Eighteen million Britons watched the Royal Wedding yesterday and the event garnered 3.4 million tweets. It has become the fourth most-watched royal wedding, trailing behind that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duke of York and Sarah, Duchess of York.
I’m not going to lie, I barely paid attention to the Cambridge family yesterday despite the presence of four out of the five. Between the Givenchy gown, the ceremony and the carriage ride, it was all about the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex. BUT, I think it’s worth circling back to talk about the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte who were certainly notable guest stars at the royal wedding.
I feel like I’ve run a marathon today and I’m still wearing the leggings I slept in…just to paint you a word picture. But it’s been a whirlwind and I can only imagine what it’s been like for everyone on the ground! You can catch up on the excitement of this morning’s ceremony here and tidbits and new photos are still coming out. I’m going to wrap all of that up tomorrow once the dust has settled, but in the meantime we have another dress! Another ride in Windsor! And a whole new party going on as we speak.
Where to begin? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – or rather, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – are married! The ceremony went off without a hitch (but with a few great new family anecdotes) at St George’s Chapel, Windsor and the bride wore Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, which no one guessed ahead of time.
UPDATE: Following tea at Windsor Castle with Meghan’s mother, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, William and Harry conducted a mini-walkabout to greet the crowds that have gathered in town.
The Royal Family descended on Windsor today for tea with the Queen and rehearsals ahead of the big day on Saturday. Pictures of the family arriving via car came shortly after a statement directly from Meghan Markle was released by Kensington Palace addressing the chaos over the last few days and confirming that her father won’t be attending the wedding.
Kensington Palace announced today the bridesmaids and page boys for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding this Saturday. As expected, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, will both be featured in the wedding party.
TMZ reported this morning that Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, suffered a heart attack six days ago and following news that he participated with paparazzi shots will no longer be attending his daughter’s wedding on Saturday. The decision is said to have been his choice as he is deeply embarrassed by the news coverage and couldn’t face meeting the Royal Family or the attention that would come from walking Meghan down the aisle.
Mary Beatrice of Modena was only queen for a brief and volatile three years, but she bears the notable moniker of being the last Catholic to wear the crown, her husband, James II, serving as the last Catholic monarch. Born in Italy, her career in England was marred by growing religious paranoia and hysteria, accusations of her son being a “changeling” and exile. She would live through the reigns of her two stepdaughters – Mary II and Queen Anne – and in fact outlive them both, surviving to see the first four years of the German House of Hanover in England despite her son biding his time in exile. Today we’re going to take a look at her time as Duchess of York and queen.
As we creep closer to May 19 more and more details about who, what and where keep coming out. Let’s start with the most official and work our way backwards to the straight up gossip, shall we?
Yesterday, the Instrument of Consent – the Queen’s official consent – for the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was shared with the public. Many were quick to point out that Meghan wasn’t referred to as “trusty and well-beloved” the way that the Duchess of Cambridge was in the lead up to her marriage to the Duke. The simple answer to that is that Kate is a British citizen and Meghan isn’t – the language is dictated as such.