When Harry married Meghan - their wedding day in pictures

Posted on by Lizzie Watson

As the couple held hands and exchanged tender glances during the ceremony at St George’s Chapel, the world watched with delight as Prince Harry and Meghan became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - titles that haven't been used since 1843 when King George III's son, Augustus Frederick, died. 

It was a very public occasion, with cheers erupting from the crowds outside as they declared their wedding vows, but Harry and Meghan still managed a display of loving tender moments during their fairytale wedding ceremony in Windsor. It was everything we had hoped they would make it - down to earth, diverse and entirely guided by them both - from the guest list to the cake.

Harry, who may have looked just a little bit nervous, whispered “You look amazing” as his bride-to-be met him at the altar, then the couple held hands and constantly gazed at each other throughout the service - we've never been so in love with a couple in love!!

So what were the top moments of Harry and Meghan’s romantic royal wedding?

1. The arrival of the bride

Meghan wowed the crowds in her simple, stunning pure white wedding gown by Clare Waight Keller at Givenchy. Out of all the designers in the running, we have to admit that Clare wasn't one of them - but then we all love surprises and this one was well and truly kept under wraps until the very last minute!

Meghan arrives at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry (Andrew Matthews/PA)

The demure dress with three-quarter length sleeves and open bateau neckline was hailed for being timeless and classic. It reminded us of the dress Princess Margaret wore when she married Anthony Armstrong Jones in 1960; created under the skillful eye of Norman Hartnell she stepped out into the spotlight in 30 meters of silk organza - it’s simplicity marked it in history as; ‘one of Hartnell’s most beautiful and sophisticated pieces.’ 

Meghan, who wore the glittering Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau tiara, loaned to her by the Queen, was dressed in a delicate, stunning five-metre veil.

The silk tulle veil was embroidered with flowers from each of the 53 Commonwealth nations at Meghan’s request.

2. The procession of the bride

She may be an actress used to appearing in the limelight but Meghan looked completely composed as she processed through the Nave of the chapel alone.

Two pageboys held the end of her veil, as the other pageboys and bridesmaids followed behind.

Meghan Markle walks down the Nave (Danny Lawson/PA)

At the start of the Quire, she was met by the Prince of Wales, whom she had asked to accompany her down the aisle of the Quire when her father Thomas Markle pulled out of attending due to ill health.

Meghan gently tucked her arm through her now father-in-law’s, with Harry saying “thank you” to Charles as they reached him. 

3. “You look amazing”

An emotional Harry was captivated by his bride as they met at the altar, telling her: “You look amazing. I missed you.”

Prince Harry looks at his bride as she arrives (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Meghan and Harry, who spent the night before the wedding apart in separate hotels, looked blissfully in love during the ceremony, tenderly holding hands and gazing into each other’s eyes.

4. Preacher

The passionate, dramatic delivery by US Bishop Michael Curry was something not normally seen at reserved British royal weddings, and there is no doubt that we all felt moved by his address to the congregation. 

The Most Rev Bishop Michael Curry, primate of the Episcopal Church, gives an address (Owen Humphreys/PA)

The Bishop, the first black presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, brought the service alive as he preached enthusiastically about the power of love, continuing for 14 minutes as he departed from his planned text; for this, we love him all the more!

5. Charles and Doria

The father of the groom and the mother of the bride came together as they moved to join Harry and Meghan in the side transept to witness the signing of the marriage register.

Father of the groom the Prince of Wales and mother of the bride Doria Ragland in the chapel following the wedding (Owen Humphreys/PA)

With the Prince of Wales flashing Doria a beaming smile, she took his hand as they stepped out of view for the only private part of the ceremony, away from the cameras.

6. Princess Charlotte

Playful three-year-old bridesmaid Princess Charlotte stuck out her tongue as she arrived by car. Having stolen the show with her adorable wave as she went to visit her baby brother, Prince Louis, for the first time, we couldn't wait to see her again today! 

Princess Charlotte sticks out her tongue as she rides in a car to Harry and Meghan's wedding (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The confident princess later showed how accomplished she is at royal appearances – by waving Harry and Meghan off in their carriage procession. 

Prince George, on the other hand, looked very smart and took his pageboy role with great seriousness. Now he is a big brother for the second time, he looked even taller than we remember!

Princess Charlotte and the Duchess of Cambridge on the steps of St George’s Chapel after the wedding (Jane Barlow/PA)

7. The Duke of Edinburgh

Less than two months after major surgery, Philip, 96, made a defiant, purposeful and unaided march into St George’s Chapel to watch his grandson Harry get married.

The Duke of Edinburgh arrives at St George’s Chapel (Chris Radburn/PA)

Philip, who has been recovering after a hip replacement operation, did so without the use of an aid. 

8. The kiss
It was the moment royal fans were waiting for – and it did not disappoint.

Harry and Meghan, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, emerged from the chapel as husband and wife hand in hand and sealed their love with a passionate kiss on the top of the West Steps. If we hadn't cheered enough already, the crowd erupted with claps and whistles. 

Harry and Meghan kiss after their wedding ceremony (Ben Stansall/PA)

The American former actress had looked up at her new husband and asked: “Do we kiss?”

Harry replied with a discreet: “Yeah.”