Every Juicy Detail You Ever Wanted to Know About Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding

The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was the pinnacle of pomp and circumstance. From the wedding cake to the guest list, we have gathered every juicy detail we possibly could for you. Take a look at how fabulous a wedding made for royalty really is!

1. Venue

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and The Duchess of Sussex leave Windsor Castle in the Ascot Landau carriage during a procession after getting married at St Georges Chapel on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

It was a lovely day for a wedding. | Odd Anderson – WPA/Getty Images

First, the couple was married at St. George’s Chapel. The Cathedral was built within the grounds of Windsor Castle where the reception took place. Windsor Castle is about 20 miles outside of London and has been the family home-away-from-home for centuries.

Next: You can’t have a wedding without a dress.

2. Meghan Markle’s wedding dress

Meghan Markle arrives for the wedding ceremony to marry Prince Harry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

Markle’s Givenchy dress was stunning. | Ben Stansall – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Rumors surrounding the designer of Meghan’s dress have been swirling for months. Although, all of those suspicions ended up being wrong. Kensington Palace revealed that the dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller. Keller is an acclaimed fashion designer who became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy.

Next: What kind of cake befits the taste of a royal family?

3. Cake

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Wedding Cake

This elegant cake perfectly matched the mood. | Kensington Royal via Instagram

California-born, but London-based Chef Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Cakes, created a humble lemon cake for the royal couple. Humble for the royal couple, anyways. The elderflower lemon cake was decorated with buttercream and fresh flowers.

Next: Every princess deserves a tiara.

4. Tiara

Meghan Markle on her wedding day

Her tiara was to die for. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The tiara is a very special piece of jewelry from the royal family. On the wedding day, Queen Elizabeth bestowed one to Meghan Markle as a wedding gift. But of course, that gift was on loan for the day and was returned to the royal family.

Meghan wore a diamond bandeau tiara that was made in 1932 and belonged to Queen Mary of Teck, the wife of King George the V. However, the history of the tiara goes much further back in history than that.

Next: There is some more significant jewelry that they get to keep on the next page.

5. Rings

Prince Harry places ring on finger

Prince Harry places the wedding ring on the finger of Meghan Markle during their wedding service in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle | Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Wedding rings in the United States are almost a sacrosanct tradition. However, in the U.K. they are not required. While Kate Middleton has worn her wedding band every day since her marriage to Prince William, her husband doesn’t wear one.

In the case of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the two both exchanged rings. London’s Cleave & Company designed both of the rings. Meghan’s ring was fashioned from the royal family’s stash of Welsh gold. Harry’s ring is brushed platinum.

Next: Every bride must have her maids.

6. Bridesmaids

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Jessica Mulroney, Ivy Mulroney, Florence van Cutsem, Zoe Warren, Zalie Warren, Benita Litt, Remy Litt and Rylan Litt arrive at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

Princess Charlotte (waving, far left) and her fellow bridesmaids were as adorable as you’d expect. | Jane Barlow – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Meghan Markle did not have a maid of honor because she was unable to pick which friend would fill that role. Princess Charlotte, Meghan’s soon to be niece, was one of Markle’s bridesmaids. So was Zalie Warren and Florence van Cutsem, who is Prince Harry’s goddaughters. Ivy Mulroney, who is Markle’s good friend’s daughter, served as a wedding attendant. And finally, Meghan’s goddaughters, Remi and Rylan Litt, will fill out the rest of the bridal party.

Next: Prince Harry’s page boys are just as interesting.

7. Pageboys

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge with Prince George leave St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle after the wedding of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and the Duchess of Sussex on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

Pageboy Prince George and his father, best man Prince William, stuck together. | Andrew Matthews – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Breaking with his soon-to-be wife, Prince Harry had a “best man” in the Duke of Cambridge, his brother. He did also have an army of children at his side but only four. Prince George acted as a pageboy along with Ivy Mulroney’s twin brothers Brian and John Mulroney. Prince Harry’s other godchild, Jasper Dix, rounded out his party.

Next: Here’s who walked her down the aisle.

8. Meghan’s dad did not attend

Prince Harry looks at his bride, Meghan Markle, as she arrives accompanied by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during their wedding in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

It was Meghan herself who reportedly asked Prince Charles to walk her down the aisle. | Jonathan Brady – WPA Pool/Getty Images

Unfortunately, Meghan Markle’s dad did not walk his daughter down the aisle. It was initially reported that Thomas Markle had to pull himself out of the wedding because of heart problems. However, reports emerged that he was attempting to leverage his daughters worldwide celebrity for his own personal gain.

Meghan Markle was “upset and disturbed by the entire ordeal and just wants to move past it. She doesn’t want to let anything ruin her day and is trying to keep the focus on the weekend,” an insider told Us Weekly. But in a sweet gesture, her now father-in-law, Prince Charles, walked her down the aisle.

Next: Some significant names were omitted from the guest list.

9. Guest list snubs

No world leaders were invited to the wedding. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Unlike other royal weddings, dignitaries are not a required presence at Prince Harry’s wedding. The reasoning is because Prince Harry is not the direct heir to the throne. Donald Trump, Theresa May, and other world leaders were not invited to the event at all.

Oddly, Barack and Michelle Obama did not attend the wedding despite their extremely close friendship with the Prince and Markle.

Next: They say that a wedding can be expensive, but a royal wedding puts those to shame.

10. The costs associated with this wedding will take your breath away

The wedding will cost a fortune. | Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Flowers are estimated to cost about half a million. The dress somewhere around $500,000. Flights could have been upwards of $700,000. Those are the cheap details. Security for this event could have cost a cool $32 million.

At the end of the day, it is estimated that the whole wedding cost right around $35 million. That being said, it is chump change for a family that is worth around $10 billion dollars.

Next: Speaking of security …

11. Security was tight

Members of the public pass a security screening as they arrive on castle hill ahead of the wedding and carriage procession of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018.

Members of the public had to go through a lot to simply view the processional. | Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Security at the royal wedding was very tight. Overall command of security at the wedding went to the Thames Valley Police. The Metropolitan Police and the British Transport Police were assisting them throughout the event.

The police presence was beefed up since before the wedding. Armed and unarmed police along with mounted and canine police were patrolling the areas before, during and after the event. Anybody attending the event was screened and searched.

Next: The music for this event is nothing short of spectacular.

12. Sir Elton John performed

 Sir Elton John arrives at the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.

The famed musician was both a guest and an entertainer that day. | Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Most weddings decide between a local DJ or a cover band. Not the royal family. It has been said that Sir Elton John played music well into the evening including a rousing rendition of The Lion King‘sCircle of Life” for attendees. There was also a DJ for good measure because Prince Harry is a fan of house music.

The State Trumpeters, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra played the music during the service. Additionally, 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason was chosen to perform alongside Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir. Conducting the Choir of St. George’s Chapel was James Vivian who also the director of music for the chapel.

Next: Here’s the quick version of how the ceremony played out.

13. The ceremony

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on wedding day

It was a beautiful ceremony. | Owen Humphreys/WPA Pool/Getty Image

The ceremony had two officiants: The Dean of Windsor, the Rt. Rev. David Conner, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the leader of the Church of England. Rev. Michael Curry, head of the Episcopal Church gave the address at their wedding.

The Chapel can hold approximately 800 people, but there were only around 600 people in attendance for the ceremony. An additional 2,640 people were at the reception. Many of whom were invited for being exceptional members of their communities.

Next: Who do you choose to capture pictures of a royal wedding?

14. The photographer

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle engagment photo

Alexi Lubomirski took the couple’s engagement photos too. | Kensington Royal via Instagram

Alexi Lubomirski was tapped as the official wedding photographer. Lubomirski is renowned fashion and portrait photographer who also did their engagement photos. In a statement, Lubomirski said, “Having taken Prince Harry and Ms. Markle’s engagement photos, it brings me such joy to be able to witness again, the next chapter in this wonderful love story.”

Next: If you’re a guest, what do you get as gifts for the wedding?

15. The royal couple opted out of gifts

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet local school children during a visit to Birmingham on March 8, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

The couple is encouraging people to donate to charities instead. | Hannah McKay-WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have opted out of having people bring gifts to the wedding. Instead, they have decided to do something much more genuine. The happy couple chose seven charities for which anyone wishing to send them gifts can donate to instead.

Those charities include:

The royal couple has done a lot for charity and continues to do so in their daily lives. It only makes sense to receive donations in lieu of gifts for a couple who seems to have everything.

Next: This is the only way a royal couple can wrap up a royal wedding.

16. The royal honeymoon to Namibia

Sunset scene in Etosha National Park, Namibia

The couple will be jetting off to Namibia. | FernandoQuevedo/ Getty Images

A royal honeymoon is like none other. Mainly because of the high amount of security, but also because of the extravagance. The royal couple is allegedly spending their royal honeymoon in Namibia. Natural Selection’s Hoanib Valley Camp takes “glamping” to a whole new level. To see more about it, you should check this article out.

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