20 May 2018
Unless you’ve been living under a rock yesterday, here’s what’s you should know about the most important wedding of the year:
The essentials: Prince Harry, 33, Queen Elizabeth II’s nephew, married 36-year-old Meghan Markle, an American actress. From a succession point of view, the event is of no strategic importance, Harry, more recently the Duke of Sussex, Count of Dumbarton, and Baron of Kilkeel (because this is his new title), is the heir of the throne with number six on the successor line, while his wife, more recently his Royal Highness Duchess of Sussex, is what the editorials have called: a highly unusual royal bride: of American origin, three years older than Harry, divorced, with a career in cinematography and biracial. Clearly, it is a new beginning for the royal family.
The guest-list: Sir Elton Jon, Serena Williams, The Beckham, George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hardy, Priyanca Chopra, Kitty Spencer, Idris Elba, Carry Mulligan, Gina Tores and many, many others.
The dress: Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy
Snapshots from the event
Serena William @ Valentino dress
Serena Williams & Alexis Ohanian
The oh-so lovely Beckhams
George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin (love love love the yellow dress)
Idris Elba & Sabrina Dhowre
Eugenie & Beatrice Princesses along with Prince Andrew
Eliza Spencer, Louis Spencer, Victoria Aitken & Kitty Spencer
Pippa Middleton (who arguably stole the show at the previous royal wedding)
Invitations have been made by Barnard & Westwood. The service is at St George’s Chapel, followed by a reception at St George’s Hall, which is being hosted by the Queen.
Guests are invited to the private reception at Frogmore House in Windsor Home Park.
Members of the public have been invited to the Windsor Castle grounds. Made up of 1,200 nominated by nine regional Lord Lieutenent officers; 200 people from charities and organisations; 100 pupils from local schools the Royal School and St George’s School; 610 Windsor Castle’s community members; 530 members of the Royal Households and Crown Estate.
Beyond the logistics aspects, the wedding between Harry and Meghan marks the beginning of a new era. The union of a descendant of British kingdom and a personality such as the new Duchess opens up new conversations and opens us a new road towards change.
“One of the children of slaves is marrying a royal whose forerunners sanctioned slavery; the lion is lying down with the lamb,” said Denise Crawford, a court stenographer from Brooklyn.”
source: New York Times