The Royal Wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Become the Duke and Dutchess of Sussex

Becky deMontigny, Head Writer

Just until this last Saturday there had not been a Duke and Dutchess of Sussex for 175; now Prince Harry and America’s Meghan Markle have grasped those titles after their wedding in Windsor, England.

Despite the non-traditional aspects to this royal wedding it still went down in history and many are now remembering it as “the best royal wedding yet.” The Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge had their wedding on a Friday, the Queen had her wedding on a Thursday, but, Harry and Meghan changed up the tradition by having theirs on a Saturday. In addition to this traditional difference, the bride’s father was also not in attendance to the royal wedding. Thomas Markle was absent for the event due to undergoing heart surgery; because of this Prince Charles stepped in place of Thomas to walk the new Dutchess down the isle. Another major difference with Harry and Meghan’s wedding was the size of the guest list. Around 600 guests were in attendance at this wedding, compared to 1,900 at the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge’s and 2,000 at the Queen’s.

Although the couples guest list was rather short compared to others; over 29 million people tuned in to watch the event live from many different countries. In addition to this over 100,000 people lined the streets of the wedding procession route to be apart of the historical wedding. After the ceremony, 200 closer relatives and friends to the couple joined them for an after-party.

These two also took a very modern approach to their wedding day and ceremony. From Meghan’s dress to the music; everything had a “new” feel to it. The wedding music involved Elton John and an American Church Group which chose to sing contemporary present day songs.

Another drastic difference in this royal wedding compared to others was the actual wedding party itself. Of course Prince William was Harry’s best man, but on Meghan’s side of the wedding party she did not care to let any of her friends down; therefore she decided to let the kids of the close family and friends to be apart of her wedding group.

Fast Facts of the May 19th Royal Wedding:

-Queen Elizabeth hosted the lunch reception st Windsor Castle.

-The wedding dress was designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller.

-200 lemons went into the wedding cake.

-16 feet of tulle made up the bride’s veil.

-The Clooney’s, Oprah, and Serena Williams attended the wedding.

-Bishop Michael Curry delivered a sermon; he was the first African American to preside over the Episcopal Church.

-Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were the 16th royal couple to celebrate their marriage at the Windsor Castle since 1863.

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