It's all happening! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said "I do" at the royal wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel.
Beginning at 11am, the Choir of St. George's Chapel, directed by James Vivian, the Director of Music at St. George's Chapel, sang: "Salut d'Amour," "St Paul's Suite, movement 4," "Lady Radnor's Suite, movements 2, 3 & 5," "Capriol Suite, movements 2, 3, & 5," "Fantasia on Greensleeves," "Serenade for Strings, movement 1," and "Chanson de Matin." The orchestra was conducted by Christopher Warren-Green with musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
A fanfare sounded at Meghan's arrival! Prince Harry (to our delight!) kept his beard intact, looking extra dapper in his uniform. He cried! Meghan's mom cried! We cried!
Markle wore a stunning, oh-so-classic wedding dress by Givenchy, with her hair pulled back in a chignon and a cathedral-length veil. She also wore the Queen Mary Filigree Tiara. Prince Harry abided by a royal tradition, waiting to see his bride for the first time as she walked down the aisle. She walked halfway down the aisle on her own and was met by Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles, for the second half.
The ceremony was lead by Rt Rev. David Conner, the dean of Windsor. The archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby married the couple. The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, a Chicago-based bishop, gave the address.
19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, joined by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir, sang "Stand By Me" before the couple exchanged vows.
Now for the vows! Remember, Meghan went the way of her new sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, and omitted the word "obey" from her vows.
Harry: I Harry, take you, Meghan, to be my wife, to have and to hold from, this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part; according to God’s holy law. In the presence of God, I make this vow.
Meghan: I Meghan, take you, Harry, to be my husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward; for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part; according to God’s holy law. In the presence of God, I make this vow.
(For the entire program, go here!)
Prince William served as Prince Harry’s best man, while Markle chose not to have a maid of honor. The couple had a 10-person bridal party, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte as a page boy and mini bridesmaid, respectively. For the rest of the lineup, Harry and Markle turned to a few of their godchildren, Jessica Mulroney's three children, and the son of one of Harry's mentors, rounding out the cutest bridal party ever.