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The wedding of the year

By Bride and Groom 22 May 2018

A real life fairy tale played out in front of the world when Prince Harry and American actress and humanitarian Meghan Markle wed on Saturday.

It was one for the ages; a modern wedding breaking the royal mold yet still steeped in tradition.

The newly minted Duke and Duchess of Sussex sealed their marriage with a kiss on the steps of St George's Chapel, Windsor.

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The dress  

Meghan wowed onlookers with her trademark understated elegance in a simple white silk boatneck, three quarter-sleeve gown designed by Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy.

But it was the intricate details that pulled at the heart strings.

Her dramatic 5-metre veil was at the bride’s request hand embroidered with 53 different flowers representing the flora of each Commonwealth country.

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Hair and make-up

With natural, barely-there make-up and her hair pinned back into a relaxed bun it was Meghan’s ‘something borrowed’ that shone.

The tiara – the Queen Mary diamond bandeau – dates back to 1932 and was loaned to the bride by the Queen.

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The bouquet

The simple bouquet was a nod to Harry’s late mother Princess Diana.

The groom picked his mum's favourite flowers, forget-me-nots, from the private garden at Kensington Palace, to add to Meghan’s bespoke bouquet.

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The groom

With his brother by his side as best man, a nervous Harry donned a dapper and perfectly tailored frockcoat uniform of the British Army’s Blues and Royals.

While the military uniform should not technically be worn with a beard, the groom was granted permission from the Queen herself.

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The vows

Following the lead of Princess Diana and Kate Middleton, Meghan didn’t use the word ‘obey’ instead vowing to “love and to cherish” her husband “till death us do part”.

While unlike many royal men before him Harry has also chosen to wear a wedding ring.

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The reception

An invite to the ceremony didn’t guarantee guests an invite to the reception at Frogmore House on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The newlyweds arrived in an E-type Jaguar, lent by Prince Charles and featuring the registration E190518 – their wedding date.

Guests danced the night away in a glass marquee, purpose built for the evening with and dined on burgers as a midnight snack.

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The second dress

Meghan’s Stella McCartney reception dress was a simple white, sophisticated design but this time with a high halter neckline and an open back.

Paired with a darker smoky eye and a relaxed updo, she again paid tribute to Princess Diana wearing her aquamarine ring, while the Duke wore black tie.

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The guests

The fashion stakes were high at the royal wedding and some guests simply out did the rest.

Here are our favourite looks from the ceremony.

Abigail Spencer and Priyanka Chopra. Photo: AAP.
Victoria Aitken. Photo: AAP.
Amal and George Clooney. Photo: AAP.
Gina Torres. Photo: AAP.
David and Victoria Beckham. Photo: AAP.
Princess Beatrice. Photo: AAP.
Jacinda Barrett and Gabriel Macht. Photo: AAP.

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