It’s Royal Wedding Day! Following the arrival of more than 600 guests this morning, the Wedding Ceremony started at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor at noon. Many members of the Royal Family were in attendance, including the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. They were last to arrive before the bridesmaids and the pageboys with their mothers, and finally the bride. After climbing the steps of St. George’s Chapel, Meghan moves in procession through the Nave where she is joined by The Prince of Wales. He accompanied her on the second half of her walk to the High Altar, where she met the groom, the Duke of Sussex.
One of the most beautiful moments was when the Duke of Sussex lifted Meghan’s veil. He was seen saying: ‘You look amazing’.
Lady Jane Fellowes, the late Princess Diana’s sister, gives a reading from the Song of Solomon.
Just after that, The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, gave the adress. The passionate Bishop’s adress was greeted with mixed reactions by the guests.
The choir are singing Stand By Me.
After the vows, the couple exchanged the rings. This was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury. They have been made by jeweller Cleave and Company (they also made the engagement ring). Ms. Markle’s ring has been fashioned from a piece of Welsh Gold, gifted by Her Majesty The Queen. Prince Harry’s ring is a Platinum Band with a textured finish. The rings were carried by the Duke of Cambridge.
During the signing of the register, beautiful music was played by cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.
The congregation stands as the Bride and Groom return to the Quire, and the National Anthem is played. After a bow and a curtsey to Her Majesty the Queen, the Bride and the Groom departed the church with the bridesmaids and pageboys and their immediate family: the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and ms. Doria Ragland.
The newly-married Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a kiss on the steps of St. George’s Chapel.
Afterwards, they were waved off by their family and friends before the start of their carriage ride through Windsor.
Later today, a seperate blog post will be written on the bride’s lovely wedding gown, designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy. In that post, we will also look at the jewellery, the shoes, the attire of the bridesmaids and the pageboys and the flowers.
The fashion worn by the Royal ladies and the other guests will be reviewed in a special post later this week. In that way, we will recap the arrivals again too.