Windsor : Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were on Saturday pronounced man and wife at the majestic St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle where the couple exchanged wedding vows in the presence of 600 guests as millions of people around the world watched the historic event. They were pronounced husband and wife by the Archbishop of Canterbury, cheered on by crowds watching on large screens outside and watched over by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip among the other members of the royal family. It had been announced earlier that the 92-year-old monarch had bestowed the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the newly-weds in keeping with royal tradition.
The royal couple exchanged their vows and rings in the presence of 600 guests, which included the likes of Meghan’s close friend Indian actress Priyanka Chopra and other celebrities like George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham and Sir Elton John. After their marriage ceremony, Prince Harry and Meghan emerged from the chapel — Household Cavalry lining the steps — and shared their first kiss as a married couple. The crowd cheered wildly on witnessing the much-awaited scene.
Harry, 33, and Meghan, 36, became the sixteenth Royal Couple to celebrate their Marriage at Windsor Castle since 1863.
Harry was seen smiling as Meghan entered the Chapel with Prince Charles. Prince Charles stepped into the role of Meghan’s father and walked her down the aisle for her marriage with Harry after it was confirmed that her father Thomas Markle Sr would not be attending the wedding ceremony due to ill-health.
The newly-wed royal couple would be doing a tour of the Prince William sat by the side of his brother Harry, as his best man, as they awaited the bride’s arrival for the ceremony at 12 noon local time. Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, arrived earlier as the only member of Markle’s family to attend the wedding. After an hour-long ceremony, which included hymns and readings, the newly-weds set off to take a tour of Windsor city centre in a traditional open-top Ascot landau horse-drawn carriage.
Prince Harry’s niece, three-year-old Princess Charlotte, was one of the six young girls chosen as bridesmaids at the wedding and her elder brother, Prince George, aged four, was a pageboy among a total of 10 children chosen for the roles.
The royal couple chose a modern touch to their marriage ceremony.
Instead of using traditional vows, the royal couple selected words from The Marriage Service from Common Worship (2000). They pledged themselves to one another: “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part”.
The marriage service featured contemporary language – using the word “you” instead of “thee” and “thou” and offers the most flexibility in the choice of readings and prayers. Senior members of the royal family and a raft of celebrities were among the 600 invited guests and another 2,640 members of the public watched the ceremony from the grounds of Windsor Castle.
Priyanka Chopra at the wedding: Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra was among a galaxy of world celebrities who were spotted at the wedding of Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle at Windsor. An “excited” Chopra, who was earlier rumoured to be one of Markle’s bridesmaids, is among the guests having bonded with the soon-to-be royal over “biryani, poutine and endless conversations”. Dressed in a lilac outfit and matching hat, Chopra walked to the chapel with the stars of the television series ‘Suits’ — the show 36-year-old Markle is best known for as an actress. It was expected that as one of Markle’s close friends from Hollywood, 33-year-old Chopra would be among the guests on her big day. She chose a light-coloured dress suit and matching hat by Philip Treacy. “I’ve known Meghan for a few years now and I’m super happy for her, and I’m just really happy to be a part of her big day,” Chopra said ahead of the ceremony. “She’s always been someone who’s so just aware and interested in the world. I met her three or four years ago and that’s what we bonded on — was how much we feel like we contribute to that as public people. I really feel like that’s what she was born to do and I hope this gives her the opportunity do that,” said the actress, now famous in Hollywood as the star of ‘Quantico’. Some famous faces have also made the select guest list among the over 2,000 members of the public at the royal wedding.