On 19 May 2018, the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle took place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
The couple’s decision to get married on a Saturday went against tradition, as royal weddings usually take place on a weekday.
“This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters of the bride and groom,” – Jason Knauf, Prince Harry’s communications secretary.
On the morning of the wedding it was announced that the Queen has conferred a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Prince Harry is thus His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Markle has become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.
Members of the public also played a big a role in the wedding, with many choosing to stay overnight, the night before the wedding.
Once Ms. Meghan Markle arrived at the South Door of the Chapel, she gave the world the first glimpse of her wedding dress.
The dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy. The veil represented all 53 Commonwealth Countries, featuring distinctive flora from each country. The veil was held in place by Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, which was lent by The Queen.
After the giving of the rings, The Archbishop of Canterbury joined the couple’s right hands and proclaimed them husband and wife.
The rings were made by Cleave and Company. The Duchess’ was fashioned from a piece of Welsh Gold, gifted by The Queen, The Duke’s was a Platinum Band with a textured finish.
The wedding was an extraordinary mix of tradition and modernity, of centuries of history and up-to-the moment flourishes.
More interesting facts about the royal wedding:
- 200 Amalfi lemons went into the wedding cake
- 16 feet of silk tulle made up the bride’s veil
- 10 pint-sized bridesmaids and page boys participated in the ceremony
- 175 years since the was another Duke of Sussex
- 7 charities were chosen by the couple for donations in lieu of gifts
- 5,000 members of the media received credentials