It was the shaadi (wedding) of shaadi’s with more than 100,000 people from all over the country and the world congregated on the lawns of Windsor, to celebrate the wedding of the year.
As the sun beamed down on the many picnics and waving of the Union flag Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot on Saturday in a fairy tale wedding.
Around 600 guests were at the wedding which included US talk show host Oprah Winfrey, actor Idris Elba and George Clooney, who was accompanied by his beautiful wife Amal Clooney. Singer Elton John, celebrity couple Victoria and David Beckham, tennis player Serena Williams and not forgetting our very own desi girl Priyanka Chopra.
Meghan’s outfit was a pure white, boat neck gown designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller, the artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy.
Serge Normant, hairstylist to the stars was drafted in to do Meghan’s hair, while her makeup was done by her makeup artist Daniel Martin (he works for Dior, another French fashion house, just like Givenchy).
Prince Harry was given special permission by the Queen to marry in a frock coat uniform of the Blues and Royals.
Meghan’s bouquet was designed by the florist Philippa Craddock and features flowers that Harry handpicked on Friday from his private garden at Kensington Palace.
They were added to forget-me-nots (chosen because they were Diana, Princess of Wales’s favourite flower) as well as sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine and astrantia, and sprigs of myrtle. The latter is a royal tradition in bridal bouquets.
The most talked about during the ceremony wasn’t the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby but African – American Rev Michael Bruce Curry
The US minister who was chosen by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle told royals and celebrities in a powerful and entertaining address that ‘love is the way’.
The Rev who is well known for speaking out on racial justice, LGBT equality, sexual harassment and exploitation may have taken some of the royals (and even Sir Elton John by the look on his face) to surprise. Rev Curry preached: “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’
On that note, here’s wishing the happy couple our new Duke and Duchess od Sussex a happy married life.
Stay tuned for coverage on the evening reception to follow