Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been joined together as husband and wife in a ceremony marked by more than just a touch of British and Hollywood glamour.
The couple wed before more than 600 guests at St. George’s Chapel — as well as millions of spectators around the globe — promising to love and cherish one another “till death us do part.”
Markle chose to wear a simply adorned, silk wedding gown with three-quarter-length sleeves, designed by Givenchy artistic director Clare Waight Keller. Holding her bridal veil in place was a diamond-encrusted bandeau tiara lent to her by the Queen.
As Markle stepped out of her Rolls Royce limousine, two of her page boys, seven-year-old twins Brian and John Mulroney, carried her long veil, wearing gap-toothed grins as a trumpet fanfare blared.
The twins are the sons of Jessica Mulroney, a fashion stylist and close friend to Markle, and Ben Mulroney, co-host of CTV’s “Your Morning” and anchor at “etalk.” The boys’ four-year-old sister Ivy Mulroney acted as one of Markle’s bridesmaids.
Sunlight streamed through the chapel’s many stained glass windows as Harry’s father Prince Charles accompanied Markle partway down the aisle. And as Prince Harry took his bride’s hand, he appeared to whisper to her: “You look amazing.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, officiated while Michael Bruce Curry, the American presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, delivered an impassioned address about the nature of love that quoted U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
As the couple exchanged their vows, Harry presented Markle with a wedding ring fashioned from a piece of Welsh gold given to them by the Queen. Prince Harry bucked royal tradition by also taking a wedding ring: a platinum band with a textured finish.
The happy couple will now be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Queen Elizabeth has also conferred Prince Harry, sixth in line to the British throne, with the additional titles of Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.
Ahead of the ceremony, Prince Harry arrived at the chapel by foot accompanied by his brother Prince William, both dressed in the dark uniform of the Blues and Royals with caps and white gloves.
Queen Elizabeth, Harry’s 92-year-old grandmother, wore a citron suit and hat as she took her seat in the chapel’s quire. Accompanying her was the Duke of Edinburgh, whose attendance had been somewhat in question. Though the 96-year-old has been out of the public eye in recent weeks following hip surgery in April, he entered the chapel without any aids.
Also in the quire were members of the Royal Family on one side, including Prince Andrew, the Duchesses of Cornwall and Cambridge, with Markle’s mother Doria Ragland, on the other.
Many of the couple’s closest friends were nearby as well, including Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian, George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney, and media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
Several hundred more guests were seated in the chapel’s nave, including actor Idris Elba, singer Elton John, Victoria and David Beckham, with the men dressed in morning suits and uniforms and the ladies in hats and fascinators.
Outside the chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle were 2,640 members of the public who had been specially invited by the couple, including charity volunteers, war veterans, and members of the royal households.
After the ceremony, the crowd roared their approval as Harry and Meghan emerged to greet them, growing even louder as the couple took a moment to kiss on the chapel steps.
The newlyweds then stepped into a horse-drawn Ascot Landau carriage amid blue skies and sunshine for a procession through the streets of Windsor.
The carriage made its way past the castle walls to weave through the town’s narrow streets. Tens of thousands of excited fans greeted them, some draped in Union Jacks, others waving U.S. flags or cardboard cutouts of the new couple.
On hand throughout it all was a heavy police presence. Hundreds of officers armed with semi-automatic weapons and sniffer dogs patrolled the streets and castle grounds, while police snipers watched from nearby roofs, equipped with scopes and binoculars to survey the scene.