No Threat, but UK Royal Wedding Fans in Windsor Face Tight Security
All royal fans coming to Windsor to watch the wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will have to pass through tight security but there is no known threat to the event, a police commander told Reuters on Wednesday.
More than 100,000 people are expected to flock to the genteel town dominated by Windsor Castle where the couple will marry on Saturday in a glittering ceremony mixing traditional royal pomp with a flavour of Hollywood glamour.
Britain is on its second-highest threat level of severe, meaning an attack by militants is considered highly likely. Last year there were four deadly attacks blamed on terrorists which claimed 36 lives.
"There is no particular threat for this event. There’s no intelligence to support that this event is going to be particularly targeted." - Jim Weems, tactical commander in chief for the wedding to Reuters
Some 5,000 officers were on duty in London when Prince William married Kate Middleton in a huge display of British pageantry in 2011 but Weems declined to say how many would be patrolling in Windsor on Saturday.
(With Reuters inputs)
A Global Spectacle for the World, Not as Such for the Brits
More than 5,000 media and support staff have registered for official positions in Windsor for the wedding, along with more than 160 photographers and 79 international TV networks, Kensington Palace said in a statement.
Britain’s monarchy continues to be a source of fascination around the world; few other countries can emulate the pageantry that surrounds the royals.
A global audience will be watching but a number of polls have suggested that most Britons are not as enthralled by the nuptials as the media.
A YouGov poll, commissioned by anti-monarchist pressure group Republic, found that 66 percent of Britons were not interested in the event, with 60 percent of Britons planning to have a normal weekend.
The poll also showed that 57 percent of respondents believed the royal family should pay not only for the wedding but also for the costs of police, which are expected to surpass the 6 million pounds ($8 million) price tag for the 2011 wedding of Harry's brother Prince William to wife Kate.
However, other surveys show most Britons are in favour of the monarchy continuing in Britain and that the wedding and the birth last month of William and Kate's third child, Prince Louis, were events of which Britain could be proud.
Father of the Groom, Prince Charles, to Walk Meghan Down the Aisle
Meghan Markle has asked Britain's heir to the throne, Prince Charles, to walk her down the aisle on Saturday, 19 May, after it was announced that her father was too ill to attend the ceremony.
"The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to The Royal Family in this way," Kensington Palace said in a statement.
Prince Philip to Attend Royal Wedding
Buckingham Palace has confirmed that Prince Philip will be attending the wedding of his grandson Prince Harry with Hollywood star Meghan Markle.
The Duke of Edinburgh will attend the wedding just a few weeks post a hip-replacement surgery.
Meghan Markle's Mother Has Tea with the Royals
Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland has had a series of whirlwind visits with senior royals since her arrival from California.
She met Prince Harry's brother, Prince William, and his wife Kate and their two oldest children, Prince George, 4, and Princess Charlotte, 3, at Windsor Castle on Thursday afternoon.
Palace officials said Harry and Meghan Markle were also present, and that the meeting was followed by a rehearsal dinner.
Ragland also had tea with Harry's father Prince Charles and his wife Camilla on Wednesday. She has not yet met Harry's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, but Buckingham Palace officials said she will meet the queen for tea on Friday at Windsor Castle.
Officials did not say if Prince Philip, the queen's husband, will be present at that meeting. He is recovering from hip replacement surgery.
'Suits' Squad Join the Royal Wedding Celebrations
Meghan Markle’s friends and co-stars of the popular US television show, Suits, have arrived in London to attend the wedding. Gabriel Macht and his wife Jacinda Barrett were among the first couples to arrive in the capital, while Barrett posted pictures of themselves around London on social media.
Patrick J Adams aka Mike Ross, who plays Markle’s onscreen husband, landed in London on 18 May.
Fans Descend on Windsor for Royal Wedding
Thousands of fans gathered in the English town of Windsor for the lavish royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday. Millions are expected to watch the action on TV.
As dawn broke over the castle's ancient stone walls, excited crowds began to assemble behind barriers lining Windsor's genteel lanes, many draped in British and American flags. Police armed with semi-automatic weapons patrolled the streets and monitored from nearby roofs.
Baker Behind Royal Wedding Cake Promises it Will Be 'Ethereal'
The wedding cake for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will have an "ethereal" taste and an unusual display.
Master baker Claire Ptak said on Friday that the three-part layered lemon and elderflower cake would be presented in a non-traditional way. Claire is not ready to reveal the design ahead of time and that the style was approved by Harry and Markle.
Ptak has been working with her team of six bakers for the last five days in the oversize kitchens of Buckingham Palace.
Did Meghan Markle's Dog Ride With the Queen to Windsor Castle?
According to media reports, Guy, Meghan’s pet beagle, travelled with Queen Elizabeth II. The video was posted on Twitter and left the internet all thrilled.
I love beagles, the picture of Guy with the queen was the highlight of my day. I now imagine the Queen dog sitting while Harry & Meghan are on their honeymoon. ? pic.twitter.com/b3YCz38cB6— Tera Daniels (@TeraDaniels) May 18, 2018
Who Are the Four Sari-Clad Indian Women At the Wedding?
Four Indian women dressed in brightly-coloured silk and organza saris are among the special guests invited by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to their wedding.
Suhani Jalota, the founder of Myna Mahila Foundation, arrived in the UK from Mumbai with three other colleagues earlier this week. Their women's empowerment charity, which produces and distributes low-cost sanitary napkins to women in Mumbai's slums, is the only non-UK organisation hand-picked by the royal couple as beneficiaries of donations in lieu of wedding gifts.
"We are all very excited to be representing India at the celebrations. We are so honoured that she (Markle) chose us and kept her word that she would help us in every way she can. " - Suhani Jalota
St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle is all Set for the Big Day
Prince Harry Named Duke of Sussex by Grandmother Queen Elizabeth
Prince Harry was given the title Duke of Sussex by his grandmother Queen Elizabeth on 19 May, Buckingham Palace said, meaning his American fiancee will become a Duchess after the couple marry later.
Harry also received the titles Earl of Dumbarton and Baron of Kilkeel.
Indian-origin Chef Whips Up Special Treats At Windsor Castle
Rosie Ginday, an Indian-origin chef and social entrepreneur who was invited by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to their wedding, arrived with some specially-baked treats at Windsor Castle.
"It is really exciting. They have used their special day to shine a light on organisations working to impact communities, which is so lovely and I hope they have a lovely day." - Rosie Ginday, Founder of Miss Macaroon
UK-born Rosie Ginday is the founder of Miss Macaroon, a social enterprise that produces and sells “macaroons”.
Markle will Drop The Word 'Obey' From Her Vows
Meghan Markle will make a break from traditional wedding vows and not say she will “obey” Prince Harry in her nuptials at St George's Chapel, according to media reports.
Meghan is not the first one to drop the word, ‘obey’ from her vows. Even Princess Diana and Kate Middleton did not vow to ‘obey’ their husbands.
The royal couple are bringing their own modern touch to their marriage ceremony. Instead of using traditional vows, the royal couple have selected words from The Marriage Service from Common Worship (2000), Yorkshire Evening Post reported.
The marriage service features contemporary language – using the word “you” instead of “thee” and “thou”.
This is the 16th Royal Wedding at Windsor Castle
The Windsor Castle has seen 15 royal weddings since 1863.
Today Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will become the sixteenth Royal Couple to celebrate their Marriage at Windsor Castle since 1863.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 19, 2018
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British Prime Minister Theresa May Tweets Her Best Wishes
Theresa May shares her best wishes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Twitter just few hours before the wedding.
My very best wishes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day. To all of those joining the national celebration with street parties and other events, have a wonderful day. #RoyalWedding— Theresa May (@theresa_may) May 19, 2018
Gospel Choir Will Perform Ben E King soul classic, 'Stand By Me'
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in an Anglican service with an American flavor that mixes prayers, classical music, a gospel choir and sweet soul sounds.
The palace said it was “a collaborative effort” between the two, and they also consulted Harry's father Prince Charles about the orchestral music being played before the service begins.
Orchestral selections include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Edward Elgar, Gabriel Faure and Franz Schubert. The chapel choir will sing works including a motet by 16th-century English composer Thomas Tallis. A London-based gospel ensemble, the Kingdom Choir, will perform the Ben. E. King soul classic "Stand By Me."
Fans for Royal Wedding Start to Arrive
Fans for prime viewing spots for the royal wedding have started arriving.
Wedding Ring of Welsh Gold for Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle will wear a wedding ring made from Welsh gold gifted by Queen Elizabeth.
The prince's ring will be a platinum band with a textured finish, Kensington Palace said. Both were made by London jewellers Cleave and Company who also made Markle's engagement ring.
Oprah Winfrey, Idris Elba Among First Royal Wedding Guests
Oprah Winfrey and Idris Elba are among the first guests to arrive at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Singer James Blunt has also arrived on Saturday at the gothic chapel.
Princess Diana's Brother, Earl Spencer, Arrives at the Chapel
Pregnant Pippa Middleton Arrives at the Venue
Kate’s parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, have reached the venue; as have Pippa Middleton and James Matthews have reached the venue. Pippa is dressed in a summery mint green dress.
Prince Harry's Former Girlfriend Chelsy Davy Arrives
Prince Harry’s former girlfriend is all dressed in a chic navy blue dress as she arrives for Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
Yellow! Amal and George Clooney Have Arrived
A-list couples, including George and Amal Clooney, have arrived for the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
David and Victoria Beckham have also arrived at St George's Chapel for the ceremony. The former soccer star doffed his sunglasses to pose for photos with well-wishers. Designer Victoria wore a smart navy blue ensemble and hat with half-veil.
Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian Arrive at the Venue
Elton John in Conversation With the Beckhams
Elton John will reportedly perform at the ceremony. The iconic singer last regaled crowds at a royal wedding 21 years ago, when Diana wed Prince Charles.
The Suits Team is Finally Here
Priyanka Chopra Reaches the Venue
‘Desi girl’ Priyanka Chopra arrived at the Royal wedding. She’s dressed in a lavender suit for the occasion. PeeCee has been friends with Meghan for years now.
Prince Harry and Prince William arrive at St. George's Chapel for royal wedding
Meghan Markle leaves Cliveden House Hotel in Taplow, near London
Queen Elizabeth Enters St George's Chapel
Queen Elizabeth II arrived at St. George's Chapel in Windsor in a flared lime-colored dress in printed silk and an edge-to-edge coat with a lime silk tweed fastening.
The royal palace said that both items of clothing were designed by Stuart Parvin. She was joined by her husband, Prince Philip.
Meghan Markle has arrived at St. George's Chapel.
Markle, is ferried in a vintage maroon Rolls-Royce with her mother Doria Ragland.
Prince Charles Walks Meghan Down the Aisle
Markle walked down the aisle accompanied part of the way by Prince Charles, and by 10 young page boys and bridesmaids. The children include 4-year-old Prince George and 3-year-old Princess Charlotte, children of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Kate Middleton Arrives at the Venue
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge arrives for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Meghan Markle Walks Up The Iconic Stairs of St George's Chapel
Meghan Markle is wearing a dress by designer Clare Waight Keller for her wedding.
British designer Clare Waight Keller is the master designer behind the silk boat-necked gown and long veil worn by Meghan Markle as she walked down the flower-bedecked nave of St. George's Chapel.
Waight Keller, the first female artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy, met Markle earlier this year, Kensington Palace said. The statement said Markle wanted a dress with an "elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanor."
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Say 'I Do'
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are Now Married
The archbishop of Canterbury has declared Prince Harry and Meghan Markle husband and wife.
Justin Welby, the head of the Church of England, has made the proclamation after the couple promised to love and cherish one another “till death us do part,” and exchanged rings.
The British-American pair are now officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and the duchess will take her place among senior members of the royal family.
Bye bye, Prince George and Princess Charlotte!
Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte leave, after the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Meghan Markle's Dad Wishes All Love and Happiness to the Newlywed
Thomas Markle told TMZ that he wished he were at his “baby’s” royal wedding to Prince Harry.
Thomas said his daughter looked “beautiful” on her big day and wished Harry and Meghan Markle “all my love and all happiness.”
Markle's Tiara Once Belonged to Queen Mary
Meghan Markle reached 125 years back into the British monarchy's vault to choose her wedding tiara.
The diamond bandeau Markle wore was made for Queen Mary, who was crowned with husband King George V in 1911. The tiara was specifically designed to accommodate a brooch that was given to Mary in 1893 to commemorate her engagement to the then-Prince George.
Queen Elizabeth II inherited the pieces in 1953. The grandmother of groom Prince Harry has hundreds of tiaras stored in locked vaults. Royal tradition holds that the queen would let Markle borrow one of the sparkly heirlooms.
Royal Newlyweds Begin Carriage Procession
The royal newlyweds are taking a short trip through Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage, to the delight of thousands of well-wishers.
The crowd roared as Harry and Meghan emerged from St. George's Chapel and kissed at the top of the steps.
The couple, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will travel through Windsor in the Ascot Landau carriage before looping back to Windsor Castle for their reception.
British Royal Family Thanks Those Who Celebrated Wedding
The royal family on on Sunday, 20 May thanked people who attended or watched the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
"Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world," the royals said.
The family expressed its gratitude in a tweet late Saturday night while Harry and his bride were attending a private soiree hosted by Harry's father, Prince Charles.
(With inputs from AP)
Meghan, Harry Depart From Wedding Reception at Windsor Castle
The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leave Windsor Castle after their wedding in Windsor near London Saturday, May 19, 2018 to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex depart Windsor Castle for a reception hosted by The Prince of Wales at Frogmore House, in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. This vehicle was originally manufactured in 1968, and has since been converted to electric power #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/hRrxEUlFlJ— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
A Royal Reception Feast for 600: Langoustines, Quail Eggs and Rhubarb Tartlets
Guests of Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan tucked into dishes including Scottish langoustines, grilled asparagus and rhubarb crumble tartlets at a lunchtime reception for the newlyweds.
Some of the 600 or so guests arrived hours before the beginning of the ceremony at noon. Canapes being served included poached free-range chicken in a lightly spiced yoghurt with roasted apricot, croquettes of confit Windsor lamb and garden-pea panna cotta with quail eggs and lemon verbena.
There were also bowl foods such as pea and mint risotto with pea shoots, truffle oil and parmesan crisps, and 10-hour slow roasted Windsor pork belly, all washed down with champagne, wines and a range of soft drinks.
The wedding cake is to be served at the Reception. It was designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence in Sandringham from the estate’s own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple. #royalwedding pic.twitter.com/kt5lE4tEn9— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
Sir Elton John performed at the reception for the newlyweds, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
(With inputs from Reuters.)
Priyanka Chopra Dazzled in Gold at the Royal Reception
Meghan Markle might have officially became the Duchess of Sussex, but it is Priyanka Chopra who looked no less than a princess at the Royal reception at Frogmore House.
Priyanka, a close pal of the Duchess of Sussex, opted for a shimmery gold, princess gown by Christian Dior.
In an emotional Instagram post, actor Priyanka Chopra called her close friend, Meghan Markle's marriage to Prince Harry a union of "change and hope".
The 35-year-old actor took to social media to share her feelings about the former "Suits" actor callin her "the epitome of grace, love and beauty".
"Every once in a while there is a moment when time stands still... That happened today... You my friend... Were the epitome of grace, love and beauty. Every choice made at this wedding by you both will go down in history, not just because it was your wedding but because this incredible wedding stood for change and hope. Both things that the world needs desperately." - Priyanka wrote.
Congratulations to the royal couple!
- This is the 16th royal wedding to be held at Windsor castle – the oldest and largest inhabited fortress in the world.
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