Royal Wedding 2018: A Royal Love Story
Today, the 19th May 2018, the UK’s favourite ginger and popular Royal, Prince Harry, wedded American television star Rachel Meghan Markle in St Georges Chapel in Windsor, surrounded by friends, family, celebrities and leaders of the charities close to the couple’s hearts.
Around 10 pm, guests began arriving at the chapel, with commentators focusing on the wide range of people and countries that were represented. This royal wedding is different to many that have gone before, in how inclusive the guest list is, with people from all over the world attending. Commentators interviewed guests from India, America and Africa, who all felt a shift in royal attitudes and their approach to modern thinking.
The main takeaway from the first portion of the royal wedding coverage is that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have brought a fresh and modern approach to royal affairs, and have brought together a cross section of world society in their union.
Prince Harry and his brother and best man, Prince William arrived at St Georges Chapel, looking pensive but happy 30 minutes before the ceremony was due to begin. The love shared between the two brothers is obvious, and many watching could imagine Princess Diana walking alongside the two men.
An arch of white roses greeted those who enter the chapel through the west door, including the two brothers and later the bride, and the inside of the chapel, designed in a Gothic style dating back to the 14th century, was awe-inspiring.
On each side of the choir are the beautifully carved stalls of the Knights and Ladies of the Garter, constructed between 1478 and 1495. Above the stalls are the helmets, crests and banners of the present Knights and Ladies.
The rest of the family entered the chapel and took their seats moments before Meghan Markle’s arrival, with the Queen receiving a fanfare to announce her arrival.
However, it was Markle’s entry into the chapel that will be etched into peoples brains forever. Looking every bit like a Royal, Markle strode into the chapel with perfect poise, in a stunningly beautiful boat neck satin gown with flowing train, designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller. The train was adorned with flowers representing each Commonwealth country, the first of its kind and a startling tribute to the UK- Commonwealth relationship and a nod towards the continued relationship.
The service itself was a beautiful, love filled ceremony, with plenty of heart melting moments, and the occasional giggle with the speech by eccentric US Bishop Michael Curry, who will be a favourite for all who watched the wedding, reducing the Royal family to laughter and giving the wedding an air of informality and fun, unusual for a British Royal wedding.
Prince Harry and Meghan looked every bit the loved up couple, as they exchanged adoring glances, holding each other’s hands as the service progressed. The ceremony felt inclusive, warm and intimate, and was very different from any royal wedding that has come before. There were plenty of nods towards Meghan’s black heritage, with the Kingdom Choir singing Stand By Me, and Curry opening his 14-minute speech with the words of the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Princess Diana, Harry’s mother, was remembered at the ceremony, with a seat left beside Prince William, where she would have sat if she had still been alive. Many commentators have said that Diana would have loved the ceremony, and we can only hope that Prince Harry believes she was present in spirit at the ceremony and would have loved every second. I personally can imagine her giggling at the eccentric Bishop and beaming with pride at her youngest son marrying a beautiful, clever and head-strong woman such as Meghan
Bishop Michael Curry delivered a wonderful speech about the ‘power of love’
The bridesmaids and page boys stole the show, looking every bit as cute and well dressed as we imagined:
Princess Charlotte and Prince George were an important aspect of the wedding and made their presence known. Prince George wore a Blues and Royal outfit just like that of his father and brother.
Once the ceremony ended, the Royal party waved the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex off as they embarked on their royal procession through Windsor and back to the castle for an evening reception. The couple looked happy and relaxed as they waved to the thousands of well-wishers.
Today’s wedding was a wonderful reminder of how much lives of the Royal family touch us every day, and has again injected a sense of pride in Britain and its heritage, and this has been demonstrated with the hundreds of street parties and the thousands of people who turned out to watch on the streets of Windsor, and the millions who watched on TV.
Britain remains proud of its Royal family, and its heritage, and it always a joy to see this pride shine through, especially as we face an age of doubt and embarrassment over it.
I wish the new couple a happy weekend, and I look forward to seeing them in their new roles and how they hope to improve the image of the Royal family at home and abroad.