Published: Mon, May 21, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

For royal wedding guests, it's all about the well-plumed hats

For royal wedding guests, it's all about the well-plumed hats

Pippa Middleton arrives in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018.

Beneath cloudless skies, hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets of the historic town to catch a glimpse of the bride-to-be as she arrived at Windsor Castle in a Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Ragland exits the auto to make her way into the chapel.

Meghan Markle might have been the star of the royal wedding.

Markle stepped out to reveal a dress designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller, for French fashion house Givenchy.

Chopra was one of the first few persons to know about her friend's engagement to Prince Harry.

Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, who was unable to attend the wedding due to health issues, told TMZ that he wished he was there to witness the ceremony. The wedding was conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Hands clasped, the couple listened to a stirring, soulful address by Bishop Michael Curry, the first African-American head of the Episcopal Church in the United States. "Guide me o thou great redeemer" was sung at Diana's funeral, at her memorial service in 2007 and at Kate and William's wedding in 2011, and again on Saturday.

Two of Prince Harry's former girlfriends, Cressida Bonas and Chelsy Davy, also attended.

After the ceremony, the newlyweds greeted some of the 1,200 members of the public invited into the castle grounds before starting a carriage procession through Windsor.

"It was handsome, to be part of history, to be part of history, to see that up close like that". As she reached his side, Harry appeared to say: "You look fantastic. We were this close and it was just wonderful", said royals fan Lindsay Hainer. On the left window is Queen Elizabeth II and a corgi. They will now be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Prince Harry Marries Ms. Meghan Markle- Procession

The royal couple decided not to make a political affair of their nuptials - even British Prime Minister Theresa May, the leader of the British government, was not in attendance.

Only 200 of the couple's closest friends and family will celebrate with them into the night at a second, evening reception hosted by Prince Charles at Frogmore House, south of Windsor Castle.

The guests were also to enjoy the famously non-traditional lemon and elderflower sponge cake chosen by Harry and Meghan.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip then arrived, along with Prince Charles and Camilla, duchess of Cornwall. Megan changed into another white gown, designed by Stella McCartney, and Harry exchanged his military uniform for a classic tux.

Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland was the first front-row guest to arrive at St. George's Chapel for her daughter's wedding, followed quickly by a auto carrying Prince Harry's father Prince Charles and wife Camilla Parker Bowles. They were able to watch the ceremony on a large outdoor screen.

Meghan, who began the day as a TV star, will end it by Harry's side as the newly minted Duchess of Sussex, whose thoroughly modern wedding broke the royal mold.

Meghan Markle was on her way in a convoy of limousines, driving down The Long Walk, with a number of young pageboys and bridesmaids. But in remarks to the U.S. celebrity website TMZ, he said his daughter looked "beautiful" and described her wedding as "emotional and joyful". "I wish I were there and I wish them all my love and all happiness", he said. Harry and Meghan chose the colloquial texts of Common Worship, the standard Church of England liturgy published in 2000, over the distinctly more austere phrasing of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer used for the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011. Members of the royal family and Doria Ragland, mother of the bride, waved them off from the top of the steps.

"An American in the royal family, isn't that so exciting?" she said.

Both Harry and Meghan have voiced their desire to continue to work together on their shared passion for charity, particularly in Africa.

It was a departure from the norm for a royal wedding, to say the least, as some of the expressions from the front pews illustrated.

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