Royal Wedding

The UK's Prince Harry is marrying American TV star Meghan Markle in Windsor

Dan Griffin Sat, May 19
 
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  • 11:06
    Good morning and welcome to the Irish Times's fully thought-out, impeccably researched live blog of the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.  
  • 11:08
    Things are kicking off in Windsor. We see images of James Corden chatting to George Clooney, John Major has just arrived, the sun is shining and our royal-obsessed colleagues over at Sky News say they expect to catch a first glimpse of the bride in the next few minutes.
  • 11:19
    The avenues of Windsor are thronged with spectators waving little Union Jacks, as St George's Chapel fills up ahead of a wedding described by our London Editor as "constitutionally insignificant".
  • 11:21

    The bride "has a tiara on", the Sky News presenters gush as they watch TV images of Meghan Markle in the back of quite a nice looking black car (a Rolls Royce?). "It looks like she has her hair up -- beautiful".

  • 11:23
    "Who wants to take another look at Meghan Markle in ultra-high definition," asks Sky News as they screen the first of four action replays of the Bride's car departing Clivenden.
  • 11:24
  • 11:30
    Someone who has absolutely done her homework for the royal wedding is the Irish Times's Jennifer O'Connell who has put together a handy article which will answer ANY questions you might have on the big day.
  • 11:34

    So, the Telegraph, which today comes with no less than an 84-page wedding special, says that at about this time "Members of the Royal Family arrive at the Galilee Porch and are received by the Dean of Windsor who presents the Canons of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury. Thos in the Quire stand as they are conducteed to their places."

    St George's Chapel is packed and the Royal Rumble is about to begin!

  • 11:36

    And here comes Prince Harry, being carried slowly to the Chapel entrance on the back of a giant Galapagos tortoise, as protocol dictates for the sixth in line to the British throne.


    Ah no, he's just walking alongside his brother, William, and waving to the cheering crowds.


     

  • 11:37
    They're blessed with the weather, in fairness.
  • 11:38
  • 11:41
    The bride is on her way. Sky News is beaming images of a convoy of five vehicles, a Rolls Royce and four Range Rovers accompanied by police outriders whizzing their way to the chapel.
  • 11:42
  • 11:44
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  • 11:46
    The Sky analysts reckon Harry looked a bit nervous as he walked into the chapel in his military uniform. If he looked any dishier he'd have Wedgwood stamped on the soles of his shoes, possibly.
  • 11:47

    The crowd goes ape now as Meghan Markle's cavalcade drives past them on the way to the chapel.  

  • 11:48

    "Did you see her," the Sky reporter asks a spectator.

    "No," replies the spectator.

  • 11:54
    Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have just arrived there to a rather subdued "Waaay" from the crowd.
  • 11:56
    And her comes Queen Elizabeth looking resplendent in a radioactive green ensemble along with her husband Prince Philip, looking hale after stepping out of the public light a while back.
  • 11:58
    A blast of fanfare there from the state trumpeters inside St Geoerge's Chapel to announce the arrival of the queen.
  • 11:58
    Next come the troupe of tiny bridesmaids accompanied by their mothers.
  • 12:00

    "Shortly we're going to see something very American," warns the Sky News presenter. "When you see it, you'll know what I mean."

    Hotdog cannon salute?

  • 12:01
    Meghan Markle is on the steps of the chapel and the Sky team are unanimous: "absolutely stunning".
  • 12:03
    And now she's walking up the aisle where I believe she will be -- importantly -- greeted by Prince Charles who will accompany her to the alter.
  • 12:04
    And they should know.
  • 12:05
    The show is about to begin.
  • 12:07
    Henry Charles Alfred David and Rachel Meghan are getting married, according to the reverend.
  • 12:09
    We're into the usual yadda yadda of weddings now. Rev: Solemn vows, we pray with them, the whole of their earthly life, etc.
  • 12:11
    Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby taking control of proceedings now.
  • 12:13

    He asks Harry will he take Meghan to be his wife. "I will." (laughter in the chapel)

    He asks Meghan will she take Harry to be her husband. "I will."

  • 12:16
    A reading now from the Song of Solomon from Lady Jane Fellows. "If one offered for love all the wealth of one's house, it would be utterly scorned," she reads.
  • 12:26

    The Most Reverend Michael Curry giving it socks now. Slaves in the American south understood that the way of love is the way of life. Love is not selfish and self-centred, love can be sacrificial. The way of love changes lives and it can change this world. When love is the way then no child will go hungry in this world ever again, poverty will become history, the earth will be a sanctuary.


    He's saying a lot more than that but it's hard to keep up.

  • 12:29
    "This fella's going on a bit," says an editor sitting beside me. They might have to give Rev Michael Curry the old Oscars music treatment.
  • 12:30
    "FIRE!" says Michael Curry. "FIRE." He's on to Facebook and social media now but "fire is one of the greatest discoveries in all of human history".
  • 12:31
    The BBC has gone full Buzzfeed.
  • 12:34
    A bit of respite now as Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir sing 'Stand By Me'.
  • 12:35

    And now the vows!

  • 12:36
    Richer, poorer, sickness, health, to love and to cherish. Classic stuff. Nothing too off the wall here.
  • 12:38

    And now the rings, given to them by William I think, believed to contain actual dust particles retrieved by a Nasa explorer mission to Saturn's outer atmosphere.


    Ah no, they're probably gold. Meghan's one looks way too big. Maybe it will fit snugly enough once it gets past her knuckle.    

  • 12:41

    Justin Welby: Harry and Meghan have declared their marriage... I therefore proclaim that they are husband and wife.


    "Those whom God has joined together let no one put asunder," says Welby. And who could disagree with that? Although, in fairness, there's been plenty of putting asundering in the royal family over the past few decades.

  • 12:42
    Some more choir singing now.
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  • 12:50
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  • 12:52
    The Dean of Windsor brings the matrimonial ceremony to an end and now the happy couple are off to put their old John Hancocks to paper and seal the deal officially.
  • 12:55
    As thoughts turn to this evening FA Cup final between Chelsea and Man United, Sheku Kanneh-Mason soothes the crowd with some cello music.
  • 12:56
    And some more music  now as the paperwork is attended to in the next room.
  • 13:03
    Franz Schubert's Ave Maria playing in St George's Chapel now sending us into a pleasant nap. But, oh wait, here comes the bride and groom again for a rousing version of the national anthem.
  • 13:04
    The queen's outfit might actually be more of a canary yellow than a radioactive green, as I described it early. Either way, it's causing havoc for the TV cameras.
  • 13:08
    The bride's Rolls Royce has transformed into a magical horse-drawn carriage. But how will they fit the entire enormous bridal train (is that what it's called?) into it?
  • 13:09
    And off the go, Prince Harry and the Dutchess of Sussex, waving to the crowds as they leave the grounds of St George's Chapel.
  • 13:13
    Gerry Adams re-tweeted this.
  • 13:15
    Rev Michael Curry was the star of the show.
  • 13:18
    Husband and wife are now parading through the streets of Windsor. The cavalry regiment "trotting downhill -- not as easy as it looks", says the Sky News presenter who must have some experience in this regard.
  • 13:22
    "We can remember this forever," says a woman on the news, not overdoing it at all. Windsor does look lovely in the sunshine in fairness. You'd love to pop into one of those pubs for a refreshing pint of warm ale.
  • 13:23
    It's the most union jack bunting I've ever seen and I've been on the Shankill Rd on the 12th of July. But what does it all mean for Brexit?  
  • 13:25
  • 13:29
    I see on Twitter that Prince Harry said  "You look amazing. I'm so lucky" to Meghan Markle when she walked up to him at the alter. I missed that first time around.
  • 13:30
    The couple are now on their way back to the castle for a reception to be held by the queen.
  • 13:31
    "For an American in England this is exactly what you want to see in a royal wedding," says a contributor on Sky News.
  • 13:43
    The bride and groom's carriage has returned to the castle and now the Irish guard band is filing out onto the streets of Windsor and pumping out the tunes.
  • 13:46
    That's where we'll end our live blog coverage of the royal wedding. See you all in 25 years for the wedding of Prince George to a highly intelligent love robot on the moon.