It was a long morning of anticipation, nervousness and expectation. Weddings are always fraught, even if they are not your own, and especially when they are as public and imbued with metaphor and meaning as this one.

Ms. Markle, who in a span of an hour was transformed from a Ms. to Duchess, successfully made her way down the aisle to meet her very-soon-to-be husband, Prince Harry.

They both looked so happy, and so relaxed. They were beaming as they said their vows, and luckily, no one came forward to provide any reason that they might not be married. (This is always an exciting moment in a ceremony.)

Harry and Meghan exchange rings at St George’s Chapel in the presence of Archbishop Justin Welby

It was an extraordinary mix of tradition and modernity, of centuries of history and up-to-the moment flourishes. Oprah was here, and so was Meghan’s mother, an African-American social worker who wore a conventional mother-of-the-bride outfit and also a nose stud.

Meghan, wearing her veil, and her mother Doria Ragland arrive for the wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel

Prince Harry arrives with his brother and best man, the Duke of Cambridge, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor

Princess Charlotte and another flower girl wave cheekily from the window as they are greeted by huge crowds

Meghan walked halfway through the church before being met Prince Charles at the Quire who took her to Harry

Prince Harry watches as his father, Prince Charles, accompanies Meghan Markle down the aisle at St George’s Chapel

The train of Meghan’s dress trails down the aisle as she and Prince Harry stand in front of Archbishop Justin Welby

It somehow looked charming and just right.

The entire royal family was here, along with a complement of English aristocrats and important personages. The music was stately and beautiful. The setting was awe-inspiring.

There was a flotilla of clergymen, an extraordinary mélange including the archbishop of Canterbury and — in a striking inclusion in this most ancient of places — the head of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Michael Curry.

Chosen to give the address to the congregations, Bishop Curry, who is African-American, quoted Martin Luther King. His voice rising and falling with emotion, he made a big, generous, impassioned case for love as the most important thing there is, in religion and in life.

His address came after a reading by Lady Jane Fellowes, Harry’s aunt (her sister was Diana, Princess of Wales) that was both full of joy and a signal, it seemed, that the sadness in Harry’s life since his mother’s death had finally lifted.

Harry looked very emotional at points in the service and several others in the congregation were in tears on their happy day

Harry and Meghan exchanged vows and then rings as the couple married after a whirlwind romance

It was a passage from the Song of Solomon: “Arise my love, my fair one, and come away; for now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.”

Fireworks have lit up the sky over Windsor to cap an extraordinary wedding day for Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan Markle.

The newlyweds danced the night away after arriving in a converted electric Jaguar for their wedding reception at Frogmore House, following a multi-cultural wedding the likes of which Britain’s royals and the millions watching have never seen before.

Meghan Markle has married Prince Harry in a moving service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury and watched by millions around the world

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pictured moments after they married now becoming the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, who the star calls her rock, was in tears ahead of her daughter’s big entrance

Prince Harry sits with his brother and best man, the Duke of Cambridge, awaiting Meghan Markle’s arrival

Meghan’s proud mother Doria Ragland takes her seat at St George’s Chapel ahead of the wedding ceremony

Prince Charles, holding a copy of the order of service, speaks to Doria Ragland, the mother of the bride, at the chapel

Around 200 guests were due to join the couple at the evening event at the 17th-century Frogmore mansion in the grounds of Windsor Castle, where Meghan, wearing an aquamarine ring which once belonged to Princess Diana, was due to make a speech to guests.

They travelled in a silver blue open-top Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero, which was originally manufactured in 1968 and now runs on electricity on her way to the English country house which stands in the home park of Windsor Castle and is part of the Crown Estate. It is only open to individuals on three days of the year.

The bride’s evening dress is designed by Stella McCartney and is a bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe, while her Aquazurra shoes are silky satin with soles painted in baby blue.

Elegant: Ms Markle looks emotional but happy as she gracefully makes her way down the aisle

A vision in white: Meghan Markle smiles to the camera as she rides alongside her husband Prince Harry

Her hair, styled by George Northwood, was in a relaxed up do, with loose strands tucked behind her ears amid the breeze. She was spotted wearing the large ring on her right hand which once belonged to Harry’s mother.

Harry looked delighted as he walked his new wife out of St George’s Chapel to start their new life together

The couple, who are now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, organised a wedding that reflected both their backgrounds

Harry and Meghan smiled and leaned in to kiss each other as they emerged from the West Door of St George’s Chapel

Meghan and Harry’s kiss sparked huge cheers from people outside the chapel and the 100,000 watching on the streets of Windsor

Doria Ragland (third left) joins members of the royal family including Charles, Camilla, William and Kate outside the chapel

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss as they exit St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared their first kiss as a married couple outside St George’s Chapel

Laughter: One of the well-wishers in the crowds makes Meghan laugh and Prince Harry smile as they continue with their 25-minute tour of the royal market town

Outside St George’s Chapel up to 100,000 fevered well-wishers have gathered in glorious British sunshine and cheered the couple as they started their new married life in the grand Ascot Landau carriage

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding

Regal: The queen looks every inch the head of the family and state as she waves out to applauding crowds alongside husband Prince Phillip after they marry

Happy families: Kate and William share a joke as their four-year-old son Prince George looks out to the crowds

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and The Duchess of Sussex leave Windsor Castle in the Ascot Landau carriage during a procession after getting married at St Georges Chapel

More than 120,000 people flooded Windsor today tempted by the chance to see the couple and enjoy the wonderful spring weather

The newlyweds stare deeply into each other’s eyes after the biggest and happiest day of their lives

Doria, Charles and Camilla left the chapel together and the trio have said to have formed a good bond despite having only met this week

Princess Charlotte and another flower girl wave cheekily from the window as they are greeted by huge crowds

Meghan Markle waves from a carriage after the wedding ceremony wowed huge crowds

Princess Charlotte

Prince George

The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Philip reads the order of service at St George’s Chapel today as he attends the the wedding, just six weeks after his hip op

Meghan Markle has married Prince Harry in a moving service officiated by the Archbishop of Canterbury and watched by millions around the world

A double decker coach full of guests arrived at the entrance to Frogmore House for the evening reception at 7.15pm. The coach had arrived from Coworth Park hotel in Ascot, where Princes Harry and William spent the night before the wedding.

And the After-Party Dress
The newly minted Duke and Duchess of Sussex departed Windsor for their evening reception at Frogmore House in a very James Bond fashion. The duchess wore a second dress by designer Stella McCartney.

Harry and Meghan waved as they drove to Frogmore House in a converted electric car for their reception

Meghan looked stunning in an evening dress designed by Stella McCartney with a high neck gown

Meghan is wearing shoes from Aquazurra made in silky satin, with nude mesh, with soles painted in baby blue

In the evening the royal couple, the newly created Duke and Duchess of Sussex, headed to their reception at Frogmore House

Harry and Meghan travelled in a Jaguar converted to electric power, which had a numberplate with the wedding date

Oprah, Beckhams and Clooneys, oh my!
One of the great excitements about any wedding, of course, is the moment you learn who has been invited and who has not. Meghan and Harry’s list was kept secret, until the very moment that dozens of mysterious figures started to enter St. George’s Chapel.

It was very exciting. There was none other than Oprah Winfrey, in a snug pink dress, a pair of very cool sunglasses and a massive broad-brimmed hat spectacularly festooned with flowers. If anyone qualifies as American royalty, it is surely Oprah, with her ability to transcend race and background, and her great gift for openness and emotional candor.

Kate Middleton’s parents, Carole and Michael, were there. They have always done such a good job of wearing appropriate outfits, smiling tastefully and saying nothing.

There was Charles Spencer, the Earl of Althorp, Diana’s brother, perhaps known best for his active love life and his impassioned attack on the British media after his sister’s death.

George and Amal Clooney and David and Victoria Beckham are among the A-listers packing out Harry and Meghan’s wedding in an extraordinary celebrity showing

Pop royalty: No high-profile wedding would be complete without an appearance from stylish Beckhams, who today did not disappoint, with Posh donning killer red heels to team with a dark dress while her sartorially-sound-hubby wears a stylish suit

Oprah Winfrey has made the guest list and is seen arriving at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding

Idris Elba and his fiancee Sabrina Dhowre have been invited to the wedding and arrive at St George’s Chapel in Windsor

Rugby legend Sir Clive Woodward and his wife Jayne Williams arrive at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

TV historian Dan Snow was seen walking into the chapel with his wife Lady Edwina Louise Grosvenor this morning

Floral gown: Lady Kitty Spencer, right, photographed outside St George’s Chapel as she waits to enter for the ceremony

Harry’s family Eliza Spencer, Louis Spencer, Victoria Aitken and Kitty Spencer arrive at St George’s Chapel

Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton, the parents of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for the royal wedding

TV historian Dan Snow was seen walking into the chapel with his wife Lady Edwina Louise Grosvenor this morning

Victoria Beckham opted for navy blue, wearing a sleek high-neck, midi-length dress with fashion-forward slit sleeves. The designer chose a matching pillbox hat and set her ensemble off with bright red heels. David Beckham choose a navy tailcoat and grey trousers

British stars: The Great Gatsby actress Carey Mulligan and husband Marcus Mumford, of Mumford and Sons join a host of celebrities and public figures for the star-studded wedding guestlist

Tennis star Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian, executive chairman of popular social news website Reddit,

New look: British actor Tom Hardy debuts his newly-shaved head as he holds hands with partner Charlotte Riley as they head in to the chapel

Funny man: Gavin and Stacey creator and US TV host James Corden grins and gives thumbs up to the crowds of cheering fans as he heads towards the church with his partner

Patrick Adams, Meghan Markle’s on-screen lover in legal drama Suits, arrives at St George’s Chapel with his actress wife Troian Bellisario

Rugby legend Jonny Wilkinson and his wife Shelley Jenkins arrive at the Windsor church to watch the royal wedding ceremony

Oprah Winfrey has made the guest list and is seen arriving at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding

Rugby legend Sir Clive Woodward and his wife Jayne Williams arrive at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

TV historian Dan Snow was seen walking into the chapel with his wife Lady Edwina Louise Grosvenor this morning

Floral gown: Lady Kitty Spencer, right, photographed outside St George’s Chapel as she waits to enter for the ceremony

Idris Elba and his fiancee Sabrina Dhowre have been invited to the wedding and arrive at St George’s Chapel in Windsor

Harry’s family Eliza Spencer, Louis Spencer, Victoria Aitken and Kitty Spencer arrive at St George’s Chapel

Rugby legend Jonny Wilkinson and his wife Shelley Jenkins arrive at the Windsor church to watch the royal wedding ceremony

Patrick Adams, Meghan Markle’s on-screen lover in legal drama Suits, arrives at St George’s Chapel with his actress wife Troian Bellisario

Funny man: Gavin and Stacey creator and US TV host James Corden grins and gives thumbs up to the crowds of cheering fans as he heads towards the church with his partner

New look: British actor Tom Hardy debuts his newly-shaved head as he holds hands with partner Charlotte Riley as they head in to the chapel

Tennis star Serena Williams and her husband Alexis Ohanian, executive chairman of popular social news website Reddit,

British stars: The Great Gatsby actress Carey Mulligan and husband Marcus Mumford, of Mumford and Sons join a host of celebrities and public figures for the star-studded wedding guestlist

Pop royalty: No high-profile wedding would be complete without an appearance from stylish Beckhams, who today did not disappoint, with Posh donning killer red heels to team with a dark dress while her sartorially-sound-hubby wears a stylish suit

TV historian Dan Snow was seen walking into the chapel with his wife Lady Edwina Louise Grosvenor this morning

Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton, the parents of Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for the royal wedding

Patrick Adams, Meghan Markle’s on-screen lover in legal drama Suits, arrives at St George’s Chapel with his actress wife Troian Bellisario

Victoria Beckham opted for navy blue, wearing a sleek high-neck, midi-length dress with fashion-forward slit sleeves. The designer chose a matching pillbox hat and set her ensemble off with bright red heels. David Beckham choose a navy tailcoat and grey trousers

Former prime minister John Major and his wife Norma arrive for the wedding ceremony of Harry and Meghan

The couple, who are now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, organised a wedding that reflected both their backgrounds

Outside St George’s Chapel up to 100,000 fevered well-wishers have gathered in glorious British sunshine and cheered the couple as they started their new married life in the grand Ascot Landau carriage

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding

Regal: The queen looks every inch the head of the family and state as she waves out to applauding crowds alongside husband Prince Phillip after they marry

Harry looked very emotional at points in the service and several others in the congregation were in tears on their happy day

Philip reads the order of service at St George’s Chapel today as he attends the the wedding, just six weeks after his hip op

It turned into Celebrity Central. George and Amal Clooney made their stately, Hollywood-y entrance (She was in yellow with an interesting train).

David and Victoria Beckham, a.k.a. Posh and Becks, came in and graced some people in the crowd with their conversation.

From an American bishop, an extraordinary speech.
For many people, the most striking thing was the sermon by the charismatic Bishop Curry, who preached a ringing message of love — with references to Martin Luther King Jr. and to the legacy of American slavery — with such joy and such enthusiasm that it was impossible not to feel joyful and enthusiastic right alongside him.

The Most Reverend Michael Curry mentioned slavery, the Old Testament and quoted the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in his unusual speech

“Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is as strong as death; passion as fierce as the grave. It’s flashes of fire, of raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it out.” — Bishop Michael Curry.

The passionate preacher provoked a few chuckles in the chapel – and even Harry and Meghan couldn’t help but snigger at one point

The Queen and Prince Philip looked distinctly unimpressed by the whole affair


David Beckham seemed to enjoy the impassioned, reverend’s address, as he sat smiling in the crowd

The reverend had the rapt attention of the celebrity filled crowd, which included the likes of Elton John

Zara Philips and her husband Mike Tindall appeared to be a little dazed by the sermon

The pair also appeared to be struggling to keep a straight face during the address

It was as if a Southern Baptist preacher had suddenly wandered onto the set of “Downton Abbey.”

The speech began trending on Twitter, with people marveling at the spectacle of seeing such a man saying such things in such a place.