Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19 2018 in the year's most talked-about nuptials and while it seemed like a lifetime ago, details from the event are still leaking.
The latest revelation comes from the , who claim that Kate Middleton was left in tears in the run-up to the wedding. The newspaper claims that Kate was left feeling emotional after recently welcoming little Prince Louis. On the back of the claims, two sources have told that Kate was left 'in tears' when Princess Charlotte was trying on her bridesmaid dress.
"Kate had only just given birth to Prince Louis and was feeling quite emotional," the source said.
What a proud mamma.
Ever since the wedding, everyone has been desperate to know everything they can about what went down, including the uber-secretive reception details. Oh to be a fly on the wall at that party...
The most reveal comes in the form of the table names, which to be honest, is something we didn't think we'd give a flying hoot about, but here we are.
According to , the couple poked fun at their heritage and how different their respective countries are. True Blood actress, Jania Gavankar, explained that each table at Frogmore House was named after a food that Brits and Americans disagree on the pronunciation of.
“Potato, potato, tomato, tomato, oregano, oregano. It was so sweet. There were so many nods to the beautiful mashup of two cultures.”
She also explained that they were dancing until the AM, and "ate sliders at 2 in the morning". She continued, "It was such a beautiful day and a carefree night, and it was a very powerful day in history. And I think everybody felt it across the world." All the feels!
And if bagging herself a Prince wasn't enough, last week it was announced that Meghan Markle has had a fancy coat of arms designed especially for her.
Kensington Palace shared a sketch of it on Twitter...
Traditionally, it would be given to the bride's father but in a break with tradition, it was given directly to Meghan herself. Meghan apparently worked closely with the College of Arms throughout the design process to create something that was "both personal and representative."
The blue background of the shield represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the sunshine of The Duchess's home state. The three quills represent communication and the power of words.
Beneath the shield on the grass sits a collection of golden poppies, California's state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.
As well as that lavish gesture, Meghan apparently received a pretty lavish gift from her new husband on their wedding night.
According to , Prince Harry gave his blushing bride a diamond bracelet, costing in the region of £17,700.
It comes after Meghan stepped out at Prince Charles's 70th birthday party donning the Essential Line Bracelet from Cartier. People were quick to point out that it's the first time she's worn it, suggesting she received it on her wedding night.
Here are all the details from the big day, including the all-important wedding photos and reception details:
The official photos
The couple released three official snaps to celebrate their big day, including this amazing group shot of the happy couple with their families and bridal party...
And this amazing snap of the couple looking *super* loved-up posing on the steps at Windsor Castle... Be still, our beating hearts.
Just LOOK at Prince George's face here!
Alexi Lubomirski, 42, the protege of photographer Mario Testino, loved by Princess Diana, was the man behind the candid snaps.
Sharing the photos, a Kensington Palace spokesperson said: 'The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday. They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world.
'Their Royal Highnesses are delighted with these official portraits taken by Alexi Lubomirski and are happy to be able to share them today. They would also like to say thank you for all of the generous messages of support they have received'.
The royal couple tied the knot on May 19 2018 at 12 p.m. noon.
The marriage service lasted an hour, beginning at 12pm and finishing by 1pm, and it took place in the castle's 15th century St George's Chapel.
Here's the happy couple looking all loved-up as they said their vows...
And giving us the moment we were all waiting for!
We felt the love all the way through the ceremony - it's clear this pair is meant to be.
We couldn't get enough of little Princess Charlotte, who served as a bridesmaid for Meghan. Here's the little cutie...
Bishop Michael Curry took centre stage to deliver a speech which set tongues wagging on the day, and he quickly became an internet sensation. Speaking on Good Morning America in the days that followed, Michael explained how it felt to be asked to speak and the preparation that went into the day.
"Well it was the decision of the couple, but they were in consultation both with the Archbishop of Canterbury and with the Dean of St George's and I'm sure others as well. I got a phone call, and I didn’t believe it, because a member of my staff called and said, ‘They’d like you to preach at the royal wedding,’ and I said, ‘Get out of here it’s April Fools. You’ve got to be kidding me.’ And it was actually true."
He continued, "They were very gracious. I did provide a copy of the manuscript about a week before...and I only deviated slightly - [being a preacher] you're gonna deviate a little bit. They were basically aware of the basic outline and what was in it."
"The love between those two people, between that royal couple, was so powerful, not only did we all show up, but it brought all these different worlds together. It brought different nationalities, different ethnicities, different religious traditions, people of all stripes and types, people of different political persuasions, actually for a moment we were actually together, organized around love."
He also admitted to Today that he was nervous - and we don't blame him!
“When I sat down from the sermon I remember thinking to myself, ‘I hope that was okay."
"I must admit to being a little nervous at the very beginning...but then after that it turned into a church and I was speaking to a young couple who are in love - they are so passionately in love with each other, you could see it."
Everyone was living for Kate Middleton's side eye at the royal wedding
"I’ve learned to be able to hear an amen by looking in their eyes. And I was looking in the eyes of people that were there, and they were doing quiet British amen."
After saying their vows (was anyone else choking back the tears when Harry mouthed "you look amazing" to his bride?!), Harry and Meghan completed a two-mile journey on the streets of London after exchanging their wedding vows in front of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.
The route saw the happy couple take a trip down Castle Hill, along the High Street and then along Sheet Street, Kings Road and Albert Road, before returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk. Phew!
The wedding reception
After their drive-by, they greeted their guests from the ceremony at a reception at St. George's Hall (a very fancy location, if you're asking). The close friends and family party was hosted by Prince Charles - as he did for William and Kate following their 2011 ceremony - at Frogmore House.
Meghan broke with tradition by making a speech, in which, according to the Daily Mail, she was "thought to have thanked the Royal Family for welcoming her in."
She also said: "I have found my Prince", according to The Sun. She also apparently thanked her friends for supporting her through the past few weeks, which have been particularly difficult.
The guests danced to tunes from DJ Sam Totolee, who also performed at Pippa Middleton's wedding, and the couple chose I Wanna Dance With Somebody and Land of a Thousand Dances for their dancefloor tunes.
Comedian James Corden, who found fame on Gavin and Stacey, compered the evening and partook in a dance routine with Harry, William and Charles. Absolute scenes!
Guests were gifted a goodie bag with a bottle of water, a commemorative shortbread and giant chocolate coin and a fridge magnet - delicious.[ id="997734007923265536"]
After months of speculation and rumours flying around left, right and centre about who would design the wedding dress of the year, it was confirmed that the dress designer was Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy - we did not see that one coming!
Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller custom designed the wedding gown and Meghan looked absolutely ethereal. Speaking about the dress, the designer said: "It is truly an honour to have been given the opportunity to closely collaborate with Meghan Markle on such a remarkable occasion. We wanted to create a timeless piece that would emphasize the iconic codes of Givenchy throughout its history, as well as convey modernity through sleek lines and sharp cuts."
"In contrast, the delicate floral beauty of the veil was a vision Meghan and I shared, a special gesture embracing the commonwealth flora, ascending the circumference of the silk tulle.
"As a British designer at a Parisian Haute Couture house, and on behalf of all us at Givenchy who have been able to experience such an extraordinary process of creativity, I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished and grateful to Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Kensington Palace for allowing us to be part of this historical chapter.
"It has been an immensely rewarding experience to get to know Meghan on a personal level, one I will forever carry with me. The House of Givenchy joins me in wishing her and Prince Harry every wish of happiness in their future."
True to the heritage of the house, the pure lines of the dress are achieved using six meticulously placed seams. The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasizes the slender sculpted waist. The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity.
Meghan Markle talks about her wedding dress for the first time in this never-before-seen clip
Meghan apparently wanted to have all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony so Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition. Incredible!
The veil is five meters long and made from silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza.
Each flower was worked flat, in three dimensions to create a unique and delicate design. The workers spent hundreds of hours meticulously sewing and washing their hands every thirty minutes to keep the tulle and threads pristine.
Symmetrically placed at the very front of the veil, crops of wheat are delicately embroidered and blend into the flora, to symbolise love and charity.
The wedding shoes are based on the Givenchy refined pointed SS18 Haute Couture design made of a silk duchess satin.
Clare Waight Keller also designed the six young bridesmaids’ dresses, hand crafted in the Givenchy Haute Couture Atelier in Paris. The dresses were designed to have the same timeless purity as Meghan's dress.
She then changed into this absolutely incredible Stella McCartney gown for the evening reception and, quite frankly, she's never looked better.
As for her beauty look, Meghan looked absolutely incredible with a surprisingly pared-back beauty look.
This is going to be the most requested wedding makeup look of 2019
The actress opted to wear her hair in a bun beneath her veil, which she offset with a glistening tiara. The man behind the mane? Serge Normant, who also works with the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker.
Her makeup, which was apparently applied by Dior's Daniel Martin, was natural, fresh and, naturally, glowing.
Who was there?
The A-listers were out in force for the wedding of the year, with Amal Clooney, wearing Stella McCartney and makeup by Charlotte Tilbury, and George Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, Oprah Winfrey, dressed in Stella McCartney, Carey Mulligan, Cressida Bonas, Chelsea Davy, James Corden, and Idris Elba all in attendance. Serena Williams, who is close friends with Meghan, was also in attendance and took us behind the scenes getting ready for the big day.
Serena Williams and Priyanka Chopra took us behind the scenes getting ready for the royal wedding
In terms of the royal family, Princess Eugenie and Beatrice, Sarah Ferguson, Lady Kitty Spencer, Princess Anne, and Sophie Wessex were all there to support Prince Harry. Kate Middleton arrived with the bridal party, and her family, including Pippa and James Middleton, were also at the event.
Kate Middleton opts for primrose yellow Alexander McQueen coat as she attends Harry and Meghan's wedding
As well as royals, dignitaries and A-listers, over 2,600 members of the public snared tickets to the wedding.
The 2,640 people included 'people who have served their communities' and were chosen by the Queen's representatives from all over the UK.
There was also a selection of people from the charities and organisations that the royal couple support (they are both huge charity advocates if you didn't already know).
Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen arrives in a zesty green outfit for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding
A hundred pupils from two local schools also attended and a staggering 610 Windsor Castle community members and 530 members of the Royal Household.
Amal and George Clooney lead the incredibly stylish arrivals at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding
The order of service
Kensington Palace shared the couple's order of service on Saturday morning - and it was a thoroughly modern affair.
The hymn 'Stand By Me' was chosen by the couple, the wedding vow wording was super modern and the late Princess Diana's sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, gave a reading.
Kensington Palace said in a statement: "Like any couple getting married, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have taken a great deal of care in selecting all elements for their service."
Orchestral selections included works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Edward Elgar, Gabriel Faure and Franz Schubert and the National Anthem played at the end. The couple chose the Most Reverend Michael Curry, who is head of the Episcopal Church in the United States, to give the sermon.
Meghan entered the church on her own - we love an independent woman - and Prince Harry's father, Prince Charles, met Meghan half way down the aisle.
Kensington Palace said in a statement:
"Ms. Meghan Markle has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire of St George's Chapel on her wedding day. The Price of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Mr. Markle to the Royal Family in this way."
Meghan's ring has been fashioned from a piece of Welsh Gold, gifted by The Queen. Prince Harry's ring is a Platinum Band with a textured finish.
The couple's brand new titles
The Queen, who was dressed in lime green Stuart Parvin suit and an Angela Kelly hat, confirmed on Saturday morning that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The title hasn't been used for over 150 years and Harry's dukedom is one of the highest ranks in the British peerage.
As well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry was also given the Scottish and Northern Irish titles of the Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel, and Meghan will be known as Countess of Dumbarton and Baroness Kilkeel.
Buckingham Palace said: "The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales.
"His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Prince Harry thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex."
The couple chose London-based Philippa Craddock to work on their flower arrangements.
In the official announcement, Kensington Palace wrote: "Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen floral designer @philippacraddock to create the church flowers for their wedding."
The florist herself also took to Instagram to discuss working with the couple, citing it 'an incredible privilege'.
She wrote: "I am loving working with them, it is an incredible privilege, and the designs will be a true reflection of them as a couple, with sustainability at the forefront. We will be using plenty of locally sourced greenery and seasonal flowers including peonies, garden roses and foxglove."
Kensington Palace confirmed that the couple used Californian pastry chef Claire Ptak, who whipped up a delicious lemon elderflower cake for their big day.
Here's the masterpiece...
The cake was scattered with flowers, buttercream and zesty lemon - and we have little doubt it was absolutely delish.
Food writer and food stylist, Chef Ptak, who runs Violet Bakery, was once interviewed by Meghan for her website, The Tig, so it's hardly surprising she was snapped up.
The gift list
Prince Harry and Meghan apparently shunned a gift list and instead asked their guests to donate money to Harry's charity via his Royal Foundation. How lovely.
A source told The Sun: “Prince Harry is a man who has everything. He doesn’t want guests spending lots of time buying him extravagant presents but he does want them to support his charity work.
“Obviously he has his own foundation with Prince William and Kate, and he also supports organisations like Wellchild and the Invictus Foundation.
“He’s expected to provide more specific information with the individual invites.”
According to The Irish Independent, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be spending time in Ireland soon after their wedding this Spring.
The couple will apparently visit in June or July for one night only and we're betting the locals are delighted they'll get a glimpse of the married couple for the first time.
Meghan's wife training
According to The Daily Express, as part of her training, Meghan spent two days in the English countryside where she undertook some security training sessions, including a 'kidnap and rescue' scenario.
Members of the Royal Army's SAS regiment taught Meghan how to act if she ever found herself in a hostile situation and apparently used live ammunition while rescuing the former Suits actress from her fake kidnapping.
The actress was also taught that it's best to forge a relationship with potential kidnappers and even learnt how to behave if her rescuers are killed and she has to fend for herself. Talk about intense!
Meghan was apparently also trained on how to drink tea (a quintessentially British activity). According to the actress’ new biography, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, and US Weekly, Meghan learnt the royal protocol and etiquette of tea drinking, including the specific way to hold the cup. Meghan was given the chance to practise when she took tea with the queen before news of the couple's engagement was announced.
The hen party
According to Us Weekly, Meghan's hen party didn't quite involve willy straws and sashes; it was a much more civilised affair at the high-end, A-list retreat, Soho Farmhouse.
There's 100 acres of lush green countryside, swimming pools, spas and even a milkman to deliver your morning milk; how very British.
Here are all the stylish guests from the big day...