aesthetic and personality as follows: “Dreadlocks. Nose ring. Yoga Instructor. Social Worker. Free spirit. Lover of potato chips & lemon tarts,” according to Newsweek.
THE DETAILS OF MEGHAN MARKLE’S TOP SECRET WEDDING DRESS PREPARATIONS HAVE NOW BEEN REVEALED
The 36-year-old American chose Givenchy’s British artistic director Clare Waight Keller, 47, to design the £200,000 ivory-white gown.
Dashing across London in a baseball cap or beanie, Meghan and Clare ran a covert operation in the lead up to the big day.
The commission was so secret, the bride did not go to Paris to visit the French fashion house’s headquarters, but instead met Clare at her Chelsea home.
According to reports, Meghan would dress down and dart into the West London flat.
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MEGHAN MARKLE’S TIARA AND VEIL ON HER WEDDING DAY
www.foxnews.com: 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.
Cosmopolitan: Meghan’s stunning 16-foot wedding veil – Designed by Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller, who also designed the wedding gown, the silk tulle veil incorporates embroidered flowers from each of the 53 countries in the Commonwealth. Per Kensington Palace, Meghan “expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony,” leading Keller to create a veil that represents “the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition.”
According to an official release on the dress, dressmakers spent “hundreds of hours” sewing the dress and washed their hands “every thirty minutes” to ensure the tulle and threads were “pristine.” Meghan’s veil also included the Wintersweet, which grows in front of Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, and the State flower of California, the California Poppy. (Meghan was born in Los Angeles.)
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Cosmopolitan : Meghan’s wedding look was finished with the Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, on loan from The Queen, Cartier earrings, a Cartier bracelet, and Givenchy shoes made of silk duchess satin.
Meghan Markle’s wedding tiara was lent to her by Queen Elizabeth II. Source: www.foxnews.com
Good Housekeeping: When it comes to wearing “something borrowed,” Meghan Markle is marrying into the right family. Her bridal look for the royal wedding of course includes a gorgeous Givenchy dress, but the tiara she wears on top of her head contains plenty of significance as well.
Prince Harry’s bride wore Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, Kensington Palace confirmed. The platinum piece was made in 1932, but the center brooch dates back to 1893. Eleven sections make up the flexible band, and it’s pierced with interlaced ovals and pavé set with large and small brilliant diamonds. The center, detachable brooch itself is set with 10 more diamonds.
Princess Mary received the piece in 1893 by the County of Lincoln on her marriage to Prince George, Duke of York. She also wore it with other central brooches, but no royal has worn the tiara itself in decades. Not much was previously known about the piece either, including its name, according to royal jewelry expert Ella Kay of the blog The Court Jeweler.
It currently belongs to Queen Elizabeth II, who lent it to Meghan for her wedding day. The bride paired the tiara with a Cartier bracelet and earrings set in 14-karat white gold. She’d worn the Galanterie de Cartier studs before, including at Anzac Day Service in April.
Twitter.com: A look at the @Cartier jewelry Meghan Markle wears today: the Galanterie de Cartier earrings and the Reflection de Cartier bracelet, both crafted of diamonds set in 18-karat white gold.
MEGHAN’S PAL HAS ‘PROUD MOM MOMENT’
Jessica Mulroney, Meghan’s best friend, has gushed on Instagram about her sons’ moment in the limelight at the royal wedding.
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Meghan steps out of her car Source: Mirror
She shared a photo of her page boy sons lifting the bride’s train as she entered St George’s chapel.
Jessica wrote on Instagram: “Proud Mom Moment.”
The bride arrived at church in a dress designed by Clare Waight Keller, which was made to represent all 53 countries of the Commonwealth. Source: Mirror Image: Elle
PRINCE HARRY AT THE WINDSOR PALACE
Prince Harry has arrived.
There were cheers as he walked into the chapel dressed in the uniform of the Blues and Royals alongside best man Prince William.
They spent last night together before travelling as a pair.
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William is carrying the wedding rings as best man
MIRROR: PRINCE CHARLES WALKS MEGHAN DOWN AISLE
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry included several important but subtle details on their wedding day. There was the reading by Harry’s maternal aunt, Lady Jane Fellowes, Meghan’s historic solo walk for half of her trip down the aisle. (Cosmopolitan)
The bride is being accompanied down the aisle by Prince Charles.
Her dress has a long trail behind it.
She meets Prince Charles midway down the aisle Image: MIRROR
Meghan walked the first half of the church before meeting Prince Charles to walk the rest of the way.
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As Meghan Markle and her long lace veil swept down the aisle today, it felt as if she was brushing away the cobwebs from the dusty old House of Windsor.
A unique royal bride at an extraordinary wedding, which a few years ago would have seemed impossible.
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Harry, 33, the Queen’s grandson, was marrying a divorced, American, mixed-race actress descended from African slaves with a “past”, a celebrity profile and a strong, feminist voice.
Thirty-seven years ago Harry’s father Charles took a 20-year old bride who went on to break the royal mould.
But the new Duchess of Sussex looks set to smash it – and help to rebuild the monarchy for a modern, multi-racial Britain. SOURCE: Mirror
MIRROR: ROYAL COUPLE TAKE VOWS
Meghan and Charles shortly before the altar sOURCE: MIRROR
The wedding ceremony is underway. Image: Mirror
Meghan and Harry’s faces were the picture of happiness as they took their vows.
Prince Harry and Meghan have both just said “I will”.
Their vows were read out by Archbishop Justin Welby.
Just as Harry and Meghan were officially married, the horse-drawn carriage in which they will depart from St George’s Chapel was brought into Horseshoe Cloister.
The happy couple gazed into each other’s eyes as they exchanged vows.
The Duke of Cambridge, in his role as best man, stepped forward to hand over the rings, with Harry and Meghan smiling as they placed the rings on each other’s hands.
Loud cheers could be heard from outside St George’s Chapel as the Archbishop of Canterbury proclaimed them husband and wife.
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The emotional 61-year-old cried tears of joy
Mirror: THE ROYAL COUPLE’S FIRST KISS!
Meghan and Harry have just shared their first kiss as man and wife.
The smooch on the steps of St George’s chapel sealed their love following a 60-minute ceremony.
There are huge cries and cheers from the crowd. SOURCE: Mirror
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Daily Express: HOW MEGHAN MARKLE AND HARRY COULD FOLLOW THIS NEARLY 100-YEAR-OLD WEDDING RING TRADITION
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry follow in an almost 100-year-old tradition when it comes to choosing their wedding rings.
The couple married on May 19 at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, six months after they announced their engagement in November. SOURCE: people.com
Closer look at Meghan’s Welsh gold ring. It was made by Cleve and Company using metal gifted to Meghan by the Queen. (Image: PA) SOURCE: mIRROR
The couple exchanged rings after pledging their love. SOURCE: MIRROR
Prince Harry designed Meghan’s engagement ring Source: Mirror
people.com: After Meghan walked down the aisle to mark the official start of her life as a member of the royal family, the beaming bride added another ring alongside her three-stone diamond engagement ring — a wedding band made of Welsh gold, which Queen Elizabeth gave the bride-to-be as a gift.
Unlike his older brother Prince William, who decided to forgo wearing a wedding band, Harry broke with royal tradition, opting for a platinum wedding band with a textured finish.
While Meghan has long favored gold for her jewelry, the royal family have been using pure Welsh gold for their wedding rings ever since the Queen Mother’s wedding in 1923.
“The tradition of using Welsh gold for the royal wedding rings is one that we hope to see continue when Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle next month,” Ben Roberts, Managing Director of Clogau, previously told PEOPLE.
Much like her new sister-in-law, Kate Middleton also wears a wedding band made of Welsh gold that was given to William by the Queen shortly after his engagement.
But while Kate’s wedding band was crafted by Wartski, a family jewelry business that has made Welsh gold bands for Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles for their wedding in 2005, Harry and Meghan have chosen London’s Cleave & Company to create the royal rings. The company also made Meghan’s engagement ring.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Peter Scott, managing director of Cleave & Company, said the company is “honored” to have been chosen to design the ring.
Meghan’s wedding ring will look right at home next to the three-stone diamond engagement ring that Harry designed himself.
The stunning sparkler is made up of three diamonds, with one large stone in the center flanked by two smaller stones on the sides.
The ring has plenty of sentimental connections for Harry: Two stones are from the personal collection of his late mother, Princess Diana (making them difficult to value), while the other stone is from Botswana, a country that is close to his heart.
By giving Meghan a ring with a link to his mother, Harry was following in the footsteps of his older brother. When William proposed to Kate in 2010, he also gave her a piece of jewelry with strong family ties: Diana’s 12-carat sapphire engagement ring surrounded by 14 diamonds. William said that giving Kate the ring was his way of making sure his mother’s memory had a place in the festivities of his engagement.
ELTON JOHN TWITTED : “Love recognises no barriers.It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination, full of hope.” – Maya Angelou SOURCE: twitter.com
The couple were this morning made the Duke and Duchess of Sussex by the Queen in a wedding day honour.
THE ROYAL COUPLE’S FIRST APPEARANCE AFTER MARRIAGE
Onlookers were stunned as the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex left the chapel.
Happiness written across their faces, they lovingly held one another’s hands as the walked down the steps.
The wedding ceremony lasted around an hour.
Meghan Markle Stuns in Sleek Givenchy Dress for Royal Wedding | Vanity Fair SOURCE: Vanity Fair
WEDDING RECEPTION’S ‘HUGE CHEERS AFTER HARRY’S OFF-THE-CUFF SPEECH’
There were reportedly huge cheers inside the wedding reception after Prince Harry made an off-the-cuff wedding speech.
Harry is said to have thanked the guests and got loud applause when he used the words “my wife and I”.
One guest who was there told people.com: “It was very off-the-cuff, which was lovely.
“He promised that all the Americans wouldn’t steal the swords and said ‘please, when you leave, be quiet as you don’t want to wake the neighbours’, which was quite fun.”
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THE ROYAL PROCESSION AROUND WINDSOR CASTLE – THE DISPLAY OF NATIONAL PRIDE
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are in a carriage procession around Windsor after being declared husband and wife.
Harry arrived at St George’s chapel at Windsor Castle a short while before Meghan alongside best man Prince William.
The couple shared their love with a kiss after the ceremony finished before getting into the carriage for a 30-minute procession.
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It is the stunning display of colour and national pride.
Windsor’s Long Walk was lit up with red, white and blue beneath the sun as the royal couple made their way down in the carriage.
The bride’s dress and groom’s military regalia added to the incredible spectacle. (Mirror)
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It is thought up to 50,000 people could have watched the procession make its way through Windsor.
It came as soon as the royal couple left the church and before their reception in the castle.
They waved to loving onlookers as they made their way through the town.
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Newlywed Meghan and Harry couldn’t look happier as they shared their love with the crowds around Windsor.
Meghan had the widest smile on her face.
Meanwhile Harry looked immensely proud as he joined his new wife.
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PROCESSION MOVES ONTO THE LONG WALK
The carriage procession is on Windsor’s Long Walk.
This is the final leg of the trip before returning to Windsor Castle for a 1.30pm reception.
This will be hosted by the Queen inside St George’s Hall.
There are huge crowds to scream with joy at the sight of the newlywed couple.
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They are joined by members of Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in red coats.
Once concluded, the royal couple will head into a reception hosted by the Queen at Windsor Castle.
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Meghan and Harry wave to their adoring fans . SOURCE: MIRROR
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OFFICIAL PHOTOS AS MEGHAN AND HARRY SET OFF FOR EVENING DO
Official photos of Meghan and Harry leaving St George’s Hall have been released.
Harry is dressed in a tux for the exclusive evening bash, while Meghan is in a bespoke Stella McCartney outfit.
Six hours after officially becoming husband and wife, the pair are now letting their hair down at an evening do in Frogmore House.
(Image: PA)is a bespoke Stella McCartney dress.
COUPLE SET OFF FOR EVENING DO IN BLUE JAGUAR CAR
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle jet off in Jaguar for 2nd wedding reception
Meghan and Harry have set off in a blue E-Type Jaguar for their evening do.
The car is a concept model and the licence plate has a secret meaning.
E190518 is today’s date – the couple’s wedding anniversary.
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abcnews.go.com: Prince Harry, 33, drove Meghan Markle, now known as the Duchess of Sussex, away in a silver blue Jaguar to make the approximately 15-minute drive from Windsor Castle to Frogmore House, the site of their evening wedding reception.
Duchess Meghan, 36, was again a vision in white, donning a bespoke lily white high-neck gown made of silk crepe by designer Stella McCartney.
The bride chose her shoes to have a hint of something blue.
The soles of her silky satin shoes by Aquazurra were painted in baby blue, according to Kensington Palace.
The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, leave Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, in Windsor, England, May 19, 2018. (Image: Steve Parsons/Pool via Reuters) Source: abcnews.go.com
The reception at Frogmore House –- where Meghan and Harry took their engagement photos –- is a private affair for 200 of the couple’s closest friends.
The celebration is hosted by Prince Charles, who earlier in the day escorted his new daughter-in-law to Harry at the altar at St. George’s Chapel.
Classy Prince Charles gave a warm reassuring smile in that moment. Prince Charles is genuinely kind when he had done a brilliant job of making Meghan and her mother Doria feel welcome. Meghan has a living and loving father but wanted a future father in law to give her away on her third marriage. Image: Twitter.com
The approximately 600 guests who attended Harry and Meghan’s wedding were invited to the reception at St. George’s Hall.
That means celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Idris Elba, James Corden, James Blunt, George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, Priyanka Chopra and some of Meghan’s former “Suits” co-stars broke bread alongside Britain’s royal family and elite.
Meghan was scheduled to deliver her own speech at the reception, as were Harry and his best man and brother, Prince William.
The reception featured Meghan and Harry’s show-stopping lemon elderflower cake with buttercream icing and fresh flowers as decorations.
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. Source: Twitter.com
PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE HONEYMOON
Harry and Meghan will return to their royal duties quickly after their wedding day. They are scheduled to attend their first royal engagement as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Tuesday.
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MIRROR: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been pictured for the first time since their wedding on Saturday.
The couple were spotted in a car arriving back at Kensington Palace at 3.30pm today.
The pair were both wearing sunglasses, with Harry wearing a blue shirt and a necklace on his arm.
Meghan, wearing black and with diamond earrings, was smiling as they arrived back at their official residence.
An aerial image of Nottingham Cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace, west London. Picture: Andrew Parsons/PA WireSource:AAP …PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle will start their life as newlyweds living in Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace, a stone’s throw from William and Kate.It was at this two-bedroom, 17th-century residence that the prince got down on one knee a few weeks ago and proposed to the Suits star while they were roasting a chicken.“Nott Cott” is located in the palace grounds, close to Hyde Park and the fashionable salons and boutiques of west London’s Kensington High Street, as well as the famous Harrod’s department store. Source: news.com.au
They have been living at Nottingham Cottage, a two bedroom home within the grounds of Kensington Palace, but are now moving into larger apartment inside the palace.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have opted not to go on honeymoon immediately, instead deciding to throw themselves straight into royal duties.
A Kensington Palace spokesman said earlier today: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday.
“They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world.”
The newlyweds will have a “mini-moon” celebration in the Republic of Ireland, according to sources, who say secret plans have been put in place.
For Harry, 33, it will be his first visit to southern Ireland – but Meghan, 36, has already visited as an ambassador for the One Young World summit in 2014.
The itinerary for the planned visit in June or July is only in the early stages – but it is believed the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex will just stay for one night.
Together, they will throw themselves into a hectic schedule and follow through with Meghan’s vow to “hit the ground running” after the wedding.
The Mirror understands Harry and Meghan will undertake a Commonwealth tour in October, taking in Australia – where the prince will open his Invictus Games – and New Zealand, as well as the islands of Tonga and Fiji.
But touchingly, their first official engagement as husband and wife will be in honour of Harry’s dad Prince Charles’s 70th birthday tomorrow, May 22.
Newlyweds, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, attended their first public engagement today at the Buckingham Palace.The event which was a garden party held six months ahead of Prince Charles‘s actual 70th birthday in November.The event was also to mark the one year anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing, emergency service workers, who were on the scene on the night of the attack also attended.Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were joined by more than 6,000 people from the charities he supports. Source: WuzupNigeria
Meghan is said to have been overwhelmed with the Prince of Wales’s dedication to making both her and her mother, Doria Ragland , feel at ease during the lead-up to the wedding, and his earnest act of walking her up the aisle.
THE PALACE RELEASED THREE OFFICIAL PICTURES TAKEN ON THE COUPLE’S BIG DAY ..
Casual vs. Formal! Comparing Harry and Meghan’s Official Wedding Portrait with William and Kate’s
Town & Country Magazine: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have released their official royal wedding portraits, taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski on Saturday, May 19. They took the portraits in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle after Meghan and Harry’s carriage procession throughout Windsor.
The official portraits are a royal family tradition. Prince Harry’s brother and best man, Prince William, had similar portraits taken after his wedding to Kate Middleton. William and Kate posed in Buckingham Palace’s throne room after their wedding on April 29, 2011. Their photographer was Hugo Burnand, who also photographed Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles’ 2005 wedding.
Though two of the portraits are extremely similar to William’s, Harry and Meghan took a very different approach to their third portrait.
HERE’S HOW THE TWO PHOTO SHOOTS COMPARE:
Town & Country Magazine: THE BRIDESMAIDS AND THE PAGE BOYS
Meghan and Harry posed for a sweet photo alongside their bridesmaidsand page boys, Florence van Cutsem, Remi Litt, Rylan Litt, Ivy Mulroney, John Mulroney, Brian Mulroney, Zalie Warren, Jasper Dyer, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte. Their photo is quite similar to William and Kate’s, as the two of them are seated and surrounded by the children.
One picture shows the couple surrounded by bridesmaids and page boys Image: MIRROR
William and Kate also posed for photos with their bridesmaids and page boys, Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Eliza Lopes, Grace van Cutsem, Louise Windsor, Tom Pettifer, and William Lowther-Pinkerton. Burnand later said he had to coax the kids with candy to make them cooperate. “When you look at those individual children in that picture you are seeing those children and their characters,” he told the Guardian. “That’s the same with the bride and groom in the middle of the picture as well. That’s really them. There’s no time for direction.”
Hugo Burnand/Clarence House; Alexi Lubomirski Source: eonline.com
THE COUPLE’S PORTRAIT
Harry and Meghan’s couple portrait is the photo that is the most different from William and Kate’s. In their photo, Harry and Meghan pose in a casual, black-and-white portrait. They are lounging on the steps of Windsor Castle, with Meghan looking off into the distance while Harry smiles at the camera. Meghan took her veil off for this portrait, while Kate kept hers on.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday,” their Instagram caption reads. “They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world.”
The photographs were taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski at Windsor Castle Source: MIRROR
In their 2011 shoot, William and Kate’s portrait is much more formal. William posed in his military garb, while Kate stood by his side holding her bouquet and wearing her Alexander McQueen gown.
Burnand gushed about the couple in an interview with The Guardian, and noted that since Kate is a photographer herself, she discussed the shoot with him beforehand. “I don’t know what to say – I love them,” he said. “They are so bloody nice. They are just so nice as individuals and as a pair, and they work so well together.”
Kate and William wed in 2011 and because of the Duke being the heir to the throne,it was more formal. Meghan also took her veil off, but the Duchess of Cambridge left hers on. Source: express.co.uk …GETTY IMAGESAFP PHOTO/HUGO BURNAND/CLARENCE HOUSE
William and Kate have a far more formal stance when they are pictured alone arm-in-arm, whereas Meghan and Harry are laying casually across the steps of Windsor Castle and the portrait is in black and white.
THE BIG FAMILY PHOTO
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took a photo of the full family, plus the bridesmaids and page boys. The photo features the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, Prince William and Duchess Kate, and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland. The image is a bit more intimate than William and Kate’s family portrait, likely because Meghan’s mother was her only family member present. This is likely also why Prince William and Duchess Kate are on the bride’s side of this portrait.
William and Kate also took a large group photo, featuring the bridesmaids and page boys, the Queen and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla, Prince Harry, Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, and her siblings, James and Pippa Middleton. There, the Queen and Prince Philip were the only people seated, while in Harry and Meghan’s shoot, Kate is also seated holding Princess Charlotte.
express.co.uk: Prince Harry stands just behind his bride, but the Duke and Duchess stood at the same level.
.Hugo Burnand/Clarence House; Alexi Lubomirski Source: eonline.com
The royal wedding in 2011 pulled in 26 million people to watch and Prince Harry’s royal wedding pulled in 18 million last weekend.
HOW PRINCE HARRY AND MEGHAN MARKLE’S WEDDING WILL BE DIFFERENT TO PRINCE WILLIAM AND KATE’S
Harper’s Bazaar: For their first official kiss after exiting the church, Meghan and Harry shared a sweet moment embracing not once, but twice outside St. George’s Chapel. Set on the staircase outside the chapel, a stunning white floral archway served as the perfect backdrop to the royal kiss.
Though compared to most other royals, Harry and Meghan have packed on the PDA during their royal appearances—from holding hands to loving back touches—this marks their first public kiss as a married couple. And they couldn’t look happier or more in love.
Image: Harper’s Bazaar
The moment, however, was notably different from that of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding day embrace. For starters, Meghan and Harry’s kiss didn’t take place on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, like many royal weddings do—including both Kate and William’s wedding and that of Charles and Diana. That’s because Meghan and Harry opted to wed at Windsor Castle instead of at London’s Buckingham Palace.
Getty Images Source: Harper’s Bazaar
Another thing missing from Prince William and Meghan Markle’s wedding kiss? A photobomb from the grouchy flower girl that famously overshadowed William and Kate’s big photo op. In the image, one of the couple’s tiny bridesmaids, Grace Van Cutsem, covered her ears and pouted as the crowds cheered.
Sadly we didn’t have any pictures of Princess Charlotte or Prince George photobombing their aunt and uncle’s first official kiss, but it was still a beautiful moment nonetheless.
Prince Charles and Diana’s photoshoot in 1981 was also a more formal occasion. Image: theworldnews.net
SOME OF THE GLOBAL SUPERSTARS WHO ATTENDED THE ROYAL WEDDING
www.news.com.au: MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding was the event of the year, attended by some of the world’s most famous faces.
But while it was expected that Meghan’s Suits co-stars would be invited, the arrival of some celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey left royal watchers scratching their heads.
Drawing even more interest was the inclusion of some of the big names who scored VIP seating in the Quire — the section of the church closest to the royal couple — while others were relegated to the main seating area during the nuptials.
A close look at the chapel’s seating chart shows how guests were divided between the bride and groom’s side, and which celebs got a look-in.
A coded seating chart shows who sat on the bride’s side and who on the groom’s side. Picture: The Sun Source: .news.com.au
Genevieve Hillis (1), Brian Kocinski (2), Abigail Leigh Spencer (3), Serena Williams (4), Alexis Ohanian (5), Jill Smoller (6), Janina Gavankar (7), Markus Anderson (8), Celine Khavarani (9), Oprah Winfrey (10), Abraham Levy (11), Silver Tree (12), Amal Clooney (13), George Clooney (14), Benita Litt (20), Lindsay Jordan (21), Nicholas Walton Collins (22), Isabel May (23), Lucy Meadmore (24), Misha Nonoo (25), Michael Hess (26), Jessica Mulroney (27), Heather Dorak (31) and Matt Cohen (32).
Doria Ragland (19).
Prince William (1), Prince Charles (2), Duchess of Cornwall (3), Kate Middleton (4), Prince Andrew (5), Princess Beatrice (6), Princess Eugenie (7), Jack Brooksbank (8), Queen Elizabeth (11), Prince Phillip (12), Prince Edward (13), Countess of Wessex (14), Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor (15), Viscount Severn (16), Princess Anne (17), Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence (18), Peter Phillips (19), Autumn Phillips (20), Zara Tindall (22), Mike Tindall (23), Duke of Gloucester (24), Duchess of Gloucester (25), Lady Sarah Chatto (26), Daniel Chatto (27), Samuel Chatto (28), Princess Alexandra (29), Earl of Snowden (30) and the Countess of Snowdon (31).
Emile van Cutsem (9), Amanda Ward (10), Jessie Webb (21), Lady Carolyn Warren (15), John Warren (16), Arthur Landon (17), Alessandra Balazs (18), Charlie Van Straubenzee (28), Thomas Van Straubenzee (29), Carolyn Bartholomew (30), and Ed Lane Fox (33).
The royal family clearly dominated the prime seating, but there were some notable public figures from the new Duchess of Sussex’s Hollywood circles as well.
Here’s how some of the VIPs, both at the pointy end of the church and in the back, scored an invite.
Elton John will perform at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. Source: Stuff.co.nz
Amal Clooney and George Clooney arrive at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Windsor May 19, 2018. — Reuters pic Source: Malay Mail
David and Victoria Beckham arrive to the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry to Meghan Markle in Windsor May 19, 2018. — Reuters pic Source: Malay Mail
Victoria and David Beckham arrive at St George’s Chapel. Picture: James Whatling / MEGA Source: news.com.au
Oprah Winfrey was another surprise guest. Picture: James Whatling / MEGA Source: news.com.au
Tennis player Serena Williams and her husband US entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian arrive for the wedding ceremony of Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, May 19, 2018. — Reuters pic Source: news.com.au
Charlotte Riley and Tom Hardy. Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images/ MEGA T Source:news.com.au
Sabrina Dhowre and Idris Elba attended the wedding. Picture: James Whatling / MEGA Source: news.com.au
Joss Stone has known Harry since 2005. Picture: Danny Lawson/WPA Pool/Getty Images Source: news.com.au
Sofia Wellesley and James Blunt arrive at St George’s Chapel. Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images Source: news.com.au
James Corden with his wife Julia Carey. Picture: James Whatling / MEGA Source: news.com.au
Marcus Mumford and Carey Mulligan arrive for the wedding ceremony. Picture: AFP Photo/Ian West Source: news.com.au
Patrick J. Adams and wife Troian Bellisario arrive at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire Source: metro.co.uk
Gabriel Macht and wife Jacinda Barrett (Picture: Toby Melville- WPA Pool/Getty Images Source: metro.co.uk
James Haskell and Chloe Madeley (Picture: PA) Source: metro.co.uk
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