#RoyalWedding Update: Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Are Married, And Are Now Known As The Duke And Duchess Of Sussex
UPDATED - History has been made.
More than just a union of two people in love, this royal wedding marks many firsts and seismic changes for the British royal family. An American actress known for her work in philanthropy and women's rights is marrying into the centuries-old institution, and there accompanying her on this journey of a lifetime is Prince Harry, who's sixth in line to the throne.
The ceremony is taking place at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, and has welcomed about 800 guests composed of members of the royal family and the bride and groom's closest friends to witness the event. Here are all the updates on what is touted as the royal wedding of the decade as they happen:
Meghan Markle has left her hotel and is on the way to Windsor with her mother
The duo has been spotted making their way from Cliveden to St. George's Chapel in the official royal car: a burgundy Rolls Royce that is from the Queen's collection. The first glimpses of Meghan in her wedding dress have been revealed: she's in a neat updo, is sporting what appears to be a tiara, and has a delicate veil to match her dress—which we can't wait to see!
Princes William and Harry, the best man and groom, arrive at the scene
Image from @kensingtonroyal
The arrival of royal brothers has made us extremely excited for the event to start! Here they are looking dashing in their matching Blues and Royals frockcoat uniforms, and making their way to St. George's Chapel for the ceremony. The handsome groom opted to not shave his beard. The wedding is expected to begin in a few minutes.
Meghan arrives at Windsor Castle
The bride has been welcomed by the crowds lining the grounds of Windsor. She will soon make her grand entrance as she exists her car with her mother, and enters St. George's Chapel. She will be making the walk down the aisle on her own, until Prince Charles accompanies her for the last stretch before she is met by her groom at the altar.
The Queen makes her entrance at St. George's Chapel with Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla Bowles, as well as the entourage of page boys and bridesmaids
The arrival of three of the most important members of the royal family means only one thing: the wedding is moments away from beginning! They have been met by the wedding's officiators and have taken their seats at the historic chapel that has witnessed many other royals weddings in the past. And as is customary, the bridal entourage of British royal weddings has also arrived. For this wedding, Meghan has chosen all little bridesmaids and page boys, including members of the royal family and children of friends.
Meghan Markle is escorted by page boys—the sons of her best friend, Jesssica Mulroney—to the chapel entrance
For full details of Ms. Markle's Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy wedding dress click here: https://t.co/flDwgm4LUp— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
The moment has arrived. The bride is here, her dress has been revealed, and she is now by the side of the man she will spend the rest of her days with. The bride is wearing a simple white off-shoulder gown by Clare Waight Keller, the first female Artistic Director of Givenchy. Meghan Markle has begun her journey and new life as a royal, and as a wife to Prince Harry.
The bride and groom say their "I do's" at the altar before their guests, God, and the world
Still from the live coverage of Royal Wedding 2018 of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from The Royal Family YouTube channel
As they move one step closer to becoming husband and wife, Meghan and Prince Harry exchange "I dos" at the altar with their closest family and beloved friends as their witnesses. The couple, who is known to exude a relatable charm and charisma, managed to exchange playful, loving looks as they both expressed their commitment to each other. Through and through, this couple has been nothing but sincere in their love for each other and steadfast in their dedication to being the best life partners to each other.
American Bishop Michael Curry delivers a homily and the Kingdom Choir sing "Stand By Me "
Now 'Stand By Me' is sung by #KarenGibson and the #KingdomChoir. The gospel choir were chosen personally by the couple to perform at the ceremony today. #RoyalWedding#RoyalWeddingonMetroDotStyle pic.twitter.com/KULbPj58Zc— Metro.Style (@metrodotstyle) May 19, 2018
The Chicago-based bishop was especially chosen by Meghan to paritipate in her wedding. Similarly, African-American talents Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir were handpicked to provide music during the ceremony, and to complement the traditional hymns sung by English choirs. This was done to symbolize the union of this couple's backgrounds and their cultures.
Prince Harry and Meghan exchange vows
As they held each other's hands throughout most of the ceremony, Prince Harry and Meghan deepened their commitment to each other by exchanging vows. Although recited with formality and purpose, their vows were brought to life and made true by their love.
The wedding is livened up by cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason
This pair of modern royals continued to make powerful statements when their chosen cellist, a 19-year-old African-British music prodigy, got center stage. Sheku made history by becoming the first black recipient of the BBC Young Musician of the Year awards in 2016 since it was founded 38 years ago.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry become a bona fide royal couple
After an hour-long service, this royal couple is now finally Mr. and Mrs.! The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have made their first appearance as a wedded pair and have commenced the two-mile procession in a royal carriage that took them around the grounds of Windsor and other nearby areas. The carriage tour is meant for the couple to greet well-wishers hoping to catch a glimpse of them.
Princess Diana was part of the day's events
The late Princess of Wales made her presence felt at this royal wedding—all thanks to her youngest son and the groom, Prince Harry. It was reported that the 33-year-old requested that his wife's bouquet have forget-me-nots, his mother's favorite flower. The aptly-named blooms were accompanied by other fresh flowers picked by the prince himself for Meghan from the royal gardens at Kensington.
Cover and content image taken from Royal Wedding 2018 of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle live coverage on the The Royal Family YouTube channel