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Harry and Meghan’s wedding: A timeline

By Josephine Agbonkhese

What started as a blind date two years ago between Prince Harry, sixth in line to the British throne, and U.S. actress, Meghan Markle, has finally become a significant part of the history of the British monarch.

Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and US fiancee of Britain’s Prince Harry Meghan Markle arrive at the High Altar for their wedding ceremony in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO

The lovebirds exchanged vows last Saturday to the admiration of millions of guests and viewers worldwide. In case you were too busy to watch it live, here’s a timeline of every bit of the event.

08:11: Queen Elizabeth II makes Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex, a title not used since the reign of King George III in the 1700s.

The same Buckingham Palace announcement confirms that Meghan Markle will become the first Duchess of Sussex. Harry takes the titles of Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.

09:45: Guests, including US television host, Oprah Winfrey and British actor, Idris Elba arrive at Windsor Castle.

11:19: Meghan Markle leaves Cliveden House Hotel with her mother, Doria Ragland in a vintage Rolls-Royce Phantom IV to travel to Windsor Castle.

11:35: Prince Harry and his best man, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, arrive at St. George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle. The pair walk through the Lower Ward and into the Horseshoe Cloisters in front of the chapel’s West Steps entrance.

11:45: Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland arrive on the Windsor estate. Ragland changes vehicle as Markle greets the page boys who will accompany her to the chapel.

11:52: Doria Ragland is delivered to the chapel’s side entrance.

11:55: Charles, Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the same place.

11:57: The Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh arrive.

11:59: Markle’s bridesmaids and page boys, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte, arrive at St. George’s Chapel, accompanied by their mothers, Benita Litt, Jessica Mulroney and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge.

12:01: The vintage Rolls-Royce carrying Meghan Markle and two page boys, Mulroney twins – Brian and John – both 7, comes to a halt in the Horseshoe Cloisters in front of St. George’s Chapel. Markle emerges from the car, giving the world a first full look at her wedding dress.

12:03: Kensington Palace announces that Markle’s dress is made by British designer,  Clare Waight Keller, the first female Artistic Director at French fashion house, Givenchy.

12:19: The Most Reverend Michael Curry begins his sermon on the power of love, prompting senior Royals to react.

12:31: The couple begins to recite their vows.

12:39: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are proclaimed husband and wife by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, after an exchange of rings.

13:05: The newly-wed Duke and Duchess of Sussex kiss on the West Steps of St. George’s Chapel as onlookers cheer.

13:10: The couple begin one of the longest Royal wedding processions in living memory across Windsor and the estate, including the two-mile Long Walk.

13:30: Their carriage returns to Windsor Castle, disappearing under an arch within the grounds.

14:00: The first reception, hosted by the Queen, sees around 600 guests are welcomed to the Royal apartments – essentially all those who attended the wedding.

19:00: A second, more exclusive evening reception for just 200 of the guests at Frogmore House, half a mile south of Windsor Castle, hosted by Prince Charles.


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