Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's first kiss delights fans as they seal VERY modern Royal Wedding
The newlyweds received rapturous applause as they emerged from Windsor's St George's chapel following a groundbreaking multi-cultural ceremony complete with a gospel choir and eccentric American bishop.
During the ceremony, Harry, 33, told his blushing bride "you look amazing" and whispered "I've missed you" as the couple tied the knot in front of a star-studded congregation.
And in a sign that the monarchy is looking to the future, Prince Charles accompanied Markle to the altar from the middle of the chapel.
Groom Harry turned to his dad, saying "thank you Pa" after his father did the honours in front of the crowd including everyone from the Queen to Hollywood royalty George Clooney.
How the Royal Wedding has unfolded so far…
- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sealed their marriage with a kiss after a groundbreaking modern Royal Wedding
- Following the ceremony the couple were whisked away in a carriage for the Royal Procession
- Meghan stunned in a Givenchy gown with a 15ft veil embroidered with flowers
- The Queen wore a green coat and hat for the ceremony as Philip, 96, walked unaided after recent hip op
- Princess Charlotte and Prince George melted hearts with their outfits for the big day
- But Kate raised eyebrows with her 'cream' coloured gown
- At the ceremony American Bishop Michael Curry stole the show with an eccentric speech
- Celebrities including George and Amal Clooney, the Beckhams and Oprah Winfrey were among the guests at the wedding
- Up to 150,000 people swarmed the streets of Windsor to get a view of the newly married couple
- Prince Harry and Meghan became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their marriage
Royal experts hailed the ceremony as "ground-breaking", saying the couple have thrown the Royals into the 21st century.
Ingrid Seward, Editor in Chief of Majesty Magazine said: "There's never a royal wedding like this in modern history."
She added that even the way the loved-up newlyweds held hands made it different to all other previous royal weddings. saying: "l have never before seen a royal couple hold hands and entwine their fingers like Harry and Meghan did when they were at the altar."
Meghan wore a stunning off-the-shoulder Givenchy Haute Couture dress and a dazzling 1932 dazzling Mary Diamond Bandeau tiara lent to her by the Queen.
The bride also wore an elegant five-metre long veil, decorated with hand-embroidered flowers representing all 53 countries of the Commonwealth – a design detail requested by Meghan herself.
And in another change in tradition, bride Meghan herself will make a speech at the couple's wedding reception.
Prince Harry couldn't keep his eyes off his bride – answering "I will" as he tied the knot with the American actress.
Meghan glowed as she answered the same, with the crowds of thousands outside the chapel bursting into applause on the beautiful spring day in May.
The Royal groom had already shown his romantic side, handpicking several flowers yesterday from their private garden at Kensington Palace to add to the bespoke bridal bouquet that included forget-me-nots – his mother Diana's favourite flower.
Watching on was a star-studded crowd of hundreds including the Clooneys, the Beckhams and Elton John – who performed at the lunchtime's reception.
A gospel choir sang American soul singer Ben E. Kings 1960s hit Stand By Me to the couple, who had earlier been given their new titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
They were soon able to meet the rapturous crowds of more than 100,000 people as they were taken through Windsor in a carriage.
Meanwhile, speaking from the US, the bride's father Thomas Markle said she looked "beautiful".
The 73-year-old, who was unable to attend the wedding after recently undergoing heart surgery, said he wished he was with his daughter on her big day.
Majesty Magazine's Ms Seward added that the star of the wedding was the American preacher, The Most Reverend Michael Curry, saying it was nice to see the royal family relax during the ceremony.
Royal historian Sarah Gristwood, who wrote Elizabeth – The Queen and Crown, told The Sun Online that the wedding had thrust the Royal Wedding into the 21st century.
She said that while it was already known that Meghan would enter the chapel alone, it hadn't been realised just how different the ceremony would be.
Ms Gristwood added: "It was partly the strong American presence and partly the strong black presence.
"Not only the bride and groom said 'I do' but the congregation and family said 'I will'.
"A lot of lessons were learned from Princess Diana's life and death – and this feels like one of them.
"We've obviously seen some turmoil in Meghan's family this week and this was a real open recognition of both of the potential for family trouble and family support."
But royal expert Dickie Arbiter, the Queen's former press spokesman, told The Sun Online said the Royal Family had always been evolving, saying that Prince Harry and brother Prince William were following in their mother's footsteps.
He said: "It was a great example of how the monarchy continues to evolve.
"But we can’t forget that it’s been changing and evolving for the past 1,000 years."
He said that Prince Charles holding mother-of-the-bride Doria Ragland's hand as she left the pews was a way of showing they were now family.
Peter Rolfe, owner of luxury events organiser PAVE London, added: "What is obvious is how much the black community have been featured in the ceremony so far, which is different from previous royal weddings.
"It's nice to put in Meghan's heritage with the head of the Episcopal Church was probably the most memorable speaker in the ceremony.
"He was very arousing. His speech about love caught everyone in the church by surprise in the church.
"Some of the faces in the church showed they weren't expecting such a rousing address.
"The whole day has been a blend of tradition, which the American guests will love, and modern elements, such as the choir singing Stand By Me. It shows Harry and Meghan are very much in love and blending their backgrounds."
The Royal Family were front and centre in the chapel, with the Queen and an unaided 96-year-old Prince Philip – recovering after a hip op – cheered as they walked into the chapel this morning.
The Duchess of Cambridge was also among the guests, making sure that bridesmaid Princess Charlotte and pageboy Prince George were on their best behaviour.
Newborn Prince Louis didn't make an appearance – staying at home with the nanny.
And the Markle's mum Doria, who flew into London from the US this week, was seen in tears during the ceremony.
She had joined her 36-year-old daughter as they were driven from the chapel from Cliveden House in the drive in a vintage Rolls-Royce Phantom to the chapel.
Kensington Palace confirmed that the Royal brothers would be wearing the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals, with the Queen giving her permission for Prince Harry to marry in his uniform.
THE DRESS: Details of the Royal Wedding gown revealed
MEGHAN'S Givenchy Haute Couture dress was designed by its new Artistic director Clare Waight Keller, who has been at its helm since May 2017.
The dress focuses on the open bateau neckline that slightly shows the shoulders, with a figure fitting sculpted waistline.
It's made of six seams, with a flowing train and an underskirt made of triple silk organza.
It also has three-quarter length sleeves.
Givenchy also created the stunning five metre long veil, which is decorated with hand-embroidered flowers representing all 53 countries of the Commonwealth – a design detail requested by Meghan. It is made from silk tulle with the floral decorations made out of silk threads and organza.
The workers who made the veil spent hundreds of hours making the intricate design – and had to wash their hands every THIRTY minutes to keep the materials pristine.
The front of the veil shows crops of wheat blending into the flora, to symbolise love and charity.
Meghan's heels are made of aptly named duchess satin and have a pointed toe.
And for the mini-mes – Givenchy also designed the six adorable bridesmaids dresses.
Each dress is high waisted with short puffed sleeves and a silk ribbon detail at the back, tied into a bow. The dresses were made of a prestigious fabric called ivory silk radzimir.
Handily – they came complete with pockets, and pleated skirts.
Hundreds of people had poured into St George's chapel for the ceremony, including Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer, Prince Harry's ex-girlfriends Cressida Bonas and Chelsy Davy and Kate's pregnant sister Pippa Middleton and mum Carole.
Tennis champ Serena Williams, Lady Kitty Spencer, Chloe Madeley and James Haskell and Meghan's Suits co-star Patrick Adams and singer James Blunt were also there.
Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons, and Princess Diana's butler Paul Burrell were also snapped heading into the chapel.
David Beckham looked dapper in a grey morning suit complete with waistcoast and tails, while wife Victoria wore a navy dress with long sleeves and bright red shoes as they posed with fans in Windsor.
Rugby royalty Jonny Wilkinson, James Haskell and Sir Clive Woodward were all in attendance in a nod to Harry's role as head of the Rugby Football Union.
And Sarah Ferguson cast aside any speculation she would not be invited as she turned up for the service, wearing a dark navy dress.
The big day comes after Meghan's family drama threatened to overshadow the plans earlier this week, with the reclusive dad Thomas Markle revealed to have staged paparazzi photographs.
The 73-year-old was paid for the snaps, which showed him in a number of situations including reading a book on Britain and working out.
Meghan's estranged family has also not been shy in holding back, regularly trashing the bride ahead of her big day.
Kensington Palace confirmed that Thomas Sr wouldn't be attending, with a statement from Meghan saying that she had "always cared" for her father but that he needed to focus on his health.
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The bride said in a statement: "Sadly my father will not be attending our wedding.
"I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health."
It was an astonishing statement that seemed to be directed towards her family, with her half-sister Samantha in particular claiming that she had needed to wire cash to their father to help him survive.
Meghan's estranged family members – including her nephews and sister-in-law – also landed in the UK despite not being invited to the wedding – have regularly trashed the 36-year-old bride.
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