The Britain’S Royal Wedding 2018 – Everything You Want To Know
It’s Official. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Sixteenth Royal Couple to celebrate their marriage at Windsor castle since 1863. The Royal Wedding took place on May 19th 2018. It’s not just a royal wedding but a grandeur and rich legacy and tradition of hundreds of years of a successful monarch and kingdom in the world. Britain’s royal wedding is the only royal wedding that holds thousands of enthusiasts and admirers across globe irrespective of countries and cultures and puts in presence in almost every media be it newspapers, tabloids, internet or the social media. People gathered outside the Long Walk of the Windsor Castle of all ages, be it babies to kids, teens to adults and elderly, who enthusiastically and excitedly waving for the Royals, on their way to castle is just a reflection of their admiration and awe and joy for the Royal Wedding and their kingdom’s legacy. The royal weddings do have its perk of holding interesting and fascinating things and traditions within itself. Let us take a look.
The Wedding Dress
“Selecting a wedding dress is more than just a fitting … it’s a process – a memory in the making”
– Olivelli Cape Town
The Royal Wedding Dress is no exception. Markle wore a stunning silk gown designed by British Designer, Clare Waight Keller. Clare Waight Keller became the first female artistic director at the historic French fashion house, the Givenchy. The gown was a simple and minimal elegance, with a wide boat-neck, and the dress extends in a slim three – quarter sleeves. The Haute couture dress is made up of exclusive double-bonded silk cady cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. Prince Harry wore the Uniform of the ‘Blues and Royals’ and wore the star of the Royal Victorian Order and along with Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan, Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and Army Air Corps Wings. When it comes to the Bridal Hair and Make-up , Markle’s Hair was styled by Serge Normant and Make-up by Makeup artist Daniel Martin.
The Reception Dress
Meghan Markle wore a stunning Halter-neck dress by Stella McCartney and wore a splendid cocktail Emerald Cut Aquamarine Ring that belonged originally to the late Princess Diana which she wore to many occasions. This aquamarine ring was a striking piece of jewelry and a favorite in Diana’s private collection. Markle accessorized her Stella McCartney dress with a pair of heels from one of her favorite footwear brand, the AquaZurra.
Markle’s veil was a stunner. Markle wore a five-meter (little over 16ft) long white silk veil which had a significance of its own. The veil featured elegant and stunning embroidery with 53 flowers, representing the Commonwealth Countries. Markle also chose her two other favorite flowers – Wintersweet found in Kensington Palace and the Californian poppy – her Home Town Flower to be adorned on the stunning beauty of a veil.
The Engagement Ring
Meghan Markle’s engagement ring was designed by Prince Harry himself and Custom made by Court Jewelers Cleave & Company. The Centrepiece One Diamond was Sourced from Botswana and two smaller stones belong from Princess Diana’s Collection.
The Wedding Ring
Prince Harry gave his bride Meghan Markle, a simple wedding band made with Welsh Gold, a tradition ever since the Queen Mother’s wedding in 1923. The history behind the Welsh Gold is that it’s been the royal tradition to wear wedding rings made with small amount of Welsh Gold which the queen gives. The ring was made from the small amount of gold given from the royal vaults, as it was earlier presented to Queen Elizabeth II.
Markle reached back into the Royal British Monarch’s Vault to choose her wedding tiara, The Diamond Bandeau, lent to her by the Queen. Markle’s Royal Wedding tiara belonged to Queen Mary of Teck, the wife of King George the V. Its center brooch, which is detachable and studded with ten diamonds, dates back to 1893. Made of platinum and studded with diamonds, the tiara is a band of 11 separate sections having interlaced ovals and with large and small brilliantly cut diamonds. The central detachable brooch is made of 10 stunning diamonds. Along with the Tiara, Meghan Markle wore a Cartier Bracelet and Pair of Diamond Earrings.
Markle’s Bridal Bouquet for her Royal Wedding was designed by florist Philippa Craddock. The bouquet featured ‘Forget-Me-Not’ – Princess Diana’s Favorite flower, chosen by Markle and Harry to honor the memory of the late princess. The small beautiful bouquet also featured Sweet peas, Lily of the valley, Astilbe, Jasmine and Astrantia, and branches of Myrtle all bound together with a naturally dyed raw silk ribbon. Some of the flowers featured in the bouquet were handpicked and chosen by none other than Prince Harry himself for Markle from Kensington Palace gardens.
The Wedding Shoes
The wedding shoes Markle opted for her Royal Wedding are from Givenchy and was a striking refined pointed couture design made of a silk duchess satin. The shoes Markle wore for the Reception if from the Aquazurra, made in silky satin with soles painted in baby blue.
Bridesmaids And Page Boys
The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had Six young Bridesmaids and four Page Boys. Claire Waight Keller designed all six bridesmaids’ dresses in the Givenchy Haute Couture Atelier in Paris and their bouquet replicated the original wedding bouquet. The Page Boy’s wore a miniature version of ‘Blues and Royals’ frockcoat.
The Wedding Cake
The Wedding cake was designed by Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery and features Elderflower Syrup made exclusively at Queen’s residence in Sandringham (10 bottles of Sandringham Elderflower Cordial) from the estate’s very own Elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple. The cake is originally a Lemon Elderflower flavored cake and covered with butter-cream and decorated with fresh spring flowers.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle chose Historical St.George’s Chapel at the Windsor Castle. The Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton took place at the Westminster Abbey. The royal wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Lady Diana took place at St.Paul’s Cathedral, London.
Unlike the previous Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had none of the domestic and International Political Leaders. With a small ceremony at the St.George’s at the Windsor Castle, Harry and Markle had a guest list of approximately 600 People most of who seems to have a direct cordial relationship with the couples. The guests were Non-Royals and Hollywood High Profilers like George Clooney with wife Amal Clooney, Idris Elba, Oprah Winfrey, Priyanka Chopra, TV Host James Cordon, Carey Mulligan and Markle’s ‘Suits’ Co-Stars Patrick J Adams with wife Troian Bellisario, Gabriel Macht with wife Jacinda Barrett, Sarah Rafferty, Rick Hoffman, Gina Torres, Abigail Spencer. Sports Stars like Serena Williams with husband Alexis Ohanian, David Beckham with wife Victoria, Musicians like Elton John with husband David Furnish, James Blunt, Joss Stone and Marcus Mumford, Rugby players like Johny Wilkinson and James Haskell were among the list to attend the royal wedding.
The Royal Couple have asked that anyone who might wish to mark their Royal Wedding considers giving a donation to charity, rather than sending a wedding gift for them. The 7 charities chosen by the royal couples are StreetGames – sports-focused charity, Myna Mahila Foundation, Surfers against sewage, Wilderness Foundation, Crisis, CHIVA – Children’s HIV Association, Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
Title Upon Marriage
Upon Marriage, Prince Harry is granted the title ‘His Royal Highness, Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton, Baron Kilkeel’ and Meghan Markle Acquires the title ‘Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex’.
Wedding Ceremonies & Bishop Michael Curry Sermon Address
The Dean of the Windsor Castle, David Conner conducted the wedding service with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby performing the Wedding Ceremony. Baroness Fellowes, Prince Harry’s Aunt, Sister of late Princess Diana, read a scripture lesson from ‘The Song of Salmon’ in the Christian Bible. To put it in a word, Michael Bruce Curry just stole the show with his wonderful sermon at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and caught attention worldwide with his long and outstanding address. Michael Curry, during his sermon, quoted the Martin Luther King words, “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world, for love is the only way”. With the importance of Love being put upon, the sermon address of Michael Curry marked an overwhelming and powerful moment in the pages of royal wedding histories.
Stand By Me
The ‘Stand by Me’ performed by Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir at The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marks a breathtaking, emotional and stunning Performance and marked a powerful moment at the ceremony. The Stand by Me is the talk of the town and a became a sensational song after the wedding. The song was originally performed by American Singer and Songwriter Ben E King and written by King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stroller.