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ROYAL WEDDING: Here are the highlights and all the big moments

Posted at 10:43 AM, May 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-19 10:46:42-04

It’s Twitter official now

From CNN’s Hannah Ritchie

The official Twitter account for Kensington Palace updated its profile description to include The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan’s new official titles.

The profile picture includes both Harry and Meghan, as well as William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The account will share any news about the couple on its feed going forward.

20 min ago

James Blunt shuts down question about why he was invited

British singer James Blunt may have shot to fame with his 2004 hit “You’re beautiful” but these days he’s perhaps better known as a poet with a character count.

Blunt can often be found on the micro-blogging platform trolling his haters. And today is no exception.

He took a few minutes from sipping champagne and eating canapes at the Queen’s reception for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to tweet back to someone who questioned his presence at the royal nuptials.

23 min ago

This royal wedding was different, and the Chicago bishop’s address proves it

For many watching around the world, one of the breakout highlights of the service was when Chicago’s Most Rev. Michael Curry took the podium.

Curry’s inclusion in the order of service was, for many on social platforms, is a signal of a modernizing British royal family and a taste of what could come now that a woman of color has joined the “firm.”

Anand Giridharadas

@AnandWrites

In 1619, the first captive Africans arrived in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia. 399 years later, a descendant of African-American slaves and sharecroppers from North Carolina and Alabama delivered the sermon at a British #RoyalWedding.

British lawmaker David Lammy gave the bishop a hand on Twitter, posting about his powerful performance on the international stage.

David Lammy

@DavidLammy

What power what courage what preaching with a global audience in witness. “When love is the way.. poverty will become History” The redemptive power of Love. Well done Bishop Curry. #RoyalWeddding

And for others waking on up at the crack of dawn to tune in, it was a delightful addition.

Elamin Abdelmahmoud

@elamin88

A black reverend preaching to British royalty about the resilience of faith during slavery is 10000000% not what I thought I was waking up for, the royal wedding is good

michelle visage

@michellevisage

Guys, the British people might not be used to this kind of preacher, but he’s marrying an American, and this preacher is SHUTTING. IT. DOWN. AMERICAN STYLE

35 min ago

The meaning behind Meghan’s intricate embroidered veil

All eyes were on Meghan Markle’s massive 16-foot-long veil when she stepped out of car this morning and headed into the church.

But it was more than just a veil. The silk tulle veil was full of meaning.

The delicate, embroidered flowers that lined the veil represented the 53 commonwealth countries that she will be working with, fashion stylist Joe Zee told CNN.

Megan wanted to pay homage to those countries, he explained. One of them is Canada, where she lived for the past seven years. The Kensington Palace flower and California poppy were also represented.

“There is a lot personal meaning to her for this as well,” Zee said.

16 min ago

“Suits” congratulates its former star and her new husband

Suits — the TV show the new Duchess of Sussex starred in — sent a congratulatory message to the newlyweds.

Suits

@Suits_USA

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!

Several “Suits” stars were at today’s wedding, including Patrick J. Adams, who plays her love interest Mike Ross, Gabriel Macht (Harvey Specter) and Sarah Rafferty (Donna Paulsen). Abigail Spencer, who plays lawyer and Specter’s love interest Dana Scott, Gina Torres, who plays leading lawyer Jessica Pearson, and Rick Hoffman (Louis Litt) were also there.

Meghan her final appearance in the show last month.

1 hr 16 min ago

The royal wedding cake is sitting on gold stands

Kensington Palace has tweeted the first picture of the wedding cake.

Made by pastry chef Claire Ptak, who was raised in California and now owns London-based bakery Violet Cakes. It features a filling of Amalfi lemon curd and elderflower buttercream.

The cake has been decorated with Swiss meringue buttercream and 150 fresh flowers, mostly British, including peonies and roses.

Kensington Palace

@KensingtonRoyal

The wedding cake is to be served at the Reception. It was designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence in Sandringham from the estate’s own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple. #royalwedding

1 hr 25 min ago

Here’s what the newlyweds and their guests will have for lunch

From CNN’s Max Foster

Queen Elizabeth is hosting the first of two receptions today. It’s being held at St. George’s Hall in Windsor Castle, and about 600 guests are attending.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

First, they’ll have a selection of canapés, including…

  • Scottish langoustines wrapped in smoked salmon with citrus crème fraiche
  • Grilled English asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian ham
  • Garden pea panna cotta with quail eggs and lemon verbena
  • Heritage tomato and basil tartare with balsamic pearls
  • Poached free range chicken bound in a lightly spiced yogurt with roasted apricot
  • Croquette of confit Windsor lamb, roasted vegetables and shallot jam
  • Warm asparagus spears with mozzarella and sun-blush tomatoes

Guests will also be served a selection of bowl food, including:

  • Fricassee of free range chicken with morel mushrooms and young leeks
  • Pea and mint risotto with pea shoots, truffle oil and parmesan crisps
  • Ten-hour slow roasted Windsor pork belly with apple compote and crackling

Sweet canapés will also be served, including:

  • Champagne and pistachio macaroons
  • Orange crème brûlée tartlets
  • Miniature rhubarb crumble tartlets
1 hr 36 min ago

“Mummy, can we do it all again tomorrow?”

From CNN’s James Masters in Windsor

As the noise of horses hooves and clinking of helmets began to sound on the Long Walk, small children in the crowd climbed onto the shoulders of their parents and grandparents to watch the Duke and Duchess of Sussex ride by.

The Duchess of Sussex waved to the watching crowds, her smile beaming across the world to millions across the world. The biggest cheers were reserved for Meghan and Harry, though Princess Charlotte drew some “awwws” after appearing on the big screen.

As people began to disperse and head towards the exits, it began to dawn that an event that so many had looked forward to for so long was over.

As one little girl asked: “Mummy, can we do it all again tomorrow?”

James Masters

@Masters_JamesD

“Stand By Me” and everyone’s joining in! #RoyalWedding

1 hr 56 min ago

BBC Three compares today’s crowd to Trump’s inauguration

British television channel BBC Three tweeted two aerial shots — one from the royal wedding day and another from President Trump’s inauguration.

Inauguration crowd size is a sore subject for Trump: After the National Park Service retweeted an image comparing his inaugural crowd size to Barack Obama’s in 2009, the President reportedly called the acting director of the National Park Service to complain.

1 hr 59 min ago

Newlyweds return to Windsor Castle

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have now returned to Windsor Castle, traveling past the state apartments and on to the first of two receptions of the day.

The Queen will host an afternoon reception — starting from 2 p.m. (9 a.m. ET) — at St. George’s Hall within the castle grounds. All 600 guests from the ceremony have been invited to the reception.

Later this evening, the couple will head to a smaller evening reception for around 200 friends and family hosted by Prince Charles, Harry’s father, at Frogmore House, a country house south of Windsor Castle.

2 hr 8 min ago

Meghan’s dad is watching: “My baby looks beautiful”

Thomas Markle reading a book titled "Images of Britain," in an allegedly staged photo.

Meghan’s father, Thomas Markle, told celebrity website TMZ that watching the royal wedding was “emotional and joyful.”

My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy. I wish I were there and I wish them all my love and all happiness,” Markle said, according to TMZ.

Markle was supposed to walk Meghan down the aisle, but pulled out for health reasons. His decision not to travel to Windsor came after a week of family drama.

2 hr 16 min ago

Some biked 30 miles to get here. Other crossed the Atlantic Ocean.

From CNN’s James Masters in Windsor

Crowds been gathering on the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle for hours and now they’re being rewarded for their patience. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are riding through the streets of the town, and the procession will culminate with a roughly one-mile section of the Long Walk.

Lynne and Harold, clad in Lycra, cycled 30 miles to get here today.

“The roads were so clear it was wonderful, it was easier to get here than on a normal Saturday,” Lynn said. She added: “It’s been so lovely, everyone has been so friendly.”

This group of friends from Nova Scotia, Canada, have a message of congratulations for the newlyweds.

James Masters

@Masters_JamesD

This group of friends flew in from Nova Scotia, Canada, especially for the wedding. Here’s their message! #RoyalWedding

Monique, originally from Nigeria but now living in London, says she’s only here today for Harry.

“I wouldn’t normally come to these events but it’s Harry and I love him. He’s my adopted son and I’ve loved him ever since his mother passed away. I prayed for him to have a good wife. Meghan seems like a nice person. It’s a good match. She is making history and that’s so important.”