Broken rules of protocol, Diana's memory and other things that were unusual at Royal Wedding
Finally, the wedding is over! After people talking about it for more than half of the year, it is all done now and everyone seems to be satisfied with how things turned out. What was so special about this wedding was the fact that Meghan was American. However, this was not the only thing that was unusual at the wedding. So many things were different and many rules were broken! Even though this is not the first time royal rules are being broken, it was a bigger deal this time! Here are some of the things you didn't know about this royal wedding.
Walking down the aisle
There were so many speculations around Meghan's father’s appearance on the wedding day and walking her down the aisle and everything was denied with the statement that was published by Kensington Palace on Twitter. The statement said: "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. I would like to thank everyone who has offered generous messages of support."
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"Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday."
Following this statement, in an article on The Guardians, we found out that Harry’s father is going to be the one who will walk her down the aisle. Meghan broke the tradition with walking down the aisle all alone for the first half and the second half with her father-in-law.
For the ones that remember the previous wedding, Kate Middleton and Prince William's in 2011, you know that they shared their kiss on the balcony. That famous fairytale-like picture. However, Meghan and Harry did not go all the way to the Buckingham Palace balcony! The ceremony was held at Windsor Castle so they had their most iconic kiss right there in front of the witnesses. Another one was also shared at the St. George's Chapel.
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What was different about the cake at this wedding was that they did not go for a fruitcake even though it seemed like a tradition in this place as it was the symbol of wealth and prosperity. Chris Dodd, a pastry chef, told Vogue: "A fruitcake was originally a symbol of wealth and prosperity because of its precious ingredients such as dried fruits, alcohol, and spices, Furthermore, the cake, in a way, represented the vastness of the British Empire, using ingredients from far-flung corners of the globe."
The wedding cake is to be served at the Reception. It was designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence in Sandringham from the estate’s own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple. #royalweddingpic.twitter.com/kt5lE4tEn9— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
It was revealed by Kensington Palace that the wedding cake was a different one this time. "Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have asked Claire to create a lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavors of spring. It will be covered with buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. The wedding cake is to be served at the Reception. It was designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence in Sandringham from the estate’s own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple."
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The maid of honor
Meghan also did not go with the norms as she did not have her maid of honor. Based on a palace spokesperson "She has a very close-knit group of friends and did not want to choose one over the other. They have all been actively involved in helping her prepare for the day. This wedding will be guided by tradition, allowing everyone to celebrate what makes Royal Weddings so special, but also one which reflects the personalities of Harry and Meghan." Harry had his brother as the best man.
The presiding clergyman
This maybe was one of the most iconic parts of the ceremony that surely will be always remembered. According to the protocols, a British priest and senior member of the England church is the one who is invited to preside over, however, this time Bishop Michael Curry did it! He is a black Episcopal priest who stole the show with his moving sermon before the choir performed Stand by Me by Ben E. King. Here is what he said:
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"When love is the way -- unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive when love is the way. Then no child would go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way. We will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook. Wen love is the way poverty will become history. When love is the way the earth will become a sanctuary. When love is the way we will lay down our swords and shields down by the riverside to study war no more. When love is the way there’s plenty good room, plenty good room for all of God’s children."
Ordinary people were invited
And the last point was how so many ordinary people were invited to attend the wedding! The Kensington Palace Twitter account announced: "Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle will invite 2,640 members of the public to Windsor Castle on their wedding day to watch the arrivals of the Bride and Groom and their guests and the carriage procession as it departs from the castle. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle would like their wedding day to be shaped to allow members of the public to share in the joy and the fun of the day. They have today given further details how public guests will be involved in the celebrations on May 19."
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Princess Diana was also present at the wedding. The flower bouquet of the Meghan Markle was the favorite flowers of Diana. The diamonds belonging to the deceased princess. With such gestures, the newlyweds paid respect to the former wife of Prince Charles. The wedding observers of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle speculated that the empty seat next to Prince William was specifically left empty for Diana, however, the place was free so that Queen Elizabeth could easily see the whole ceremony. Newlyweds paid tribute to Princess Diana in several other ways.
First of all, the wedding dress of Meghan Markle was as long as that of the mother of Prince Harry on his wedding day with Prince Charles in 1981. The forget-me-nots in the bride's bouquet and the white roses that the chapel was decorated also did not come from the case or the vision of the decorator. In the past, these were the favorite flowers of the queen of hearts, Diana. During the engagement, Prince Harry gave Meghan Markle a ring of diamonds. One which once belonged to Princess Diana. Prince Harry was so keen on having his mother’s memory alive in the whole ceremony. He even invited the cousin of his mother. Also, her favorite hymn was performed.