The royal wedding 2018 was the wedding of the decade. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sealed the deal with a sweet kiss, and the world cannot stop gushing about it. Right from the bride and the groom, the bridesmaids and the pageboys, to the Queen herself – everyone played their roles to perfection. While the larger picture is the one that acquired all the praise and accolades, the smaller details were the real highlights that most of us missed out on. Here are some royal wedding 2018 highlights that you must be aware of.
The Bride became the first black British royal member:
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On May 19, 2018, Prince Harry married a Catholic American divorcee, Meghan Markle and the British royal family welcomed its first black royal member. Markle, who has a black mother and a white father, is the first black/mix raced person to have acquired a royal status in the Windsor family. This fact, in itself makes the Prince Harry-Meghan Markle wedding a unique royal marriage.
While numerous historians claim that it was Princess Charlotte of Mecklenburg- Strelitz from Germany who had black (African) ancestry – and by that account, she was the first mix-raced member of the British royal family – numerous other historians suggest the contrary. David Williamson, ex- co-editor of Debrett’s Peerage, suggests that the possibility of Princess Charlotte (of Germany) being related to the current royal family is highly unlikely.
In that case, the royal wedding 2018 highlights the uniqueness of the holy matrimonial union between a British prince and a mix-raced American actress. Now, that we can call moving into modernity.
The Bride walked to the wedding aisle, unescorted:
Meghan Markle has always been open about her views on women empowerment. She believes in making history in everything that she does. And the royal wedding was an occasion no different. In her own wedding, Meghan Markle chose to walk halfway to the aisle unescorted.
Meghan Markle carried herself with impeccable grace when she walked from the entrance of the church to the aisle all by herself. Prince Charles, Prince Harry’s father, accompanied her from there on to the Quire, where the wedding took place.
To add to her feminist statement, Markle decided that Prince Charles will not “give her away” to Prince Harry. Rather, he will follow her closely as she walks towards her future groom. And that is exactly what happened.
What makes this the royal wedding 2018 highlight is that no other royal bride, in the history of royal weddings, has walked unescorted to her own wedding. But Meghan Markle chose to do that, and in that process, she indeed turned this unique royal marriage into a wedding of the decade.
An African- American priest gave the best wedding sermon ever:
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There are infinite reasons why the wedding sermon by Michael Curry at the Prince Harry-Meghan Markle wedding will forever remain printed in the golden pages of royal history.
Firstly, the compassionate, fiery, and powerful sermon lasted around 14 minutes long. Secondly, the sermon included references to Martin Luther King, fire, technology, and love – all in one single line. Thirdly, the sermon was read from an iPad. This in itself should make history- and it making history. But there is something else about the wedding sermon by this African-American preacher that made the Prince Harry-Meghan Markle wedding, the wedding of the decade.
In the wedding sermon by Michael Curry, there was movement. Till date, every single sermon of the royal wedding has been stationary and rigid. But Michael Curry swept in (literally) and gave Britain a new style to preach about the power of love. The air was filled with emotion, music, and rhythm when Curry coupled the power of love with the fickleness of politics.
The preacher delivered his sermon with music and meaning in his words. He swayed with them, flung his hands in the air time and again to emphasize what love can do in a world filled with fear and hatred, and used her full-throated voice to make sure that those who sat in the audience with stiff upper lips, listened to all of it with open ears.
The wedding sermon by Michael Curry was definitely one of the best royal wedding 2018 highlights. Britain has never had something like this at any of the royal weddings before. To be honest, Britain needed that one, badly.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren’t Prince Harry and Meghan Markle anymore:
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Yes, you read that right. After the wedding of the decade took place, things changed for Harry and Meghan. Even their names changed. Prince Harry is no longer Prince Harry. He is now the Duke of Sussex. And what about Ms. Meghan Markle? Well, she is now the Duchess of Sussex.
Hence, now on, Harry is no longer the prince charming and Meghan is no more a divorced American actress. How is that for a royal wedding gift from the Queen?
The Prince Harry-Meghan Markle wedding was truly the wedding of the decade. Right from Doria Ragland’s proud expressions mixed with a twinge of sadness to the sweet whisperings between the bride and the groom amidst the wedding proceedings – every little thing became the royal wedding 2018 highlights; but some of them are indeed worth a mention. What do you think about this unique royal marriage?