Loyal Royal watchers in Canada got an early start on Saturday to catch the much-anticipated union of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But for those who missed the 7 a.m. ET ceremony, here’s a look at the highlights.
What they wore
The “what-will-she-wear” guessing game finally ended when Meghan stepped out in a sleek wedding gown by British designer Clare Waight Keller for the French fashion house, Givenchy.
The long-sleeved dress with a boat neck had been eagerly anticipated by royal fans around the world, with speculation over which designer would be chosen.
The Globe’s style reporter calls the choice “sophisticated and minimalist,” a nod to the bride’s confident style: “It was sleek, chic and relatively fuss-free - the perfect choice for Markle, an assured and self-possessed professional who has nothing to prove, and only the desire to revel in a joyous and historic moment that will be spoken of for some time to come.”
For more on the dress, catch up with Odessa Paloma Parker’s analysis here.
Prince Harry wore the frock-coat uniform of the Blues and Royals for his wedding. “Her Majesty The Queen gave her permission for Prince Harry to get married in his uniform,” according to a statement tweeted by Kensington Palace. “Both uniforms were tailored at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row.”
As the newlyweds left Windsor Castle Saturday evening to attend a reception at Frogmore House hosted by Prince Charles, the newly minted Duchess of Sussex stepped out in a dress by British designer Stella McCartney. The evening dress is a bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe.
The celebrity guests
On top of the usual cast of princes and princesses, Hollywood royalty was well represented on Saturday: Oprah Winfrey and actor George Clooney and his wife Amal were joined by former soccer star David Beckham, his fashion designer wife Victoria and James Corden, the British host of the American TV chat show “The Late Late Show.”
Other guests included tennis ace Serena Williams, the siblings of Harry’s late mother Princess Diana, singer Elton John, who sang at Diana’s 1997 funeral, British actor Idris Elba, and two of Harry’s ex-girlfriends.
The scene-stealing sermon
A black U.S. Episcopalian bishop, Michael Bruce Curry, stole the show with an impassioned wedding address on the “feeling-bomb” of love, quoting black U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
“Imagine our neighborhoods and communities when love is the way. Imagine our governments and countries when love is the way,” he said in a rare nod to politics in a highly orchestrated British state occasion.
Social media lit up with surprise during the rousing address.
I doubt St. George's Chapel had seen the energy of a black priest until Bishop Michael Curry walked in. That was amazing. #RoyalWedding— Tomkeen Mobegi, Jr. (@tomkeen_mobegi) May 19, 2018
The Canadian connection
Canada’s Jessica Mulroney played a starring role in the ceremony.
Not only were Jessica and her husband, Ben Mulroney, guests at the wedding, but their four-year-old daughter, Ivy, was one of six bridesmaids, and their two sons, seven-year-old twins Brian and John, were page boys alongside Prince George and Prince Harry’s godson, Jasper Dyer.
Ms. Mulroney, a 37-year-old, Toronto-based bridal expert, stylist and public-relations manager, was reportedly flown to Kensington Palace in January to help Ms. Markle pick her dress for the big day. The two are believed to have been friends since 2011, when Ms. Markle moved from Los Angeles to Toronto to film Suits. They reportedly bonded over a shared love of yoga.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his congratulations via Twitter
A break in tradition
Meghan did not vow to “obey” her husband in the vows, nor was her father present to walk her down the aisle.
Thomas Markle, 73, a former lighting director for TV soaps and sitcoms, pulled out of the ceremony this week, telling the U.S. celebrity website TMZ he had had heart surgery on Wednesday.
Confusion over his attendance marred the build-up to the wedding, which had been choreographed for months by royal aides, and his name still appears in the order of service.
Meghan’s ring was created from a piece of Welsh gold and gifted to her from the Queen, while Prince Harry’s ring was a platinum band with textured finish. (Unlike other senior male royals, Harry opted to wear a ring.) Both pieces were made by Cleave and Company.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex left Windsor Castle Saturday evening to attend a private reception at Frogmore House. Prince Charles is hosting the couple’s evening reception, which will include 200 of their closest friends and family.