The Royal Wedding

This Saturday was a day that will go down in history — Prince Harry, the youngest son of Prince Charles and the grandson of Queen Elizabeth was married to Meghan Markle. It was a fairytale moment that most girls can only dream of and the ceremony did not disappoint.

The ceremony was held in St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, about 30 kilometres west of central London. Windsor is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and an official residence of Queen Elizabeth II, who spends most of her weekends there.

The entertaining affair was attended by a star-studded guest list including the Beckhams, the cast of Suits, Priyanka Chopra, Amal & George Clooney, Serena Williams, Idris Elba, Oprah Winfrey, Elton John, James Corden and many more. In total 600 guests were invited to witness the historic moment. The true star of the show however was the bride, Meghan Markle, who graced the aisle in a sculpted white, off-shoulder dress designed by Ms Waight Keller for French fashion house Givenchy. Even more striking was the diamond bandeau tiara she wore on loan from the Queen, and a trailing five-metre silk veil embroidered with the flowers of each country in the Commonwealth. Prince Harry was given special permission from the Queen to keep his short beard for the ceremony and wore the frock coat uniform of his former regiment.

Other memorable moments included Prince Charles walking the bride down the aisle as her father, Thomas, was unable to attend due to health reasons and Prince Harry thanking his father once they arrived at the altar. The wedding service was untraditional to say the least — combining British tradition, modernity, and Meghan’s African-American heritage. Though the Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Church of England, Justin Welby, officiated the ceremony, American Reverend Bishop Curry was invited to speak by Ms. Markle and brought American soul and charm to the ceremony.

Following the church ceremony was a black-tie dinner followed by Fireworks at the Frogmore House close to Windsor Castle. For the evening, Meghan changed into a lily-white, silk crepe, Stella McCartney halter-neck gown and Harry into a tuxedo. This event was an even more exclusive with only 200 guests in attendance. Meghan gave a beautiful speech and everything seemed to have been personally planned by the couple. A special cocktail menu was created with drinks such as “When Harry Met Meghan” referencing the romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal. A famous DJ was said to play the music with a small concert by Elton John himself.

All in all this wedding was picturesque and brought the hope of a fairytale to many young girls around the world. In our opinion, the best part of this event was the fact that so many traditions were mixed into one and an example was set for how things might be moving forward!

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