Photos: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle now married


Photos: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle now married

In Summary

  • The royal wedding: Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married at the St. George's Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
  • Two receptions: The couple attended a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II in the afternoon, then a smaller one hosted by Prince Charles, Harry's father, in the evening.
  • Later, they drove out of Windsor in a  vintage convertible (which had the couple’s wedding date on its number plate).

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are officially married.

Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle were pronounced husband and wife on Saturday by the Archbishop of Canterbury in a glittering union that brought a measure of modern Hollywood glamour into the 1,000-year-old monarchy.

The star of the TV drama “Suits” walked unescorted in a pure white, long-sleeved dress to the middle of the 15th-century St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, where the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, accompanied her towards his son, waiting at the altar.

After exchanging vows to love and to cherish “till death us do part”, Harry, 33, sixth-in-line to the British throne, placed a ring of Welsh gold on Markle’s finger before a congregation including Queen Elizabeth, senior royals, and celebrities including U.S. media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

“In the presence of God, and before this congregation, Harry and Meghan have given their consent and made their marriage vows to each other,” Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby intoned.

“They have declared their marriage by the joining of hands and by the giving and receiving of rings. I therefore proclaim that they are husband and wife.”

Below is live text from the ceremony:

2:34pm The couple exchanges vows

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now standing face to face at the high altar, where they are saying their vows.

The marriage vows are taken from Common Worship, the Church of England’s standard liturgy, first published in 2000.

It is a break from tradition: For their 2011 wedding, Prince William and Kate Middleton chose a slightly amended version of the vows from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.

2:30pm Gospel choir sings “Stand by Me”

After Reverend Michael Curry’s impassioned sermon, Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir sang, “Stand by Me” from the west end of the chapel.

Gibson founded the Christian gospel group in southeast England. It’s made up of a group of local artists dedicated to creating a sound that demonstrates the community they share.

It has been performing at home as well as internationally for more than 20 years.

2:20pm Bishop Michael Curry, Episcopal Church’s first African-American leader, opens with quote from Martin Luther King

Bishop Michael Curry was trending on Twitter in the United States after he gave a powerful performance at the royal wedding that mentioned Martin Luther King Jr. and slavery in America, Reuters reports.

American Rev. Michael Curry is delivering an address that will start and end with quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.

Curry is the Episcopal Church’s first African-American leader. He rose to fame following his 2012 sermon “We need some crazy Christians,” which went viral and was turned into a book.

He has worked extensively on issues of social justice, marriage equality and malaria prevention.

2:15pm Princess Diana’s sister gives a reading

Diana’s eldest sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, is now offering a reading from the Song of Solomon.

She also gave a reading at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997, and has rarely made public appearances since her sister’s death.

2:11pm Meghan Markle says she takes Prince Harry to be her husband

2:10pm Prince Harry says he takes Meghan Markle to be his wife

Meghan’s tiara is her “something borrowed”

Queen Elizabeth lent Meghan Markle the tiara she’s wearing today, Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau.

It was made in 1932, with the entre brooch dating back to 1893, the palace says.

2:05pm Prince Charles accompanies Meghan Markle as she walks down the aisle in St George’s chapel

2:03pm Meghan Markle walks down the aisle

Meghan Markle decided not to chaperoned for much of the procession down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel, and walked down part of it alone.

An orchestra and trumpeter played as soprano Elin Manahan Thomas sang “Eternal Source of Light Divine” by George Frederick Handel, casting an ethereal and haunting atmosphere over the start of the ceremony.

2:02pm Meghan Markle just got to the chapel

“Ms. Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has been designed 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,” Kensingoton Palace tweeted.

2:01pm The bridesmaids and pageboys walked in with their moms

The bridesmaids and page boys — all children — just arrived at the chapel. They were accompanied by their mothers.

Princess Charlotte and Prince George, Prince Harry’s niece and nephew, were among them, with their mother, Catherine.

2:00pm Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Prince George and Princess Charlotte

1:57pm The Queen has arrived at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Queen Elizabeth just pulled up to the chapel for the royal wedding with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. She’s in a bright lime silk dress with a matching hat.

1:56pm Prince Charles arrives with wife Camila

Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles, is arriving at the chapel alongside his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

1:55pm Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland enters the chapel

She rode with Meghan to the chapel, but got out after the car drove past the crowd at the long walk.

1:48pm Meghan Markle’s car drives past cheering crowds

The car has arrived at the long walk of Windsor Castle. The walk is lined with cheering crowds.

After driving up the walk, her mom will get out of the car, and her bridesmaids — who are all young children — will get in.

Prince Harry’s divorcee aunt is at his wedding. She wasn’t invited to his brother William’s nuptials.

Sarah Ferguson, Harry’s aunt who is divorced from Prince Andrew, is at today’s wedding. She’s wearing a dress with pink trim.

Ferguson wasn’t invited to Prince William’s 2011 wedding.

Her absence from the guest list was especially odd because her children, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, were invited.

1:38pm Prince Harry, accompanied by brother Prince William, arrive at St. George’s Chapel for wedding ceremony

Wearing Household Cavalry uniform, Prince Harry has arrived for his wedding day. He is accompanied by his brother and best man, Prince William, who is also wearing a cavalry uniform.

According to Reuters, Britain’s Prince Harry wore the frock-coat uniform of the Blues and Royals for his wedding to American actress Meghan Markle on Saturday, Kensington Palace said.

The 33-year-old grandson of Queen Elizabeth waved to well-wishers as he arrived at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in the dark blue uniform with his brother and best man, Prince William, who was dressed the same.

“Her Majesty The Queen gave her permission for Prince Harry to get married in his uniform,” according to a statement tweeted by Kensington Palace. “Both uniforms were tailored at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row.”

1:36pm Meghan Markle is seen with her mother Doria Ragland inside the limousine heading to the chapel

1:25pm The royal family is starting to arrive

As Meghan Markle makes her way to Windsor, members of the royal family have started to arrive at the chapel.

Harry’s cousin Peter Philips and wife Autumn; cousin Zara Tindall and husband Mike and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent kick off the first wave of royal family.

They are followed closely behind by Harry’s uncles, Princes Andrew and Edward, and his aunt, Princess Anne.

1:22pm Meghan Markle is on her way to the chapel

Meghan Markle has departed Cliveden House Hotel in Taplow — where she spent her final night as a single woman with her mother, Doria Ragland.

The pair are driving in a Rolls Royce, with the journey expected to take around 25 minutes.

1:20pm Priyanka Chopra is walking to the chapel

Indian actress and winner of Miss World 2000, Priyanka Chopra, is arriving at the chapel wearing a gray Vivienne Westwood dress and, like Oprah, a Philip Treacy hat.

White roses – the favourite flowers of Prince Harry’s late mother Diana – arched over the organ loft and West Door of St George’s chapel, where he will marry American actress Meghan Markle on Saturday.

Photo/REUTERS
Photo/REUTERS

1:00pm Meghan Markle’s fellow cast members from the legal TV drama Suits arrive

12:50pm Elton John spotted inside St. George’s Chapel

Appearing to make a somewhat sneaky entrance, Elton John is inside St. George’s Chapel with husband David Furnish talking to the Beckhams and James Blunt.

He’s wearing his trademark round sunglasses with a morning suit and blue tie.

12:47pm Serena Williams tweets pictures of her outift for the wedding.

The tennis star is a close friend of Meghan Markle and is sitting in the friends and family section

Carole Middleton, mother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrives at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

The service sheet for the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry to Meghan Markle is shown ahead of the ceremony in Windsor.

Photo/REUTERS
Photo/REUTERS

Some restaurants have come up with a royal wedding menu

“Meggs Benedict and scrambled megs on the #RoyalWedding menu here at @TheBookClubEC2 in London,” one Elizabeth Culliford tweeted.

12:33pm The Beckhams are here — and David stopped to hug a fan

Former footballer David Beckham and his fashion designer wife, Victoria Beckham, are arriving at the chapel.

Photo/Courtesy
Photo/Courtesy

The couple waved as the waiting crowds cheer with David stopping briefly to hug a fan. The girl David Beckham hugged is a Manchester bombing survivor.

Walking behind them is former rugby union player Jonny Wilkinson.

12:30pm George and Amal Clooney arrive

George and Amal Clooney have just arrived at Windsor Castle. Amal is wearing a mustard yellow dress and matching hat, while George is in a gray suit.

12:28pm The Middleton family are arrivingThe family of the Duchess of Cambridge are arriving at the St. George’s Chapel.Michael Middleton walked in with his wife Carol, followed by Catherine’s sister, Pippa and her husband James Matthews.Pippa is wearing a pale green dress with floral pattern from The Fold which retails for around £495 (Ksh.67,500).
Royal wedding fans from around the world
Crowds are streaming into Windsor ahead of the wedding ceremony.CNN‘s James Masters met up with Arba, pictured left, and Jaime, who camped out overnight in pull up chairs and sleeping bags.Arba, from California, says she’s always liked Harry since his partying antics in Las Vegas.“When I saw Harry in Vegas, I thought, ‘Yeah, that’s my man!” She also thinks Meghan’s arrival signals a new diversity in the royal family.
Why there won’t be a maid of honor at today’s weddingWhile Prince Harry’s brother, Prince William, will serve as the best man today, his bride, Meghan Markle, won’t have a maid of honor.Markle has opted not to have a maid of honor, according to Jason Knauf, communications secretary to Prince Harry.12:16pm London football stadium congratulates Harry and MeghanWembley Stadium, the largest football stadium in London and home of the England national football team, tweeted its congratulations to Harry and Meghan this morning.The stadium is hosting its own big event later today: The FA Cup.

Harry’s wedding ring is platinum and Meghan’s is goldPrince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding rings are from designer Cleave and Company.Harry’s is platinum, and Meghan’s will be gold. Meghan’s was a gift from Queen Elizabeth.

A look inside the chapel where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will exchange vows.Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will exchange vows inside St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) west of central London.Windsor is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, who spends most of her weekends there.The castle itself dates back to around 1070, when William the Conqueror chose the land and construction began.It has seen many changes since that time, though, with various royals making adjustments over the years: Edward III made costly renovations in the 14th century, and extensive restorations were undertaken following a devastating fire in 1992.The chapel, which dates back to the 14th century, has a capacity of around 800.
Meghan Markle is marrying a prince today — but you still can’t call her “Princess Meghan”, CNN’s AJ Willingham reports.Even though the Meghan Markle is about to be a part of the British royal family, she still won’t be a proper princess. Why?Markle wasn’t born into a royal family, so she won’t be a capital-P “Princess” and won’t have her name styled as such.So what will she be?Once Markle is married, she takes Harry’s title and name — as in, his literal name.Her title will be Princess Henry of Wales (Henry is Harry’s real name).What about “Duchess,” like Kate?Luckily, in all likelihood Markle won’t have to spend the rest of her life as “Princess Henry.”11:59am Guests arrive at the castle in clustersAs you will have noticed, we are getting waves of guests arriving. That is because they are being delivered to the castle grounds in clusters for security reasons, CNN‘s Clarissa Ward reports.11:57am British singer James Blunt is attendingJames Blunt just arrived at Windsor Castle. The “You’re Beautiful” singer is in a morning suit and light blue tie.

11:52am Princess Diana’s brother Earl Charles Spencer arrives at St. George’s Chapel.
11:49am Renowned TV host Oprah Winfrey and American actor Idris Elba arrive
Oprah is wearing a pink dress, a cream-colored hat adorned with pink flowers and a pair of sunglasses.
She’ll be sitting in the Quire with the family and other close friends — not the main body of guests.
Actor Idris Elba — perhaps best known for his turn in TV’s “The Wire” — has arrived at the chapel for the wedding ceremony.Also spotted in congregation arrivals: Abigail Spencer, who co-starred on Suits with Meghan between 2011 and 2016, and Clive Woodward, a former coach of the England national rugby team after career as a star player.
11:36am: British PM tweets congratulations

British Prime Minister Theresa May — who is not invited to the wedding — tweeted her congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Saturday. The couple did not invite political leaders except those personally close to the bride or groom.

11am: Grounds guests get goodie bags full of cookies and chocolate

Commemorative gift bags are being handed out to the lucky members of public who are celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.

They contain a box of shortbread cookies, a giant chocolate coin, a bottle of water and a magnet.

 

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