Live updates as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle become husband and wife – congratulations to the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex!
The royal knot is tied. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will leave as man and wife.
Rings are now being exchanged.
Gazing into each others eyes the couple exchange vows.
The moving, soul classic Stand By Me by Ben E King is being performed by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir
The bishop’s sermon was followed by a gospel choir singing ‘Stand By me’.
‘There’s power in love’
The Queen and Meghan look on as Bishop Curry tells the service: “There’s power in love. Love can help and heal when nothing else can. There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will.”
Such power could be seen in the service, he continues, saying: “Two young people fell in love and we all showed up.”
Bishop Curry said: “There’s power in love. Love can help and heal when nothing else can. There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will.”
This could be seen in the service, adding: “Two young people fell in love and we all showed up.”
The Most Rev Bishop Michael Curry, the first African-American presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, is giving an impassioned address.
He opened his speech with the words of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, who said: “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.”
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 19, 2018
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 19, 2018
WEDDING DRESS UPDATE
The Wedding Dress: Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy
Ms. Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has been designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller. Ms. Waight Keller last year became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy.
After meeting Ms. Waight Keller in early 2018, Ms. Markle chose to work with her for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour. Ms. Markle also wanted to highlight the success of a leading British talent who has now served as the creative head of three globally influential fashion houses – Pringle of Scotland, Chloé, and now Givenchy.
Ms. Markle and Ms. Waight Keller worked closely together on the design. The dress epitomises a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy and showcasing the expert craftsmanship of its world-renowned Parisian couture atelier founded in 1952.
True to the heritage of the house, the pure lines of the dress are achieved using six meticulously placed seams. The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasises the slender sculpted waist. The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity.
Following extensive research by Ms. Waight Keller in fabric mills throughout Europe, an exclusive double bonded silk cady was developed. Perfect for the round sculptural look required, the silk cady has a soft matt lustre whilst the bonding process and pure white colour chosen by Ms. Markle and Ms. Waight Keller bring a fresh modernity to the dress.
Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition.
The Commonwealth family of nations – of which Her Majesty The Queen is Head –will be a central part of Prince Harry’s and Ms. Markle’s official work following His Royal Highness’s appointment as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. Ms. Markle wanted to express her gratitude for the opportunity to support the work of the Commonwealth by incorporating references to its members into the design of her wedding dress.
Significant time was spent researching the flora of each Commonwealth country and much care was taken by Ms. Waight Keller to ensure that every flower is unique.
The veil is five meters long and made from silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza.
Each flower was worked flat, in three dimensions to create a unique and delicate design. The workers spent hundreds of hours meticulously sewing and washing their hands every thirty minutes to keep the tulle and threads pristine.
In addition to the flora of the Commonwealth, Ms. Markle also selected two personal favourites:
Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox), which grows in the grounds of Kensington Palace in front of Nottingham Cottage, and the California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) the State flower from Ms. Markle’s place of birth, California.
Symmetrically placed at the very front of the veil, crops of wheat are delicately embroidered and blend into the flora, to symbolise love and charity.
The ceremony is being played through loudspeakers hanging on the side of Windsor Castle, so the crowds gathered on the streets outside can hear but not see proceedings.
The first reading was taken from the Song of Solomon. It was read by Lady Jane Fellowes.
Tears of joy from Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland in the wings
The couple laugh together as the hymn draws to a close.
Meghan has opted for the very natural look – smokey eyes. Stunning, happy bride!
Meghan has now entered the Quire where Harry greets his bride.
WHAT IS EVERYONE WEARING
THE WEDDING OF HRH PRINCE HENRY OF WALES AND MS. MEGHAN MARKLE
Members of The Royal Family Outfit Details
Her Majesty The Queen
Her Majesty The Queen is wearing a delicately flared dress in lime, lemon, purple and grey printed silk. The coat is an edge to edge coat with a frogging fastening in lime silk tweed. Both are by Stuart Parvin.
Her Majesty is wearing an Angela Kelly hat, using the same lime silk tweed with sinamay adorned across the crown with handmade lace crystals and pearls made by Lucy Price.
Her brooch is The Richmond Diamond Brooch with pearl drop.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh is wear a morning suit.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is wearing a morning coat tailored by Anderson & Sheppard with a shirt by Turnbull & Asser. The Prince of Wales is wearing shoes by Crockett & Jones. He will wear a buttonhole from Highgrove.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is wearing an ice pink silk marocain asymmetrical coat dress from designer Anna Valentine.
The Duchess of Cornwall will wear an ice pink feathered Philip Treacy hat.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will be wearing a primrose yellow wool silk tailored coat by Alexander McQueen.
The Duchess of Cambridge is wearing a hat designed by Philip Treacy and shoes by Jimmy Choo.
Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex
Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex will be wearing an outfit designed by Suzannah. The outfit consists of a grey duchess satin skirt and embroidered grey top.
The Countess of Wessex will be wearing a Jane Taylor hat.
Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York
Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York is wearing a bespoke Roksanda Viola dress in hand dyed teal silk organza.
Princess Beatrice is wearing a hat designed by Stephen Jones and shoes by Gianvito Rossi.
Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York
Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York is wearing a bespoke dress designed by Gainsbourg.
Princess Eugenie is wearing a hat designed by Fiona Graham and shoes by Valentino.
UPDATE ON THEIR UNIFORMS
Bridegroom and Best Man Uniforms
Both Prince Harry and The Duke of Cambridge will wear the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals.
Her Majesty The Queen gave her permission for Prince Harry to get married in his uniform.
Both uniforms were tailored at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row.
The frockcoat is made from blue doeskin. It is single-breasted in style with a stand-up collar, complete with figured braiding of Regimental pattern.
The uniform was cut and made by hand. The sleeve pattern is intricate in detail and took one person one week to complete.
The frockcoat is ranked to Major with large gold embroidered crowns.
The badge on the left chest is Pilots’ Wings attained whilst serving with the Army Air Corps for flying Apache helicopters. The four medal ribbons below the Wings are, from left to right: K.C.V.O., Afghanistan with rosette, The Queen’s Golden Jubilee and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The trousers, officially called ‘overalls’, are made from a blue and black wool barathea and are fastened by a leather strap and buckle underneath the boot. They would have traditionally been worn on horseback.
The hat is a Blues and Royals Forage Cap (No.1 Dress cap).
There is a white buckskin waist belt with Regimental buckle and slings but no sword.
The Duke of Cambridge
The Best Man is wearing the same uniform as the Groom, also to the Rank of Major.
The Wings are those attained flying helicopters whilst serving with the RAF, the two medals below from left to right are: Queen’s Golden Jubilee and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
The Duke of Cambridge is also wearing the Garter Star.
As an Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty The Queen, The Duke is wearing the EIIR cyphers on his shoulder straps along with a gold Aiguillette on his right shoulder.
Dege & Skinner
Dege & Skinner made the uniforms for Their Royal Highnesses when they were commissioned into the Blues and Royals, a moment captured on canvas by Nicky Philipps in her double portrait, which currently hangs in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
They also made Prince Harry’s Tropical No.3 Dress uniform for the Blues and Royals worn when he represented The Queen on a tour of the Caribbean in 2013 to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of her Coronation.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) May 19, 2018
Prince Harry and Prince William have arrived at the chapel in dress military uniforms. There are cheers form the crowd.