The Hollywood kiss: Meghan Markle asks Prince Harry if they should embrace – and groom answers 'yeah'

The Hollywood kiss: Meghan Markle asks Prince Harry if they should embrace - and groom answers 'yeah'Prince Harry and his American bride shared a “Hollywood kiss” on the stone steps of St George’s Chapel, just moments after exchanging vows. The newlyweds emerged into the sunshine, and shared an embrace to the delight of the waiting crowd. Meghan Markle asked her new husband: “Do we kiss?” to which he replied with a discreet “Yeah”, according to lip reader Tina Lannin. Judi James, a body language expert, said: “The timing of the kiss was perfect and it looked like Meghan’s idea to do it on the steps, as she was the one who murmured to him. “It almost seemed like her theatrical experience may have influenced the decision to do it early, as the more time you wait the more tension and pressure builds up. Whereas she signalled to do it early to keep things calm.” The kiss outside St George’s Chapel Credit: Danny Lawson/PA She added: “It was a really smart move from her. It showed the poise she had carried throughout the ceremony and that she was able to lead the day. “It was a very Hollywood kiss. They just slightly leaned their heads to a right angle and Harry went for the lower lip which is popular on screen technique as it minimises the amount of damage done to the make-up. It was a very clever way to ensure there were no problems and that it all went smoothly.” The traditional “first kiss” is as much a part of a royal wedding as the ceremony itself. Ever since the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer delighted millions by sealing their marriage with the romantic gesture, royal newlyweds have puckered up in front of well-wishers in what is a defining moment of the day. Royal wedding day pictures: Best photos from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ceremony and reception These rare displays of affection afford the public a glimpse into each relationship and the ease at which some, more than others, are willing to show their love for their new spouse. When Charles and his new bride married on July 29, 1981, their kiss became one of the most enduring images in royal history. The break from formality and royal protocol came in direct response to calls from the crowds waiting below the Buckingham Palace balcony. At the time, Charles was reported to have said to Diana: “I am not going to do that caper. They are trying to get us to kiss.” Then, she responded: “Well, how about it?” However, as the young princess arched gracefully backwards, her veil flowing behind her in a fairytale pose, her husband appeared rather less at ease, creating a slightly stilted embrace. Charles, Prince of Wales, kisses his bride, Lady Diana, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace when they appeared before a huge crowd, on July 29, 1981 Credit: AFP Five years later, the Duke and Duchess of York followed in their footsteps, appearing to relish their wedding day “balcony moment”. A smiling and relaxed-looking Sarah Ferguson played to the crowds, putting her hand behind her ear, and appearing to mouth “what?” and “I can’t hear” before leaning in for a kiss with her new husband. In 2011, it was the turn of Harry’s brother the Duke of Cambridge with his new wife, Catherine Middleton. With the eyes of the world upon them, the couple’s long-awaited kiss demonstrated confidence and spontaneity. To the delight of well-wishers waiting below, they kissed not once but twice. To chants of “kiss, kiss, kiss”, William and Kate shared a brief but loving kiss that failed to completely satisfy the crowds, who began calling for more just minutes later. Once more the newlyweds obliged, to huge cheers from below. The Hollywood kiss between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Credit: Danny Lawson/PA In contrast to his first wedding, there was no public embrace when Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles married in April 2005. The couple were married in a civil ceremony, which was followed by a blessing at St George’s Chapel – the venue for Harry and Meghan’s nuptials. Following the blessing, Charles and Camilla left arm in arm and were joined by their families on the steep stone chapel steps. Royal wedding | Read more  


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Sir Elton John 'performs Circle of Life' for Meghan and Harry at royal wedding reception 

Sir Elton John 'performs Circle of Life' for Meghan and Harry at royal wedding reception 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.  Royal wedding day pictures: Best photos from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ceremony and reception People were moved to tears at what was described as Sir Elton John “mini-concert”, a guest said. Suhani Jalota, the founder of the India-based Myna Mahila charity, said: “He was incredible. It became like a mini-concert in the reception area. It was great.” 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.  Royal wedding | Read more


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Harry and Meghan's wedding reception: See her new dress, and that Jaguar

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  2. Meghan wears Stella McCartney dress to evening reception  CNN
  3. Thanks to Markle’s dad, Mexican town swept up in royal wedding frenzy  Yahoo News
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At Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding, some things very old and some things new

  1. At Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding, some things very old and some things new  Washington Post
  2. Here’s Why There Was an Empty Seat Next to Prince William at the Royal Wedding  PEOPLE.com
  3. Royal wedding: Scenes from the rehearsal  USA TODAY
  4. Why the Color Doria Ragland Picked for Her Royal Wedding Dress Is Important  GoodHousekeeping.com
  5. Royal wedding fashion: Meghan Markle sparkles in Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy | Elizabeth Wellington  Philly.com
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Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new titles explained

Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new titles explainedFOLLOW LIVE COVERAGE OF THE ROYAL WEDDING HERE Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Kensington Palace has announced.  By tradition, male members of the Royal family receive a title from the monarch on their wedding day, and the vacant title Duke of Sussex has always been regarded as the most likely choice for the Prince. The only previous Duke of Sussex was married twice, but neither of his marriages was approved by his father, George III, meaning they were considered unlawful. It means that Ms Markle is the first woman entitled to use the title HRH The Duchess of Sussex. Ms Markle’s full name is Rachel Meghan Markle, but she was named as Meghan in Buckingham Palace’s announcement of the engagement, meaning she is unlikely to revert to Rachel. The Prince will also take on the titles Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Royal wedding day pictures: Best photos from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ceremony and reception Meghan Markle will be HRH – but will she ever become a princess? Yes. As well as her Duchess title, she may also be known as Princess Henry of Wales. She will not have the title of Princess Meghan since she is a princess by marriage, and not in her own right.  The title of Duchess of Sussex takes precedence since she holds it in her own right.  What’s the procedure in choosing a title? A dukedom is the highest rank in the British peerage and comes from the Latin word dux, meaning leader.   Traditionally, the monarch would bestow these titles on people loyal to the crown, in exchange for land or money, or they were inherited from a direct ancestor.  They were known as “peers of the realm”. The five titles, from highest to lowest are: duke, marquess, earl, viscount, and baron for men; duchess, marchioness, countess, viscountess, and baroness for women. Other Dukedom options the Queen could have chosen for her grandson included the dukedoms of Clarence, Connaught, Windsor, Albany, and Cumberland and Teviotdale. However, many of them have inauspicious histories that almost certainly rule them out. Titles and how to use them Who was the previous Duke of Sussex? Like Prince Harry, the previous Duke of Sussex, Augustus Frederick, lived at Kensington Palace, and he also married for love, rather than choosing a bride who fitted the traditional royal mould. Prince Augustus Frederick was not given consent by his father, King George III, to marry his first wife Lady Augusta Murray, as she was considered to be from too low a social rank. The Prince married her anyway, in secret in Rome in 1793, and then again in England when they returned, but without the king’s permission the marriage contravened the Royal Marriages Act 1772 and was annulled in 1794. The couple continued to live as man and wife and had two children before they eventually separated. In 1874 Sussex was also given as an Earldom alongside the Dukedom of Connaught and Strathearn to Queen Victoria’s third son Prince Arthur. The titles became extinct on the death of his grandson Alastair Windsor, the second Duke of Connaught and Strathearn and Earl of Sussex, in 1943. Sussex existed as a non-Royal title before it was given to Prince Augustus. The Earldom of Sussex was given to William d’Aubigny in 1141 and was passed down that family until the death of the 5th Earl of Sussex, who was usually known as Earl of Arundel, in 1243. Four families subsequently took on the title before it was given to a member of the royal family, in 1529, 1644, 1674 and 1717.  Prince William and Kate Middleton’s titles explained When Prince Harry’s brother William married Catherine Middleton in 2011, the Queen bestowed the title of the Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus on her grandson. Catherine, known as Kate, became the Duchess of Cambridge.  Like the Duke of Sussex, the previous Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, known as the 2nd Duke of Cambridge, married a commoner for love just like Prince William. Born in 1819, he was a grandson of George III and the only son of Prince Adolphus Frederick, the 1st Duke of Cambridge. He refused to have an arranged marriage and declared such unions were “doomed to failure”. He became captivated by the actress Sarah Louisa Fairbrother, who was said to be a classic beauty and a graceful dancer. They wed in 1847 when she was already the mother of two of his children and pregnant with his third. UK pubs named The Duke of Sussex Are there any other royal dukes? The Queen’s second son, Prince Andrew, was created Duke of York upon his marriage to Sarah Ferguson in 1986.  The Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, however broke with royal tradition when he chose the title of Earl of Wessex upon his marriage to Sophie Rhys-Jones (now Sophie, Countess of Wessex) in 1999.  The other royal dukes are The Queen’s first cousins, the Duke of Gloucester and the Duke of Kent. What other titles will they be known by? The Prince will also take on the titles of Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. As is tradition, he has been given one title from England, ones from Scotland and one from Northern Ireland on his marriage.  The Earldom has been given on one previous occasion to George Douglas, a younger son of the first Marquess of Douglas, who was created Earl of Dumbarton in 1675. On the death of the second Earl in 1749 the title became extinct and has not been given as a title since.  Dumbarton is a town on the north bank of the river Clyde in the west of Scotland.  The title of Baron Kilkeel has never previously been granted. Kilkeel is a small fishing town on the coast of County Down in Northern Ireland, below the Mourne Mountains. Royal wedding | Read more


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