Ah, it’s official: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are married! Viewed and streamed by millions from around the world, the ceremony is certainly one that you had to see to believe. However, if you missed the big day, here’s a recap of some of the details from the wedding:
According to Kensington Palace, the two would say “I Do” at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The location is certainly one that runs in the family, as that’s where Harry’s Father, Prince Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall, held their televised blessings as well.
Of course, we knew to expect a plethora of people from both sides of the family at the big affair, but some of the celebrity guests that came to join surprised us more than others. A few big names included George Clooney, Idris Elba, Priyanka Chopra, Oprah Winfrey, and Serena Williams.
MEGHAN’S OUTFIT DEETS
While everyone was focused on Markle’s tiara for the royal wedding, her veil actually is pretty cool and fascinating as well. Made from silk tulle, the headpiece featured a trim of hand-embroidered flowers from EACH of the 53 counties in the Commonwealth. Markle nuanced it a bit, adding in flowers that grow at Kensington Palace, as well as the California Poppy, the state flower of California. Oh, and the creators washed their hands every 30 minutes to make sure that the veil never got messed up.
As for that tiara, Queen Elizabeth II lent Meghan her grandmother’s tiara to wear down the aisle on her big day. The diamond bandeau, made in 1932, had a diamond as the center stone for her wedding day versus the sapphire as past royals have worn it.
THE EMPTY SEAT
The empty seat next to Prince William wasn’t by chance — while some thought it was left empty in memory of his mother, Princess Diana, sources confirmed that the seat was left empty so that the Queen’s sights wouldn’t be blocked.
THE MISSING MAID OF HONOR
Again, not by chance that you might have noticed no maid of honor. However, for British royal weddings, it’s not really traditionally obsessed to have a maid of honor nor a best man. So no worries, Meghan wasn’t being shady!
MEGHAN’S WALK DOWN THE AISLE
Of course, y’all remember all the drama that was circling days before the wedding when Markle announced that her father would not be attending the ceremony. Everyone began wondering who was going to walk the Duchess-to-be down the aisle. She completely departed from tradition by walking down the aisle, at first unaccompanied by anyone, and then meeting Prince Charles to walk her the other half to the altar.
THE BLACK BISHOP WE ALL NEED
I don’t know about everyone else, but I wanted to see just how Black the royal wedding would be. For the sermon following the reading, Bishop Michael Bruce Curry was brought in, making history as the first-ever American to be invited to speak at a British royal wedding. And yes, he brought Black church to the crowd, delivering an Episcopalian sermon filled with love, laughs, and quotes from the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
THE BLACK CHOIR
And y’all know that nothing is done without some music and a choir: For the day, the Kingdom Choir, a 20-person group led by Karen Gibson, sang a gospel rendition of “Stand By Me,” bringing people from across southeast England together for one harmonious moment.
The cellist who also performed was none other than 19-year-old Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who won the BBC Young Musician of the Year award in 2016, earning the spot at the first black musician to earn the honor.