St George’s Chapel, Windsor, 19th May 2018, for the wedding of HRH Prince Henry of Wales to Ms Meghan Markle
In the 1950s there was a popular musical called Bless the Bride, and I recall one of the songs being This is my Lovely Day … and yesterday it was a lovely day, in every respect, for Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle. I wish them both a long and happy marriage.
This post will be long on photos and short on commentary. I don’t think it really needs any commentary from me, and no doubt many of you will have seen the royal wedding on television, but I was busy with my camera. You will have to forgive the grainy images, but I hope they captured the moment.
St George’s Chapel, within the grounds of Windsor Castle, looked splendid in the spring sunshine. It was a perfect day, around 21c with just a slight breeze.
The bride leaving Clivden, once home of the Astor family, now a hotel, in Berkshire
The interior of the magnificent St George’s Chapel
Prince Harry arriving with his elder brother, HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Our first glimpse of Meghan in her wedding gown, and what an elegant gown it was, elegant and dignified
I love the little page boy’s wide gap-tooth smile! The fanfare for the bride was played and he said “Wow!” It was, indeed, a “Wow” moment!
After walking the length of the nave (traditionally referred to as the aisle) alone, Meghan is met by HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, who escorted her for the final walk to the altar where Prince Harry was waiting
The look of love
And so the service began, with beautiful music and readings
And then the marriage vows
And then a wonderful gospel choir sang Ben E King’s Stand By Me, absolutely pitch perfectly. I loved their clothes, they were all in the pastel shades in pinks and blues and lavenders
A relaxed moment within the service
The flowers in St George’s Chapel were magnificent and while the register was being signed, a cellist played to entertain the congregation
HRH The Duchess of Cambridge looking thoughtful
Doria Ragland, Meghan’s mother, during the ceremony
The National Anthem was played – the only person who doesn’t sing is, of course, HM The Queen
The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex appear on the steps of St George’s Chapel
The first kiss
On the steps of St George’s Chapel, the family in the background
The procession through Windsor in a state landau
The procession through the narrow streets
A mounted escort for the newly married couple, having left the narrow streets and now on the Long Walk to Windsor Castle
Crowds lining the two and a half miles of the Long Walk to Windsor Castle
I think someone should tell these young women that they’re a bit late, Harry’s now spoken for!
I hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the many photos I took, and once again, I apologise for the quality, but I was photographing the television.
Until next time.
21st May 2018, a PS
I have just been reading about the musical, Bless the Bride. It was written by Vivian Ellis with words by A P Herbert, and it was premiered in London, at the Adelphi Theatre on 26th April, 1947. Indeed, it was somehow appropriate that I mentioned it as I have since learned that the song, This is my Lovely Day, is one of the most requested pieces of music of all time on BBC radio – it has long been associated with the wedding of HM The Queen and Prince Philip in 1947.