The big day has come and gone! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement on Monday, Nov. 27 — and on Saturday, May 19, six months later, the couple tied the knot in their highly anticipated royal wedding! Scroll down to see everything you need to know about Harry and Meghan's wedding!
When did Harry and Meghan get married?
Harry and Meghan tied the knot on Saturday, May 19, 2018. The couple's wedding began at 12 p.m. UK time, which was 7 a.m. EST and 4 a.m. PST in the US. This spring has been an especially exciting time for the royal family as Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed their third baby, a son named Prince Louis, on April 23, Queen Elizabeth celebrated her 92nd birthday on April 21, Kate and William rang in their seventh wedding anniversary on April 29, and Princess Charlotte turned three years old on May 2.
Where did Harry and Meghan's wedding take place?
Harry and Meghan — who was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority at Northwestern University — exchanged vows at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. "Windsor is a very special place for Prince Harry, and he and Ms. Markle have regularly spent time there during the last year," Kensington Palace previously revealed in a statement. "They are delighted that the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle will be where they begin their lives as a married couple." After the ceremony ended, Harry and Meghan rode in a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of Windsor. They departed Windsor Castle via Castle Hill and continued along High Street through Windsor Town before returning to the castle along the Long Walk.
"They hope this short journey will provide an opportunity for more people to come together around Windsor and to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day," Kensington Palace said in a statement regarding Harry and Meghan's post-nuptials carriage ride. After the couple exchanged "I Dos," they celebrated with friends and family with a lunchtime wedding reception at St. George’s Hall. That evening, Prince Charles threw Harry and Meghan another party at Frogmore House. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby officiated the royal marriage ceremony and was joined by The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, who gave the address at the wedding.
According to a previous report, Harry didn't want his wedding to be extravagant — so Windsor Castle was the perfect setting for the low-key nuptials! "Pomp and pageantry is the last thing he would want. I can see him wanting to get married at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. It would stop it from turning into a total media circus and give the day a sense of privacy that Harry so badly craves," a source previously revealed.
Who designed Meghan's wedding dress?
Meghan's gorgeous silk wedding dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy and featured an open bateau neckline and sculpted waist. The bride's delicate veil — made from silk tulle — featured a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza. Meghan also wore Queen Mary's Sapphire Bandeau Tiara on her wedding day. It was previously reported that Meghan would change into a second wedding dress for her royal reception.
It was once rumored that Meghan's close friend Misha Nonoo — who introduced her to Harry! — and her longtime stylist, Jessica Mulroney, might have helped create her wedding day frock. It was thought that Meghan could have also worked with two of Princess Diana's favorite designers, Catherine Walker and Amanda Wakeley, or the designer of Kate Middleton's 2011 royal wedding gown, Alexander McQueen.
What did Meghan's wedding hair look like?
In an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, royal family hairstylist Sean Donaldson of Sean Donaldson Hair previously predicted Meghan would wear her hair in a loose updo on her wedding day — and he was right! "Being British and knowing the royal family, and seeing many royal weddings, she'll be keeping her hair long for sure. I would imagine she probably would soften the color around her face just a little bit. I imagine that she would very lightly — by one or one and a half shades — would lighten around the hairline," he said.
"I think she's going to bring in her own edge and own style, but at the same time she's still marrying into the royal family and they have their ways and their looks, so I would imagine that Meghan's hair will go up," he continued. "I can't imagine her doing half up half down because I think she's going to want it distinguished between her and Kate, since this is the next brother, son of Princess Diana — and this will be the next big royal family since Kate and William's."
Who walked Meghan down the aisle?
After Meghan confirmed that her father would not be attending the wedding, she walked alone down the aisle of the chapel nave. So for the first part of the procession, she only had her adorable bridesmaids and page boys by her side. Then, in a touching move, Harry's dad Prince Charles escorted her the rest of the way. How cute is that?
Who was in Harry and Meghan's wedding party?
It was previously announced that Prince William would be Harry's best man."Prince Harry has asked his brother The Duke of Cambridge to be his Best Man at his wedding to Ms. Meghan Markle. Prince Harry served as best man to The Duke of Cambridge at his wedding to Miss Catherine Middleton in 2011," the statement, paired with a plethora of adorable photos of the two, read. "The Duke of Cambridge is honoured to have been asked, and is very much looking forward to supporting his brother at St George's Chapel, Windsor on May 19th."
Meghan, however, didn't have a Maid of Honor at her wedding — and for good reason. "She has a very close-knit circle of friends and she didn’t want to choose one over another," a palace spokesman told People on Friday, May 4. "All have been actively involved in helping her prepare for the day and will be there in the days beforehand. She’s very happy to have their support."
As for the rest of the bridal party, it consisted of all children! Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3, served as a pageboy and bridesmaid. Their newborn baby brother, Louis, didn't play a role in the wedding because he was too young to attend. The other bridesmaids were three-year-old Miss Florence van Cutsem, who is Prince Harry's goddaughter and the daughter of Mrs. Alice van Cutsem and Major Nicholas van Cutsem. Harry's other goddaughter, two-year-old Miss Zalie Warren, also appeared. She's the daughter of Mrs. Zoe Warren and Mr. Jake Warren. Meghan's goddaughter, Miss Remi Litt, 6, joined the party as well. She's the daughter of Mrs. Benita Litt and Mr. Darren Litt. Remi's older sister, Miss Rylan Litt, 7, was also a bridesmaid. Meghan's BFF Jessica Mulroney wasn't in the wedding, but her daughter, four-year-old Ivy Mulroney, was.
As for the page boys, joining Prince George was Prince Harry's godson, six-year-old Master Jasper Dyer, who is the son of Mrs. Amanda Dyer and Mr. Mark Dyer M.V.O. Meghan and Jess must be really close, because she also included her seven-year-old twin sons, Master Brian Mulroney and Master John Mulroney, in the wedding party as well.
What did Harry and Meghan say in their wedding vows?
Just before the wedding took place, we learned that Meghan planned to leave out that little part of the vows that promised to "obey" her husband for life. The palace confirmed that she would say: "I Meghan, take you, Harry, to be my husband, to have and to hold from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part; according to God’s holy law. In the presence of God I make this vow."
Who was invited to Harry and Meghan's wedding?
Harry and Meghan had lots of celebrity guests in attendance at their royal wedding including George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian, James Corden and Julia Carey, Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre, and Elton John and David Furnish.
Many royal family members including Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, and Princess Anne, along with their respective families — including Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Zara Tindall, Lady Louise Windsor, and more! — were present during the ceremony. Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson was invited to the ceremony, but not the reception.
Will Prince Harry wear a wedding ring?
Prince William does not wear a wedding band, so many people were curious if Harry would do the same. However, on May 18, the palace officially announced that Harry did get a new piece of jewelry at their wedding. While Will has always been more traditional, Harry doesn't mind a little dazzle. He's even been spotted wearing the same beaded bracelet as his wife, so we think it's fitting that he'll wear a wedding band, too!
Why did Harry and Meghan get married so quickly?
Royal expert Kate Nicholl once told Entertainment Tonight that Harry's special bond with grandfather Prince Philip impacted both the timing and the venue of his wedding to Meghan. "He wanted something close to home for the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen. In fact, one of the reasons that Prince Harry has wanted this wedding to happen quite quickly — this is really whirlwind by royal standards — is because his 96-year-old grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, is retired now and Prince Harry really wanted him to be at his wedding. On top of that, Philip recently underwent hip surgery.
He's incredibly close to his grandfather and, being 96, Harry thought it was it was a great thing to [have] the wedding sooner rather than later, so his grandfather could be there, fit, and healthy," Nicholl explained. How sweet! On top of that, Meghan couldn't wait to walk down the aisle. "She knew he was 'the one' from the very moment she set eyes on him," an insider told In Touch.
Who performed at Harry and Meghan's wedding?
"Both Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have taken a great deal of interest and care in choosing the music for their Service, which will include a number of well-known hymns and choral work," Kensington palace revealed in a statement before the nuptials. Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 19, was a stand-out performer during the ceremony and Elton John, who was a great friend of the late Princess Diana, performed at the daytime wedding reception. Idris Elba allegedly was the DJ at the even reception.
What was Harry and Meghan's wedding cake like?
It was previously revealed by Kensington Palace that the royal couple would not be getting a banana cake like many people thought. "For their wedding cake Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen pastry chef Claire Ptak, owner of the London-based bakery Violet Cakes," the Palace shared, adding that the couple have asked Ptak to create "a lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavors of spring," which "will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers." Yum! Fruitcake is typically served at royal weddings (William and Kate served it) because it lasts long enough for a piece to be served at the future christening of the couple’s first child. So, yes, Meghan and Harry broke royal protocol with their cake decision.
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The wedding cake is to be served at the Reception. It was designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence in Sandringham from the estate’s own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple. #royalwedding
The cake was served at the reception, Kensington Palace revealed with a stunning photo of the dessert. "The wedding cake is to be served at the Reception. It was designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence in Sandringham from the estate’s own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple. #RoyalWedding,"
What kind of food was at Harry and Meghan's wedding?
Kensington Palace gave fans a sneak peek into the kitchen for the royal wedding before the nuptials. "On the 19th of May, staff will be working in the kitchens at Windsor Castle producing the food for Prince Harry and Ms. Markle's wedding reception, which will take place in the castle grounds after the ceremony," the Kensington Palace website read.
"All the staff are delighted to be involved on the day. We've even had old staff contacting us if we need some extra support," Mark, The Head Chef of The Royal Household, shared. "'Luckily the seasons have just fallen perfectly and that's become the main focus in the decision making of the menus."
The photos showed fresh produce including asparagus and snap peas. as well yummy desserts including chocolate truffles, bite-sized Crème brûlée, biscuits with mango panna cotta topping, and yellow macaroons.
At the evening reception, guests were served an organic three course meal! At midnight, burgers and cotton candy were being handed out.
And we're not surprised! "Meghan is adding some American touches [to the reception], like crab cake appetizers," an insider previously told In Touch. The pair also considered having a food truck serve burgers at the end of the night, as is customary at glitzy Hollywood bashes "but Meghan’s worried the royals will think it’s tacky."
On top of that, we're assuming there was red wine served at the event since Meghan's former blog The Tig is named after a bottle of Tuscan red wine. And if it's anything like Kate and Will's wedding, the food was extravagant and delicious!
What kind of flowers were at Harry and Meghan's wedding?
There was a beautiful combination of white garden roses, peonies, and foxgloves, with branches of beech, birch, and hornbeam at the royal wedding. "Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen floral designer @philippacraddock to create the church flowers for their wedding," Kensington Palace prevously announced. "The displays in St George's Chapel will feature foliage from The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, and will use seasonal plants including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves. The designs will reflect the wild and natural landscapes from which many of the plants will be drawn." Harry and Meghan honored Princess Diana at their wedding through their flowers as well. The couple included her favorite flower, the white rose, in many of their arrangements. How sweet!
Did Harry and Meghan get a prenup?
They probably didn't! "I don’t think they will," said UK family lawyer Julian Hawkhead. "If there was any drive to do so it would have come from the senior members of the royal family. There has been absolutely no such direction to do this and in fact, I’m reminded of when Prince William and Kate Middleton were engaged to be married, the Palace made it quite clear that they had no expectation that there should be any such prenuptial arrangement made." And if they split up, Meghan likely won't get a half of Harry's royal fortune. "Her financial claims would increase over the years though not through any formula or incrementally year by year, but one would expect a wife in Meghan’s position to have greater financial claims after a 10-year marriage than after a two-year marriage," Hawkhead added.
Who paid for Harry and Meghan's wedding?
A statement released by Kensington Palace revealed: "the royal family will pay for the wedding." Sounds great for Meghan's family, especially since the nuptials reportedly cost millions of dollars. A large chunk of the expenses were spent on the security for their special day — and we mean a large chunk. It possibly cost an extra $42 million on top of the thousands and thousands they spent on the food, venue, entertainment, and more. When Harry's older brother William tied the knot with Kate in 2011, the royal family spent $34 million on the wedding. While Harry and Meghan's event was much smaller, they still allegedly invited close to 700 people to their nuptials!
Where will Harry and Meghan honeymoon?
The duo may actually honeymoon in the US, Meghan's home country! Harry is a longtime supporter of Walking with the Wounded, a group that sponsors Walk to America, a three-month-long hike that will take place from May to July 2018. That said, the newly-married couple may travel to the US during that time to show their support! However, it's also been reported that the pair will be traveling to Namibia or even a southwest African country.
However, their honeymoon has allegedly been delayed for a really good reason — the couple will be staying back to celebrate Prince Charles' 70th birthday this week!
Did Meghan's name change when she married Harry?
Now that Harry and Meghan are married, Meghan could adopt the royal family's last name and become Rachel Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor if she wants. "Junior members of the royal family have the option of using the surname," royal historian and author Carolyn Harris told Town & Country. Since Harry also informally uses the last names Windsor and Wales, Meghan could go by those, too. Additionally, Meghan received the royal title HRH the Duchess of Sussex when she married Harry. So cool, right?!
Did Meghan become a UK citizen?
Yes! Meghan became a UK citizen and was baptized in the Church of England before she married into the royal family. Meghan's dad is Episcopalian and her mother is Protestant, so her personal religion likely isn't that different from the Church of England, but she still needed to be baptized and confirmed. Her baptism allegedly happened in March. "In the Church of England this may involve water being poured on your head at the font, or the church may have a special pool and you will be fully immersed in the water," explained the church website. "However it happens, it’s a great occasion, full of joy." Meghan also had to get UK citizenship, since she's an American citizen by birth!
Is Meghan the first black royal in England?
No, England has had a queen with African ancestry before! In the 1700s, Sophie Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz in Germany married King George III, and she became the first-ever person of color in the throne. Apparently, six bloodlines of the queen's could be traced to Portuguese royalty Margarita de Castro y Sousa, who was of African descent, according to PBS. In portraits, her skin is lightened and her African features are played down by the artists of the time, but rest assured, she was certainly mixed-race.
How did Harry propose to Meghan?
During their official engagement interview on Monday, Nov. 27, Harry and Meghan revealed the prince popped the question at the couple's Nottingham Cottage home at Kensington Palace in November 2017. "It was just a typical night for us," Harry said, to which Meghan added, "What were we doing? Just roasting chicken? Trying to roast a chicken and it was just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet and natural and romantic. He got on one knee." Harry continued, "She didn’t even let me finish! Then there were hugs and I had the ring on my finger and I was like, 'Can I give you the ring?' So it was a really nice moment it was just the two of us and I think I managed to catch her by surprise as well."
Harry then presented his bride-to-be with a gorgeous, white gold and diamond engagement ring. "I would estimate Meghan’s ring to be roughly a 2.5 to 3-carat cushion cut diamond. Cushions are cut deep, so they appear even smaller than what they really are," celebrity jeweler George Khalife, aka "George the Jeweler," told Life & Style. "I would say the ring is valued at roughly $60,000, with the two side stones having belonged to Princess Diana, and the main stone coming from Botswana, a country close to Prince Harry’s heart."
Did Harry and Meghan take engagement photos?
Yes, on two separate occasions! Just hours after Harry and Meghan announced their royal engagement in late November, the couple posed for their first photocall in the Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace. For the shoot, Harry looked dapper in a navy blue suit while Meghan wowed in a winter white coat over an emerald green dress. Her best accessory was, of course, her new engagement ring from Harry! About a month later, the duo released three engagement portraits on the Kensington Palace Instagram account. "Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen to release [these official portraits] to mark their engagement. The [photographs] was taken by photographer @AlexiLubomirski earlier this week at Frogmore House, Windsor," the gorgeous pics were captioned. We later learned that the sheer, black gown Meghan wore in the photos was designed by British brand Ralph & Russo and cost $75,000.
Do Harry and Meghan want to have kids?
Yes! Following their engagement announcement, the duo confessed they want to have children in the "near future." When asked in an interview about having a baby right now, Harry replied, "Not currently, no. [But] of course, you know, I think one step at a time. Hopefully, we’ll start a family in the near future."
Katie Nicholl also recently told Entertainment Tonight that William gave him baby fever, and he wants kids soon. "My sources are saying that Prince Harry, particularly, is very keen to start a family pretty soon after the royal wedding," she said. "He's made no secret about wanting children."
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