Royal Fans Can’t Stop Talking About These Little Details in Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Wedding
Whether you got up early to watch the royal wedding or are catching up after the fact, it’s impossible to remember all the details of what happened when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot. A lot happened on the grounds of Windsor Castle when the couple — now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex — said “I do.” But just in case you missed them, we have you covered with a recap of some of the sweetest moments and most memorable details from the royal wedding.
Even if you watched the whole thing from start to finish, make sure that you didn’t miss any of these adorable details.
9. The couple honored the memory of Princess Diana
As expected, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle paid homage to the groom’s mother, Princess Diana, at their royal wedding. CNN reports that Diana’s presence “was subtly felt at her son’s wedding,” starting with Meghan’s bouquet. Harry reportedly hand-picked the flowers himself, including white forget-me-nots, his mother’s favorite flower.
Diana’s sister, Jane Fellowes, gave a reading during the ceremony, and her other siblings were in attendance. Elton John, one of her close friends, performed at the lunch reception. And the decorations at the venue, St. George’s Chapel, included white roses, another of Diana’s favorite blooms. And as Elle reports, Meghan accessorized her reception attire with an aquamarine ring from Diana’s personal collection, “the perfect, heart-melting something blue.”
Next: The couple made this unexpected choice for the sermon and the music at the chapel.
8. The ceremony featured an American bishop and a gospel choir
Vox reports that “one of the most striking elements of the royal wedding was also among the most unexpected: the fiery, impassioned, and theologically-charged sermon of American Episcopalian bishop Michael Curry.” Curry’s 15-minute sermon emphasized the power of love — and not just romantic love. As Vox reports, “Curry was drawing on the rhetoric of liberation theology — a 20th century theological tradition inspired by Marxist thought — to characterize love as a necessary, chaotic, and political force.”
The Atlantic reports that thanks to Curry’s sermon — and to the gospel choir singing “Stand by Me” — the royal wedding “had a distinctively black-church flavor to it.” As the publication notes, “His address to the room full of royals and celebrities at Windsor Castle was subtly political, calling for an end to poverty and war and citing American slavery and Martin Luther King Jr.”
Next: The bride wore her signature hairstyle.
7. Meghan Markle wore her favorite controversial hairstyle
You may not have noticed Meghan Markle’s hair thanks to the cathedral-length veil she wore at the royal wedding. But Racked reports that Markle wore her favorite rule-breaking messy bun to the ceremony. “Since it’s a fancy wedding, let’s call it a chignon. Either way, there are tendrils,” the publication noted of the bride’s signature hairstyle.
Meghan kept things relatively buttoned up with a veil and tiara at the ceremony. But she ditched the veil and let the tendrils down in the official royal wedding portraits.
Next: The groom made an untraditional choice in the barber’s chair, too.
6. Prince Harry kept his beard
Another detail you may have missed when it comes to the newlyweds’ grooming choices? Prince Harry kept his beard, technically breaking a few rules to sport his signature look. As Reader’s Digest reports, facial hair of any kind represents “a break from the norm for anyone wearing a military uniform.”
Since Harry isn’t in active service, he can keep his beard intact while wearing his uniform. But as the publication notes, Harry’s military status “is also why Queen Elizabeth II had to give her grandson special permission to don the uniform on his wedding day.”
Next: Nobody missed these sweet moments.
5. The couple made everybody weak in the knees
If the gorgeous venue or the breathtaking gown weren’t enough to have you swooning, the interactions between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry probably were. As Reader’s Digest reports, the bride mouthed “Hi,” to her groom mid-procession, and he whispered “Hi” back when she reached the altar. The publication explains, “Only this couple could turn such a simple interaction into an intimate display of love.”
But that wasn’t all. People notes that when Meghan walked down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel, she met “a seemingly blushing Harry at the altar.” The groom mouthed, “You look amazing — I’m so lucky,” to the bride. Then he bit his lip, sending fans around the world into a frenzy. (As The Cut notes, Twitter erupted with many hilarious reactions to the moment.)
Next: The bride made the same choice as Princess Diana and Kate Middleton when she chose her vows.
4. Meghan Markle made the same choice as Princess Diana and Kate Middleton in her vows
Another noteworthy detail from the royal wedding? What Meghan Markle and Prince Harry did — and didn’t — promise to do when they said their vows. Refinery29 reports that Princess Diana became the first royal bride to opt out of vowing to “obey” her husband. Kate Middleton also didn’t make that promise.
And as Time reports, Meghan Markle also decided against promising to obey her husband. Instead, each of the newlyweds promised to love, comfort, honor, protect, and be faithful to the other. They also vowed to have, to hold, to love, and to cherish.
Next: She made a feminist statement before the ceremony even began.
3. She walked herself down the aisle
Thanks to the drama with her father, there was a lot of speculation in the days before the royal wedding about who would walk Meghan Markle down the aisle. But as Brit + Co. notes, ” the bride decided to walk herself down the aisle until she reached the Quire, where she met up with Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles, to go the rest of the way.”
Kensington Palace’s statement on the matter emphasized that Charles was simply accompanying her, not giving her away. In fact, Charles fell back as Meghan approached the altar to join Harry. The moment made history and stood out as a feminist statement.
Next: She turned to female designers.
2. The dresses (there were two!) were both by female designers
Claire Waight Keller — the first female artistic director at Givenchy — designed the dress that Meghan wore when she and Harry said, “I do.” As Vox reports, the new Duchess of Sussex accessorized the minimalist gown — which had no embroidery, no lace, and no tulle — with Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara. She also wore a veil with lace detailing featuring flora of the 53 Commonwealth countries. And the sons of her closest friend, Jessica Mulroney, helped guide the 16-foot veil down the aisle.
As The New York Times put it, the gown “was not a Cinderella choice, not one that spoke of fantasy or old-fashioned fairy tales, but one that placed the woman proudly front and center.” Stella McCartney designed Markle’s second dress, which looked much less traditional than the first gown but had the same minimalist aesthetic.
Next: The couple’s first kiss is one for the books.
1. They had their first kiss outside the chapel
Harpers Bazaar notes that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry had plenty of adorable moments at the royal wedding. But their first kiss as a married couple is one for the books. After they exchanged their vows inside St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, they appeared on the steps of the chapel to share their first kiss.
As People reports, “the crowds of well-wishers went wild as the new husband and wife kissed, which is a royal wedding tradition. In 2011, Prince William and Kate Middleton responded to cheers from the crowd below and kissed on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, just as Prince Charles and Princess Diana did on their wedding day.”
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