All The Details You Didn’t Know From Meghan Markle’s Wedding

May 19, 2018  |  

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:

WHERE

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.

 

THE BLACK GUEST LIST

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.

British actor Idris Elba (R) arrives with his fiancee Sabrina Dhowre (2R) followed by Prince’s Harry’s friend, British singer James Blunt (L) and US talk show host Oprah Winfrey (2L) for the wedding ceremony of Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. (Photo by Chris Radburn / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS RADBURN/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stand at the altar during their wedding in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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.

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 19: Meghan Markle in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry watched by (middle row from left) Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Wessex, Viscount Severn, Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor, Princess Royal, Sir Tim Laurence, (front row from left) Duke of Cambridge, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall Duchess of Cambridge, Duke of York during her wedding in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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!

US actress Meghan Markle (L), accompanied by Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (R) walks down the aisle toward her husband-to-be Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Owen Humphreys / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read OWEN HUMPHREYS/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 19: Ms. Meghan Markle walks down the aisle at the start of her wedding to Prince Harry in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England.. (Photo by Danny Lawson – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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.

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 19: The Most Rev Bishop Michael Curry, primate of the Episcopal Church, gives an address during the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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.

UNITED KINGDOM – APRIL 24: Members of The Kingdom Choir who will be performing at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at St George Chapel in Windsor Castle next month on April 23, 2018. (Photo by Rick Findler – PoolGetty Images)

TRENDING ON MADAMENOIRE
Comment Disclaimer: Comments that contain profane or derogatory language, video links or exceed 200 words will require approval by a moderator before appearing in the comment section. XOXO-MN