Harry & Meghan – the royal wedding

All eyes were on Windsor last Saturday as Prince Harry married Meghan Markle. With the sun shining and excitement building, the day promised some magical scenes and the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex didn’t disappoint.

Royal-wedding fever reached new levels over the weekend with Harry and Meghan mania sweeping not just the whole country but across the pond too! The entire country pulled out all the stops, Great Britain was a wash of Union Jack flags and bunting creating the backdrops of many street parties from Windsor to Wigan.

Crowds gathered overnight to ensure they got the best positions of the day, many started the celebrations in the early hours with Prosecco corks popping at 5am! Guests from charity originations around the UK were invited into the grounds of Windsor Castle, where they were able to be closer to the action. There were also given wedding favors from the happy couple, which contained a giant chocolate coin, fridge magnet, Windsor Castle bottle of water and a 20% discount voucher for the castle gift shop (a handful of these can now be found on eBay).

Guests from around the world started to arrive, very rarely do we see royalty mixing Hollywood legends, it really did make for some spectacular scenes. There were some statement dresses and each lady invited was asked to wear a hat, and not one disappointed the bride’s request.

And then to one of the biggest cheers of the day, Prince Harry arrived with his brother by his side. They headed into the chapel, but not before acknowledging the huge crowds which had gathered along the route.

Senior royals were next to arrive including proud grandparents the Queen and Prince Philip, along with Meghan’s mother who was closely followed by the adorable page boys and flower girls. Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrived with their mum Kate, who was making her first public appearance since giving birth 3 weeks ago.

Finally, it was the moment everyone had been waiting for, the bride arrived outside St George’s Chapel with her page boy veil attendants, who are her best friend’s twins. Everyone waited with baited breath for the first glimpse of her dress, and it didn’t disappoint. Simple and elegant, and designed by Claire Waight Keller at Givenchy, it featured an intricate lace train which was accompanied by a sixteen-foot veil featuring 53 different flowers to represent every country in the commonwealth, and Queen Mary’s Teek diamond tiara from 1932.

The Chapel itself was adorned with large floral displays featuring white roses, a touching tribute to Diana as these were her favorite flowers. An empty seat next to Prince William was also left as a tribute to Harry’s late mother. Prince Charles also played a large part in the ceremony, he met Meghan part way down the aisle and walked with her to the top, and also helped to choose the music played during the ceremony. The ceremony was a wonderful multi-cultural mix, featuring a Wedding Sermon by American Preacher Bishop Michael Bruce and gospel choir who wowed with their version of Stand by me.

The ceremony concluded with Harry and Meghan making their way out of the chapel followed by close family members, for their first kiss as husband and wife on the steps outside. Prince Charles escorted Meghan’s mother Doria outside, a touching act to welcome her into the family too. Throughout the day Meghan’s mother was bursting with pride, who wouldn’t be when their daughter is marring a prince! She looked wonderful in a pistachio Oscar de la Renta shift dress and matching dress coat, which she topped perfectly with a Stephen Jones OBE teardrop hat.

The couple then enjoyed a carriage tour around Windsor to soak up the atmosphere before heading to their lunchtime reception at St George’s Hall hosted by the Queen. We later saw them making their way to their evening reception which was hosted by Prince Charles at Frogmore House. Meghan had changed into a one of a kind lily white halter gown designed by Stella McCartney and was driven there by Prince Harry in a blue E-type Jaguar Concept Zero car (much like William and Kate did back in 2011). Guests partied long into the night, with the celebrations continuing onto London hot spot Chiltern Firehouse for the official after party.

Whether you are a royal family fan, a Meghan Markle fan, or just a hopeless romantic, we all tuned in to watch Prince Harry marry his Princess. We’ve watched him grow from the 12-year-old boy who tragical lost his mother so young, into the man he is today, who bucks tradition and does things his way.

Sarah