On Saturday, the whole world watched as Prince Harry married American actress, Meghan Markle, in true fairy tale fashion. The wedding took place at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and was nothing short of spectacular. In case you missed any details from the wedding of the year, we’re sharing a Royal Wedding 2018 recap from start to finish. Here’s how the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex melted hearts around the world with the most magical of wedding days.
Royal Wedding 2018 Recap
By far, the most anticipated detail of the royal wedding was the dress. Meghan arrived at St. George’s Chapel in a stunning Givenchy gown design by Claire Waight. The timeless style featured a bateau neckline and reportedly cost $135,000. Her cathedral-length veil measured 16 feet long and was made of silk tulle. The veil’s embroidered florals represented the 53 countries of the Commonwealth. The workers who handmade the veil washed their hands every 30 minutes to keep it in pristine condition.
Another notable part of the bride’s ensemble was the Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau tiara. Originally made for Queen Mary in 1932, Meghan borrowed the crown from Queen Elizabeth’s current collection, per royal tradition. She carried a bouquet of spring flowers, including Forget-Me-Nots, a favorite of the late Princess Diana.
The noon ceremony began when Meghan arrived at the Chapel with her little bridal party in tow. Twin page boys, sons of Meghan’s best friend, carried her long Givenchy train. Of the other eight children who made up the bridal party, were Prince George and Princess Charlotte. In the absence of her father, Prince Charles walked Meghan down the last half of the aisle to meet her groom at the alter. Possibly the most romantic moment was when Prince Harry was seen telling his bride, “You look amazing. I’m so lucky.”
The ceremony included a reading given by Princess Diana’s sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, as well as a sermon given by Bishop Michael Curry about the power of love. Before the couple happily exchanged vows, their wedding song, “Stand by Me,” was performed by the Kingdom Choir. Of the celebrities in attendance were Oprah, Serena Williams, Elton John, The Beckham’s and The Clooney’s.
Following the ceremony, Harry and Meghan shared their first kiss as a married couple on the steps of St. George’s Chapel. The couple then traveled by horse and carriage down the Long Walk to Windsor Castle. The nearly three mile stretch was surrounded by crowds of 100,000 people gathered to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess on their wedding day. Harry and Meghan graciously smiled and waved to the mass of adoring public.
The 600 guests of the royal wedding were then invited to a luncheon hosted by the Queen. The luncheon took place at St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle. It included a meal of Grilled English Asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian Ham and Garden Pea Panna Cotta with Quail Eggs. Here, the newlyweds cut their wedding cake: a lemon sponge cake covered in Swiss meringue buttercream icing, infused with elderflower. Guests of the luncheon were also treated to a performance by Sir Elton John.
That evening, a more intimate party was held for 200 of their closest guests at The Frogmore House, also on the castle’s grounds. For the event, Meghan changed from her Givenchy gown into a second wedding dress designed by Stella McCartney. The newlyweds were seen leaving for their reception in a vintage Jaguar.
Although this was a more exclusive affair, some details of the evening party have surfaced. Reportedly, the bride and groom’s first dance was to Whitney Houston’s, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Elton John also reportedly performed second time, singing a medley of four hits. The evening ended with celebratory fireworks.
Happily Ever After
The Royal Wedding 2018 proved to the world that The People’s Prince finally found his perfect person. It was a historic affair breaking several barriers and traditions, but never lost its main focus: true love. Congratulations to the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex!
If you’re a fan of the royals, be sure to check out our post on 10 Royal Wedding Traditions!