Britain’s Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle exchanged vows Saturday as throngs cheered from the grounds of Windsor Castle in a ceremony imbued with tradition and music.
Tens of thousands of spectators surrounded the castle, some of whom had camped there since Tuesday. They were able to watch the ceremony on a large outdoor screen.
The first of the 600 wedding guests began arriving at 4:30 a.m. EDT in morning suits, day dresses and, of course, frilly hats.
Celebrity guests included Oprah Winfrey, who wore a blush pink dress and wide-brimmed hat, a bearded, grey-suited George Clooney and his wife Amal Clooney in daffodil yellow.
St. George’s Chapel was decorated with white roses, the favorite flower of Prince Harry’s mother Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 when Harry was 12.
Charles Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother, attended with his wife Countess Spencer. Diana’s sister Lady Jane Fellowes gave a reading during the service.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip then arrived, along with Prince Charles and Camilla, duchess of Cornwall.
Prince Harry and his older brother Prince William both wore military uniforms of the Blues and Royals cavalry regiment of the British Army.
Following tradition, Queen Elizabeth bestowed the title of the duke and duchess of Sussex on the couple’s wedding day. Since Markle does not have a royal background, she will not be called Princess Meghan, through she will technically be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales after her spouse (Prince Harry’s full name is Henry Charles Albert David).
Markle rode with her mother Doria Ragland in a vintage Rolls Royce from the Cliveden House Hotel, about 10 miles from Windsor Castle.
Her wedding dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller of French fashion house Givenchy.
Prince Charles walked Meghan down part of the aisle at the church. Her father, Thomas Markle, stayed at home in Mexico due to heart problems.
American bishop, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, leader of the Episcopal Church, gave the address at the wedding.
After the vows, British teenage cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performed several melodies, including Ave Maria. The entire congregation stood to sing “God Save the Queen,” capping the event.
All of the guests then filed into St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle for a lunch reception, as the happy couple took a carriage ride around the town of Windsor, waving to well-wishers.