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June 11, 2018

On Dec. 15, Kensington Palace announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding would take place on May 19, 2018. Prince Harry chose the date in honor of his 96-year-old grandfather, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.The wedding invites followed many years of royal tradition, and they featured the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink made by London-based printing company Barnard Westwood. The beautiful wedding ceremony took place at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle where around 600 guests were invited to the service. Following the exchange of vows, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle took a carriage ride through Windsor. 

 

 

Typically, British royal weddings do not include a best man, only those known as "supporters". In 2011, Prince William broke this royal tradition by asking Prince Harry to be his best man. For Harry's own wedding, he followed William's path and had Prince William as his best man. Another royal tradition includes not having adult bridesmaids in the bridal party. Instead, they are usually accompanied by children. Markle had six bridesmaids and four page boys, all under 10 years old, in her bridal party. As for the wedding cake, the traditional choice for British royal weddings is a fruit cake, instead Meghan and Harry chose a lemon elderflower cake covered with buttercream and fresh flowers. The event also included no American-style rehearsal dinner. Often, wedding receptions have seating plans and formal, sit-down meals. For this reception, Harry and Markle decided to have a standing lunchtime reception at St. George's Hall following their wedding service so their guests are more free to socialize. The couple’s 600 wedding guests were served bowls of food and canapés prepared with classical seasonal produce from the Queen’s royal estates. The canapés are meant to be consumed in two bites while the bowls are to be eaten standing up. 

 

 

 

Meghan's gorgeous wedding dress was designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy.  The designer also created Meghan's shoes for her big day. The bride also wore Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara for her wedding day look.The bride's bouquet included a personal touch, which included an all white arrangement featuring flowers picked by Prince Harry himself before the wedding. Also, like all other royal wedding bouquets, it included a sprig of myrtle, which dates back to the wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter, Princess Victoria.  This wedding had many personal touches that separates it from previous royal weddings. Like other royal weddings, Meghan and Harry's wedding was televised and live streamed around the world.

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