Meghan Markle is officially the Duchess of Sussex. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had their Royal wedding this morning at Windsor Castle. Meghan Markle wore a Givenchy dress. The pure white, boat neck gown was designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy.
The Royal wedding had some celebrities there as well. Oprah Winfrey, Idris Elba, David Beckham, George Clooney, Priyanka Chopra, and Serena Williams.
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Her mother, Doria Loyce Ragland, fought tears. Yes, her daughter was marrying into the royal family and in a fairytale setting, but she sat alone — the bride’s only blood relative among 600 guests. Her father made some missteps last week by posing for tabloids, but then quickly bowed out of the event citing health problems.
And what a wedding. It was a perfect blending of centuries of tradition that guides the British monarchy with the new world of a scrappy actress, the biracial, divorced daughter of a yoga teacher and lighting director.
The new couple stamped their own personal style on it.
The Episcopal Church’s first African-American leader and a passionate speaker, Curry quoted Dr. Martin Luther King: “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love, and when we do that we will make of this whole world a new world of love. Love is the only way. There is power in love.”
“Two young people fell in love and we all showed up,” Curry said.
Curry also brought up slaves in America and how the power of love is a balm no matter how awful the situation. His rousing sermon had the couple listening intently. He did try to get some audience participation, but this crowd seemed less interactive than those he may usually preach to.
After songs, including “Stand by Me” during which the bride and groom shared a few smiles, they took their vows and Markle placed a ring on Harry’s finger. This, too, is another indication of how the couple put their own stamp on the ceremony: He is the first male royal to wear a wedding band. Wedding rings were not popular among men in the U.K. before World War II.
As guests were signing the registry, a cellist who shot to fame on “Britain’s Got Talent,” Sheku Kaneh-Mason, played. Only 19, he won the BBC Young Musician of the Year award in 2016, and was the first person of color to win the honor.
The couple left the church, shared their first kiss before the public, and managed to get into the open horse-drawn carriage flawlessly as crowds cheered and Princess Charlotte waved from the steps.