The marriage of Prince Harry and Markle took place in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at 12pm. They became the 16th royal couple to celebrate their marriage at Windsor Castle since 1863. The Queen granted permission for the ceremony to be held in the place of worship, which seats approximately 800, and core aspects of the wedding, including the service, music, flowers, decorations and reception, were paid for by the royal family. One week prior to the ceremony, the Queen signed the Instrument of Consent – the official document granting her grandson permission to marry his fiancé.
The cake – a lemon elderflower bake that incorporated the bright flavours of spring – was made by Violet Bakery’s Claire Ptak, and the flowers – branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, and white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves from the gardens and parkland of the Crown Estate and Windsor Park – were arranged by Philippa Craddock. Music for the service included a number of well-known hymns and choral works under the direction of James Vivian, director of music at St George’s Chapel.
Markle’s ring was fashioned from a piece of Welsh Gold, gifted by the Queen, while Prince Harry’s was created from platinum with a textured finish. Both rings were crafted in the Cleave workshop, and were carried to the chapel by the Duke of Cambridge, in his capacity as best man.
After the couple were married, they undertook a carriage procession from St George’s Chapel through Windsor town returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk. Alexi Lubomirski then took the official photographs at Windsor Castle.Following the service, there was a reception at St George’s Hall for the couple and the guests from the congregation. Later that evening, the Prince of Wales gave a private evening reception for the couple and their close friends and family.”
Sir Elton John performed at the lunchtime reception for the newlyweds, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Prince Harry asked Sir Elton to perform at the reception which was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen.
On the morning of the nuptial, Markle’s mothr, Doria Ragland, accompanied Markle to Windsor Castle. Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, was not at the wedding to walk his daughter down the aisle, because of his health. In a statement made days before her wedding, Markle said she had “always cared” for her father and hoped he could be given the space he needed to focus on his wellbeing. It was subsequently announced that Prince Charles would give his future daughter-in-law away in her father’s absence.
Around 600 guests were in attendance, a small crowd in contrast to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who wed in front of 1,900 guests – a number just shy of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, who invited 2,000 guests to their 1947 wedding. As Prince Harry is sixth in line to the throne, he was not obliged to invite diplomats from across the globe to the celebration, which was less of a state occasion. “It has been decided that an official list of political leaders – both UK and international – is not required for Prince Harry and Ms Markle’s wedding. Her Majesty’s government was consulted on this decision, which was taken by the royal household,” a spokesperson said in a statement on April 10.
to grant permission- engedélyt ad
one week prior- egy héttel korábban
branches of beech- bükkfa ágak
to perform- előad
newlyweds- friss házasok
Her Majesty- Őfelsége
in contrast to- ellentétben
to be obliged to- kötelezve van valamire