A royal wedding isn’t an everyday occurence, so when the time for nuptials do come, it is a big deal. Prince Harry and former actress Meghan Markle were married on Saturday, May 19th, at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The $32 million wedding was a day long event that was watched by millions across the globe, with thousands in attendance in the small town. These are some highlights of the royal wedding of the Dutch and Duchess of Sussex.
Wedding Day Schedule
The couple’s wedding included a ceremony at St. George’s Chapel around noon, followed by a casual luncheon hosted by Queen Elizabeth. All 600 guests were welcome to both events held on the land of Windsor Castle. Later in the evening, a reception hosted by Prince Charles was a lot more intimate of a setting, as Harry and Meghan chose 200 of their closest friends and family to enjoy a party with them at Frogmore House.
It had been highly speculated who would design Meghan’s dress and what it would look like, as she isn’t the conventional royal bride. She shocked many when she stepped out of the queen’s Rolls Royce in a ‘Givenchy’ gown made out of triple silk organza. The simplistic and elegant dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller, the first female artistic director to head the house of Givenchy. While the pure white long sleeved dress left many awestruck, it had some viewers wanting more. Luckily, for those left underwhelmed, the new Duchess of Sussex changed into a second dress before her and Harry drove themselves to their evening reception. Designed by Stella McCartney, the second gown was a flowy all white halter neck dress.
One of the traditions of the royal bride is to wear a tiara down the aisle. Many speculators thought Meghan would wear the Spencer Tiara as tribute to Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana. Diana wore the family heirloom when she married Prince Charles in 1981. Instead, Meghan borrowed a tiara from the Queen’s jewelry vault, the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau. The centered brooch, featuring ten diamonds, dates back to 1893, as it was a gift to the then Princess Mary from the County of Lincoln when she married Prince George. The diamond and platinum bandeau was made in 1932 in order to accommodate the brooch. Queen Mary gave it to Queen Elizabeth in 1953.
The Celebrity Guest List
While the royal family has become modern celebrities, Meghan Markle’s acting and modeling career greatly influenced the guest list for the wedding. Most known for her role on the drama series, Suits, many of Meghan’s former co-stars were in attendance, including Patrick J. Adams and his wife, Troian Bellisario, Abigail Spencer, and Sarah Rafferty. The guest list also included stars like Serena Williams, Oprah, James Corden, Priyanka Chopra, David and Victoria Beckham, Amal and George Clooney, and Elton John. The guests all dressed in their Sunday’s best as the dress code for a royal wedding include a long coat for the men, and a modest dress with a hat or fascinator for the woman.