Prince Harry, 33, and Meghan Markle, 36, are officially husband and wife. The world tuned in on Saturday (May 19th) as they became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at London’s Windsor Castle. The ceremony took place at the gothic St. George’s Chapel at noon. But it was no “ordinary” wedding, even by royal standards.
Harry’s princely status and Ms. Markle’s celebrity status (she starred on Suits for seven years) turned the wedding into a global event. Much attention was also devoted to the fact that Ms. Markle is American, a divorcee and biracial. The event was widely viewed as a determined effort on the part of Harry and Ms. Markle to bring the British monarchy into the modern day.
- The projected audience in America for Harry and Ms. Markle’s wedding was nearly 23 million people (they woke up before 7 a.m. EST to watch live as the couple tied the knot!) The Nielsen Co. said that viewers were spread out over 11 different networks. These numbers were comparable to the number of viewers who tuned in to see Prince William marry Kate Middleton in 2011, though fewer people in Britain showed up to see this wedding in person.
- The 600-strong guest list was a who’s who of royalty and Hollywood. Celebrity guests included Oprah Winfrey, Idris Elba, James Blunt, George & Amal Clooney, Priyanka Chopra, Victoria & David Beckham, Suits stars Patrick J. Adams & Troian Bellisario and Serena Williams.
- In an apparent effort to be more inclusive, the couple invited 2,640 members of the public, including 1,200 ordinary people from around the U.K. to watch from inside the castle grounds as guests arrived.
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- According to the Palace, Clare Waight Keller also designed the six young Bridesmaids’ dresses in the Givenchy Haute Couture Atelier in Paris. The dresses were designed to have the same “timeless purity” as Ms. Markle’s dress. Ms. Markle and Harry also picked flowers for the Bridesmaids. One of the bridesmaids was Princess Charlotte, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s daughter.
- The four Pages are wearing a miniature version of the Blues and Royals frockcoat, the Palace revealed. The uniform “draws its insignia from the Blues and Royals, which is an old Regiment of The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.” Both are also wearing Blues and Royals frockcoats for the Wedding Day. One of the pages was Prince George, Prince William and Kate Middleton’s son.
- The mother of the bride, Doria Ragland, wore a dress and day coat designed by creative directors of Oscar de la Renta, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim.
- The Queen was the last to arrive at the ceremony. She wore a lime silk dress and was accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip, in a rare public appearance.