Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding offers an American twist

The American royal, who visited Buckingham Palace as tourist while a teenager, sang along to “God Save the Queen” as the ceremony drew to a close.

The 15th-century St. George’s Chapel, whose vaulted ceilings and stained-glass windows make it one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England, echoed with the song “This Little Light of Mine” by Etta James as the newlyweds departed, pausing on the steps for a kiss.

The royal newlyweds then took a trip through Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage, to the delight of thousands of well-wishers who gathered in the late spring sunshine.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding offers an American twist
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s royal wedding offers an American twist

Harry, who served in the army for 10 years and rose to the rank of captain while completing two tours in Afghanistan, wore the ceremonial uniform of the Blues and Royals army regiment.

Markle did not have a maid of honor because, as the palace explained, she couldn’t choose between her close friends. However, the couple have chosen 10 bridesmaids and pageboys, including Harry’s nephew, Prince George, and niece, Princess Charlotte.

In a nod to Markle’s American roots, the couple’s cake was made by an American baker based in London, Claire Ptak, who had previously appeared on Markle’s lifestyle blog, The Tig. The ink used on the formal invitations was also from the U.S.

Since their engagement, the couple has toured the U.K., visiting cities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle after their wedding.Gareth Fuller / Reuters

Markle has been welcomed into royal circles, accompanying Harry to family functions including Christmas with the queen at her country retreat in Sandringham, Norfolk, and the Commonwealth Day ceremony at Westminster Abbey where she sat in the row behind the queen.

In the future, they are expected to continue Harry’s charity work, much of which is done jointly with his brother, Prince William, and William’s wife, the former Kate Middleton, including their Heads Together campaign promoting mental health. The two couples have been affectionately dubbed the “fab four” by Britain’s media.

Markle becomes a princess automatically by marrying Harry. As she was not born a royal, her title as princess becomes her husband’s name, so she’ll formally be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Henry of Wales.

Rachel Elbaum and Alastair Jamieson reported from London, and F. Brinley Bruton and Petra Cahill reported from Windsor, England.

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