All the Special Ways Princess Diana Was Honored at the Royal Wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markles’ wedding wasn’t just the event of the year. On the inside, it was a personal and often intimate celebration of the love they share and their commitment to each other. And even more than that, it was a chance for the young royals to pay tribute to those their extended circle of loved ones.

In many cases, their friends and family were there to help them forge their new lives together. One very special figure couldn’t be there — at least, not in person. But the couple still found ways to remember her.

Here are all the special ways Harry and Markle paid tribute to his late mother, Princess Diana, on their wedding day — including a treasured piece of jewelry (page 7) and an emotional moment at their intimate reception (page 8).

1. Love train

Meghan Markle walking into the church.

Markle’s veil was beautiful and held special meaning. | Jane Barlow – WPA Pool/Getty Images

In many ways, Markles’ wedding look was a perfect encapsulation of her modern, chic style. But she still managed to pay tribute to her late mother-in-law’s infamous wedding day attire. Markles’ monarch-length veil was jaw-droppingly beautiful. It also felt like a clear nod to Princess Diana’s own epically long train.

The Duchess of Sussex also used her veil to honor the entire British commonwealth. A flower from each of its 53 countries was embroidered into the extended train. That spirit of inclusion seems like it would have warmed Diana’s heart.

Next: One of Markles’ most important wedding day accessories also included a sweet tribute to Diana.  

2. Forget her not

Prince Harry Marries Ms. Meghan Markle - Windsor Castle.

The bouquets consisted of Princess Diana’s favorite flowers. | Ben Stansall – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Unsurprisingly, Markles’ wedding bouquet was absolutely gorgeous. But the flowers she carried down the aisle also held an important significance for Harry.

A statement from Kensington Palace revealed, “The spring blooms include Forget-Me-Nots which were Diana, Princess of Wales’ favourite flower. The couple specifically chose them to be included in Ms. Markle’s bouquet to honour the memory of the late Princess on this special day.”

Harry and Markle also requested that white flowers, which Diana reportedly favored, be strewn about the chapel.

Next: A symbolic song served as the soundtrack for an important moment in the wedding ceremony.  

3. Guide me

Prince Harry and Prince William in the church.

The church was filled with memorable music. | Owen Humphreys/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Diana’s favorite hymn was “Guide Me, O Thy Great Redeemer.” And it’s had a lasting legacy in royal events since her death. The song was played at Diana’s funeral, and also at Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding in 2011.

So it’s not a surprise that Harry and Markle also chose to feature the hymn during their wedding ceremony. Harry wiped away tears as the song rang through St. George’s Chapel.

Next: These important people in Diana’s life were included in Harry and Markles’ special day

4. A family reunion

Lady Jane Fellowes standing in front of the church at the royal wedding.

Lady Jane Fellowes | WPA Pool/Getty Images

Diana had a notoriously rocky relationship with the royal family. But any lingering hard feelings were set aside on Harry and Markles’ wedding day. The royal family extended invitations to three of Diana’s surviving siblings. Lady Jane Fellowes, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Charles, 9th Earl Spencer were all in attendance.

And Fellowes even delivered a reading during the ceremony. It was the closest the young royals could get to having Harry’s mother there herself.

Next: Harry and Markle even managed to pay homage to Diana after the ceremony was over.

5. And a family portrait, too

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and the children of the wedding party.

This wedding portrait includes a special touch. | Kensington Palace via Twitter

When Markle and Harry were planning their wedding day portraits, they must have known the absence of his mother in the photos would feel pretty acute. So they took steps to make sure she could be included, even in a small way.

The chaise lounge that Harry chose to sit in for their portrait with their bridesmaids and pageboys holds a special significance. It’s the same piece of furniture that Diana was seated in for a royal family portrait taken in the 1980s.

In fact, in that portrait, Diana is holding an infant Harry.

Next: A new era of family milestones.

6. Location, location, location

Prince Harry Marries Ms. Meghan Markle - Windsor Castle.

The wedding location held important significance. | Ben Stansall – WPA Pool/Getty Images

It wasn’t just the furniture that held a special significance in Harry and Markles’ wedding photos. The couple may have chosen the location — the Green Drawing Room in Windsor Castle – because of its significance in his life.

Harry was christened in the same room back in 1984. And the fact that his mother used that room for an important day in both their lives makes the location choice even more special.

Next: Markle’s wedding day jewelry was especially significant.  

7. Something blue

Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex wave as they leave Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

Markle wore this special ring to honor Princes Diana. | Steve Parsons-WPA Pool/Getty Images

When Harry proposed to Markle, he made sure her engagement ring included stones that once belonged to his mother. But that’s not the only piece of jewelry he gave her that held special significance.

Markle was photographed wearing a gorgeous aquamarine ring when she and Harry departed for their wedding reception. And it turns out the ring also once belonged to Princess Diana.

It’s a sweet gesture from a groom to his bride. And it may have brought her good luck. After all, the ring insured Markle was wearing something blue on her big day.

Next: Harry paid an emotional tribute to his mother behind closed doors.

8. A loving tribute

Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle.

Prince Harry was thinking of his mother on his special day. | Dominic Lipinski-WPA Pool/Getty Images

In contrast to their public wedding ceremony, Markle and Harry chose to have a more intimate gathering for their reception. And the whirlwind evening apparently included a special moment where Harry honored his mother.

According to one source, “Harry gave a tearful speech paying tribute to his own mother missing from the festivities.” The Duke of Sussex also took the time to thank his new mother-in-law for giving him permission to marry Markle.

All in all, Diana’s presence was felt throughout Harry and Markles’ wedding day.

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