Earlier this month, the world seemed to hold its collective breath for the Royal Wedding between England’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle.
According to a story from Reuters, the planning for the big day began last November. If the end result was any indication, the planning really paid off. With all of the pre-wedding buzz around the world and the impressive attendance, Harry and Meaghan could not have chosen a more perfect day. Their wedding became what many regarded as the wedding of the decade.
The wedding was held on Saturday, May 19th at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Prince Harry named his elder brother, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, to be his best man while the bride selected bridesmaids and groomsmen to be made up of children. Among them were the children of Prince William and Katherine, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Both Prince Harry and Prince William wore their military dress uniforms, while the bride wore a simple yet elegant gown created by Claire Waight Keller for Givenchy. Upon seeing the bride who was escorted to the altar by Prince Charles, Harry said to Meghan, “You look amazing!”
The fairytale romance of Harry and Meghan had been closely followed for a number of months by the press on both sides of the Atlantic. The announcement of their engagement was greeted enthusiastically by Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family and the world, marking the shift in consciousness overall since Meghan is racially mixed Many began to see this shift toward modernity with the mother of both Prince William and Prince Harry, the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
Every aspect of the wedding seemed to reflect the social activism of both the bride and groom as well as a more modernized English monarchy. The ceremony’s eulogy was delivered by American Episcopal Bishop Michael Bruce Curry who quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and spoke about how the power of love could “make this old world a new world.”
Once the ceremony was completed, the couple, having been bestowed the title of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were greeted by cheers and ululations from the crowd along the long approach route to the reception. They were carried to the reception in an open Ascot Landau carriage that was pulled by four white horses and escorted by mounted military officers. Even Meghan’s adopted beagle, Guy, got in on the festivities. It has been reported in the UK press that Guy had the honor of riding to the reception in a Rolls Royce with none other than Queen Elizabeth II herself!