The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
It was a glorious morning in Windsor, England for the wedding of Prince Harry and American actress, Meghan Markle. The day was perhaps more Hollywood than royal in its style, but was nevertheless a moving expression of a couple in love.
The now Duke and Duchess of Sussex were married in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. If you were not up at the crack of dawn this morning to watch all the festivities, here are a few of the highlights:
The Dress: Meghan’s choice of gown was a bit of surprise for the fashion world. She wore a dress by the British artistic director for the French label Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller. Givenchy has been worn by many Hollywood beauties, including Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. Kim Kardashian even chose the label for her wedding to Kanye West in 2014. The five-meter veil was embroidered with flowers representing the 53 Commonwealth countries. The Queen lent Meghan Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara made in 1932. The full press brief about the dress can be found here.
The Bridesmaids and Pageboys: Prince George (age 4) and Princess Charlotte (age 3) were joined by Harry and Meghan’s godchildren Florence van Cutsem (age 3), Zalie Warren (age 2), Remi Litt (age 6), Ryan Litt (age 7), Ivy Mulroney (age 4), Brian Mulroney (age 7), John Mulroney (age 7), and Jasper Dyer (age 6).
The girls wore dresses also by Givenchy with shoes by Aquazurra, embroidered with the bridesmaids’ initials and wedding date. The boys were in uniforms that matched Harry’s and his best man, Prince William’s, Blues and Royals frockcoat.
The Parents: Two significant figures in the lives of the bride and groom were noticeably absent from the big day. The mother of the groom, Diana, Princess of Wales, died in a car crash in Paris in 1997. Prince Harry made sure to honor his mother throughout the ceremony. Her sister, Lady Jane Fellowes gave the reading and her favorite hymn, “Guide Me, O Thy Great Redeemer,” was sung.
The father of the bride, Thomas Markle, was also not there. Although it was originally planned that he would walk his daughter down the aisle, recent relationships with the paparazzi and a heart attack kept him home in Mexico. Meghan rode into Windsor with her mother, Doria Ragland, and started her walk down the aisle alone. She was met at the entrance of the Quire by her father-in-law, the Prince of Wales, who made the rest of the journey with her.
The Music: I love the traditional, British music that is a signature at royal weddings. A personal favorite, Thomas Tallis’s “If ye love me,” was sung by the Choir of St. George’s Chapel. I also enjoyed John Rutter’s “The Lord bless you and keep you.” The 19 year-old cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason was my star of the day. His rendition of Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria” played with an orchestra comprised of members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Philharmonia, was incredibly moving. The gospel choir was not to my taste, but was a great way to incorporate some of America’s choral traditions.
Following the ceremony, the bride and groom took a carriage ride around Windsor, greeting the thousands that gathered around the town. They then returned to the Castle for a reception. Tonight, a dinner and dance will take place at Frogmore House hosted by Prince Charles for 200 guests. It was a beautiful day for another memorable royal wedding.