Harry, Meghan kiss outside church before procession through Windsor





Windsor, England – Prince Harry and his wife Meghan exchanged their first kiss as a married couple on the steps of St George's Chapel while well-wishers cheered, before heading into the carriage for a procession through Windsor.



 
Thousands of people gathered along the route of the procession, which will take the newlyweds around the town and back to Windsor Castle.
The royal couple were seen smiling and waving at the crowds from the open carriage, pulled by four white horses on a bright and sunny day.When Meghan Markle emerged from the car at the steps of Windsor Castle on Saturday, the world got its first glimpse of a dress that has long been the subject of intense speculation. The former actress, now married to Britain's Prince Harry, was seen wearing a boat-neckline wedding dress - white, of course, - with classic long sleeves for the ceremony in St George's chapel inside the royal castle.
She had a long, white veil over low-bun hair. The veil was designed to represent "the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition," upon Markle's request, according to Kensington Palace.
It was held in place by a diamond bandeau tiara that belonged to Queen Mary. It was made in 1932, with the centre brooch dating from 1893.
The dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller, who last year became the first female artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy, the palace said in a statement.
The minimally simple piece had a slim waistline and was made of double-bonded silk cady, it added. She wore it over pointed couture shoes made of a silk duchess satin.
The bridal bouquet was designed by florist Philippa Craddock and included flowers hand-picked by Prince Harry from their private garden at Kensington Palace. Forget-me-nots, the favourite flower of Harry's late mother, princess Diana, were also nestled in the bouquet.
Waight Keller also designed the bridesmaids' dresses and page boys' uniforms.
Markle was driven to Windsor Castle in a vintage Rolls-Royce Phantom IV, which was built in 1950. It was Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's first Rolls-Royce, from when the monarch was still princess Elizabeth.

Saturday, May 19th 2018
(dpa)
           


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