In case you missed it this past weekend, much of the world closely observed one of the most anticipated events of 2018, Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle. The fairy tale wedding did not disappoint.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle went against several royal conventions. For one, they put an end to the long-standing streak of an all-white British monarchy, but they also got married on a weekend, rather than the royal tradition of weekday nuptials.
Here is the American side of the family showing off their royal wave.
This allowed for incredible celebrity sightings (don’t forget, Meghan was an actress on the popular TV series Suits), outfit changes, a wild party—and resulted in over 1.9 billion people tuning in live around the world
Here’s what you need to know about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Royal Wedding.
1. These were the larger-than-life florals cascading the walls of St. George Chapel, where the two got married.
2. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became the sixteenth royal couple to get married at Windsor Castle since 1863.
3. Here’s the ring Prince Harry proposed with. It was custom made by the court jewelers Cleave and Company, and featured one diamond from Botswana as well as two smaller stones from Harry’s mother, Princess Diana’s collection.
4. At the wedding, Meghan made a regal entrance, wearing a Givenchy dress and a tiara lent to her by the queen. Her veil was hand-embroidered with flora representing the 53 countries of the Commonwealth. She walked halfway down the aisle alone, until Prince Charles accompanied her to Prince Harry.
5. At which point, the internet melted.
6. During the church ceremony, gospel singers sang “Stand By Me.”
7. Teenage cellist Sheik Kanneh-Mason performed.
8. Eventually the newlyweds made a picture-perfect exit.
9. At some point during the daytime luncheon celebration, Elton John performed some of his hits, and this lemon elderflower cake was served. The cake caused a bit of a stir, as it represented another shift from royal wedding tradition, which typically calls for fruit cake to be served the the reception.
10. Prince Harry, Meghan and Elton John weren’t the only ones looking stunning during the Windsor Castle daytime affairs, which called for men to wear “morning dress” (morning coat + waist coat + tie + striped trousers) and women to wear a formal day dress (or skirt suit) with a mandatory hat.
11. Only a select few of the daytime invitees were invited to continue to the royal couple’s evening reception, which Idris Elba apparently DJed. And Serena Williams’ beer pong skills allegedly put everyone else to shame.
12. After Prince Charles and Camilla decided to “leave the young ones to it” around 11PM, there was a spectacular firework display, which many say was Harry’s decision, as they remind him of his late mother, Princess Diana of Wales.
13. Rumor has it, the party continued into the early morning hours in London’s exclusive Chiltern Firehouse restaurant.
And after that, there was a private house party, making this wedding sound like the funnest and wildest the monarchy has maybe ever had.
But the hangover seems to have worn off quickly, as Kensington Palace released official photos of the wedding early Monday morning.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released three official photographs from their Wedding day.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 21, 2018