Royal wedding latest news: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle head home to start married life

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Fireworks from the Frogmore House party lit up the night sky over Windsor - Steve Finn

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are starting their married lives at home after an emotional wedding ceremony that captivated the nation, as details of the all-night royal partying emerged.

Guests of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated the couple tying the knot at an evening reception at which Idris Elba turned DJ and danced into the small hours with fireworks and a playlist of soul classics, The Telegraph can reveal.

The newlyweds are said to have eschewed a slow first dance for livelier tunes, from 1960s R&B to the dance hits of the 1980s. They are said to have chosen "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" as an opening number, with guests treated to a sit-down dinner after a long day in front of the cameras at Windsor Castle.

Following the exploits of Saturday night, the Duke and Duchess left Windsor Castle to return home to Nottingham Cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace, during Sunday afternoon after being hosted by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh over their wedding weekend.

The Duchess will attend her first royal garden party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

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The grand finale of the royal wedding saw 200 people join a black-tie dinner and evening celebrations at Frogmore House. The Duchess was expected to be among those to make a speech and the couple had their first dance.

The Prince of Wales staged the black-tie evening dinner for the couple, who arrived in a environmentally-friendly 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero that ran on electric power.

As well as family members including Princess Beatrice and Eugenie and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, evening guests included George and Amal Clooney, Tom Hardy, and Idris Elba, who was said to have taken a spin on DJ decks. 

But the fun did not stop when Frogmore House - the famous royal home loved by Queen Victoria - closed it doors, as some guests are said to have staged an after party at top London hot spot Chiltern Firehouse.

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In their first official engagement as husband and wife, the Duke and Duchess will attend a 70th birthday patronage celebration for the Prince of Wales.

The outdoor event marks the heir to the throne's milestone birthday - which falls in November - by recognising Charles' patronages and military affiliations as well as others involved in charities supported by the royal.

The Duchess previously said she wants to "hit the ground running" on becoming a full-time member of the Royal family.

Fireworks from the Frogmore House party lit up the night sky over Windsor Credit: Steve Finn 

The couple will not immediately leave for their honeymoon, but remain in the UK for a period of time before taking the traditional break. Countries such as Botswana - which offers stunning wildlife, breathtaking scenery and, importantly, privacy from prying eyes - could be top of the list.

But the couple may first spend a few days in Ireland, according to reports, making their inaugural overseas trip as a married couple to the Republic, while their honeymoon is put on hold for a period.

Botswana is a place the Duke loves and knows well, and he reportedly whisked his fiancee to the southern African country in 2017 to mark her 36th birthday.

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The Duke and Duchess had exchanged vows in front of 600 guests including the Queen and more than 30 members of the Royal family.

Famous faces such as US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey, tennis champion Serena Williams, actor George Clooney and his barrister wife Amal Clooney, Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham and actor Idris Elba were also in St George's Chapel.

Sir Elton, who sang at the funeral service for the Duke's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, performed at the lunchtime reception. 

An estimated 100,000 people turned out to see the couple as they sat in an open-top Ascot Landau for a carriage procession through Windsor.

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Meanwhile, British designer Clare Waight Keller, who was spotted arranging the Duchess of Sussex's veil and train just before she processed into St George's Chapel, said soon after the ceremony Harry rushed up to praise her efforts. 

She said: "He came straight up to me and he said 'oh my God, thank you, she looks absolutely stunning'."

Asked about the moment Meghan was able to look at herself dressed and ready in the mirror on Saturday morning, Ms Waight Keller said: "She was just glowing," adding "She was absolutely radiant."

6:18AM

High Street set to launch copycat wedding dresses

Our Fashion News Director, Bethan Holt writes how high street brands will capitalise on the 'Meghan effect,' and where to find the best royal wedding-inspired dresses.

"Every decade has its own style identity and the general consensus eight years into the 2010s is that sleek minimalism will be the look of our time. How appropriate then that the new Duchess of Sussex’s Givenchy Haute Couture and Stella McCartney wedding gowns should encapsulate this look so elegantly.

... Meghan Markle’s wedding looks will not only become a go-to bridal trend reference for years to come, but will influence many other brides to veer away from glitz and look instead to sophisticated simplicity.

The pristinely plain, silk cady material and architectural silhouette of Clare Waight Keller’s design was painstakingly constructed in one of the world’s finest ateliers, so the exact look will be impossible to achieve. The £35 polyester column dress by fast fashion brand Missguided which has been touted as a good match is certainly no substitute."

Read the full article here 

5:43AM

Serena Williams wore trainers to royal wedding reception

Serena Williams has revealed she wore trainers underneath her dress for Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding reception.

The tennis champion wore a stunning Versace dress for the wedding itself but changed into a floral Valentino number for the evening reception at Frogmore House.

Pictures of the floor-length gown did not reveal her feet, but Williams has now given fans on social media a peek at her shoes.

She posted a short video to Instagram and wrote: "Little known fact: I often wear sneakers under my evening gown.

"These @maisonvalentino @pppiccioli gave to me last min.

"I told him be careful; I tend to be comfy for long nights."

 

4:54AM

Tyler Dooley brought knife to Kingston nightclub 

Meghan Markle's nephew attempted to take a knife into a nightclub near Windsor Castle because he was worried by Donald Trump's saying London was "like a warzone".

Tyler Dooley, the 25-year-old son of the Duchess of Sussex's brother, Thomas Markle, was not invited to the wedding, but travelled to London with the intention of appearing as a pundit on television.

On Saturday night he went to the Bacchus nightclub in Kingston with his mother Tracy - Mr Markle's ex-wife - and his older brother TJ, 26.

As their party was searched entering the club, Mr Dooley, a cannabis farmer from Oregon, realised the four-inch blade would be discovered, and told bouncers on the door that he had a knife.

Read the full story here

3:53AM

The 'child whisperer' nanny who kept the bridesmaids and pageboys in line

If you hadn’t been looking for her, you would have missed her entirely. Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s nanny blended expertly into the background in St George’s Chapel on Saturday, looking on from the sidelines as her little charges and their fellow bridesmaids and page boys performed their duties beautifully.

But if Maria Borrallo hadn’t been present in the chapel, there is a chance the ceremony might not have gone quite so smoothly.

Rehearsals for the big day had been shambolic, insiders say, with the children - the youngest of whom, Zalie, daughter of Prince Harry’s friend Jake Warren, was only two years old - proving impossible to keep in line.

Read the full story of how the young bridesmaids and pageboys were taught their roles here.

2:24AM

Bridal bouquet left at grave of the Unknown Warrior

The Duchess of Sussex has followed the poignant royal tradition of having her wedding bouquet left at the grave of the Unknown Warrior.

In 1923 the late Queen Mother began the long-standing tradition when her posy was left at the grave following her wedding to the Duke of York, later George VI.

She left the flowers in memory of her brother Fergus, who was killed in 1915 during the global conflict.

Convention dictates that the day after royal weddings the floral tribute is sent to the Abbey once the official wedding pictures of the bride and groom have been taken.

Meghan's bridal bouquet which has been tied with a delicate pink ribbon, and includes scented sweet peas, as well as jasmine and lily of the valley, has been placed at the bottom of the grave, and will stay in place until it wilts.

Meghan Markle's wedding bouquet lies on the grave of the Unknown Warrior Credit: Victoria Jones/PA

 

1:01AM

Over 29 million watched royal wedding in US

More than 29 million people watched on television in the United States as Britain's Prince Harry married American actress Megan Markle, according to Nielsen ratings released Sunday.

The estimated 29.2 million viewers for Saturday's ceremony exceed the number for the 2011 wedding of Harry's brother Prince William to Kate Middleton, which was watched by 22.8 million people.

11:49PM

Meghan Markle's father 'believes newlyweds will visit him after honeymoon'

Unable to make the wedding of his daughter and Prince Harry, Thomas Markle has reportedly suggested the pair will soon visit him.  

On Sunday a family source told The Sun: “Meghan and Thomas are both devastated he wasn’t able to attend the wedding and have discussed seeing each other soon.

“They have been speaking all week, mostly by text.

“She has been worried about him and checking how he is regularly.

“Thomas has told other family members he hopes and expects Meghan and Harry to come to see him.”

8:45PM

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge return home after the festivities

Credit: Yui Mok/PA

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived home to Kensington Palace following the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Windsor on Saturday.

William was driving a Land Rover Discovery with his wife Kate in the passenger seat.

The vehicle had tinted windows and onlookers were unable to see if there were any rear seat passengers.

5:10PM

Wedding flowers have been given to charities

The flowers from the royal wedding have been given out to different charities.

St Joseph's Hospice, in Hackney, east London, was among a number of charities given some of the white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves from the big day.

The flowers included white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves Credit: Danny Lawson /PA

Former embroideress Pauline Clayton, 89, a patient at the hospice, described the gift from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as "lovely".

Hospice officials discovered by chance that Mrs Clayton used to work for the Queen's dressmaker Sir Norman Hartnell, when they chatted to her after the royal wedding.

Speaking from her room at the hospice where she is receiving respite care, Mrs Clayton said: "If I was her (Meghan) I would have wanted to keep them all with me."

Peonies were amongst the flowers  Credit: Danny Lawson /PA

Mrs Clayton said she worked on the skilled and fine detail embroidery on the Queen's wedding and coronation outfits, when she was 19 years old. 

Floral designer Phillippa Craddock directed a team, including florists from St George's Chapel and Buckingham Palace, to create the wedding displays at St George's Chapel and for St George's Hall in Windsor.

3:20PM

Royal couple understood to have left Windsor Castle

The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex are understood to have left Windsor Castle after spending Saturday night celebrating their wedding. They will be heading home to Nottingham Cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

3:18PM

Revealed: Idris Elba turned DJ as couple danced to 1980s hits and R&B

Idris Elba turned DJ at the evening party, The Telegraph's  Royal Correspondent Hannah Furness can reveal.

The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex partied into the small hours with fireworks and a playlist of soul classics.

The newlyweds are said to have eschewed a slow first dance for livelier tunes, from 1960s R&B to the dance hits of the 1980s.

They are said to have chosen "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" as an opening number, with guests treated to a sit-down dinner after a long day in front of the cameras at Windsor Castle.

Idris Elba at the royal wedding ceremony Credit: Danny Lawson /AP

In a private evening reception held at Frogmore House, 200 chosen guests had let their hair down with the alcohol flowing.

As well as family members including Princess Beatrice and Eugenie and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, evening guests included George and Amal Clooney, Tom Hardy, and Idris Elba, who was said to have taken a spin on DJ decks. 

2:13PM

Wedding dress designer's sketches revealed

1:41PM

Timelapse video: Spot the royal couple touring Windsor

Here's a video of the royal tour through Windsor from an angle you might not have seen so far.

This timelapse footage was filmed from The Telegraph's spot in the town. See if you can spot the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

1:16PM

Duke thanked wedding dress designer: 'Oh my God, she looks absolutely stunning'

The designer of the Duchess of Sussex's wedding dress has spoken of her pride in being involved in such a "historic moment".

Birmingham-born Clare Waight Keller disclosed that the Duke spoke to her after the ceremony.

"He came straight up to me and he said 'oh my God, thank you, she looks absolutely stunning'. So I think for the both of them, they were just radiant at that time," she said.

Video: Wedding dress designer's pride

The designer added: "Well I think everybody saw on television - he was absolutely in awe, I think. She looked just incredible and it showed."

She revealed she was told by the Duchess in early January that she was the chosen designer.

She said: "It was an extraordinary moment when she told me. Of course it's an incredible thing to be part of such a historic moment."

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Ms Waight Keller said the process was collaborative, adding: "I think she had very much seen my work and knew what I did.

"I think she loved the fact that I was a British designer, and working in a house such as Givenchy which has its roots in a very classical, beautiful style."

Ms Waight Keller said over time they quickly got to a point where the Duchess felt she knew exactly what she wanted after various meetings and trials.

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This meant that the designer got to know her, and she said of the new Duchess of Sussex: "She's exactly what you see on TV. She's just so genuine and warm and radiant. She's just glowing.

"She's a strong woman. She knows what she wants, and it was really an absolute joy working with her."

Asked about the moment the Duchess was able to look at herself fully dressed and ready in the mirror on Saturday morning, Ms Waight Keller said: "She was just glowing.

"There's so much emotion on a day like that anyway. But I think particularly when it all comes together, I think, is tremendous. She was absolutely radiant."

Clare Waight Keller Credit: Peter White /Getty

Asked if there was any tears from the bride, she said: "No, she was incredibly composed. It was really quite extraordinary. She's just the most beautiful person."

Asked what the Duchess's mother, Doria Ragland, had thought of her daughter, Ms Waight Keller said: "As she went into her car, her mother was already sitting in the car and you just could see there was so much love between them."

12:42PM

Queen back at Windsor Castle... still no sign of newlyweds yet

The Queen was later seen being driven back to Windsor Castle soon after the service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park.

As a few Windsor Farm shop regulars watched, her Range Rover swept into a side entrance onto the castle estate.

The Queen is driven into Windsor Castle after a Sunday trip to church Credit: Andrew Matthews /PA

There has still been no sight yet today of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex who are expected to leave Windsor Castle, where they stayed overnight. They are due to travel home to Nottingham Cottage, in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

12:07PM

'Dreamy' Duchess: 'Calm and chatty' bride showed no nerves, says hair stylist

The Duchess of Sussex was a calm and chatty bride with no signs of nerves on her wedding morning, according to her hair stylist.

Serge Normant said it was "dreamy" to work with the Duchess, creating a bun that was "messy in a controlled way".

The Duchess of Sussex's hair was styled into a bun that was 'messy in a controlled way' Credit: Jonathan Brady /PA

Describing her demeanour on Saturday morning, he said: "She was calm, yeah. Chatty, absolutely. We were definitely having exchanges, yeah for sure.

"She was very happy. It was a beautiful morning, just the perfect morning to get married."

Asked if she had shown any signs of nerves the Paris-born hairdresser said: "No, I don't think so, she was just very happy, very happy, very excited."

Hair stylist Serge Normant  Credit: Jason Merritt /Getty

Mr Normant, who flew from his New York base especially to style the Duchess's hair, said he had spoken to the newly-married couple after the wedding, describing Meghan as "thrilled" and Harry as "fantastic".

He said: "She was thrilled, yeah she was very happy."

On Harry, he added: "He's Prince Harry, he's fantastic. A beautiful couple."

11:43AM

Queen pictured leaving Windsor Castle

As royal fans waited for any sign of the newlyweds on Sunday morning, they instead saw the Queen in a Range Rover being driven past the entrance of Windsor Farm shop.

The Queen regularly attends the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park.

The Queen leaves Windsor Castle on Sunday morning Credit: DYLAN MARTINEZ /Reuters

11:42AM

Clean-up begins as Windsor recovers from wedding fever 

As Windsor begins to recover from the wedding of the year, clean-up efforts were under way bright and early this morning.

Trucks and lorries lined the streets as caterers and international news networks started to leave the vicinity of Windsor Castle, while rubbish collectors moved in.

The royal wedding clean-up begins on the Long Walk in Windsor Credit: Jeff Gilbert for The Telegraph 

Police are still maintaining a heavy presence in the Berkshire town as the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex prepare to head back to London at some point this afternoon.

Police on the Long Walk in Windsor on Sunday morning Credit: Andrew Matthews /PA

Elsewhere in Windsor, relatively few signs remained of the festivities, pomp and pageantry that went into staging the royal wedding - apart from innumerable Union Flags still adorning the streets.

11:21AM

Namibia is bookmakers' favourite for honeymoon destination 

Ladbrokes has just been in touch with its latest betting for the couple's honeymoon destination - and Namibia is the frontrunner.

  • Namibia: 2/1
  • Botswana: 4/1
  • Tanzania: 5/1
  • Seychelles: 6/1
  • Maldives: 6/1
  • Any Carribean island 8/1

11:12AM

The honeymoon: Where the couple might go

As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex take a period of time at home in the UK before going on their honeymoon, speculation will grow about their choice of destination.

Countries such as Botswana - which offers stunning wildlife, breathtaking scenery and, importantly, privacy from prying eyes - could be top of the list.

But the couple might first spend a few days in Ireland, according to reports, making their inaugural overseas trip as a married couple to the Republic, while their honeymoon is put on hold for a period.

Botswana is a place the Duke loves and knows well, and he reportedly whisked his fiancee to the southern African country in 2017 to mark her 36th birthday.

Camping at its finest: Inside one of the tents at the £1,000 plus a night Meno A Kwen where the couple reportedly stayed Credit: Olwen Evans 

Others believe that Namibia is the most likely destination for the couple, who will no doubt be looking for an "off-grid" honeymoon after the intensity of the wedding. Namibia is renown for its private desert camps, spectacular sand dunes and animal safaris.

However, the Duke and Duchess could also consider a staycation - just as the Queen and Prince Phillip did in 1947. The couple spent their honeymoon at Broadlands House in Hampshire – although that would be no guarantee of favourable weather. 

10:58AM

Where the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex will live - and who their neighbours will be

Kensington Palace said the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to live in Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of the palace, but they are also reported to be moving to a bigger apartment.

They have been been living in the cottage since their engagement in November 2017.

Reportedly referred to as "Notts Cotts", the property - only yards from the Duke's childhood home within Kensington Palace itself, has been a base for both the Duke and his brother, Prince William, over the past decade.  

As the previous occupants, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent two and a half years at the cottage after their royal wedding in 2011, before moving to a permanent apartment inside Kensington Palace to accommodate their growing family. Harry moved into Nottingham Cottage shortly after. 

An aerial view of Kensington Palace Credit: PA/Andrew Parsons

It is the smallest of Kensington Palace's multiple residences, residing in a part of the grounds that once housed important members of staff. There are two rooms and a private garden. 

In the long term, the Duke and Duchess are expected to vacate Nottingham Cottage for a 21-room Kensington Palace apartment, adjacent to that of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The apartment's roof and windows have recently been refurbished, while the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester moved out of it last November - giving legs to rumours the newlyweds will move there.

As neighbours, the royal brothers could inhabit what was once a single suite of apartments at Kensington Palace, before it was split in two in the 1950s. The apartments are even suspected to share a secret door.

The royal brothers will remain as neighbours at Kensington Palace Credit: EN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Initially however, the new Duke will have a cousin for a neighbour: Princess Eugenie and her fiancé Jack Brooksbank recently took-up residence at Ivy Cottage after announcing their engagement in January this year.

That wedding will also take place at St George's Chapel, in Windsor, on October 12.

10:50AM

Royals and Duchess's mother pictured arriving at Frogmore House party

Among the 200 guests invited to the evening reception at Frogmore House were senior members of the Royal family. The Duke of York was pictured driving his daughters to the event, as was Prince Edward. The Duchess of Sussex's mother, Doria Ragland, was driven to the event in a royal vehicle.

The Duke of York drives his daughters Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie and Eugenie's fiancee Jack Brooksbank to the venue in a Bentley Credit: Steve Finn for The Telegraph
Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex Credit: Steve Finn for The Telegraph
Meghan Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, is driven to the evening reception Credit: Steve Finn for The Telegraph 

10:09AM

13 million viewers tune into BBC One as unlikely pairing of Kirsty Young and Dermot O’Leary tag-teamed with Huw Edwards

More than 13 million viewers tuned in for BBC One's coverage of the royal wedding, the Corporation has announced.

Led by Kirsty Young, Huw Edwards and Dermot O'Leary, it attracted a peak of 13.1 million viewers just after 1pm.

It was seen by an average of 8.7 million viewers and a 63.9 per cent share, the BBC said.

BBC presenters Dermot O'Leary and Kirsty Young

The Telegraph's Michael Hogan described BBC One as "traditionally the natural choice for such occasions: informed but not too intrusive, unshowy yet compelling". He writes: 

"The Corporation’s anchors were Kirsty Young (a reassuring voice as ever) and Dermot O’Leary (was he on the wrong channel?). This unlikely pair tag-teamed with Huw Edwards (solid, dependable, a bit boring), who appeared to have been on a pre-wedding diet. Sitting side-on to the camera for some strange reason, the newly svelte Welshman couldn’t quite get his autocue-reading right and kept glancing off-screen as if distracted by something more interesting."

ITV's audience peaked with 3.6 million viewers, at a different time to BBC One - just after 2pm.

On ITV, coverage - which was fronted by Phillip Schofield and Julie Etchingham - averaged 2.5 million viewers and a 18.6 per cent share between 9.25am and 3pm.

The five-minute audience peak on BBC One is the biggest across all channels this year, the broadcaster said. On BBC One, the FA Cup final averaged 6.7 million viewers and peaked at 8.7 million.

Click here to read what Michael Hogan thought about the rest of the TV coverage.

9:48AM

Drinks, flags and boats: How Windsor celebrated after the wedding

Away from the star-studded evening reception, thousands of people who travelled to Windsor yesterday stayed in the town to continue celebrating in the evening. And judging by these pictures, the fun didn't stop.

Michelle Wagoner, 33, Molly Larsen, 41, Chloe Hodges, 24, Heather Poynter, 34, and Tammi McBride, 38, from the US
Young royal fans pose for a picture with police officers in Windsor Credit: John Nguyen for The Telegraph
Stephanie Abdullah, 48, from Washington DC Credit: John Nguyen for The Telegraph
Floriana Uatanau and Eda Smith, from Reading Credit: John Nguyen for The Telegraph
Pauline Gardiner and Janice Smith from Newcastle Credit: John Nguyen for The Telegraph
Tom Nicholson, from Surrey, enjoys the post-wedding celebrations in Windsor on his boat 'Jarni' Credit: John Nguyen for The Telegraph

9:18AM

First official engagement as a married couple

The champagne has barely stopped flowing, but the newlyweds are already preparing for their first engagement as husband and wife.

Just three days after the ceremony, on Tuesday, they will attend Buckingham Palace for the Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday patronage celebration in the palace's gardens, joined by Prince Charles, who turns 70 in November, and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Doria Ragland, mother of the bride, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall walk down the steps of St George's Chapel Credit: Jane Barlow/Reuters

The garden party involves 6,000 guests from almost 400 of the Prince of Wales' patronages and 20 military affiliations.

The guest list includes some of the emergency services personnel who were the first to respond to the bombing at the Manchester Arena last May; the anniversary of the attack falls on the same day as the party.

A previous garden party at Buckingham Palace Credit: Paul Grover for The Telegraph

This engagement sets the tone for the couple's conduct as enthusiastic supporters of charities, having asked their wedding guests to donate money to seven chosen charities as a wedding gift. 

9:13AM

'She'll be pregnant by Christmas!' Fans reflect on royal wedding

The morning after hosting a world event, normality is returning to Windsor on Sunday morning.

Relatively few signs remained of the festivities, pomp and pageantry that went into staging the royal wedding - apart from innumerable Union Jacks still adorning Berkshire town.

But it was a different story on Saturday, when more than 100,000 spectators lined the streets.

This video shows fans reflecting on the wedding of the year - and predicting a happy future for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

9:03AM

Royal family thank thousands of spectators who travelled to Windsor

The Royal family has expressed gratitude to all those around the world who enjoyed the wedding - and the estimated more than 100,000 spectators who travelled to the town.

8:42AM

Morning after the night before: Couple prepare to leave Windsor Castle

Good morning and welcome to our continuing live coverage of the royal wedding as the newlyweds prepare to head from Windsor Castle where they have spent the night.

As festivities on the streets of Windsor wound down, the guests of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's evening wedding reception showed no sign of pause last night. 

Around 11pm fireworks lit up the night sky over Frogmore House where the couple were celebrating with 200 of their closest friends and family. 

Video: Fireworks mark end of royal wedding celebrations

The grand finale of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was billed as a private affair - a chance for the selected guests to relax and celebrate with the happy couple.

The thud of loud music could be heard over the grounds of Windsor Castle as the newlywed’s guest danced the night away. Speeches, including from Meghan herself, were also expected at the evening reception where the couple were to take their first dance.

Leaving for the evening reception earlier in the evening Prince Harry proved he was the perfect gentleman as he opened the door of a vintage car to let his bride step in.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in a classic E-Type Jaguar heading off to their wedding reception

Ms Markle wore a sleek Stella McCartney dress with a halter neck, showing off her shoulders and back with her hair up in a chic bun.

The dress was described as a “bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe”, with satin shoes from Aquazurra with soles painted in baby blue: her “something blue”.

Her hair had been styled by George Northwood especially for the more relaxed evening. 

The couple travelled from Windsor Castle to Frogmore House in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. The number plate was E19 05 18, marking their wedding date. 

This vehicle was originally manufactured in 1968, and has since been converted to electric power, suiting the couple’s eco-credentials.

Prince Harry opens the door to the Jaguar allowing his wife to get into the passenger seat Credit: Steve Parsons/PA

Prince Harry appears to have given his bride a poignant wedding day gift - an impressive, emerald cut aquamarine ring which belonged to his late, beloved mother.

Ms Markle wore the large gem on her right hand as the couple made their way to their evening reception.

As Prince Harry and Ms Markle left Windsor Castle, following their afternoon reception, official photographs and time for an outfit change, they posed for a picture before climbing into the vintage car.

Prince Harry gallantly opened the door, waiting for Ms Markle to gather her long dress into the footwell before closing it gently, as they smiled broadly.

With the Prince in the driving seat, on the left hand side of the car, they made their way through the Windsor estate to Frogmore in the soft evening light.

The 200 evening guests included George and Amal Clooney, Serena Williams, and Ben and Jessica Mulroney.

George and Amal Clooney speak to a police officer as they arrive at Frogmore House Credit: w8media 

Guests including Argentinian polo player Nacho Figueras shared their excitement at being invited to the exclusive evening do, placing a picture of the invitation on social media along with a new suit and aftershave.

Nacho Figueras shared a picture on social media of his invite

Serena Williams, the tennis player, uploaded a photograph of herself in a glamorous evening gown, saying, “Thank you Pierpaolo for making me look special on this special evening.”

Jessica Mulroney posted a photograph of herself in a figure-hugging, sequinned, floor length dress.

Pictures were also posted on social media of Priyanka Chopra, a friend of Ms Markle, attending the evening reception. 

Ms Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, accessorized her second outfit with a large aquamarine ring once owned by Diana, Princess of Wales. 

Princess Diana wearing the aquamarine ring during a visit to Sydney in 1996 Credit: Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images

Frogmore House, a 17th century English country house, stands in the home park of Windsor Castle and is part of the Crown Estate and is only open to individuals on three days of the year.

From 7pm, a select 200 close friends arrived at the after party hosted by the Prince of Wales half a mile away from Windsor Castle.

The 17th century Grade I country house is owned by the Crown Estate and is part of the Frogmore Estate on the ground of the Home Park.

Click here to read about how all the events unfolded on Saturday.