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.
We will have live updates during the entire day, and seperate blog posts on the most important events. Below the liveblog, you can read where to watch the Royal Wedding live.
- The Duchess of Sussex will be wearing a bespoke gown by Stella McCartney tonight.
- The first blog post is up on the blog now on the Royal Wedding Ceremony!
- We will see the couple next when they leave Windsor Castle for their evening reception at Frogmore House around 19:00hrs tonight. The reception is hosted by the Prince of Wales.
- The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex are now married. They have been through their carriage ride in Windsor and had their lunchtime reception hosted by the Queen at Windsor Castle.
- The dress is made by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller. Ms. Waight Keller last year became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy.
- Guest have started to arrive at the Chapel, including some famous faces, such as Oprah Winfrey, the Earl and the Countess Spencer (the late Princess Diana’s brother), Idris Elba, the Beckhams, the Clooneys, Elton John, the Suits stars and the Middleton family.
- Prince Harry’s new titles will be the Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. After her wedding, Meghan’s titles will be: Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex, Countess of Dumbarton and Lady Kilkeel.
- Last night, Prince Harry embarked on a walkabout near Windsor Castle with his brother and best man, the Duke of Cambridge. The two men spend the night at an hotel near Windsor. In the mean time, Meghan and her mother arrived at Cliveden House Hotel. Meghan looked absolutely stunning in a navy Roland Mouret dress.
- 20:00hrs: That’s it for today! We will have more posts covering the Royal Wedding tomorrow, including the carriage ride. We might have more information on the evening party tomorrow too. For the rest of the week: we’ll have a lot of posts coming up covering the fashion worn by the Royal guests!
- 19:45hrs: It is thought that Meghan is wearing her first piece of jewellery from the late Princess Diana’s jewellery box: a big aquamarine ring. There are of course also two diamonds from the late Princess’ collection in her engagement ring too. We suspect this ring is a wedding gift from the groom. UPDATE: This was confirmed by the Palace just yet! Meghan’s also wearing diamond Cartier earrings, thought to be matching her Cartier diamond bracelet worn during the wedding ceremony earlier today.
- 19:20hrs: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have just left Windsor Castle. Harry is driving the Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. They are having a private evening reception for their close friends and family.
Because of the birth of Prince Louis, we ran a little bit out of schedule with our weekly reviews. This one is a huge Cambridge Review from the last three weeks!
On 23 April, Prince Louis Arthur Charles of Cambridge was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London. He left the hospital with his parents in the afternoon, a little over 7 hours after his birth at 11:01hrs that morning. His names were announced on Friday 27 April.
Just before the baby left the hospital with his parents, Prince George and Princess Charlotte were brought from Kensington Palace to the hospital by their father to visit their mother and baby brother.
Our huge live blog from the day of the birth can be read here.
The third week of April was filled with Royal duties for the Duke of Cambridge, because of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in London. Several forums were also organised in connection to the summit. A list of engagements from the Duke in connection to the Commonwealth and the CHOGM:
- The Duke gave a speech at the ‘Welcome to the UK’-reception on Monday 16 April.
- The Duke attended the Joint Business & Youth Forum Session, and gave a speech, on Tuesday 17 April.
- The Duke received the Vice-President of Tanzania and the President of Kenya on Tuesday 17 April.
- The Duke received the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, the President of Namibia, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, the President of Ghana and the President of Uganda on Wednesday 18 April.
- The Duke attended the CHOGM formal opening at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 19 April.
- The Duke attended Her Majesty’s State Banquet in honour of CHOGM at Buckingham Palace (pictures) on Thursday 19 April.
- The Duke attended a roundtable with African Foreign Ministers on Conservation and Illegal Wildlife Trade on Friday 20 April.
On 21 April, Her Majesty celebrated her 92nd birthday with a big concert in the Royal Albert Hall. The Duke of Cambridge was in attendance. He sat next to his grandmother during the concert and appeared to be talking to her about several artists performing on the podium during the show. More information and pictures can be seen here.
On Monday, it was announced that the Duchess has become Royal Patron of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. According to Kensington Palace, it is ‘furthering Her Royal Highness’s interest in the visual arts, photography and design’. The Duchess visited the V&A Museum in June 2017 to open their new museum entrance.
It is HRH’s third London museum patronage, after the Natural History Museum and the Natural Portrait Gallery. View a full list of HRH’s patronages on this page.
On the same day, it was announced that the Duke’s Private Secretary, Miguel Head, is leaving his role in July, after more than a decade of service. In a press release, a palace spokesman said: “His Royal Highness feels incredibly lucky to have benefited from Miguel’s support and advice over the last decade. He has been an outstanding Press Secretary and Private Secretary and has been central to the decisions that have guided the establishment of the Duke’s office”. Mr. Head will be replaced by Simon Case. On the picture below, you can see Mr. Head with the Duchess’ Private Secretary, Catherine Quinn.
Editor’s Note: A Very Happy Easter everyone!
The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge are attending the annual Easter service at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle this morning. HM The Queen and members of the Royal Family are also in attendance. Prince Phillip has pulled out of the service due to illness. It is only the second time that the Cambridges have joined Her Majesty for Easter.
The Cambridges are spending Easter with the Middletons in Bucklebury this year. They arrived late for the Service, after Her Majesty (which is very unusual). The pair was delayed by traffic on their way to Windsor. The Duchess is currently on maternity leave awaiting the birth of her third child later this month. After her last official engagement on March 22
The Princess Royal and her husband Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and her fiancée Jack Brooksbank, the Earl and the Countess of Wessex, their daughter Lady Louise and son Viscount James, a very pregnant Zara Tindall, and Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn were also present for the Service in Windsor.