The royal wedding: How it unfolded

By Meg Wagner and Lauren Said-Moorhouse, CNN

Updated 3:02 p.m. ET, May 19, 2018
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8:44 a.m. ET, May 19, 2018

BBC Three compares today's crowd to Trump's inauguration

British television channel BBC Three tweeted two aerial shots — one from the royal wedding day and another from President Trump's inauguration.

Inauguration crowd size is a sore subject for Trump: After the National Park Service retweeted an image comparing his inaugural crowd size to Barack Obama's in 2009, the President reportedly called the acting director of the National Park Service to complain.

8:41 a.m. ET, May 19, 2018

Newlyweds return to Windsor Castle

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have now returned to Windsor Castle, traveling past the state apartments and on to the first of two receptions of the day.

The Queen will host an afternoon reception — starting from 2 p.m. (9 a.m. ET) — at St. George's Hall within the castle grounds. All 600 guests from the ceremony have been invited to the reception.

Later this evening, the couple will head to a smaller evening reception for around 200 friends and family hosted by Prince Charles, Harry's father, at Frogmore House, a country house south of Windsor Castle.

8:31 a.m. ET, May 19, 2018

Meghan's dad is watching: "My baby looks beautiful"

Thomas Markle reading a book titled "Images of Britain," in an allegedly staged photo.
Thomas Markle reading a book titled "Images of Britain," in an allegedly staged photo.

Meghan's father, Thomas Markle, told celebrity website TMZ that watching the royal wedding was “emotional and joyful."

My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy. I wish I were there and I wish them all my love and all happiness," Markle said, according to TMZ.

Markle was supposed to walk Meghan down the aisle, but pulled out for health reasons. His decision not to travel to Windsor came after a week of family drama.


8:24 a.m. ET, May 19, 2018

Some biked 30 miles to get here. Other crossed the Atlantic Ocean.

From CNN's James Masters in Windsor

Crowds been gathering on the Long Walk outside Windsor Castle for hours and now they're being rewarded for their patience. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are riding through the streets of the town, and the procession will culminate with a roughly one-mile section of the Long Walk.

Todd Baxter/CNN
Todd Baxter/CNN

Lynne and Harold, clad in Lycra, cycled 30 miles to get here today.

“The roads were so clear it was wonderful, it was easier to get here than on a normal Saturday,” Lynn said. She added: “It’s been so lovely, everyone has been so friendly.”

James Masters/CNN
James Masters/CNN

This group of friends from Nova Scotia, Canada, have a message of congratulations for the newlyweds.

Monique, originally from Nigeria but now living in London, says she’s only here today for Harry.

“I wouldn’t normally come to these events but it’s Harry and I love him. He’s my adopted son and I’ve loved him ever since his mother passed away. I prayed for him to have a good wife. Meghan seems like a nice person. It’s a good match. She is making history and that’s so important.”

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James Masters/CNN

8:23 a.m. ET, May 19, 2018

Crowds go wild in Windsor

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wave to the waiting crowds as they depart Windsor Castle.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wave to the waiting crowds as they depart Windsor Castle. Temujin Doran/CNN

8:26 a.m. ET, May 19, 2018

And now, a carriage ride

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex just left the chapel in a carriage.

The route takes them on a roughly two-mile procession, traveling along the High Street through the town of Windsor, before returning to the castle by the Long Walk, according to the Palace. The procession is expected to take around 25 minutes.

They will travel in an Ascot Landau carriage pulled by Windsor Grey horses.

Windsor Grey horses have a long royal pedigree -- they have been pulling the carriages of British monarchs and members of the royal family since the 1900s.

8:14 a.m. ET, May 19, 2018

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex kiss on the steps of St. George's Chapel

Prince Harry and Meghan emerged from the chapel -- Household Cavalry lining the steps -- and shared their first kiss as a married couple. The crowd cheered wildly.

Couples do not typically kiss in Church of England wedding ceremonies, but it has been tradition for royal couple to kiss publicly soon after for the world to see.

8:03 a.m. ET, May 19, 2018

The ceremony ends with "God Save the Queen"

Danny Lawson/pool photo via AP
Danny Lawson/pool photo via AP

As the Duke and Duchess of Sussex return to the Quire and we reach the culmination of the ceremony, the congregation is singing the British National Anthem.

Here are the lyrics, if you're following along:

God save our gracious Queen, 

Long live our noble Queen,

God save The Queen! 

Send her victorious, 

Happy and glorious, 

Long to reign over us, 

God save The Queen!

8:02 a.m. ET, May 19, 2018

The 19-year-old cellist is performing

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 19, is performing during the signing of the register -- the part of the ceremony that completes the legal requirements for marriage.

He is performing three songs:

  • Sicilienne by Maria Theresia von Paradis (1759-1824) arr. Chris Hazell (b.1948)
  • Après un rêve by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) arr. Chris Hazell
  • Ave Maria by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) arr. Chris Hazell

Kanneh-Mason was the first black musician to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year award in 2016.

He is a student at the Royal Academy of Music.

Before the wedding, Kanneh-Mason said he was "honored" to perform at the ceremony.

"I was bowled over when Ms. Markle called me to ask," he said.