After months of build-up and anticipation, the big day has finally arrived — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s nuptials! There was never any doubt this royally cute couple would have an amazing wedding, was there? And, true to form, their special day did not disappoint. From a fiery message from an American minister to poignant performances by a gospel choir (and everything in between), this is one royal wedding that will indubitably go down in history.
It goes without saying the love story between Prince Harry and Meghan was destined to be different from the start. In addition to being a few years older than her groom and having already been married once before, Meghan is an American actress — the former Suits star marks the first time a Hollywood celebrity has worked their way into the royal family’s heart. She is also of mixed race, a fact made mention of many times in the media over the course of the couple’s fairy tale romance.
On this historic day, though, such details are insignificant compared to the love so obviously shared by Harry and Meghan. Here are a few of the best moments from the modern pair’s supremely memorable wedding.
Prince Harry’s pre-wedding mingling
Prince Harry has long been vocal about being a royal of the people, like his mother Princess Diana was before him. In 2017, he told Newsweek his late mom played a “huge part” in his humility. “Thank goodness I’m not completely cut off from reality,” he told the outlet. “People would be amazed by the ordinary life William and I live.”
That essence shone through on Harry’s wedding day as he made a concentrated effort to arrive early enough to greet well-wishers. Hours before the ceremony, the groom took to the streets to mingle with his adoring public. Shaking hands, kissing babies — OK, maybe not kissing babies, but he did take the time to stop and schmooze with some of his biggest little fans.
And when he officially arrived back at the church looking super-dapper in his dress military uniform alongside big bro William, Harry continued to wave at the crowd. From the time he exited the ushering Mercedes Sprinter van right up until the moment he crossed the chapel threshold, the royal remained cognizant of his community.
Seeing stars in Windsor
Let’s be real: we’ve all been dying to discover which Hollywood celebrities earned an invite to the royal wedding. While there has been much speculation — the Spice Girls? The Obamas? — the royal family and said celebrities alike have remained relatively mum on the subject.
But when Oprah Winfrey strolled up to St. George’s Chapel, you just knew the celebrity guest list was going to be good. Musicians Joss Stone, Elton John, and James Blunt made the cut. Idris Elba and fiancée Sabrina Dhowre arrived looking stunning, per the norm. Other couples that turned out to be big crowd pleasers? George Clooney and his wife, Amal; David and Victoria Beckham; Carey Mulligan and her husband, Mumford & Sons lead singer Marcus Mumford; James Corden with wife Julia Carey; and Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian.
Of course, a girl can’t get married without her BFFs! Showing up in support for the bride were her famous girlfriends Priyanka Chopra, Abigail Spencer, and Janina Gavankar. In addition to Spencer, several of Meghan’s Suits co-stars hopped the pond to attend her nuptials, including Patrick J. Adams (with wife Troian Bellisario), Gina Torres, Gabriel Macht, and Sarah Rafferty.
The fashion (read: the fascinators!)
Royal weddings are like fashion shows with a delightfully British twist: fascinators. Are you even allowed to attend without this festive type of headdress or an equally impressive hat? There’s no way to tell since everyone who is anyone sported a headpiece for Harry and Meghan’s big day.
Quantico star (slash Meghan’s bestie) Priyanka Chopra opted for a fascinator with a floral design on one side. Amal Clooney, a vision in mustard yellow, wowed with a wide-brimmed hat draped in chic netting. Sarah Ferguson — aka Fergie — channeled classic Brit style with a navy embellished fascinator. Serena Williams went with a vertical sculptural style. Her Majesty the Queen topped off her lime green dress suit ensemble with a lime green hat adorned with bright purple plumage.
Fashion-forward headpieces weren’t the only sartorial statements being made. The royal wedding was a veritable spring runway show, with guests donning all the designer labels: Vivienne Westwood, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, Chanel, Versace, Victoria Beckham (on Victoria Beckham, natch). You name the label, and it was likely there.
The moment of Meghan’s arrival(s)
First, Meghan pulled up to the church in a Rolls Royce with her mother, Doria Ragland, and it was predictably precious. Ragland looked overcome with emotion over her daughter’s big day, and Meghan couldn’t have looked more excited to share the moment with her mother if she tried.
It was when Meghan returned for her grand entrance that the crowd gathering outside of St. George’s Chapel really went wild, though — understandably so. Meghan was pure bridal perfection in a simple yet modern Givenchy gown topped with a tiara on loan from Queen Elizabeth and a veil long enough to hold all her hopes and dreams.
Gracious and charming, as is her way, Meghan patiently waited for the page boys to straighten out her train. As they did, she waved to the crowd and flashed her mega-watt smile at bystanders. Of course, the most special part of Meghan’s arrival(s) was Harry’s reaction. The look on his face pretty much said it all.
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