How long have we been waiting and it’s finally here, the Royal Wedding!
Meghan Markle said “I will” to her Prince Charming, Prince Harry today at the St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of the Windsor Castle.
In front of 600 guests and millions of viewers from all over the world, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became Their Royal Highnesses Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Present at the event were several celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Idris Elba, Amal and George Clooney, Victoria and David Beckham, and the stars from “Suits.”
From Meghan’s walk down the aisle in that lovely dress to she and her prince getting into their carriage – here are the highlights for the Royal Wedding.
Meghan Markle being walked down the aisle by Prince Charles
Too much controversy followed this simple thing – who would walk Meghan down the aisle.
Her father had reportedly come down with a heart attack, and she had released a statement revealing he would be absent from her wedding to focus on his health.
It had been rumoured that her mother Doria Ragland would walk her down the aisle instead, but her future father-in-law, Prince Charles, was the one who did, helping her gracefully.
A minister from the United States Michael Curry was the one who, surprisingly, gave the sermon at the Royal Wedding.
Michael Curry is the Episcopal Church’s first African-American leader.
The sermon was definitely a memorable one, with the reverend throwing in a talk about slave owners and opening and closing the sermon in the words of the great Martin Luther King.
“We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love,” he said.
The Exchanging of Vows
Meghan Markle had followed in the footsteps of Princess Diana and Kate Middleton by omitting the words “to obey” in her vow, sticking instead to “to have and to hold” and “to love and to cherish.”
Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir singing “Stand By Me”
Who would have thought we’d see an all-black choir singing at the Royal Wedding? No one!
Well, Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir were on hand to sing Ben E. King‘s 1961 classic hit “Stand By Me.”
The song is a soulful meditation on love, and it was a beautiful thing to have it performed at the wedding.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of the BBC Young Musician, was on the violin as the orchestra performed right after the Archbishop of Canterbury delivered the Blessing of the Marriage, after they were proclaimed husband and wife. *tears*
The First Kiss
And what would a wedding be without the couple’s first kiss as husband and wife.
Viewers may have been worried after the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex exited the wedding hall without the Archbishop saying “You may now kiss the bride,” but the couple are not one to disappoint us, are they?
Before making their way down the steps, the couple quickly locked lips, right in front of thousands of fans watching outside the grounds.