The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Does it get more British than a royal wedding? Well, as anybody who watched the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tell you, this occasion also held significance far beyond Britain. We look back on the wedding of the year through the eyes of those who were there, from tourists to royal reporters.
Meghan’s dress was designed by the British designer Clare Waight Keller, for Givenchy. The veil was decorated with plants particular to each of the 53 countries in The Commonwealth.
Who doesn’t love Stand by Me? The gospel choir behind this performance is The Kingdom Choir, based in and around London.
The official photographer for the wedding was Alexi Lubomirski, who also took the couple’s official engagement photos.
Windsor visitor Christinas Walsh watched the procession from Windsor’s Long Walk, the scenic, pastoral route which leads to the castle. Part of a Royal Park, the Long Walk is owned by the Queen.
We spoke to the award-winning British journalist Duncan Larcombe, who was also there and estimated the crowds to be ‘far more than 100,000 people’.
‘There’s something of a fairy tale look to Windsor Castle,’ explained Duncan. ‘I’m sure that the people who went there to watch would have felt like they were part of the fairy tale.’
We asked Duncan to tell us his most memorable moment from the day: ‘My highlight was the sight of a mixed-race American walking over the bones of King Henry VIII, as she came into St George’s Chapel. It was just such a symbolic moment: Harry’s ancestors ruled an empire which was built on slavery. I can’t remember another royal occasion that was this significant, in my view – it was a piece of history.’
Duncan Larcombe was The Sun newspaper’s royal correspondent for 10 years. Read more about the life of a British royal reporter here. Planning to take a trip from London to the wedding town? Take a look at our guide to Windsor for ideas.