Royal wedding 2018: Prince Harry and Meghan married at Windsor

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became husband and wife in a star-studded Windsor Castle ceremony on Saturday, filled with traditional pomp and modern twists – and watched the world over.

The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex exchanged vows at the altar in St George’s Chapel in an emotional event that brought the biracial US television star into the heart of the British monarchy.

As some 100,000 packed the sun-baked Windsor streets outside, Queen Elizabeth and the royal family were joined by stars including Oprah Winfrey, Elton John, George Clooney and David Beckham.

The couple held hands throughout and exchanged vows in a traditional Church of England wedding featuring unusual turns.

US pastor Michael Curry delivered an impassioned address and a gospel choir sang Stand By Me.

With the words “I will”, 33-year-old Harry, and Meghan, 36, declared they would love, comfort, honour and protect each other. Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, looked visibly moved.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the Church of England’s spiritual leader, declared them legally wed, saying: “They have declared their marriage by the joining of hands and by the giving and receiving of rings. I therefore proclaim that they are husband and wife.”

With her father Thomas recovering from a heart operation in Mexico, Markle walked down the aisle on her own, before being accompanied to the altar by Harry’s father Prince Charles.

After the wedding, Thomas Markle said that he had watched the ceremony on television.

“My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy. I wish I were there and I wish them all my love and all happiness,” he told US celebrity news website TMZ.

Her flowing white dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller at the French fashion house Givenchy. Made from a double bonded silk cady, it contains floral designs from all 53 Commonwealth countries.

Her tiara was a 125-year-old diamond bandeau designed to accommodate a brooch given to Queen Mary in 1893 to commemerate her engagement to then-Prince George. George was crowned – and she with him – in 1911.

Queen Elizabeth inherited the piece in 1953, where it has rested alongside hundreds of similar items in the royal vaults.

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Culled from BBC

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