PRINCE HARRY WEDS AMERICAN ACTRESS MEGHAN MARKLE
WINDSOR, BRITAIN, Britain’s Prince Harry, the younger son of heir to the throne Prince Charles, and American actress Meghan Markle tied the knot Saturday at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor.
The one-hour service, solemnized by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, got under way in front of some 600 guests at noon time and a worldwide television audience estimated at nearly two billion.
Prince Charles walked Markle down the aisle as Markle’s father, Thomas, was unable to attend the wedding after undergoing heart surgery.
All of Markle’s bridesmaids and pageboys are children, including Princess Charlotte and her brother Prince George, the children of Harry’s brother, Prince William. Prince William was the best man, while there was no maid of honour because Markle did not want to have to choose among her closest friends.
After the service, the newlyweds traveled in an open carriage as part of a 25-minute procession from St. George’s Chapel through Windsor town.
An estimated 100,000 people lined the carriage procession route, waiting to wave and cheer the new royal couple. Some royal fans arrived at Windsor days earlier and camped out to secure prime places with better views.
Nicholas Pervez drove five hours from Yorkshire to Windsor to watch the procession. He said that Markle, to some extent, shows a “beacon of light” to many ordinary people that they can also change their lives once they try to push aside the limits in life. “It is a monumental event so I had to make it,” he told Xinhua.
Jimmy Lee flew all the way from Texas, the United States, four days earlier for the wedding. He told Xinhua he was excited to see Markle, an American, happily married into the British royal family. “It’s a big change and it happens,” he said, indicating the monarchy is more open than two decades ago.
Ahead of the marriage, Prince Harry was given the title Duke of Sussex, meaning Markle will become a duchess once the couple marry. Later Saturday there was a private reception at Frogmore House for the couple and 200 close friends and family.
About 250 members of the armed forces were on patrol and about 3,000 policemen worked to guard against any unpleasantness. — NNN-XINHUA
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK