Royal Family Expresses Thanks After Harry and Meghan’s Radical Day

Posted by on May 26, 2018 in Entertainment, Films & TV, Media & Arts with 0 Comments

Meghan Markle, now known as the Duchess of Sussex, chose a dress by Givenchy’s Clare Waight Kellerto marry Prince Harry | CNN

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For Harry and Meghan, it was the morning after the night before. For the rest of Britain, it was a day to reflect on an electrifying wedding that’s being hailed as a transformative moment for the British monarchy.

After a ceremony that shook up royal tradition, a biography of the new Duchess of Sussex has appeared on the website of the British royal family, and it firmly emphasizes her activist credentials. High on the page, in a bold font, is a quote from a speech the then Meghan Markle delivered on International Women’s Day in 2015: “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist.”
It is a quote that says much about the newest member of the royal family, whose decision to walk unaccompanied partway down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle set the tone for an unconventional royal wedding.
The last public glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex was on Saturday evening when they swept out of Windsor Castle in a vintage Jaguar convertible and drove south to Frogmore House, where Harry’s father, Prince Charles, hosted an evening reception for 200 of the couple’s friends and family.
Fireworks lit up the sky as guests, including the tennis star Serena Williams and the Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, celebrated alongside members of the Royal Family.
For the evening reception, Meghan changed into a bespoke, lily-white Stella McCartney high-necked dress. She wore an emerald-cut aquamarine ring that once belonged to Harry’s mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Harry switched into black tie after wearing military dress for the ceremony.
All 600 guests were invited to an afternoon reception, hosted by the Queen at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Hall. They heard Elton John — who was a friend of the late Princess Diana and played at her funeral — perform three songs, while Harry’s best man, Prince William, acted as compere.
Rather than a conventional sit-down meal, guests were served canapes featuring langoustines and asparagus and “bowl food” that can be eaten standing up. A famously nontraditional lemon-and-elderflower sponge cake chosen by Harry and Meghan was cut and served.

A novel evening soiree, too

In the evening, Harry drove Meghan from Windsor Castle to Frogmore House in a Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero — a vintage E-Type, originally built in 1968, converted to run on electric power. It bore the number plate E19 05 18, the date of the wedding.
In another break with tradition, Meghan is understood to have made a speech at the evening party.
Prince William is reported to have made what was described by British newspaper the Daily Mail as a “naughty” speech. The newspaper reported that midnight snacks of candyfloss and “dirty burgers” were on the menu, along with cocktails called “When Harry met Meghan.”
The couple chose Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” for their first dance, the Telegraph reported.
A guest told the newspaper there was laughter and tears of joy when Prince Harry made a speech.
“He couldn’t get very far, as every time he said ‘my wife’ everyone cheered, and he had to go back to the beginning,” said Veronica German, director of the charity Dolen Cymru Wales Lesotho Link. “It was very funny.”
A friend of Prince Harry told The Sunday Times that Prince Charles “gave the most lovely, moving speech welcoming Meghan to the family.”

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