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Royal wedding guests moved to tears by Prince Charles speech about his 'darling old Harry'

Royal wedding guests moved to tears by Prince Charles speech about his 'darling old Harry'The Prince of Wales described how emotional he felt watching his youngest son, whom he still remembers so clearly as a baby, marrying the love of his life. As he addressed 600 guests gathered at the reception St George’s Hall, there was barely a dry eye as he spoke so warmly about his “darling old Harry” and the man he had grown into. The Prince described how moving it was, at this point in his life, to watch his little boy move on. A little boy, whom he had winded so often as a baby and whom, he joked, might still have a bit of wind today. Guests described how warmly he welcomed Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, to Windsor and into his family. Frequently, throughout the course of the reception, he was spotted with his arm around Mrs Ragland. Prince Harry, looking like “the cat that got the cream,” then gave a heartfelt, “off the cuff” speech in which he made it clear he was the happiest man in the world. Our picture editors’ 22 favourite images of the Royal wedding He too, was effusive about how beautiful his new wife looked, and prompted laughs as he reminded the guests where they were and told them not to be too raucous and disturb the neighbours when they left the castle. He raised hearty guffaws as he promised that the Americans would not steal the swords. Veronica German, who runs the charity Dolen Cymru Wales Lesotho Link, said: “He couldn’t get very far as every time he said ‘my wife’ everyone cheered and he had to go back to the beginning. It was very funny.”  As he finished his speech, Prince Harry jokingly asked whether anyone present could play the piano before introducing Sir Elton John, who belted out hits including Tiny Dancer, which he dedicated to Ms Markle, Your Song and Circle of Life. Johnny Hornby, chairman of Prince Harry’s Sentebale charity, said: “It was a really warm atmosphere, the speeches were funny and touching. “Prince Charles was clearly really moved for this moment, for Harry. “The laughs turned it into a bit of a party atmosphere. Then Elton John started playing, it was great fun. There was a lot of tradition but also a lot of modernity.” Peter Fernhead, co-founder of African Parks, said the reception was “remarkable” and topped an incredible day. “We all gathered while they were having their pictures done,” he said. “When Harry and Meghan came in they stood on the podium and Prince William introduced them. “Prince Charles made a really gracious speech, it was really calming and amazingly endearing. He’s got a wonderfully dry sense of humour. “Prince Harry thanked everyone for coming, particularly those who had travelled so far. He was completely charming about Meghan, they are so clearly in love. We all had a tear in our eye.” The most stylish guests from Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle Guests then mingled as they tucked into bite sized slices of a magnificent lemon and elderflower sponge cake. Designed by London-based American baker Claire Ptak, it contained elderflower syrup made at the Queen’s residence in Sandringham using the estate’s own elderflower trees. The three tiers, which were transported individually from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle, were decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and 150 fresh flowers including peonies and roses, were arranged in a non-traditional way. The wedding cake features elderflower syrup made at The Queens residence in Sandringham Credit: AFP Guests were also served a selection of seasonal canapés including Scottish langoustines wrapped in smoked salmon with citrus crème fraiche, grilled asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian ham, heritage tomato and basil tartare with balsamic pearls and croquettes of confit windsor lamb. The selection of bowl food included free range chicken with morel mushrooms and young leeks, pea and mint risotto with pea shoots, truffle oil and parmesan crisps and ten hour slow roasted Windsor pork belly with apple compote and crackling. A kiss as they leave St George’s Chapel as husband and wife Credit: PA For those with a sweet tooth, there were champagne and pistachio macaroons, orange crème brûlée tartlets and miniature rhubarb crumble tartlets. The food was washed down with Pol Roger Brut Réserve Non Vintage Champagne, and a selection of wines.  Ms Markle was due to make a speech at the evening reception at Frogmore House. Sir Elton John’s performance Sir Elton John has performed at the lunchtime reception for guests celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Prince Harry asked Sir Elton to perform at the reception which was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle. One guest told The Telegraph the pop icon sang Circle of Life – made famous by the 1994 Disney film The Lion King – and Tiny Dancer. Sir Elton performed for the newly married couple in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family. The music legend’s relationship to the monarchy stretches back decades, and he famously re-recorded Candle in the Wind in tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.  Sir Elton John waves as he leaves St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle  Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Kensington Palace said: “Sir Elton John has performed at the lunchtime reception for guests celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle. “Prince Harry asked Sir Elton to perform at the reception which was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle. “Sir Elton performed for the newly married couple in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family.” Sir Elton sang at the funeral service for Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. A Candle in the Wind was originally recorded by Elton John as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe and was released on his 1974 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album.  But he re-recorded the song in 1997 following the death of his close friend Princess Diana and Sir Elton’s one and only live performance of the song was at her funeral in September of that year.  It was released as a single a week later and went on to sell around 33 million copies worldwide – making it the second bestselling record of all time behind Bing Crosby’s White Christmas.  All proceeds from the single sales were donated to the Diana, Princess of Wales memorial fund.  The menu Her Majesty The Queen gave a Lunchtime Reception at St George’s Hall in Windsor Castle for around 600 guests drawn from the Wedding Service congregation. Guests were served a selection of canapés, including: Scottish Langoustines wrapped in Smoked Salmon with Citrus Crème Fraiche Grilled English Asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian Ham Garden Pea Panna Cotta with Quail Eggs and Lemon Verbena Heritage Tomato and Basil Tartare with Balsamic Pearls Poached Free Range Chicken bound in a Lightly Spiced Yoghurt with Roasted Apricot Croquette of Confit Windsor Lamb, Roasted Vegetables and Shallot Jam Warm Asparagus Spears with Mozzarella and Sun-Blush Tomatoes Guests were also served a selection of bowl food, including: Fricassee of Free Range Chicken with Morel Mushrooms and Young Leeks Pea and Mint Risotto with Pea Shoots, Truffle Oil and Parmesan Crisps Ten Hour Slow Roasted Windsor Pork Belly with Apple Compote and Crackling Sweet canapés were also served, including: Champagne and Pistachio Macaroons Orange Crème Brûlée Tartlets Miniature Rhubarb Crumble Tartlets Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding reception guests were served classic dishes made from seasonal British produce – much from the Queen’s own estates. The sweet and savoury canapes were made to be consumed in two bites, while the bowl dishes could be eaten standing up. Harry and his bride-to-be have tasted and selected their wedding reception menu, which were created by staff from the royal kitchens at Windsor Castle over the previous days. Royal chef Mark Flanagan at the royal kitchen at Windsor Castle Credit: David Parker/Daily Mail/PA Wire Royal chef Mark Flanagan led the team who put the finishing touches to the canapes and bowl dishes being served during the afternoon event, hosted by the Queen in the castle’s St George’s Hall. Mr Flanagan said beforehand: “The day of the wedding has fallen very kindly for us. All the British vegetables are just coming into season… and that’s been a point of focus for us. “We know the couple wanted us to make sure we used all of the local seasonal produce as much as possible throughout their menu, and this recent good weather is really helping us to achieve that. “(For) all their decisions, we purely made suggestions and the couple. They’ve tasted everything, they’ve been involved in every detail.” The head chef would not discuss the dishes in detail but produce like asparagus, peas and tomatoes are in season – providing a wealth of options for the culinary expert who has worked for some of the world’s best chefs, like Michel and Albert Roux and Raymond Blanc. In a bid to keep as many ingredients as possible British and local, Mr Flanagan’s team sourced them from the Home Counties and lands associated with the Queen like Windsor. He said: “We are using produce off Her Majesty’s estates and that features very much.” Royal wedding day pictures: Best photos from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ceremony and reception He added: “We’ve really just been trying to let the ingredients stand proud within the dishes. There’s no experimentation on Saturday whatsoever, tried and tested and predominantly classics.” Preparations for the reception began earlier in the week leading up to the reception and, after trials and tests, all the 30 kitchen staff working on Saturday knew in great detail the job ahead of them. Over the past week they had been washing and peeling vegetables, and getting other produce ready so that there would be the minimum amount of cooking and maximum amount of presentation time on the big day. The wedding dinner was staged at Frogmore House by the Prince of Wales, with different caterers responsible for the private event for 200 guests. The royal chef said he and his team started preparing for the wedding before the couple requested their services. Royal Palaces head chef Mark Flanagan and Pastry chef Selwyn Stoby Credit: David Parker – WPA Pool/Getty Images Mr Flanagan said: “Once the wedding announcement was made, we started to work on some ideas, about what we would do if we were asked to be involved, so we were able to get into the trial situation early in March.” Harry and Meghan have visited Windsor Castle to sample the menu suggestions in the castle’s Great Kitchen. It dates from the reign of the 14th century monarch Edward III and is believed to be the oldest working kitchen in the country, having served more than 30 monarchs, including the Queen. Mr Flanagan said: “This is the great kitchen of Windsor Castle, an absolute pleasure to work in surrounded by the most amazing battery of copper (pots).” He added that working to prepare dishes for the royal nuptials created a sense of pride for himself and his staff: “All weddings are great celebrations and it is an honour for all of our team to have some small part to play in that celebration.” Cutest pictures of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and more young royals at the wedding The receptions at St George’s Hall and Frogmore House While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were touring Windsor, guests from the congregation waited for the happy couple in St George’s Hall to celebrate the first of the day’s two receptions. This was hosted by the Queen, took place during the afternoon and was attended by all guests who were invited to the service. Invitations were posted to 600 lucky guests; the guest list was restricted to those who have a direct relationship with the couple, both because St George’s Chapel is relatively small and because the prince is not in the direct line of succession. Some members of the public received an invitation to wait in the grounds outside the chapel to watch the bride and groom and their wedding guests arrive and leave. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the grounds of Frogmore House Credit:  REUTERS From 7pm, a select 200 close friends attended an after party hosted by the Prince of Wales at Frogmore House, Windsor. Half a mile away from Windsor Castle, the 17th century Grade I country house is owned by the Crown Estate and is part of the Frogmore Estate on the ground of the Home Park. Prince Harry and Ms Markle’s engagement photos were taken in the grounds of Frogmore House. The images were taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski, who has also been chosen to take the photographs on the wedding day.  Lubomirski, the British-born son of Peruvian-English mother and a Polish-French father, also happens to be a Prince himself: his full title is His Serene Highness Prince Alexi Lubomirski. Members of the Royal family, Ms Markle’s family and intimate friends of both the newlyweds were at the evening reception – although Princess Charlotte and Prince George had no doubt  been put to bed after their big day in the limelight. Royal wedding | Read more The cake Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding cake was split into three pieces and each placed upon a golden throne. The three tiers, which were transported individually from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle, were decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and 150 fresh flowers including peonies and roses, were arranged in a non-traditional way. Claire Ptak, who made the culinary centrepiece for the couple’s big day, had said days before the wedding that the layered lemon and elderflower cake – in three parts of varying sizes – would be presented in a non-traditional way. She said: “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 earlier this week. “It’s a slight shift from tradition.” The chef, who owns the small, trendy Violet Bakery in east London, had been working with her team of six bakers full time for five days in the large kitchens of Buckingham Palace. She described the flavour of the cake as being a balance of sweet and tart, combined with “ethereal” elderflower. Claire Ptak puts the finishing touches to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s cake Credit:  Hannah McKay The cake, which was decorated on the outside with a white, elderflower swiss meringue buttercream, was made of layered lemon sponge, drizzled with an elderflower syrup to a recipe specially created for the couple. The layers were sandwiched with buttercream and lemon curd. Some 200 Amalfi lemons were 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. Ms Ptak said: “It’s a lemon sponge – a special sponge that I developed just for the couple, and we drizzle the layers with elderflower cordial from the Sandringham estate so it’s really lovely and as local as you can get. “We have a lemon curd made from Amalfi lemons which to me have the most delicious flavour, and then we’ve got elderflower swiss meringue buttercream.” Claire Ptak puts finishing touches on the cake Credit: Hannah McKay She added: “The buttercream is sweet and the lemon curd is very tart so you get a very lovely thing happening when you take a bite, which is to get all of these flavours and sensations perfectly balanced.” Ms Ptak, who is American like Ms Markle, said: “The elderflower is so quintessentially British to me as a Californian. It’s a kind of an ethereal, floral flavour which I think is very special, especially for a wedding.” Slices of the cake were served to the 600 guests at the lunchtime reception in St George’s Hall after the ceremony. Three types of Meghan’s favourite flowers, peonies – Madame Claude, Bowl of Cream, and the aptly titled Duchess – in shades of white and cream decorated the cakes, along with four different white and cream roses – Patience, Purity, Jeanne Moreau and Princess Miyuki. The flowers were removed before guests tucked in to the cake, but the slices were served with edible rose petals. Ms Ptak added:”There’s a few logistics of serving so many people at the same time. But it’s been a great process.” Claire Ptak carries part of the cake out of the oven Credit: REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool  She said Harry and Meghan loved the lemon and elderflower cake after trying a number of different samples. “They loved it. They tried quite a collection. What they said to me is that they really loved the idea of the seasonality and the freshness.” Ms Ptak did not make a back-up cake in case of a disaster, saying: “It’s cake. It can’t go that wrong. We have enough cake and we don’t want to be wasteful. Anything that is left over, we were going to donate to charity.” The chef had to call in some of her former workers to have enough staff to work on the cake and keep her bakery open. The most stylish guests from Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle ​


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Prince Charles to walk Markle down the aisle

Prince Charles to walk Markle down the aisleMeghan Markle will begin her walk down the aisle on her own when she marries Prince Harry before being joined by his father Prince Charles, officials said Friday after a last-minute upset when her own dad pulled out. Despite sadness at her father Thomas Markle’s absence, the US former actress said she felt “wonderful” as she and her mother Doria Ragland arrived at the plush Cliveden House Hotel to spend the night before the wedding. Meanwhile Harry and his best man, brother Prince William, went to greet the crowds outside Windsor Castle, where many will spend the night to secure a good spot for Saturday’s events.


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Royal wedding live updates: Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down aisle but not give her away to Prince Harry – latest news

Royal wedding live updates: Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down aisle but not give her away to Prince Harry - latest newsRoyal wedding: Harry’s father to walk Meghan down aisle Prince of Wales ‘pleased to be able to welcome her’ to family He will stand in for Meghan’s father instead of her mother But Prince Charles will not formally ‘give her away’ Doria Ragland to meet Queen for first time over tea Schedule and timetable for couple’s big day in full Who is on the guest list: Full details of who will be attending How and where to watch the wedding – on TV or at screenings Procession route: Map of couple’s journey through Windsor ​ Meghan Markle has asked the Prince of Wales to accompany her down part of the aisle on her wedding day to Prince Harry, as she opts not to be given away. The US star, who this week learned that her own father would not make the wedding due to ill health, will walk the first half of the St George’s Chapel aisle alone, surrounded by young page boys and bridesmaids but without anyone by her side. At the Quire, which effectively marks the second half of the aisle, Ms Markle will be met by the Prince of Wales, her future father-in-law, who will take her arm for the final steps. The ceremony will omit the traditional moment of “giving away”, where the presiding Archbishop asks: “Who giveth this woman to be married to this man?” Ms Markle is understood to have asked the Prince of Wales to accompany her after her father, Thomas Markle, told her he was unable to fly to the UK. She has spent a great deal of time with him during her relationship with Prince Harry, a source said, and has built an affectionate bond. It was Ms Markle’s idea to ask him to do the honours on her wedding day, offering the suggestion to Prince Harry who was delighted. The Prince of Wales was very happy to accept, a source said.  Meghan Markle attended a Christmas Day church service with members of the Royal family, including the Prince of Wales Credit: ADRIAN DENNIS /AFP Prince Harry and Ms Markle smiled and waved to photographers on Friday afternoon as they arrived at Windsor Castle in a Land Rover. They will accompany Ms Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, as she meets the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh for the first time – likely for afternoon tea. Ms Ragland, a yoga instructor and social worker, had been the favourite to walk her daughter down the aisle, but will instead join her for the car journey to the chapel before taking her place in the congregation.  Unlike Ms Ragland, Harry’s father is vastly experienced at appearing at large-scale public events amid intense scrutiny.  In statement, Kensington Palace said: “Ms Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George’s Chapel on her Wedding Day. The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to  welcome Ms Markle to The Royal Family in this way.”  Ms Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, pulled out of attending the wedding on medical advice in a dramatic upset just two days before the wedding. He cited heart problems after it emerged he had colluded with the paparazzi for staged photographs in his home town in Mexico. As royal superfans camped out overnight in Windsor to secure the best spots, Ms Markle and Prince Harry were spotted being driven into Windsor Castle for a final rehearsal in St George’s Chapel on Thursday afternoon. Royal wedding countdown in pictures as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s preparations begin Well-wishers gathered in Windsor will be hoping to catch another glimpse of the bride or groom on Friday before the big day. Harry accompanied his brother Prince William, now the Duke of Cambridge, on an impromptu walkabout outside Clarence House, in central London, the evening before his wedding to Kate Middleton. Crowds in Windsor will be hoping to see the Prince before he spends his final night of bachelorhood at the Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park in Ascot. The bride will stay at the Cliveden House Hotel, set in a National Trust estate in Taplow, Berkshire, with her mother. Stay with us for the latest updates throughout the day – and all weekend. Royal wedding PREMIUM GRID 5:44PM Diana’s wedding dress designer soaking up the atmosphere in Windsor David Emanuel, who designed Princess Diana’s dress for her wedding to the Prince of Wales in 1981, was soaking up the atmosphere ahead of Saturday’s ceremony. “I think it’s incredibly exciting,” he said. “Meghan is going to bring a lot of glamour to the royal family and I just want her to look so elegant tomorrow.” The 65-year-old designer said he was enjoying the buzz of the town and was excited to see what the dress would look like. The Prince and late Princess of Wales return to Buckingham Palace by carriage after their wedding, July 29, 1981 Credit: Hulton Royals Collection/Princess Diana Archive He added: “By now, the designer should have delivered her gown to the hotel for final pressing ready for the big day.” Mr Emanuel has had a very successful television career after being catapulted to fame in 1981 but says he has fond memories of working with Prince Harry’s mother. He added: “The sad note is that Diana won’t be here tomorrow. Diana was such a joy to work with. I delivered the gown to Clarence House and when I got there, there were all the corgis for the Queen Mother and we were given a private bedroom for Diana and we kept the bridesmaids in a separate bedroom. “What was fun was, in the morning, Diana on her dressing room table had the television on and we could see all of the bands, and then we looked out of the window and going down the mall were the bands. David and Elizabeth Emmanuel Credit: Philip Hollis “It was a very special time. She had a lot of energy and a lot of fun, and that’s what I miss. If people remember anything, just remember she gave a lot of happiness to people and was a lot of fun. It’s a shame she’s not here to enjoy it.” 4:29PM From Lesotho to Los Angeles: royal wedding parties around the world The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is being celebrated around the world, with parties planned from Lesotho to Los Angeles, reports Harriet Alexander. In Ms Markle’s hometown of Los Angeles, British pubs across the city are advertising their “slumber parties” for the 4am-local-time ceremony. The British consulate will host 150 for a celebratory afternoon tea, while girls studying at Ms Markle’s former school – the Immaculate Heart, in Hollywood – will gather to watch the events as they happen at 4am local time. Students and teachers at Meghan Markle’s former Los Angeles high school stage a ‘Here’s to Meghan!’ celebration ahead of her wedding  Credit: MIKE BLAKE /Reuters In Washington DC, a royal wedding pop-up bar will be open from 6:30am, for the 7am local time ceremony, with full breakfast on offer inside a recreation of St George’s Chapel, while in New York the British ambassador to the United Nations is hosting a party, as is the British consul – at Harry’s Bar, in lower Manhattan. In Russia, where the Kremlin has been encouraging a return to traditional values and religiosity, the top-selling newspaper ran an article focusing on Ms Markle’s age ahead of the royal wedding. “Even if you are over 30, there is still hope to marry a prince. There is now evidence to back up this ‘hymn’ of lonely women,” wrote Komsomolskaya Pravda. The Russian version of the free newspaper Metro, which is handed out in the Moscow underground, suggested a drinking game that wouldn’t leave readers “indifferent” while watching the nuptials. Participants should take a sip of “something strong” every time they hear a reference to Prince Harry’s cousin Beatrice, Wallis Simpson, or Grace Kelly, the American actress who married the Prince of Monaco. After they hear five such references, they should down their drink, it said. Students at Immaculate Heart High School and Middle school celebrate with British flags Credit: DAVID MCNEW /AFP/Getty In Kenya, a hotel in Nairobi is charging £7,000 to watch the royal wedding on television – a price equivalent to what the average Kenyan earns in nearly seven years. The six-hour event includes “an English brunch by a seasoned English chef”, champagne toasts to the royal couple and a fashion show. And in Lesotho a street party is being held in the villages of Mohales Hoek to celebrate the royal wedding. Prince Harry spent his 2004 gap year and founded in 2006 the Sentebale charity, to support children in southern Africa living with HIV and Aids. 3:56PM Archbishop of Canterbury: Charles is doing this is a sign of his love Asked about what he thinks of the Prince of Wales being chosen to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said Charles is “someone of great care and affection”. He added: “He’s a very warm person and that he’s doing this is a sign of his love and concern and support. And I think it’s wonderful. It’s beautiful.” The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Credit: Steve Parsons /PA The archbishop, who has attended several rehearsals for the ceremony, said of Prince Harry and Ms Markle as a couple: “They’re a very, very sensible, they’re a very self-possessed couple. “And at the rehearsal they just got on with it and it was very relaxed, laughing and enjoyable.” 3:47PM Meghan’s former Suits co-stars: ‘Extraordinary’ to watch wedding Meghan Markle’s former Suits co-stars have expressed their delight at being asked to attend her wedding to Prince Harry and have spoken of her “great match” with the royal. Suits cast members Sarah Rafferty, Gina Torres and Rick Hoffman have confirmed they will be guests at the ceremony in Windsor on Saturday. Appearing on American talk show Today, which was filmed live from Windsor, Torres joked that she was “still reacting” about being invited to the big day. Asked if she was shocked, the US actress, who plays lawyer Jessica Pearson in the legal drama series, said: “I mean, I was. You hope, and I hope nothing but the best for them, this is an incredible step in her life, so to bear witness to that is extraordinary.” #today A post shared by Rick Hoffman (@rickehoffman) on May 18, 2018 at 6:14am PDT Rafferty, who plays legal secretary Donna Paulsen in the show, joked that “doves flew out” of the envelope when she received her invitation. Torres and Rafferty said they were aware of Ms Markle’s relationship with Harry in the earlier days of their romance, but that they knew “very little” at the time. “We knew she was excited and there was reason to keep it close to the vest,” Torres added. Ms Markle recently ended her time on Suits after seven seasons playing paralegal Rachel Zane, after retiring from acting. 3:14PM Street parties to be overrun as organisers complain too few planned Street parties across the country for the royal wedding are set to be overrun as so few have been planned, reports Helena Horton. Some organisers have complained that councils have made it difficult and expensive to host parties this year.  There has been a dramatic reduction in the number of street parties for this royal wedding than there were for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Judging by the number of road closure applications received by the county council, Kent is holding 14, compared to 182 in 2011, which is a drop of 92 per cent, while Hertfordshire, which usually holds a record number of street parties, has faced a drop of 83 per cent. The county hosted 298 celebrations in 2011, and is now only holding 51 this weekend. Click here for more. There were thousands of street parties to celebrate the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding Credit: David Levenson/Getty Images 2:50PM Follow The Telegraph Royals Instagram account Prince Harry and Meghan Markle look happy and relaxed as they arrive at Windsor Castle a few moments ago. The couple are set to accompany Ms Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, as she meets the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh for the first time – likely for afternoon tea. Click here to follow The Telegraph Royals Instagram account for the best pictures and videos from the royal wedding – and other royal events. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have arrived at Windsor Castle on the day before their Wedding in Windsor. A post shared by Telegraph Royals (@telegraphroyals) on May 18, 2018 at 6:39am PDT 2:29PM Watch the route Harry and Meghan will take on their carriage procession Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding schedule will see them undertake a tour of Windsor immediately after their nuptials, to greet well-wishers who are expected to turn out from all over the world to see them. This video released by Kensington Palace shows the route they will take. Here is everything you need to know about how to watch the procession and where to stand in Windsor. 2:02PM Ring of steel around Windsor Castle amid massive security operation Police will effectively create a ring of steel around Windsor Castle as part of a massive security operation for the royal wedding. The wedding on Saturday is one of the largest public events policed by Thames Valley and in the run-up to the big day officers have been patrolling Windsor, including armed officers dog handlers and even mounted police. Metal barriers have been put up in the Berkshire town to deter attackers from using vehicles, like the terrorist atrocities committed on London and Westminster Bridges. On Friday, police were seen manning the barricades outside the castle, and sniffer dogs were out as checks continued before Saturday’s ceremony. A police officer on horseback rides past a cut-out of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor Credit: MARKO DJURICA /Reuters As part of Thames Valley Police’s (TVP) operation to safeguard Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, their guests and spectators, airport-style security scanners and bag searches will be in operation in Windsor. But as well as the visible security arrangements, officers will also be engaged in covert operations. Armed police officers patrol near The Prince Harry pub in Windsor Credit: TOLGA AKMEN /AFP With the US actress a big draw to both British and American fans, huge crowds are expected and the newlyweds’ carriage ride route may be closed to latecomers if the predicted 100,000 revellers become a safety issue. If this proves to be the case, TVP, in consultation with others like Network Rail and British Transport Police, could also order trains not to stop at Windsor’s two stations. Almost every TVP officer will be on duty on Saturday, working right across the force’s area. Video: Aerial views of Windsor on Friday As part of the security arrangements, drones have been banned from flying over the Windsor Castle estate on Friday and Saturday, and aircraft are restricted from flying below 2,500ft. The security operation for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cost police more than £6 million, figures revealed in April. Nearly £3 million was spent on overtime costs alone, with hundreds of officers drafted in to help police the crowds watching the event in London in 2011. But the cost of Harry and Ms Markle’s wedding cannot yet be confirmed. 1:31PM ‘Get your flag here, cheapest flags in Windsor’ There is a jovial mood on the packed streets of Windsor, reports Victoria Ward. Members of the public, mobile phone cameras aloft, are already lining the streets and flocking towards the castle. Flag and selfie stick sellers are doing a roaring trade: “Get your flag here, cheapest flags in Windsor.” Many have been camped out since Tuesday, such is the desire to be a part of this event and catch a glimpse of the happy couple. There is a heavy police and security presence and so far, things on the streets at least, appear to be running smoothly. ‘Meghan Markle’ surrounded by flags outside a souvenir shop in Windsor Credit: Stephen Chung/LNP  A royal fan wears a Prince Harry mask outside Windsor Castle  Credit: HANNAH MCKAY /REUTERS Royal fans bedecked with Union flags and crowns pose for a photograph on the Long Walk in Windsor  Credit: BEN STANSALL /AFP Two women in novelty headgear near Windsor Castle  Credit: CLODAGH KILCOYNE /Reuters 12:45PM Can’t find bunting in the shops? Here’s how to make your own! After reports that stores across Britain are running out of bunting, we’ve pulled together a handy guide on how you can make your own. Royal wedding | How to make your own bunting 12:32PM Town crier in full voice as he prepares to greet 150,000 watchers The official town crier for Windsor is looking forward to his role of greeting visitors to the town on the royal wedding day – all 150,000 of them. Chris Brown, 49, has been stopped on the packed footpaths of the town by people eager to have their picture taken with him, decked out in his ceremonial garb. Ringing his bell, the town crier proclaimed his congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, with their wedding now just hours away. “The Mayor has asked me to be here to welcome the guests, 150,000-odd of them. I’m very excited, we haven’t had an event of this size in town before as far as I can see. “We’ve had huge events, we had the Queen’s birthday celebrations, the Jubilee but this I think is the biggest we’ve ever had,” he said. Chris Brown, official town crier of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhea Credit: Steve Parsons /PA Mr Brown wore his heavy outfit in India at an event five years ago so laughed off any suggestion the predicted heat for Saturday would prove a challenge. He said: “Quite frankly an English summer’s day – no problem at all!” 12:19PM Markle & Sparkle: Windsor M&S store rebrands Royal wedding fever has well and truly hit Windsor – including the town’s branch of Marks and Spencer, which unveiled a rebrand on Friday morning… The town-cryer announcing our Windsor store rebrand, earlier this morning #markleandsparklepic.twitter.com/0uHVvm5Y67— M&S (@marksandspencer) May 18, 2018 Meanwhile, retailer John Lewis said it had seen a surge in sales of partyware in the run-up to the wedding. Lisa Rutherford, buyer at John Lewis, said: “Over the past week sales of our royal wedding party decorations, napkins, plates and cups have increased 279 per cent on the previous week. “In total we expect to sell over 22,000 royal wedding-related products from china mugs to party napkins and tea towels.” 12:14PM Wedding confetti ‘poses security risk’, police warn The police force in charge of security for the royal wedding has urged well-wishers in Windsor not to throw confetti. Thames Valley said the tradition posed a “potential security risk” during the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s carriage procession but was also a “bit of a pain to clean up”. �� Confetti at the #RoyalWedding �� Please do not throw confetti or any other items at any time during the day, particularly during the procession. It poses a potential security risk and it’s a bit of a pain to clean up! �� We hope everyone enjoys the day �� pic.twitter.com/wrMlIe8Hfy— Thames Valley Police (@ThamesVP) May 18, 2018 Crowds in central London threw confetti during the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding day in 2011. Prince William and Prince Harry also showered their father Prince of Wales and stepmother the Duchess of Cornwall with confetti as the newlyweds left Windsor Castle on the evening of their wedding in 2005. The brothers had also scrawled “Just married” and “Prince and Duchess” along with hearts and “C+C” in white pen on the windows of the car and had attached red, white and blue balloons on one side, and silver heart balloons on the other. The confetti – ivory and pink freeze-dried delphinium petals – had been specially ordered by William and Harry. Video: Royal superfans gather in Windsor A massive police operation is under way in Windsor with a “ring of steel” surrounding the town centre for the wedding at St George’s Chapel on Saturday. 11:48AM Which celebrities will be royal wedding guests? The next big development is expected to be confirmation of some of the more high-profile guests who will be among the 600 people inside St George’s Chapel. Some of Ms Markle’s former Suits co-stars have started to make their way to the UK. Patrick J Adams, who played Ms Markle’s on-screen husband, Mike Ross, in the US legal drama series, has already arrived and is believed to be attending the ceremony in Windsor. He and his wife, Pretty Little Liars actress Troian Bellisario, have been pictured at the Royal Standard of England pub in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, in a post on Instagram. Happy 18th birthday, @clare.stephenson_ – thanks for taking us to our new favorite bar. A post shared by Patrick Adams (@halfadams) on May 17, 2018 at 1:00pm PDT Two more Suits stars, Gabriel Macht, who plays Harvey Specter, and his wife Jacinda Barrett, who plays Zoey Lawford, have also been in the UK this week and are thought to be on the wedding guest list. On Tuesday, the couple both posted pictures from a visit to London’s Hyde Park. Yesterday #london #hydepark Today #guess A post shared by Gabriel Macht (@iamgabrielmacht) on May 16, 2018 at 7:51am PDT Sarah Rafferty, who plays Donna Paulsen in the series, has been sharing pictures from a trip in Paris in recent days, and has now arrived in London. And Rick Hoffman, who plays lawyer Louis Litt in the TV show, has also recently flown in. On Thursday, he announced on Instagram that had had touched down at Heathrow Airport. Other former co-stars and friends of Ms Markle, including Gina Torres, Abigail Spencer and Wendell Pierce, are rumoured to have been invited. Indian actress and philanthropist Priyanka Chopra, a close friend of the bride-to-be, previously said she would be attending the wedding. In the early hours of Friday morning, she posted pictures on Twitter from a transatlantic flight. Alongside one picture, from her seat on the plane, the Quantico actress wrote: “C u on the other side.” While Kensington Palace is not releasing an official full guest list, a number of other high-profile stars are expected to be adding some showbiz glamour to the wedding of the year. Victoria and David Beckham? Victoria and David Beckham are likely to attend, and the fashion designer recently appeared to confirm during an interview on James Corden’s US chat show that they would be there for the nuptials. The famous couple were among the star guests at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. Sir Elton John? Sir Elton John and husband David Furnish, close friends of the royal family, are expected to be attending. Musician Sir Elton has cancelled two of his Las Vegas shows this week so he can fly to the UK, according to reports. Serena Williams, Ed Sheeran, Cara Delevingne? US tennis champion Serena Williams, who is a close friend of Ms Markle, is reported to be another big name on the guest list. Also rumoured to be attending the wedding in Windsor are the likes of musicians Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goulding, model Cara Delevingne and former Made In Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh. 11:04AM What will happen tomorrow: The moment Prince Charles takes Ms Markle’s arm – and how the ceremony will be changed Ms Markle will walk the first half of the St George’s Chapel aisle alone, surrounded by young page boys and bridesmaids but without anyone by her side. At the Quire, which effectively marks the second half of the aisle, Ms Marke will be met by the Prince of Wales, her future father-in-law, who will take her arm for the final steps. The ceremony will omit the traditional moment of “giving away”, where the presiding Archbishop asks: “Who giveth this woman to be married to this man?” 10:47AM Prince Philip will attend royal wedding tomorrow Buckingham has confirmed that Prince Philip will attend Saturday’s wedding to see his grandson Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle. The Duke of Edinburgh, 96, has recovered well from a hip replacement operation that saw him spend 11 days in hospital. The Duke was spotted at the Royal Windsor Horse Show last week – the first public sighting of the Queen’s consort since he left hospital. The Queen talks to Prince Philip at the Royal Windsor Horse Show on May 11 Credit: Mark Cuthbert /UK Press 10:35AM Prince will walk Meghan half way down aisle – and no one will give her away Hannah Furness, our Royal Correspondent, has learnt that the Prince of Wales will accompany Ms Markle down just one half of the aisle (the second half) at St George’s Chapel – but no one will “give her away”.  A significant gesture from Meghan Markle to ask the Prince of Wales to accompany her down (the second half of ) the aisle at St George’s Chapel. No-one will “give her away” #RoyalWedding— Hannah Furness (@Hannah_Furness) May 18, 2018 10:14AM Prince Charles will be standing in for Meghan’s father Orders of service have already been printed, stating that the bride “will be accompanied by her father”.  In fact, Thomas Markle is not well enough to travel, citing heart problems after it emerged he had colluded with the paparazzi for staged photographs in his home town in Mexico. Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, will instead stand in for Mr Markle. The Prince previously escorted Alexandra Knatchbull, the daughter of his close friend, down the aisle at her high society wedding to Thomas Hooper in 2016. Prince Charles gives Alexandra Knatchbull away in June 2016 Credit: David Hartley/REX/Shutterstock  10:05AM Prince of Wales ‘pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to Royal family in this way’ In statement, Kensington Palace said: “Ms Meghan Markle has asked His Royal  Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St  George’s Chapel on her Wedding Day. The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to  welcome Ms Markle to The Royal Family in this way.”  Meghan Markle joined Prince Charles and other members of the Royal family for the Christmas Day church service in Sandringham Credit: Stephen Daniels  10:02AM Breaking: Prince Charles will walk Meghan down aisle   The Prince of Wales will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, Kensington Palace has confirmed.  Her mother Doria Ragland had been expected to perform the duty after Ms Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, decided not to attend the wedding on medical advice after undergoing heart surgery. 9:39AM Royal superfans camp out overnight to secure best spots in Windsor Excitement is building for the royal wedding, but an army of superfans have taken it to a different level. Dozens of royalists have spent the first of two nights sleeping outside in Windsor in order to secure the best spots outside the castle. Rugged up in sleeping bags and blankets, they swerved a ban on tents to sleep rough so they could grab prime positions. Royal fans awake at first light on Friday having spent the night outside Windsor Castle Credit: PAUL GROVER for The Telegraph  Royal superfans spent the night in sleeping bags Credit: PAUL GROVER for The Telegraph  ‘Prince Harry’ and ‘Meghan Markle’ in Windsor on Friday morning Credit: PAUL GROVER for The Telegraph  9:03AM Mike Tindall: Meghan will be nervous… all she can do is enjoy the day Mike Tindall, the former England rugby captain who married into the Royal family, said he was welcomed with open arms by them, and that Meghan Markle should just try and enjoy her wedding day. Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, the former England centre, who married the Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips in 2011 said of Ms Markle: “I think she’ll be nervous, but coming from her background in TV she’s used to public spotlight. “Not quite as much probably as has gone on this week, but she’ll be fine and I think she’s experienced enough to know that all she can do is enjoy the day. “And it’s a special day for them both, and as long as they get a quiet moment during the day and actually have enjoyed the day that’s what I wish for them, and hopefully they’ll live happily ever after.” Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall on their wedding day in Edinburgh in 2011  Credit: Martin Rickett /PA Mr Tindall said he remembers the drinks reception with the royals the night before his wedding to Ms Phillips. “We had a drinks event the night before and they are professional meeters and greeters, and I remember my family were in a corner and a little bit out of their comfort zone because it’s not where they are used to being,” he said. “But the best thing about the Royal Family is that they are so lovely and they’ll spot the people who are looking a little bit nervous and go straight over and take away all of that tension straight out of the room, and that’s what they are amazing at. “Then suddenly you’re in the family and they welcome you with welcome arms.” 8:59AM Here comes the sun! ‘Ideal’ weather forecast for royal wedding day After months of planning, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be relieved that one feature of a perfect wedding day is virtually guaranteed – plenty of sunshine. Windsor is expected to see “ideal” wedding conditions on Saturday, with balmy temperatures and clear skies accompanied by a light breeze. The glorious forecast comes with a health warning for the thousands of well-wishers expected to turn out – use plenty of sunscreen and wear a hat. However, the weather is set to be just right for when the newlyweds emerge from St George’s Chapel before a ride around the town in the open-top Landau carriage at around 1pm. Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles said: “We are expecting wall-to-wall sunshine all day. The beginning of the day will start off cold – around 6C (43F) or 7C (45F) – but will rapidly warm up. “Temperatures will peak around 3 o’clock at 21C (70F) and there will be light winds – all ideal for a wedding.” Preparations for the #RoyalWedding are well underway. It is going to be warm and sunny in Windsor on Saturday so if you are going to be there plan for the hot weather https://t.co/wWTqIdS6qFhttps://t.co/h3DW76m721— Met Office (@metoffice) May 17, 2018 The mercury is expected to have reached a summery 19C (66F) by the time the couple set off in the carriage procession. After lunch hosted by the Queen at St George’s Hall at the castle, the wedding party will then move on to the evening reception at nearby Frogmore House hosted by the Prince of Wales. “Once again we are expecting clear skies during the evening; it will be pleasant with sunshine, but temperatures will drop relatively quickly,” Mr Bowles said. “At 8pm it will be around 12C (54F), but once you get past midnight it will be 8C (46F) or 9C (48F) and minimum temperatures will again be around 6C.” A royal fan waits behind barriers on The Long Walk leading to Windsor Castle  Credit: DAMIR SAGOLJ /Reuters The sun will set at 8.53pm on Harry and Meghan’s wedding day. A chilly night is in store on Friday for any die-hard royal watchers planning to camp out in order to bag the best spots along the route. The sun rises at 5.05am; however, it will take an hour or two before things will begin hotting up ready for the day’s festivities. “The minimum we are likely to get will be about 6C (43F) at around 6am,” Mr Bowles said. “That’s quite cold to be camping, but there will be low winds of maybe around 3mph and no rain is expected at all.” 8:53AM ‘Ethereal-tasting’ wedding cake breaks with tradition The royal couple’s “ethereal” tasting wedding cake will be displayed in a special installation, their baker has revealed. Claire Ptak, who is making the culinary centrepiece for the couple’s big day, 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. 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. Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery in Hackney, and head baker Izaak Adams put finishing touches to the cake Credit: HANNAH MCKAY /Reuters Ms Ptak said: “It’s a lemon sponge – a special sponge that I developed just for the couple, and we drizzle the layers with elderflower cordial from the Sandringham estate so it’s really lovely and as local as you can get. “We have a lemon curd made from Amalfi lemons which to me have the most delicious flavour. “And then we’ve got elderflower swiss meringue buttercream.” 8:01AM Final wedding preparations under way as countdown begins The bunting is going up and the sun is shining (for now). Good morning and happy royal wedding eve! Excitement is building in Windsor as crowds gather ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials on Saturday. As The Telegraph’s Royal Correspondent Hannah Furnessreports, Ms Markle has been left negotiating the last-minute dilemma of who is going to walk her down the aisle, as her mother settled in to life with the Royal family. Doria Ragland, who is now the most likely candidate to accompany the bride down the aisle, enjoyed tea with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall on Thursday, after Ms Markle’s father was confirmed as being absent from the wedding.  She will meet the Queen on Friday at Windsor Castle. Ms Ragland on Thursday spent time with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they took part in a full rehearsal of Saturday’s service. The young page boys and bridesmaids were shown the ropes at St George’s Chapel, with ten children aged between two and seven due to accompany Ms Markle. Meghan Markle Doria Ragland leaving Los Angeles on her way to London Credit: Snorlax/Rachpoot/ MEGA  In a heartfelt statement, Ms Markle asked for her father to be given “space” to recover after he contacted her to tell say he would not be able to come to the wedding, after taking medical advice. The bride-to-be was photographed with Prince Harry being driven down Windsor Castle’s Long Walk to undertake final rehearsals for their wedding at midday on Saturday. Smiling and fiddling with her engagement ring, Ms Markle appeared to be taking a difficult week in her stride as the Royal family rallied round to help. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrive for wedding rehearsals in Windsor on Thursday Credit: Karwai Tang Ms Ragland, who only flew in to Heathrow on Wednesday, took tea at Clarence House with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. In what was described by sources as a “jolly” encounter, Prince Harry, Ms Markle and her mother joined the heir to the throne at home to enjoy a quiet moment in the middle of a busy day of meetings. Ms Ragland is said to have “thoroughly enjoyed” the gathering, feeling welcomed by the Prince and Duchess with whom she has much in common. The Duchess has recently taken on patronages of charities to support the elderly, Ms Ragland’s area of work, while both are known to be regular practitioners of yoga. Markle family The issue of who will walk Ms Markle down the aisle remains under discussion, with Ms Markle understood to want to delay announcing a replacement for her father too soon out of respect for him. Orders of service have already been printed, stating that the bride “will be accompanied by her father”.  In fact, Thomas Markle is not well enough to travel, citing heart problems after it emerged he had colluded with the paparazzi for staged photographs in his home town in Mexico. In a statement issued by Kensington Palace on Thursday , Ms Markle said: “Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding,” she said. “I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health. “I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support. “Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.”   Meghan Markle with her father Thomas Credit: TIM STEWART NEWS LIMITED  By Ms Markle’s side on the final days leading up to the wedding, her mother is helping finalise plans for the day. Already confirmed as travelling with Ms Markle to the castle for the service, she is considered the most likely candidate, reflecting their close relationship and the bride’s belief in gender equality. Ms Markle could still choose to walk alone, or be accompanied by a male friend of member of the Royal family such as the Prince of Wales or Duke of Cambridge, who already has duties as best man. The Duke of Edinburgh, who walked Princess Margaret down the aisle in 1960, is expected to attend after recovering well from a hip replacement operation.  In Windsor, thousands of members of the public turned out to watch preparations outside the castle walls, where the armed forces carried out a dress rehearsal for their roles on the day. Video: Military in royal wedding rehearsal in Windsor Some 250 members of the armed forces are expected to take part in Saturday’s festivities, lining the streets as the newlywed man and wife head on a 25-minute carriage ride through the town. There is a heavy police presence, with armed officers stationed around town and other officers on top of buildings looking over the crowds. The warm and sunny weather experienced by visitors is due to continue until Saturday when, according to forecasters, it will be 21C. Let’s hope they are right. Wedding at Windsor Castle After The Wedding Route


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