Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s First Official Royal Wedding Photos Do Not Disappoint
The 10 under-10-year-olds involved kept up Meghan Markle’s untraditional ways with a touch of charming chaos.
If you thought that after her long-awaited royal wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday, the nonstop news about Meghan Markle would come to an end, this week has already proved that it’s not over yet. It turns out that there’s more of the details and developments that naturally trickled in over the weekend, from the micro fashion and beauty moments you may have missed—like Markle’s mother Doria Ragland’s nose piercing—to further insight into Markle’s choice to work with Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller on a surprise gown that took 3,900 hours to make—which may or may not have also included embroidering the 50-plus symbolic flowers that accented Markle’s 16-foot veil.
Now, it turns out that amid all the chaos of the big day—and before her veil got too dirtied, as the page boys didn’t return to their posts of holding it up when Markle and her husband made their exit from St. George’s Chapel—she managed to squeeze in a few photo ops, the most adorable of which of course feature her and Prince Harry’s coterie of adorable royal children, their official picks of bridesmaids and page boys. All under 10 years old, the 10 of them, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte, plus two children of Markle’s close friend and notable non-royal, the stylist Jessica Mulroney, managed to band together for a perfectly imperfect couple of portraits in the green drawing room of Windsor Castle. (There’s no word on whether they took up Kim Kardashian’s tactic of bribing them with offers of lollipops to repeatedly pose.)
The 10 kids also obliged to pose for even more portraits, which called for royals and family members like the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla Parker-Bowles, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Doria Ragland to make time to show face, too. Prince George managed to snag a seat this time, while Princess Charlotte nabbed a spot on her mom’s lap, though beyond that, this shot is especially worth zooming in on: Royal devotees have already found delight in how disparate the twin Mulroney brothers, who can be found on either side of the gathering, appear, from ghostly to charmingly toothlessly grinning.
Lastly, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, as the couple is now known, released a much simpler portrait: one of just themselves, which is pared down in black and white, and which Kensington Palace posted with their comments that they’d like to thank everyone who took part in the wedding celebrations, and how lucky they felt to share their day with all of those gathered and tuned in from afar. This last shot is definitely more casual—Markle took the risk of sitting down in her white couture on some steps, and took off her veil to showcase yet another masterful messy bun. Here’s hoping the less formal tone continues for the pair, who at this point must be just like the rest of us in need of a break.
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Meghan Markle’s father may not have made it to Windsor, but after a long hang sesh with Oprah, her mother, Doria Ragland, arrived just as planned, having tea with the Queen and spending the night with her daughter before escorting her to the wedding. Upon their arrival to the chapel, Ragland emerged in a green ensemble just like the Queen’s—except that hers was in a gentle pastel, and accessorized with an understated nose piercing.
Markle’s surprise of a simple Givenchy gown had a lot more to it than could be seen from the live stream cameras. Hidden in the folds of her 16-foot veil were representations of all 53 of the Commonwealth’s countries, which Givenchy’s designer, Clare Waight Keller, turned into a gathering of each of their native flora.
Serena Williams’s husband, Alexis Ohanian, somehow managed to obscure the most eye-catching part of her ensemble when they arrived to the chapel: Williams’s head of nearly knee-length braids, which she thankfully captured on her Instagram before and after, as part of her thorough documentation of what she called “getting ready for my friend’s wedding.”
Throughout all of the speculation about Meghan Markle’s wedding dress would look like, there was never any doubt that it would of course be white. In contrast, Prince George wore a much darker take on Prince Harry and William’s military uniforms, repping the mall goths in a steam punk-friendly take on the requisite morning coat and a formal interpretation of bondage pants.
Karen Gibson and the London-based Kingdom Choir’s performance of “Stand By Me,” which was also a rallying political anthem of the ’60s, was so moving that it was easy to miss the impeccable style of the choir members, who color-coordinated in shades of purple and pink.
Before arriving to the chapel herself, Oprah Winfrey took a moment to thank Stella McCartney’s design team on her Instagram for apparently having worked “all night long” on her dress, when she had a last-minute realization that showing up in a beige that could photograph as white could lead to stealing some of Markle’s thunder.
There was no shortage of tributes to Princess Diana, Prince Harry’s late mother, at the ceremony. In addition to the engagement ring he gave Markle months ago, which featured two stones from Diana’s personal collection, he gave Markle a similar gift on their wedding day: an aquamarine ring which once belonged to his mother, which Markle wore to their post-wedding reception.
Rather than making a blunder like wearing his OBE on the wrong label, which he did at the last royal wedding, this time, David Beckham not only made an appropriate appearance with his wife Victoria, but also marked the designer Kim Jones’s debut at Dior Homme in the process, stepping out in an ensemble made of his first designs for the house, which included a silk tie and a double-breasted waistcoat.