British royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding

British royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding
The newly married Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leave Windsor Castle in a convertible car after their wedding.

London - The newlyweds spent their first night as a married couple at Windsor Castle.



By Agencies

Published: Sun 20 May 2018, 12:57 PM

Last updated: Sun 20 May 2018, 2:59 PM

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot on Saturday in a star-studded Windsor Castle ceremony watched the world over, that married British tradition and US razzmatazz.
The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex exchanged vows at the altar in St. George's Chapel in an emotional service, sealed with a kiss, that brought the biracial US TV star into the heart of the British monarchy.
Here's how the historic moment unfolded. (All times UAE)


Monday 10: 25am

British royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding
The royal family has thanked people who attended or watched the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
 "Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world," the royals said.
The family tweeted its thanks late Saturday night while Harry and his bride were attending a private soiree hosted by Harry's father, Prince Charles.
Kensington Palace did not release details, but photographs showed Markle, now known formally as the Duchess of Sussex, wearing an emerald-cut aquamarine ring that had belonged to Harry's mother, Princess Diana, to the reception.
The newlyweds spent their first night as a married couple at Windsor Castle. They are not immediately going on honeymoon.

4:00pm

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gazed into each other's eyes and pledged their eternal love on Saturday as they married at St. George's Chapel in front of hundreds of celebrity guests and millions of viewers around the world.
The American actress arrived to a fanfare and walked down the aisle accompanied part of the way by Prince Charles and by 10 young page boys and bridesmaids. The children included 4-year-old Prince George and 3-year-old Princess Charlotte, children of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Markle's sleek white dress, designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller, had a boat neck and was made of silk. Her veil came to her waist in front and billowed out for many feet behind her long train.
Harry and best man Prince William wore dark formal military dress, with white gloves and the frock coat uniforms of the Blues and Royals, and Harry kept his full red beard intact. As Charles and Meghan drew close to the altar, Harry said: "Thank you, Pa."
To Meghan, Harry said: "You look amazing."
Markle seemed poised and confident as she delivered her vows without so much as a quiver in her voice. She smiled broadly as the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby declared them husband and wife. Harry seemed a bit nervous - but happy.

3:51pm

Prince Harry and US TV star Meghan Markle were married in Windsor Castle on Saturday in a star-studded and emotional ceremony watched live by cheering crowds and beamed into homes around the world.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans, declared the couple husband and wife after they exchanged vows and rings.

3:05pm

Prince Harry told the Archbishop of Canterbury he would take Meghan Markle to be his wife at a glittering display of royal pageantry that supporters hope will inject a measure of modern Hollywood glamour into the 1,000-year-old monarchy.
"I will," Harry answered when asked by Justin Welby, the leader of the Anglican Communion, if he would take Markle - dressed in a flowing white gown created by British designer Clare Waight Keller - to be his wife, to love her, comfort her, honour her and protect her.
The declarations are being followed by a reading and the address, delivered by US bishop Michael Bruce Curry.
The couple gave their vows, exchange rings - a Welsh Gold ring for Markle and a platinum band for Harry - before the archbishop proclaims them husband and wife.
After entering St George's Chapel unescorted, Markle made her way towards the Quire, halfway down the church where Prince Charles walked her to his son, Harry.
White roses, favourite flowers of Harry's late mother Princess Diana, adorned the chapel. Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, 61, appeared tearful.
Prince Harry was dressed in a military frock coat uniform as was his brother, best man Prince William. Earlier Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrived by car.
Tens of thousands of fans lined the route Markle took towards the castle, waving British flags and cheering as the Rolls-Royce limousine drove past with the bride and her mother.
Air traffic controllers for the nearby Heathrow Airport, one of the world's busiest, said the air space over Windsor was being closed for 15 minutes before the ceremony.

2:58pm

Britain's Prince Harry and US TV star Meghan Markle headed to the chapel cheered on by jubilant crowds on Saturday for their wedding in front of a star-studded congregation, beamed live around the world.
Markle set off from her hotel in a vintage Rolls-Royce bound for St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, wearing a white veil, dress and glittering tiara with her mother Doria Ragland by her side.
The 36-year-old bride will walk up the aisle on her own before being joined half way by Harry's father Prince Charles. Her own father pulled out amid a media row that overshadowed the meticulous palace preparations.
Tens of thousands of well-wishers cheered as Harry arrived at the church with his brother and best man Prince William, both wearing dark military uniforms.
Well-wishers camped overnight to secure the best spots to watch the newlyweds, who will take a ride in an open-topped carriage around Windsor after the ceremony.
Many in the crowds offered particular good wishes to the bride after her father had to miss the wedding due to health problems and a scandal over staged paparazzi pictures.

2:33pm

US actress Meghan Markle set off in a limousine on Saturday for her wedding to Prince Harry at Windsor Castle, a union that supporters hope will modernise the British monarchy for the modern age.
Royals and celebrities streamed into St George's Chapel for what was set to be a glittering display of British pageantry at the world's oldest inhabited castle.
Hours before the ceremony, Queen Elizabeth bestowed the title of Duke of Sussex on her grandson, a step that means the American actress, star of the TV drama "Suits", will become a duchess when she marries Harry.
Under clear skies and glorious sunshine, a military band in scarlet uniforms and bearskin hats entertained thousands of excited fans gathered behind barriers. Police armed with semi-automatic rifles patrolling streets and watching from rooftops.
"It's absolutely incredible. The atmosphere here is just going to be crazy when Meghan turns up. I'm so pleased to be here," said Charlotte Field, 21, one of 1,200 people invited into the grounds of the castle for the wedding.

2:00pm

Actress Priyanka Chopra and television host James Corden were spotted ahead of the ceremony.

1:38pm

American actor George Clooney and his wife Amal were among the celebrity guests to arrive at the wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle on Saturday.

Soccer star David Beckham and his fashion designer wife Victoria arrived at St George's Chapel in Windsor soon after.
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Oprah Winfrey and Idris Elba were among the celebrities in the pews at St. George's Chapel for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday.
Winfrey, the US talk show queen, was seen strolling through the grounds of Windsor Castle ahead of the service, as was Elba, the British actor who is a star on both sides of the Atlantic for his roles in "The Wire" and "Luther".
Celebrities from Britain and North America took their places among the 600 guests the chapel, including US former actress Markle's co-stars in the TV legal drama series "Suits".
Harry's ex-girlfriends Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas were seen going in.
Harry struggled to find lasting love, with the pair finding the scrutiny and weight of expectation all too much.
The three siblings of Harry's mother Diana, princess of Wales, have been invited.
Earl Charles Spencer, who spoke memorably at Diana's funeral on behalf of his family, was seen entering the church.
His sister Jane Fellowes was to read from the Song of Solomon during the service.
Singer James Blunt, famous for his hit "You're Beautiful" and like Harry an army veteran, took his place in the Gothic chapel.
Blunt has performed at the Invictus Games, an international competition for military veterans set up by Harry.
Nicholas Soames, a grandson of wartime prime minister Winston Churchill and a close friend of Harry's father Prince Charles, was also among the guests.
Following the service, Queen Elizabeth II was to host a lunch in the castle's St. George's Hall for the 600 guests.
Charles, the heir to the throne, will be hosting 200 family and close friends from among the guests at an evening reception at Frogmore House.
Politicians have been left off the guest list, meaning there was no invite for US President Donald Trump or British Prime Minister Theresa May.


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