Saturday 19th May marked a poignant moment in British history as we watched Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot and become crowned Duke and Duchess of Sussex. What a day it was! The ceremony was captivating from start to finish, exceeding all expectations of the highly anticipated wedding of the year.
The royal nuptials were noticeably modern, moving away from royal tradition with Meghan being the first (observed) royal bride-to-be who walked down the aisle independently, being met halfway by Prince Charles, who stepped in to do the honour of giving her away, in place of of her own father who was recovering from heart-surgery. Other modern twists included a smaller bouquet of flowers and a gospel choir who gave a stunning performance of Stand by Me that undoubtedly moved every guest in Windsor Castle.
From the grand reveal of the stunning wedding dress – the simple and sophisticated Givenchy gown complimented by a chic veil and epic train – to the kiss of the year, the day hosted some of the most talked about moments of the decade.
The Most Rev Michael Bruce Curry brought the wedding to life as he delivered possibly the most loving sermon in the history of weddings, let alone royal ones, opening by with a stirring quote from Martin Luther King. Almost equally as entertaining were the reactions to his uplifting speech from the invited guests. The internet went int meltdown dow as we watched and tweeted from our sofas.
And we can’t forget the guests who very nearly stole the show – the delightful pageboys including John Mulroney, son of Meghan’s best friend Jessica, who became an internet sensation as he unintentionally, hilariously photo-bombed Meghan as she walked down the aisle. The adorable bridesmaids included Princess Charlotte who charmed us all with her cute yet confident royal wave.
But it wasn’t just the children and royals that captured our attention. We all enjoyed star-spotting celebrity guests in their glad rags including the Beckhams, Elton John, Serena Williams, Amal Clooney and her husband, Idris Elba, Carey Mulligan, James Corden and Oprah. Ms Winfrey had to call Stella McCartney to fix a fashion emergency after realising, at last minute, that her beige dress photographed ‘too white’. Overnight, the clever, ethically minded and animal-loving Stella, rustled up a simply stunning nude dress that Oprah looked marvelous in.
It was the small attention to detail that really made the day truly special. From the personalised number plate on the newly married couple's car, to Meghan’s flowers which not only included flowers hand-picked by Harry from their private garden at Kensington Palace, but forget-me-nots as well, in one of many tributes throughout the day to Harry's mother, the late Princess Diana. It was one of her favourite flowers.
If you missed some of these fine details, or the wedding itself, and want to catch up on the historic day, you can purchase the complete BBC coverage on DVD, the official and definitive recording of the event.
And why not give this commemorative DVD as a gift to someone dear. It's likely to be gift that will be watched over and over in the years to come, going down in history as a wedding that will change the British monarchy forever.