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Bless the Bride

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.

 

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Margaret’s main interests are her husband and family, her friends, her home, her garden, writing, literature, architecture, décor, social history, photography, historic houses and gardens, and towns, villages and the countryside. She writes about the things she enjoys: flowers, scent, fine soap, monthly style magazines, and other such small indulgences, such as afternoon tea or simply enjoying her summerhouse with a book. She invites you to enjoy this virtual visit to South Devon, England.

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12 comments

  1. Thank you for the photos and descriptions. With the time difference our Australian television coverage was in the evening / night. As we’d gone out for the evening I missed much of it but was able to flick between channels when we came home. Unfortunately I didn’t see any of the service- just lots of commentators and ‘celebrities’ waffling on so as to pad out the many hours, I suppose. I do agree that everyone looked beautiful and I’m glad that it was beautiful weather for everyone to enjoy. The photos of people lining the streets for miles shows that many got into the spirit. There had been a lot of media speculation – gossip for want of a better word – about her family, her giving up her acting, etc etc and so much of it nasty that it made me ‘switch off’, so to speak. It reminded me of the old saying ‘if you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all’. And I’m not just talking about the Australian media. I think the 24 hour news cycle and proliferation of social media have a lot to answer for. Apologies for the tirade.

    So as to end in a positive note – there is something special and truly magical when two people fall in love and decide they want to build a life together, as they say in the classics. When you find someone who truly makes you smile and you can’t imagine your life without them is something special. I wish them both all the happiness in the world and many years of good health, love and friendship together. I wish the same to you and to everyone else here in our group ❤️

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words, Lara, and I agree with everything you have said. There were a lot of silly comments both on TV and in the papers. I just wish this lovely couple all the luck in the world.

  2. I thought it was a lovely service, not too staid and Meghan looked beautiful I especially loved the music while the registers were being signed. It was such a shame that the bride’s mother had to be alone.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Yes, I thought that too about the brides mother, Pieta. I had thought that the Palace might’ve supplied her with even a ‘companion’, not exactly a lady-in-waiting, but just someone to accompany her for the day. It must have been so stressful for her, flying from home one day, meeting the Queen and Prince Philip the next (any meeting with future in-laws can be stressful) and then the huge ceremony the next day. But everything else was lovely, particularly the music.

  3. Very nice recap. I hope they have a long and happy life together. I tried your nail polish in the rerigerator tip and I have been impressed so far. Thank you!

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Glad you liked the photos of the royal wedding, Jan, and that you’ve tried the nail polish in the fridge tip and that – so far – it works.

  4. Your photos and comments were spot on Margaret, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the wedding and thought that it was a perfect reflection of their personalities.
    Echoing others comments about the bride’s mother I was so pleased to see Prince Charles reach out and take her hand as they left for the signing of the register, hopefully spontaneous and offering support for what must have been a very overwhelming experience.

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      Yes, I thought Prince Charles was so kind and gentle in a gentlemanly way with Meghan’s mother. He really seemed to be offering her reassurance. How different this wedding, even though it was grand by our standards, from the pomp and ceremony of Charles to Diana, and even just seven years ago, that of Prince William’s marriage to Kate. I took some photos of that, and was amazed, retrospectively, how much grander that was to this Saturday’s wedding, and how much I thought Harry’s wedding was just right for today. Even the state landau was a down-size from the wonderful carriage that William and Kate used. I thought all the flowers around the entrance to St George’s Chapel and inside the Chapel looked wonderful, too.

  5. I thought the Royal Wedding was just wonderful!
    The dress was beautifully elegant in it’s simplicity, set off by the stunning train and gorgeous tiara.
    And despite all the pomp and circumstance (which Britain does so well!), the whole day had a wonderfully relaxed feel.
    Perhaps it was the lack of politicians and heads of state, and the addition of lots of celebrities.
    The service had a lovely modern feel and the gospel choir was superb
    Loved every minute!
    Wishing the happy couple a lifetime of love 💖

    Xxx

    • Margaret Powling
      Margaret Powling

      I agree, the whole day had a relaxed feel to it, Dot, different from any other royal wedding I’ve seen (from Princess Margaret to Harry and Meghan). Yes, you’ve got a point there – lack of politicians and heads of state (apart from Sir John Major and Lady Major who are friends of the royal family). I loved every minute, too, and watched it from beginning to end in the summerhouse.

  6. thanks for those lovely photos, Margaret. Very special.

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