Harry and Meghan shake up royal tradition in star-studded wedding

Harry and Meghan shake up royal tradition in star-studded weddingPrince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot at Windsor Castle on Saturday in a royal wedding like no other, mixing British pomp and African-American culture in front of a celebrity congregation and cheering crowds. As more than 100,000 people packed the sun-baked Windsor streets and millions watched worldwide, Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family were joined inside by stars including Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Elton John, George Clooney and David Beckham.


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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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Inside the royal wedding evening reception: First dance, Meghan's speech and a chance for the newlyweds to let their hair down

Inside the royal wedding evening reception: First dance, Meghan's speech and a chance for the newlyweds to let their hair downAs festivities on the streets of Windsor wound down, the guests of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s evening wedding reception showed no sign of pause.  Around 11pm fireworks lit up the night sky over Frogmore House where the couple were celebrating with 200 of their closest friends and family.  The grand finale of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was billed as a private affair – a chance for the selected guests to relax and celebrate with the happy couple. The thud of loud music could be heard over the grounds of Windsor Castle as the newlywed’s guest danced the night away. Speeches, including from Meghan herself, were also expected at the evening reception where the couple were to take their first dance. Our picture editors’ 22 favourite images of the Royal wedding Leaving for the evening reception earlier in the evening Prince Harry proved he was the perfect gentleman as he opened the door of a vintage car to let his bride step in. Ms Markle wore a sleek Stella McCartney dress with a halter neck, showing off her shoulders and back with her hair up in a chic bun. The fireworks display at the Duke and Duchess’s evening reception at Frogmore House Credit:  Steve Finn The dress was described as a “bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe”, with satin shoes from Aquazurra with soles painted in baby blue: her “something blue”. Her hair had been styled by George Northwood especially for the more relaxed evening.  The couple travelled from Windsor Castle to Frogmore House in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. The number plate was E19 05 18, marking their wedding date.  Harry and Meghan in a classic E-Type Jaguar heading off to their wedding reception This vehicle was originally manufactured in 1968, and has since been converted to electric power, suiting the couple’s eco-credentials. Prince Harry appears to have given his bride a poignant wedding day gift – an impressive, emerald cut aquamarine ring which belonged to his late, beloved mother. Ms Markle wore the large gem on her right hand as the couple made their way to their evening reception. As Prince Harry and Ms Markle left Windsor Castle, following their afternoon reception, official photographs and time for an outfit change, they posed for a picture before climbing into the vintage car. Prince Harry appears to have given his bride a poignant wedding day gift – an impressive, emerald cut aquamarine ring which belonged to his late, beloved mother. Ms Markle wore the large gem on her right hand as the couple made their way to their evening reception Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Prince Harry gallantly opened the door, waiting for Ms Markle to gather her long dress into the footwell before closing it gently, as they smiled broadly. With the Prince in the driving seat, on the left hand side of the car, they made their way through the Windsor estate to Frogmore in the soft evening light. Guests including Argentinian polo player Nacho Figueras shared their excitement at being invited to the exclusive evening do, placing a picture of the invitation on social media along with a new suit and aftershave. Serena Williams, the tennis player, uploaded a photograph of herself in a glamorous evening gown, saying, “Thank you Pierpaolo for making me look special on this special evening.” Serena Williams shared a picture of herself at Frogmore House yesterday Credit: Instagram Mrs Williams first became friends with the Duchess in 2014 after they took part in a game of flag football at a Celebrity Beach Bow event, where they were on the same team. Another evening guest at the intimate afterparty at Frogmore was the Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, who is a close friend of the Duchess. The actress and singer Priyanka Chopra is a friend of the Duchess of Sussex Credit: Instagram Other evening guests included Ben and Jessica Mulroney, who posted a photograph of herself in a figure-hugging, sequinned, floor length dress. The Duchess became to close to Mrs Mulroney, a Canadian stylist, after she moved to Toronto while filming the legal drama series Suits. Jessica Mulroney and her husband Ben at the Frogmore House reception Credit: Instagram Mrs Mulroney’s husband is a TV host and the son of the former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney and their three children Brian, John and Ivy were page boys and a brides maid for the Duchess at the ceremony. The Earl and Countess of Wessex were also seen driving to the Windsor Farm Shop en route to Frogmore.  The Earl and Countess of Wessex arriving at the Frogmore House reception Credit: Steve Finn Actor George Clooney and his barrister wife, Amal, appeared to be delayed getting into the party at Frogmore House as they were seen waiting outside its gates for around 10 minutes. A police officer chatted with the couple as they sat in the back of a silver Audi A5 at the entrance to the 17th century residence. George and Amal Clooney had a 10 minute wait to get into the grounds of Frogmore House Credit: w8media Mr Clooney was also seen gesticulating towards the officer before eventually be allowed to proceed into the mansion’s grounds. Ms Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, accessorized her second outfit with a large aquamarine ring once owned by Diana, Princess of Wales.  Prince Harry opens the door to the Jaguar allowing his wife to get into the passenger seat Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Frogmore House, a 17th century English country house, stands in the home park of Windsor Castle and is part of the Crown Estate and is only open to individuals on three days of the year. From 7pm, a select 200 close friends arrived at the after party hosted by the Prince of Wales half a mile away from Windsor Castle. Royal wedding day pictures: Best photos from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ceremony and reception 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. It is expected that members of the Royal family, Ms Markle’s family and intimate friends of both the newlyweds will be at the evening reception – although Princess Charlotte and Prince George will no doubt have been put to bed after their big day in the limelight. While the Duchess of York was invited to the service, she is said to be “deeply unhappy” that she has not been invited to the private reception later in the day. The Duke of York and his daughters with Fergie, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York are said to be attending both events. The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, arriving at the reception with Princess Beatrice Credit: Steve Finn The couple have reportedly chosen Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) as their first dance.  Ms Markle revealed in a 2016 interview with Lifestyle Magazine that the hit is her ‘happy song’. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drive an E-Type Jaguar from Windsor Castle to Frogmore House for their evening reception following their wedding Earlier this week, Skybet revealed the track is the bookies’ favourite, with the odds at 2/5. Bob Marley is also on their list, at 10/1 – while Elton John is at 2/1, but having already performed at the afternoon reception, his involvement could be all wrapped up.   Royal wedding | Read more


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Royal wedding front pages from around the world: 'Two people fell in love and we all showed up' 

Royal wedding front pages from around the world: 'Two people fell in love and we all showed up' Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in a ceremony that proved a fitting mix of the traditional and the unconventional, merging British tradition with American music and accents. The Prince and his beaming bride exchanged vows in front of 600 guests in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. But the BBC estimated the global audience would reach as many as 1.9 billion people.   This is how the world’s media reacted to the royal wedding. The Sunday Telegraph The Sunday Telegraph The Observer ‘Two people fell in love and we all showed up’ The Observer The Mail on Sunday Harry ever after! The Mail on Sunday The Sunday Times ‘Two people fell in love and we all showed up’ The Sunday Times The Sunday People The Perfect Kiss Sunday People The Sun on Sunday Kisstory – Harry and Meg’s historic change for monarchy The Sun on Sunday The Sunday Mirror Harry and glorious Sunday Mirror The Sunday Express So in love Sunday Express The Daily Star Sunday Harry and Meghan make kisstory Daily Star Sunday The i The happy couple The i weekend The Independent Special relationship: An American feminist actor joins the Windsors The Independent The Sunday Mail Harry beams and Meghan sparkles Sunday Mail The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) True love’s kiss The Sunday Telegraph Credit: Getty Images The Sun-Herald (Sydney) Power of love The Sun-Herald Credit: Getty Images The Sunday Mail (Queensland) Modern love Sunday Mail The New York Daily News They do royal weddings. We do schoolkids’ funerals  New York Daily News New York Post Palace coo – American beauty storms UK, captures hearts New York Post Le Dauphiné libéré  (Grenoble) Un “oui” princier – A princely yes Le Dauphiné libéré Der Tagesspiegel (Berlin) The power of love Der Tagesspiegel La Vanguardia (Barcelona) A real wedding to break moulds La Vanguardia The Herald on Sunday (Auckland) Jewel in the crown The Herald on Sunday Khaleej Times (Dubai) Dubai lives the royal wedding Khaleej Times How America watched the wedding Martin Luther King’s daughter expressed her delight at the use of the civil rights activist’s words in the royal wedding ceremony on Saturday.  Bernice King tweeted: “Your life, teachings and words still matter so much, Daddy. Congrats, Harry and Meghan”. Elsewhere across the US, royal fans gathered in the early hours to celebrate the historic occasion.  More than 100 pupils turned out at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, Meghan Markle’s former school, to watch her marriage to Prince Harry.  There was a collective gasp in the auditorium at 4am local time, as they got their first glimpse of the bride. People in Los Angeles, Ms Markle’s home town, cheer during a watching party at the Cat & Fiddle pub in Hollywood Credit: Reuters Many of the girls attended the watch party with their parents. Annemarie Sauer Hale, whose daughter Michaela attends the school, was a little surprised by the dress.  “It was a little more conservative than I expected but she looked radiant,” she said. “And then the tiara that the queen let her borrow and the veil that went on for days. It was lovely, it was beautiful.” Our picture editors’ 20 favourite images of the Royal wedding Mother Carol Dance said  the school fosters a strong sense of sisterhood and independence. “They make empowered women here, it’s really nice to see a woman of strength being able to use her position to further her own causes. And it’s obvious that her husband is really charmed by that power too,” she said. My very best wishes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day. To all of those joining the national celebration with street parties and other events, have a wonderful day. #RoyalWedding— Theresa May (@theresa_may) May 19, 2018 “I think it’s a good step forward and globalisation of the world and this kind of ‘one love’ feeling which they talked about in the sermon,” Mother Stacey Johnson said. The young girls are excited to watch Meghan, as she takes on her new role in Kensington Palace. “She’s the only person of colour that’s in the entire royal family,” said Marigrace Carrasco, a 15-year-old student. “It’s crazy to think that you don’t have to fit in a certain box to make change in the world. She has all this global influence. I believe her a lot, I put my trust in her.” Guests toast at a Viewing Party at New York’s Plaza Hotel  Credit: Getty Scores of well-wishers descended on the British-themed The Cat And Fiddle pub in Hollywood, celebrating Ms Markle’s local connection. Immaculate Heart students praise non-traditional royal wedding of alum Meghan Markle https://t.co/MMJlyVV49Wpic.twitter.com/AhZyuBi00P— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) May 19, 2018 The Chicago Tribune also found a local angle to the nuptials. It headlined its coverage: “Northwestern grad Meghan Markle marries Prince Harry in historic, star-studded ceremony at Windsor Castle.” Royalists watch on at Kanata Sports Club in Ottawa, Canada Credit: Bloomberg Harvey Young, Ms Markle’s Drama professor at Chicago’s Northwestern University, praised her choice of service. “Meghan has written about her mother being misrepresented as a nanny. When Meghan talks about celebrating who she is as a woman it’s to celebrate her blackness as well as her whiteness,” he said And speaking of diplomacy,Harry’s amazing bride Megan did an internship at @USEmbArgentina.You can apply for a @StateDept internship at https://t.co/15LFveTgcJ – sorry, internship doesn’t come with a #RoyalWedding! 2/2— Laura Kennedy (@AmbKennedy_ret) May 19, 2018 “That service is one that brings together everyone. I think you saw Black virtuosity on display, it’s wonderful, extraordinary. Meghan should be proud of the ceremony.” Deborah Cohen, a  history professor, added somewhat caustically: “It’s the longest-running reality show with an endless replenishing set of characters. Meghan represents another stage of it.”  Bill de Blasio, the New York Mayor tweeted his support for the young couple, alongside his wife: Congrats, Meghan and Harry! Keep doing things your way. Britain will never be the same – and that’s a good thing. https://t.co/4UYiOCaarN— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) May 19, 2018 The Los Angeles Times was taken with the “pomp and pageantry” of the occasion and the personal aside from Prince Harry when he told his bride. “You look amazing.” It was, the paper continued: “a tradition imbued ceremony” seen by millions worldwide. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding at St George’s Chapel Credit:  Dominic Lipinski/PA “In an eclectic and evocative wedding service that blended the stylings of a gospel choir with a soprano’s classical rendition of Handel, the two — gazing into one another’s eyes and smiling — were pronounced man and wife in the gothic St. George’s Chapel within the walls of Windsor Castle, a millennium-old seat of British royalty.” The New York Post, one of the city’s tabloids, joyfully announced “Meghan Markle is now a royal”. It continued: “The American ‘Suits’ actress, 36, tied the knot with Prince Harry in a wedding ceremony at London’s St. George’s chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday attended by the royal family as well as celebrity pals including Oprah Winfrey, George and Amal Clooney, Serena Williams, James Corden and Priyanka Chopra.” The New York Times said that Meghan Markle was in the span of an hour “transformed from a Ms. to Duchess.” For the New York Daily News, the ceremony was “emotional.” It added : “Prince Harry has officially settled down with American actress Meghan Markle after a touching ceremony held at St. George’s Chapel on the Windsor Castle grounds. Canada Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, where Ms Markle lived for the past seven years while filming for the legal drama Suits, sent his congratulations to the royals. He announced that the country would donate $50,000 to a children’s charity to mark the occasion.  “To celebrate their union, Canada will donate 50,000 dollars to Jumpstart, a Canadian charity dedicated to making play and sports more accessible to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Since 2005, Jumpstart has helped more than 1.6 million children of all abilities get out on the field and be part of a team. “Sophie and I congratulate the newlyweds on behalf of the Government of Canada. We wish Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a lifetime of happiness, and all the best as they start this new chapter together. We look forward to welcoming them on a future visit to Canada,” he said. Britain’s Prince Harryspeaks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a reception in April 2018 Credit: Matt Dunham/AP South Africa Nearly 5,600 miles away from Windsor, in South Africa, organisers of a party for up to 5,000 people arranged champagne, Union flag cupcakes and even bagpipe players. Lize Millward, manager at 1Fox in Johannesburg, said: “People seem to like them because Harry is a really down-to-earth person, no chip on his shoulder, and Meghan, being an actress, people have seen her on TV and are interested in her.” A couple dressed as Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss during a group photograph at a party in Durban, South Africa Credit:  ROGAN WARD/Reuters Russia In the Russian capital there was applause at St Andrew’s Anglican Church as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were declared husband and wife by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. Rev Canon Malcolm Rogers, St Andrew’s Chaplain, said around 200 people of different nationalities, roughly two thirds of them Russian, were at the church less than a mile from the Kremlin. “The talk (by Rev Michael Curry) received applause – and people were a bit amused by how the congregation looked during the address,” he said. “In the current tensions, especially here in Moscow, it is a great thing to bring us together – perhaps an example of the power of love spoken about by the preacher.” Royal wedding | Read more  


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Unfazed by all the fuss, how the bridesmaids and pageboys stole the show at the royal wedding

Unfazed by all the fuss, how the bridesmaids and pageboys stole the show at the royal weddingIt was the merest flash of mischief in what was otherwise an impressively poised performance from the youngest members of the bridal party. As three vintage Rolls-Royces carrying the troop of six beautifully dressed bridesmaids and two of the four pageboys rolled towards St George’s Chapel, Princess Charlotte cheekily stuck her tongue out and waved at the crowd. The children appeared to take it all in their stride as they hopped out of the car and were gathered together by their mothers and herded up the steps to the chapel. The Duchess of Cambridge took charge and – holding her daughter’s hand, and that of three-year-old Florence van Cutsem – led the way into the chapel, while Ms Markle’s best friends, Jessica Mulroney and Benita Litt, followed with their daughters Ivy, four, Remi, six, and Rylan, seven, and Zoe Warren (wife of Prince Harry’s close friend Jake Warren) brought up the rear with two-year-old Zalie. Princess Charlotte cheekily stuck her tongue out as she arrived at the wedding Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Princess Charlotte was adept at waving to the crowds Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA  As the bride’s car pulled up, two more little faces peered out, eager to see the crowds. Twins Brian and John Mulroney, seven, had the important job of accompanying Meghan up the aisle. The boys, wearing frock-coats made to look like miniature versions of the Blues and Royals worn uniform by Prince Harry, proudly held a corner each of Meghan’s train, as designer Clare Waight Keller adjusted it on the steps. A look back at royal bridesmaids and pageboys Each pageboy had his initials embroidered in gold on his shoulder straps, while the bridesmaids wore ivory silk dresses with little puffed sleeves, hand finished with a double silk ribbon tied in a bow. The boys were dressed smartly in frock coats Credit: Ian West/PA As a keepsake, each of the girls wore leather shoes monogrammed with their initials and the wedding date. Once inside the church, the children were ushered aside by the Duchess of Cambridge, who then took her seat alongside the Duchess of Cornwall. The girls had leather shoes monogrammed with their initials and the wedding date Credit: Jane Barlow/PA As the bride arrived at the chapel, one of the Mulroney twins couldn’t contain his awe when he saw the hundreds of people waiting for him to perform his big moment – peeking around Meghan, his mouth open wide in amazement. The bride made her way gracefully down the aisle towards her father-in-law and one of the boys turned to the other and whispered: “We’re doing goodâ€�. The Mulroney twins were trusted with holding the bride’s veil Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA As she arrived at the altar, the twins carefully laid the train down on the floor and led the way out to a side room, where the children were kept entertained during the ceremony. One bridesmaid had a final job to do. Meghan held her bouquet out for Ivy Mulroney, daughter of Jessica, who proudly took it and marched off. Their mothers breathed a sigh of relief. Their little darlings had pulled it off. Royal wedding | Read more  


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A royal wedding bridges the Atlantic and breaks old molds

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Royal wedding cake: Fitting tribute to the big day – a break from tradition but with British customs at its heart

Royal wedding cake: Fitting tribute to the big day - a break from tradition but with British customs at its heartThe royal wedding cake is a mirror image of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ceremony – a break from the tradition but with British custom at its heart.  Kensington Palace shared a picture of the much-anticipated cake on Twitter and, as expected, it was not tiered. Instead, the centerpiece was split into three pieces and each placed upon a golden throne. The picture was accompanied with the caption: “The wedding cake is to be served at the reception. It was designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence in Sandringham from the estate’s own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple. “A filling made from Amalfi lemon curd and elderflower buttercream ties all the elements together. The cake is decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and 150 fresh flowers, mainly British, and in season, including peonies and roses.” The royal bakers yesterday revealed they were abandoning the tradition of a tiered wedding cake – and teased at a surprise unveiling. Claire Ptak, who made the culinary centrepiece, said the layered lemon and elderflower cake will be in three parts of varying sizes. The final design was unveiled on the big day, with the couple in on the plans, but it will be unveiled in a non-traditional way, she said. Royal wedding day pictures: Best photos from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s ceremony and reception That appears to have been the announcement on Twitter.  The chef, who owns 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. “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 yesterday. Claire Ptak and head baker Izaak Adams put finishing touches to the cake  Credit: HANNAH MCKAY/REUTERS “It’s a slight shift from tradition.” She revealed how Prince Harry and Meghan Markle loved trying a number of different cake samples before settling on lemon and elderflower for their big day. She said: “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 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. Ms Ptak, left, said Harry and Meghan had enjoyed trying several different samples of cake Credit: HANNAH MCKAY/REUTERS The layers are 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. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, pictured leaving Windsor Castle after their day of rehearsals, are said to be in on the idea for the grand unveiling Credit: Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph Ms Ptak, who is American like Ms Markle, said: “The elderflower is so quintessentially British to me as a Californian. “It’s of this moment. It’s May so they’re just opening this week. “It’s a kind of an ethereal, floral flavour which I think is very special, especially for a wedding.” Slices of the cake were to be served to the 600 guests at the lunchtime reception in St George’s Hall after the ceremony, all decorated with rose petals. Royal wedding | Read more


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The Latest: Royal newlyweds to spend night in Windsor Castle

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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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