Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding: All the key moments from the ceremony and reception to the celebrations

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding: All the key moments from the ceremony and reception to the celebrationsPrince Harry and Meghan Markle have wed in a stunning and emotional ceremony in St George’s Chapel in Windsor. The Prince mouthed “you look amazingâ€� as his bride approached accompanied by his father, the Prince of Wales. Prince Charles walked Ms Markle down the aisle after her father Thomas was unable to attend due to health problems. The newlyweds also stopped for a kiss outside the chapel to the delight of the watching crowds. The service was accompanied by a gospel music choir as well as traditional hymns, reflecting the transatlantic nature of the Royal union. Royal wedding day pictures: Best photos from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ceremony and reception The ceremony was watched by hundreds of millions around the globe as well as a celebrity-studded congregation of 600 guests. Among those present were Sir Elton John, George and Amal Clooney and the Beckhams. There were also 2,640 members of the public in attendance who were chosen to watch the ceremony from the grounds of Windsor Castle. These were the key moments of the big day. Prince Harry arrives Prince Harry and his best man the Duke of Cambridge arrived at St George’s  Chapel wearing the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals. The Queen gave her permission for her grandson to get married in his uniform, Kensington Palace said. Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge making their way to the chapel Credit: PA Both uniforms were tailored at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row. Harry looked relaxed as he walked down to the chapel with his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, to loud cheers from the waiting crowd. The pair smiled and waved to well-wishers during the short walk. They then made their way to the chapel to await Ms Markle’s arrival at the altar The Queen arrives  The Queen arrived at St George’s Chapel with the Duke of Edinburgh – with the monarch wearing a lime-green coat and dress by Stewart Parvin. The Queen arriving for the ceremony Credit: PA Following protocol, the Queen was the last member of the Royal family to arrive for the wedding service. Those in the Quire stood as Her Majesty was conducted to her place. A fanfare sounded and all stood as the choir and clergy moved in procession to the Quire. Prince of Wales walks Ms Markle down the aisle The service started with the Prince of Wales walking Meghan down the aisle. Her father, Thomas had been due to give his daughter away, but pulled out at the last moment due to health complications. Ms Markle entered the chapel as a fanfare was played. She arrived accompanied by two page boys who held up her train as she made her way up the chapel’s steps alone. The Prince of Wales accompanying Ms Markle down the aisle  Credit: PA The bride, having been greeted by the Dean of Windsor, then moved in procession through the Nave where she was joined by the Prince of Wales. She was wearing a simple, long-sleeved white dress, with veil covering her face.  As Ms Markle approached the altar, the Prince mouthed the words: “You look amazing.” Ms Markle and Prince Harry at the alter Credit: PA The happy couple them held hands as the ceremony began. Address by The Most Reverend Michael Curry The Most Rev Bishop Michael Curry, the first African-American presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, gave an address titled the Power of Love at the service in St George’s Chapel. He opened his speech with the words of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, who said: “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.” The Most Rev Bishop Michael Curry, primate of the Episcopal Church, giving his address   Credit: PA The bishop then added: “There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over-sentimentalise. There is power, power in love.” Bishop Curry told the service: “There’s power in love. Love can help and heal when nothing else can. There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will.” The scene in St George’s Chapel Credit: PA Such power could be seen in the service, he continued, saying: “Two young people fell in love and we all showed up.” The Episcopal Church is the US offshoot of the Church of England and forms part of the broader Anglican Communion. Meghan was baptised into the Anglican Church, which is headed by Harry’s grandmother. After that effusive sermon, next up Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir are singing Stand By Me, Ben E King’s 1960 pop song. The vows As the Prince and Ms Markle faced each other and joined hands, as they made their vows. Prince Harry started, saying: “I Harry, take you, Meghan, to be my wife, to have and to hold from, this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part; according to God’s holy law. In the presence of God I make this vow.” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanging vows Credit: PA Followed my Ms Markle: “I Meghan, take you, Harry, to be my husband, to have and to hold , from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part; according to God’s holy law. In the presence of God I make this vow.” The Archbishop Justin Welby then proclaimed: “Those whom God has joined together let no-one put asunder.” The Prince and Ms Markle were then officially married and will now be known as the HRH the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The kiss The newlyweds emerged from St George’s Chapel after the ceremony to loud cheers from the crowd. The kiss Credit: AFP They then stopped at the top of the stone steps, the pair shared a kiss to the delight of onlookers. The procession After the newlyweds emerged at the West Steps of the Chapel, the couple were waved off and watched by members of the Royal family as they left in an open-top Ascot Landau for a carriage procession through Windsor. Prince Harry and Ms Markle in their horse-draw procession Credit: Reuters They then undertook a two mile tour of Windsor in an Ascot Landau carriage, greeting well-wishers for around 25 minutes. It’s the same carriage the prince used in the procession at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton,when he was surrounded by small bridesmaids and page boys. The scene outside St George’s Chapel Credit: AFP The congregation then headed to St George’s Hall for a lunchtime reception hosted by the Queen. Read more about the procession here. Wedding at Windsor Castle The Guests The exact guest list for the royal wedding was not known until the invitees starting arriving this morning. Members of the cast of Suits, the legal drama in which Ms Markle starred, are heavily represented including Patrick J Adams, who plays Markle’s onscreen love interest (and lately husband) Mike Ross, along with co-stars Gabriel Macht, Sarah Rafferty, Rick Hoffman, Abigail Spencer, Gina Torres and Amanda Schull. Patrick J. Adams and wife Troian Bellisario Credit: PA Also in attendance was Sir Elton John, who arrived for the ceremony with husband David Furnish, and was seen warmly embracing David and Victoria Beckham, as well as singer James Blunt. Actor George Clooney and his barrister wife Amal were seen in Windsor alongside actor Idris Elba, talkshow host Oprah Winfrey and tennis champion Serena Williams. Oprah Winfrey arrives at the chapel Credit: Reuthers Among the Royal family, the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, were among the first to arrive at the chapel. The most stylish guests from Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle ​ Meanwhile the Middletons also made their way to the ceremony with the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, Pippa, arriving with her husband James Matthews, and parents Michael and Carole. Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthew Credit: AFP It emerged today that two of the Prince’s former girlfriends also received invites to the ceremony, as Cressida Bonas and Chelsy Davy were seen arriving among the guests this morning. The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex The Prince has been made the Duke of Sussex on his wedding day by his grandmother the Queen, Buckingham Palace has announced. Meghan Markle will become the Duchess of Sussex on marriage, the palace said.  Harry was also given Scottish and Northern Irish titles, becoming the Earl of  Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.  The previous Duke of Sussex, Prince Augustus Frederick Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. “His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. The Prince thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.” Ms Markle is now an HRH and a senior royal after marrying Prince Harry, as Kate Middleton did when she became the Duchess of Cambridge after saying her vows in 2011. Kate Middleton became HRH the Duchess of Cambridge after marrying Prince William in 2011 Credit: AP/Martin Meissner By tradition, male members of the Royal family receive a title from the monarch on their wedding day. Like the Prince, the previous Duke of Sussex lived at Kensington Palace, and he also married for love, rather than choosing brides who fitted the traditional royal mould. Two receptions Following the carriage ride, the congregation will await the happy couple in St George’s Hall, for the first of two receptions. Ms Markle will deliver a speech at the lunchtime reception, along with her new husband and the Prince of Wales.   The first, more formal afternoon reception for some 600 guests, will be hosted by the Queen. The 180-ft long room, traditionally used for state banquets, seats up to 162 people and was redesigned in a modern Gothic style – with walls lined with suits of armour – following the fire at the castle in 1992. Fashionable ‘bowl food’ will be served at the standing-only reception. Made with seasonal ingredients grown on the Crown Estates, the food is intended to be eaten standing up, allowing guests to mingle freely in St George’s Hall. The food is likely to be accompanied by champagne and wine from the extensive Royal cellars, and soft drinks. The second evening reception, for 200 close friends and family, will be thrown at Frogmore House by the Prince of Wales. Standing about half a mile south of Windsor Castle in Windsor Home Park, Frogmore House has been a Royal Residence since 1792. It is where Harry and Ms Markle posed for their official engagement photos in November. The location of the venue – away from the Castle – will offer the pair privacy as they celebrate with friends and family. Read more about the food here. Wedding cake The couple have asked Claire Ptak, an east London pastry chef, to make an organic lemon and elderflower wedding cake incorporating “the bright flavours of spring”, according to Kensington Palace. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. It is believed to be the first time a Royal couple have eschewed tradition by not serving a fruit cake to their wedding guests. Kensington Palace tweeted a picture of the wedding cake to be served at the reception  Credit: @KensingtonRoyal / Twitter The “ethereal” tasting wedding cake will be displayed in a special installation, Ptak revealed. The baker said the layered lemon and elderflower cake – in three parts of varying sizes – would be presented in a non-traditional way. The final design will be unveiled on the big day although Meghan and Harry are in on the plans. “You’ll have to wait and see on the day. It’s an installation of the way that we’re putting it out. It’s the last thing that we’ll reveal. It’s a non-traditional layout,” Ms Ptak said. “It’s a slight shift from tradition.” The chef, who owns the small, trendy Violet Bakery in east London, has been working with her team of six bakers full time for five days in the large kitchens of Buckingham Palace. Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery, took five days to make the wedding cake  Credit: AP She described the flavour of the cake as being a balance of sweet and tart, combined with “ethereal” elderflower. The cake, which is being decorated on the outside with a white, elderflower swiss meringue buttercream, is made of layered lemon sponge, drizzled with an elderflower syrup to a recipe specially created for the couple. The layers are sandwiched with buttercream and lemon curd. Some 200 Amalfi lemons are being used in the recipe, as well as 10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial made using elderflower from the Queen’s Sandringham estate, 20kgs of butter, 20 kgs of flour, 20kgs of sugar and 500 organic eggs from Suffolk. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose Fiona Cairns to make their 2011 wedding cake, a traditional multi-layered fruit cake with a floral design. Read more about the wedding cake here. Speeches The prince will be putting pen to paper to write his speech for their reception. But Ms Markle, who is an accomplished public speaker, is expected to break with tradition and deliver her own as well, offering “affectionateâ€� praise of her new husband, thanks to the Queen and a few suitable jokes. The former actress, is “readyâ€� to speak at the reception, should her father choose to avoid the limelight, the Sunday Times reported earlier this year. Mr Markle, an award-winning Hollywood writing director who now lives a quiet life in Mexico, was expected to walk Ms Markle down the aisle before changing his plans to attend. At the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, reception speeches included words from best man Harry, the groom’s father the Prince of Wales and Michael Middleton, who affectionately described how he knew his daughter’s relationship was serious when her boyfriend landed a helicopter in his garden. Royal wedding PREMIUM GRID


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