The long awaited day has finally arrived! The day when "Harry met Meghan Markle" turned into the Duke and Duchess of Sussex...the royal wedding!
This isn't a story of an elaborate fairy tale, nor is this the historic first time that a biracial person (or any person of color) became part of the British Royal Family; that would be historically FALSE. Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, was a direct descent from Margarita de Castro y Sousa, a black branch of the Portuguese Royal House. (https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/secret/famous/royalfamily.html)
However, this is a touching story of a remarkable woman who made her own mark on the world and a kind man who lost his mother at a young age. He fell in love as she embodied his mother's attributes. Prince Harry's heart finally found a home with Meghan.
The couple's wedding was quite the ceremony to behold. Especially the fashion! First the Givenchy sketches of the wedding dress...divine!
The Bride: Meghan's dress was designed by the acclaimed British designer Clare Waight Keller of the historic French fashion house Givenchy. The tiara is Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Ms. Markle by The Queen; diamond bandeau is English, made in 1932. Full details (https://www.royal.uk/)
The Groom: Harry wore military regalia: a blue doeskin frockcoat, white gloves, a white buckskin belt with sword slings, and black trousers with a red stripe—the military uniform of the Blues and Royals. The uniform regiment he served in when he was part of the army made by Savile Row tailor Dege & Skinner.
There has been much praise and criticism over the Duchess of Sussex's wedding gown, but journalist Robin Givhan of the Washington Post always says it best:
"The dress isn’t everything, but it is a lot. And the Givenchy haute couture gown chosen by Meghan Markle for her marriage to Prince Harry told a story about contemporary romance, geopolitical history and the institution into which she has married. But mostly, most importantly, it offered a bit of insight into the bride herself...It was not a Hollywood red-carpet statement. It was not a Disney-princess fantasy. It was not a mountain of camouflaging tulle and chiffon...It was a romantic dress, but one that suggested a clear-eyed understanding that a real-life romance is not the stuff of fairy tales. The dress was a backdrop; it was in service to the woman. The woman. That’s what the dress emphasized. Not bridal whimsy. Not princess tropes. Not royal pomp. The former actress, the former blogger, the formerly single lady, now has the title Duchess of Sussex. But she is still Meghan."
The Reception: The Bride's evening dress is by Stella McCartney and is a bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe.The Bride is wearing shoes from Aquazurra made in silky satin, with nude mesh, with soles painted in baby blue. The Groom wears a velvet jacket with satin lapels and a white tuxedo shirt.
The final images show us the most important detail. Royal family or not, at the end of the day...they are still a loving family.