The Carriage Ride through Windsor & the Lunchtime Reception

As the couple stepped into their carriage after the wedding ceremony at St. George’s Chapel, they were waved off by family and friends. The Carriage Procession through Windsor was designed to allow members of the public to see the couple. The couple travelled in one of the Ascot Landau carriage pulled by Windsor Grey horses.

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The twenty-five minute procession saw the newlyweds travel along Castle Hill, the High Street and into Windsor town centre before returning along the beautiful, tree-lined Long Walk for their reception. Thousands of people lined the streets of Windsor to see the couple.

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The Royal Wedding Ceremony

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.

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LIVEBLOG: It’s Royal Wedding Day!

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. 

Headlines

  • 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.

Liveblog

  • 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.
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  • 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.

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Royal Wedding Special: Final Updates

Some final updates on tomorrow’s wedding were released by the Palace today. In this blog, you can check out every update we got today.

What to expect today? – We can expect to see pictures of Meghan’s mother Doria and the couple arriving at Windsor Castle this afternoon for tea with the Queen. It will be the first time that Doria will meet the Queen. After her arrival on Wednesday, she met with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, and yesterday she met with the Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace.

The bride and the groom will check into their hotels tonight. We might see photographs of Meghan and Doria arriving at their hotel, and Prince Harry and his best man, the Duke of Cambridge, arriving at their own hotel. The couple will stay in seperate hotels.

Tea with the Queen – In the video below, one can see Harry and Meghan leaving Kensington Palace for Windsor. Meghan is wearing a navy dress, and the couple seemed to be very excited. At this time tomorrow, they will be man and wife!

Walking down the aisle – Kensington Palace announced today dat Meghan has zeker her soon-to-be father-in-law, the Prince of Wales, to accompany her during her walk down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel. His Royal Highness is said to be very glad to be able to welkome Meghan into the family in this very special way. According to reporters, he was very touched by Meghan’s request. Apparently, this is what Meghan wanted now her father will not be attending the weddings and she is said to be very happy that the Prince of Wales will do it. He will meet the bride when she is about to enter the Quire. The first part of the walk, up to the Quire, will be done by Meghan on her own, accompanied by her six bridesmaids and four pageboys.

It is very important to note that the Prince of Wales will not be giving away the bride. He will only be accompanying her during the second part of her walk down the aisle.

The Duke of Edinburgh – Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Duke of Edinburgh will be attending the wedding of his grandson tomorrow. The Duke had a full hip replacement in April and has since been recovering from the surgery, first in the hospital, and at home afterwards. He was first seen in public after the surgery a week ago during the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The Royal Family had always hoped that he would be able to attend, and this is now confirmed to be the case.

The Royal Family’s YouTube Channel – The wedding will be streamed live on the Royal Family’s YouTube Channel tomorrow morning from 11:00AM onwards. This stream can be viewed from all over the world. Many other national broadcasters will cover the wedding too, such as the BBC and Sky News. Their coverage will start around 9:00AM.

How to keep updated online tomorrow? – Check out a list of possible ways to follow the Royal Wedding without a television on the internet:

The Wedding Cake – Kensington Palace shared a picture of the preperation of the Royal Wedding cake today. According to the baker, Claire Ptak, it’s going to be a very special and modern cake! The final view of the cake will only be revealed tomorrow.

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