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'You look amazing': Tearful Prince Harry is bowled over by his stunning bride Meghan as she arrives in a spectacular dress for their Windsor wedding

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 5/19/2018 Martin Robinson

Meghan Markle is marrying Prince Harry in a simple but beautiful pure white dress leaving the groom close to tears when he saw her for the first time.

Harry then grabbed his bride's hand and told her: 'You look amazing - I missed you' and said 'thank you, pa' after his father Prince Charles walked her down the aisle of St George's Chapel, Windsor. 

But the tears turned to laughter when the star made him giggle as they exchanged vows in the extraordinarily moving ceremony watched by millions around the world.

Ms Markle’s wedding dress has been designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Keller, the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy.

The veil was held in place by Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, lent to her by The Queen, made in 1932 - an outfit that left her mother Doria Ragland, 62, in tears.  

Meghan arrived accompanied by two page boys who held up her train as she made her way up the chapel’s steps alone and entered the chapel by herself, to begin the walk down the alter, before being met by the Prince of Wales. 

Celebrity royalty including the Clooneys, the Beckhams, Idris Elba, Elton John and Oprah Winfrey are among some of the world's biggest stars watching them marry. 

Outside St George's Chapel up to 100,000 fevered well-wishers have gathered in glorious British sunshine to cheer the couple as they start their new married life. 

It is expected to be the biggest royal wedding in Britain since Prince William married Kate in 2011 with more than 21million UK households set to watch and 23million expected to tune in from America.  

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A tearful Prince Harry grabbed his bride Meghan's hand and told her: 'You look amazing' as he saw her for the first time

a close up of Prince Harry: 'You look beautiful': Prince Harry's previously nervous face breaks into an irresistible grin as he tells his bride-to-be she looks 'beautiful' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'You look beautiful': Prince Harry's previously nervous face breaks into an irresistible grin as he tells his bride-to-be she looks 'beautiful'

'You look beautiful': Prince Harry's previously nervous face breaks into an irresistible grin as he tells his bride-to-be she looks 'beautiful'  

Prince Harry wearing a suit and tie: But the tears turned to laughter when the star made him giggle as they exchanged vows in the extraordinarily moving ceremony watched by millions around the world © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited But the tears turned to laughter when the star made him giggle as they exchanged vows in the extraordinarily moving ceremony watched by millions around the world

But the tears turned to laughter when the star made him giggle as they exchanged vows in the extraordinarily moving ceremony watched by millions around the world

a person with collar shirt: Elegant: Ms Markle looks emotional but happy as she gracefully makes her way down the aisle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Elegant: Ms Markle looks emotional but happy as she gracefully makes her way down the aisle

Elegant: Ms Markle looks emotional but happy as she gracefully makes her way down the aisle 

a man wearing a suit and tie: Harry said 'thank you, pa' after his father Prince Charles walked her down the aisle of St George's Chapel, Windsor © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Harry said 'thank you, pa' after his father Prince Charles walked her down the aisle of St George's Chapel, Windsor

Harry said 'thank you, pa' after his father Prince Charles walked her down the aisle of St George's Chapel, Windsor

a group of people sitting at a wedding: Support: Ms Markle delicately holds Prince Charles' arm as she walks towards the alter. This touching moment is all the more poignant after her own father was forced to drop out of the wedding earlier this week due to health problems © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Support: Ms Markle delicately holds Prince Charles' arm as she walks towards the alter. This touching moment is all the more poignant after her own father was forced to drop out of the wedding earlier this week due to health problems

Support: Ms Markle delicately holds Prince Charles' arm as she walks towards the alter. This touching moment is all the more poignant after her own father was forced to drop out of the wedding earlier this week due to health problems

a person sitting on a bench: Beautiful: Meghan Markle cuts a stunning figure in a traditional white gown with heavy veil and train © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Beautiful: Meghan Markle cuts a stunning figure in a traditional white gown with heavy veil and train

Beautiful: Meghan Markle cuts a stunning figure in a traditional white gown with heavy veil and train

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Meghan Markle has left to marry Prince in a tiara and veil over her face with her mother Doria for support

a man wearing a hat: Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, who teh star calls her rock, was in tears ahead of her daughter's big entrance © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, who teh star calls her rock, was in tears ahead of her daughter's big entrance a man wearing a hat: Tears of joy: Doria Ragland is the only member of Meghan Markle's family to attend the wedding in Windsor today © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tears of joy: Doria Ragland is the only member of Meghan Markle's family to attend the wedding in Windsor today

Meghan's mother Doria Ragland, who teh star calls her rock, was in tears ahead of her daughter's big entrance

a group of people standing next to a fence: Huge crowds turned out for the cheer and wave Union Flags at Meghan as she made her way to marry Harry © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Huge crowds turned out for the cheer and wave Union Flags at Meghan as she made her way to marry Harry

Huge crowds turned out for the cheer and wave Union Flags at Meghan as she made her way to marry Harry

a view of a city with tall buildings in a garden: That IS a long walk! Thousands of well-wishers packed into the walk way which lies before Windsor Castle as they wait to see the royal procession © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited That IS a long walk! Thousands of well-wishers packed into the walk way which lies before Windsor Castle as they wait to see the royal procession

That IS a long walk! Thousands of well-wishers packed into the walk way which lies before Windsor Castle as they wait to see the royal procession

Prince Harry, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge are posing for a picture: A nervous looking Prince Harry sits next to William as they waited pensively for the bride to arrive at the West Door © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A nervous looking Prince Harry sits next to William as they waited pensively for the bride to arrive at the West Door

A nervous looking Prince Harry sits next to William as they waited pensively for the bride to arrive at the West Door

a group of people in uniform: A nervous looking Prince Harry and his best man William arrived in their Blues and Royals uniforms but he quickly warmed up and waved to the crowds © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A nervous looking Prince Harry and his best man William arrived in their Blues and Royals uniforms but he quickly warmed up and waved to the crowds a group of people in uniform © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

A nervous looking Prince Harry and his best man William arrived in their Blues and Royals uniforms but he quickly warmed up and waved to the crowds

a man wearing a hat and sunglasses: Harry smiles and points at the crowds outside the doors of the church making William laugh uproariously © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Harry smiles and points at the crowds outside the doors of the church making William laugh uproariously

Harry smiles and points at the crowds outside the doors of the church making William laugh uproariously

a couple of men standing next to a man: Harry and William removed their hats as they waited for the bride to arrive for the biggest day of her life so far © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Harry and William removed their hats as they waited for the bride to arrive for the biggest day of her life so far

Harry and William removed their hats as they waited for the bride to arrive for the biggest day of her life so far

Elizabeth II et al. sitting on a table: Her Royal Highness: The Queen takes her seat with husband Prince Phillip, who recently underwent a hip transplant © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Her Royal Highness: The Queen takes her seat with husband Prince Phillip, who recently underwent a hip transplant

Her Royal Highness: The Queen takes her seat with husband Prince Phillip, who recently underwent a hip transplant 

a person standing in front of a car: Father of the groom: Prince Charles steps out of his chauffeur-driven car as he is due to walk Miss Markle down the aisle in moments time © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Father of the groom: Prince Charles steps out of his chauffeur-driven car as he is due to walk Miss Markle down the aisle in moments time

Father of the groom: Prince Charles steps out of his chauffeur-driven car as he is due to walk Miss Markle down the aisle in moments time 

Prince Harry looked nervous as he arrived at St George's with his best man William but quickly warmed up waving and grinning at crowds before greeting guests inside and outside the chapel. 

Her mother Doria smiled and looked adoringly at her daughter in the back of her wedding car, again supporting her in the absence of her father Thomas Markle. 

Mother and daughter drove away in a Rolls-Royce Phantom IV, which was built and delivered to the Queen in 1950 and used by Kate Middleton for her trip to Westminster Abbey when she married William seven years ago.

The couple have invited 2,000 guests and have needed more than three hours to fill the church with friends including actor Tom Hardy, Carey Mulligan, tennis player Serena Williams and many of Meghan's Suits co-stars all there.

Harry's ex-girlfriends Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas were also invited and joined the Middletons and his uncle Earl Spencer in the giant congregation.

Royals including the Queen and Prince Charles - who will walk Meghan down the aisle after her father dropped out - will be the last to arrive before Harry, William and finally Meghan, who will enter the church alone.

Princess Diana's son's whirlwind romance with the US-born actress, 36, has captured the public's imagination and they will become the Duke and Duchess of Sussex when they marry. 

After a secret six-month relationship the couple went public and later confirmed they got engaged in November when he proposed while roasting a chicken in his Kensington Palace flat. 

Their big day is finally here after a week of turmoil for Meghan after her father pulled out at the last minute and her estranged relatives flooded into the UK to cash in on her big day.  

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Her mother Doria smiled and looked adoringly at her daughter in the back of her wedding car, again supporting her in the absence of her father Thomas Markle

a person holding a yellow umbrella: George and Amal Clooney are among the A-listers packing out Harry and Meghan's wedding in an extraordinary celebrity showing © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited George and Amal Clooney are among the A-listers packing out Harry and Meghan's wedding in an extraordinary celebrity showing a couple of people that are standing in the street: The Beckhams © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Beckhams

George and Amal Clooney and David and Victoria Beckham are among the A-listers packing out Harry and Meghan's wedding in an extraordinary celebrity showing

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: Famous face: Rock and roll legend Elton John chats away amid rumours he will performing at the exclusive reception party hosted by Prince Charles at Frogmore House later tonight © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Famous face: Rock and roll legend Elton John chats away amid rumours he will performing at the exclusive reception party hosted by Prince Charles at Frogmore House later tonight

Famous face: Rock and roll legend Elton John chats away amid rumours he will performing at the exclusive reception party hosted by Prince Charles at Frogmore House later tonight 

a person sitting in a restaurant: Ready and waiting: Prince Harry's cousin Zara Phillips sits alongside her husband the former England rugby captain Mike Tinall (right) who joked yesterday he was snubbed from his pal Harry's stag-do © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ready and waiting: Prince Harry's cousin Zara Phillips sits alongside her husband the former England rugby captain Mike Tinall (right) who joked yesterday he was snubbed from his pal Harry's stag-do

Ready and waiting: Prince Harry's cousin Zara Phillips sits alongside her husband the former England rugby captain Mike Tinall (right) who joked yesterday he was snubbed from his pal Harry's stag-do 

a person taking a selfie: No fascinator this time: Princess Beatrice, who debuted an extravagant fascinator at Prince Wills' wedding in 2011, shows off her gorgeous green headwear as she sits waiting for cousin Harry to arrive at the church © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited No fascinator this time: Princess Beatrice, who debuted an extravagant fascinator at Prince Wills' wedding in 2011, shows off her gorgeous green headwear as she sits waiting for cousin Harry to arrive at the church

No fascinator this time: Princess Beatrice, who debuted an extravagant fascinator at Prince Wills' wedding in 2011, shows off her gorgeous green headwear as she sits waiting for cousin Harry to arrive at the church 

a group of people sitting at a table with wine glasses: Aunty's approval: Princess Anne, wearing a silk dress with wrap detailing, looks out onto the church as she waits to see her nephew arrive © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Aunty's approval: Princess Anne, wearing a silk dress with wrap detailing, looks out onto the church as she waits to see her nephew arrive

Aunty's approval: Princess Anne, wearing a silk dress with wrap detailing, looks out onto the church as she waits to see her nephew arrive 

a group of people in a room: Taking their seats: The guests begin to take their place at St George's Chapel less than an hour before the ceremony is due to start © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Taking their seats: The guests begin to take their place at St George's Chapel less than an hour before the ceremony is due to start

Taking their seats: The guests begin to take their place at St George's Chapel less than an hour before the ceremony is due to start 

a group of people walking in front of a crowd: Ready for a wedding: Guests have now almost entirely filled the medieval chapel as the countdown to Prince Harry's arrival begins © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Ready for a wedding: Guests have now almost entirely filled the medieval chapel as the countdown to Prince Harry's arrival begins

Church fills: Hollywood's finest mingle with English aristocracy as the ancient chapel of St George in the grounds of Windsor Castle slowly fills ahead of the midday wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle  

Cheers and applause erupted at the West Door as Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge arrived at St George's Chapel.

The bridegroom and his best man were met by the Dean of Windsor.

They stopped for a few moments and had a brief conversation, before walking inside.

Harry, looking dapper in his frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals, walked up the aisle with his best man and was seen acknowledging a guest in the congregation with a nod.

Both Harry and the Duke of Cambridge are wearing the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals.

The Queen gave her permission for her grandson to get married in his uniform, Kensington Palace said.

Both uniforms were tailored at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row.

George Clooney wearing a suit and hat standing next to a woman: Tinseltown's finest: Hollywood legend George Clooney paid tribute to his wife's yellow gown with an accented tie and handkerchief © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tinseltown's finest: Hollywood legend George Clooney paid tribute to his wife's yellow gown with an accented tie and handkerchief

Tinseltown's finest: Hollywood legend George Clooney paid tribute to his wife's yellow gown with an accented tie and handkerchief  

a person standing in front of a building: Hollywood royalty George Clooney and his wife Amal arrive for the wedding of the year today to see friends Harry and Meghan marry © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hollywood royalty George Clooney and his wife Amal arrive for the wedding of the year today to see friends Harry and Meghan marry a group of people posing for the camera: Hollywood royalty George Clooney and his wife Amal arrive for the wedding of the year today to see friends Harry and Meghan marry © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hollywood royalty George Clooney and his wife Amal arrive for the wedding of the year today to see friends Harry and Meghan marry

Hollywood royalty George Clooney and his wife Amal arrive for the wedding of the year today to see friends Harry and Meghan marry

a couple of people that are talking to each other: Pop royalty: No high-profile wedding would be complete without an appearance from stylish Beckhams, who today did not disappoint, with Posh donning killer red heels to team with a dark dress while her sartorially-sound-hubby wears a stylish suit © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pop royalty: No high-profile wedding would be complete without an appearance from stylish Beckhams, who today did not disappoint, with Posh donning killer red heels to team with a dark dress while her sartorially-sound-hubby wears a stylish suit

Pop royalty: No high-profile wedding would be complete without an appearance from stylish Beckhams, who today did not disappoint, with Posh donning killer red heels to team with a dark dress while her sartorially-sound-hubby wears a stylish suit

The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson was the first royal to arrive at the wedding of the decade © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson was the first royal to arrive at the wedding of the decade

The Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson was the first royal to arrive at the wedding of the decade  

a group of people posing for the camera: Idris Elba and his girlfriend are among the famous stars to arrive at St George's Chapel in Windsor today

Idris Elba and his girlfriend are among the famous stars to arrive at St George's Chapel in Windsor today
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Idris Elba and his girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre are among the famous stars to arrive at St George's Chapel in Windsor today

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The Tindalls: Mike Tindall and his wife Zara, who is heavily pregnant, looked happy as they arrived laughing and smiling

a man wearing a suit and tie standing next to a woman: Pregnant Pippa Middleton and her husband James arrived at the steps of the church just after 10.30 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Pregnant Pippa Middleton and her husband James arrived at the steps of the church just after 10.30

Pregnant Pippa Middleton and her husband James arrived at the steps of the church just after 10.30

a group of people posing for the camera: Harry's uncle Earl Spencer and his wife are also at the ceremony in Windsor this morning © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Harry's uncle Earl Spencer and his wife are also at the ceremony in Windsor this morning

Harry's uncle Earl Spencer and his wife are also at the ceremony in Windsor this morning

a person wearing a suit and tie: Oprah Winfrey has made the guest list and is seen arriving at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Oprah Winfrey has made the guest list and is seen arriving at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding a group of people walking down a street: Oprah Winfrey has made the guest list and is seen arriving at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Oprah Winfrey has made the guest list and is seen arriving at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding

Oprah Winfrey has made the guest list and is seen arriving at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding

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En-route! Prince Harry leaves Coworth Park Hotel for his royal wedding after his last night of freedom with best man Prince William

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: One member of the adoring crowd gave Harry what is possibly his and Meghan's first wedding present - a fluffy teddy bear © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited One member of the adoring crowd gave Harry what is possibly his and Meghan's first wedding present - a fluffy teddy bear

Last night Harry shook hands with fans and spoke to children in the crowd before he went for his last night of freedom 

Meghan Markle taking a selfie in a car posing for the camera: Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, arriving at Cliveden House Hotel this evening © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, arriving at Cliveden House Hotel this evening

Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, arriving at Cliveden House Hotel last night

Tens of thousands of royal fans are in the Berkshire town to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom, as police have effectively created a £30million ring of steel around the castle in a massive security operation.

Many slept on the streets and more have left their homes in the middle of the night or travelled from across the world to see them.

Revellers wearing wedding dresses, union and American flags and other outlandish outfits have been popping Champagne and prosecco since 8am or earlier as they toast the happy couple.

The official 10 Downing Street Twitter account posted a message to the couple from Theresa May, saying: 'My very best wishes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day. To all of those joining the national celebration with street parties and other events, have a wonderful day.' 

a group of people posing for the camera: New look: British actor Tom Hardy debuts his newly-shaved head as he holds hands with partner Charlotte Riley as they head in to the chapel © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited New look: British actor Tom Hardy debuts his newly-shaved head as he holds hands with partner Charlotte Riley as they head in to the chapel

New look: British actor Tom Hardy debuts his newly-shaved head as he holds hands with partner Charlotte Riley as they head in to the chapel 

a group of people walking down a street: Funny man: Gavin and Stacey creator and US TV host James Corden grins and gives thumbs up to the crowds of cheering fans as he heads towards the church with his partner © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Funny man: Gavin and Stacey creator and US TV host James Corden grins and gives thumbs up to the crowds of cheering fans as he heads towards the church with his partner

Funny man: Gavin and Stacey creator and US TV host James Corden grins and gives thumbs up to the crowds of cheering fans as he heads towards the church with his partner 

a person wearing a suit and tie: British stars: The Great Gatsby actress Carey Mulligan and husband Marcus Mumford, of Mumford and Sons join a host of celebrities and public figures for the star-studded wedding guestlist © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited British stars: The Great Gatsby actress Carey Mulligan and husband Marcus Mumford, of Mumford and Sons join a host of celebrities and public figures for the star-studded wedding guestlist

British stars: The Great Gatsby actress Carey Mulligan and husband Marcus Mumford, of Mumford and Sons join a host of celebrities and public figures for the star-studded wedding guestlist 

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: Music men: Elton John wearing his signature glasses chats to guests with Beautiful singer James Blunt (far left) and John's partner David Furnish (right) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Music men: Elton John wearing his signature glasses chats to guests with Beautiful singer James Blunt (far left) and John's partner David Furnish (right)

Music men: Elton John wearing his signature glasses chats to guests with Beautiful singer James Blunt (far left) and John's partner David Furnish (right) 

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Style icon: A suave-looking David Beckham smiled as he strode towards St George's Chapel wearing a pair of designer sunglasses with a sharp three-piece suit. The former England captain covered up his tattoos for the occasion with just the ink on his hands visible  

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Familiar faces: Carol Middleton and Michael Middleton head towards the chapel to watch their son-in-law's brother marry Meghan Markle this afternoon © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Familiar faces: Carol Middleton and Michael Middleton head towards the chapel to watch their son-in-law's brother marry Meghan Markle this afternoon

Familiar faces: Carol Middleton and Michael Middleton head towards the chapel to watch their son-in-law's brother marry Meghan Markle this afternoon 

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The Middletons: The Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton (left) and brother James Middleton are among the extended family members invited to today's nuptials 

Idris Elba wearing a suit and hat standing next to a woman: Idris Elba and his fiancee Sabrina Dhowre have been invited to the wedding and arrive at St George's Chapel in Windsor © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Idris Elba and his fiancee Sabrina Dhowre have been invited to the wedding and arrive at St George's Chapel in Windsor

Idris Elba and his fiancee Sabrina Dhowre have been invited to the wedding and arrive at St George's Chapel in Windsor

a person standing in front of a building: Prince Harry's ex girlfriend Chelsy Davy is seen leaving for the wedding. The South African was in an on-off relationship with the prince for seven years © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Prince Harry's ex girlfriend Chelsy Davy is seen leaving for the wedding. The South African was in an on-off relationship with the prince for seven years a woman standing in front of a building © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

Prince Harry's ex girlfriend Chelsy Davy is seen leaving for the wedding. The South African was in an on-off relationship with the prince for seven years and Pippa Middleton is also on her way

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Harry's family Eliza Spencer, Louis Spencer, Victoria Aitken and Kitty Spencer arrive at St George's Chapel © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Harry's family Eliza Spencer, Louis Spencer, Victoria Aitken and Kitty Spencer arrive at St George's Chapel

Harry's family Eliza Spencer, Louis Spencer, Victoria Aitken and Kitty Spencer arrive at St George's Chapel

a woman standing in front of a crowd: Floral gown: Lady Kitty Spencer, right, photographed outside St George's Chapel as she waits to enter for the ceremony © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Floral gown: Lady Kitty Spencer, right, photographed outside St George's Chapel as she waits to enter for the ceremony

Floral gown: Lady Kitty Spencer, right, photographed outside St George's Chapel as she waits to enter for the ceremony 

a person standing in front of a crowd: A vision in green: Lady Kitty Spencer opts for an elegant fascinator paired with discrete diamond earrings and necklace for her cousin's wedding this afternoon © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A vision in green: Lady Kitty Spencer opts for an elegant fascinator paired with discrete diamond earrings and necklace for her cousin's wedding this afternoon

A vision in green: Lady Kitty Spencer opts for an elegant fascinator paired with discrete diamond earrings and necklace for her cousin's wedding this afternoon

a couple of people that are talking to each other: Rugby star James Haskell and Chloe Madeley, the daughter of Richard and Judy, arrive for the wedding © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Rugby star James Haskell and Chloe Madeley, the daughter of Richard and Judy, arrive for the wedding a couple of people that are talking to each other © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited

Rugby star James Haskell and Chloe Madeley, the daughter of Richard and Judy, arrive for the wedding along with Lady Edwina Louise Grosvenor and TV historian Dan Snow

a person wearing a suit and tie: Smart attire: The Duchess of Cornwall's son Tom Parker Bowles opted for a classic morning suit with patterned tie © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Smart attire: The Duchess of Cornwall's son Tom Parker Bowles opted for a classic morning suit with patterned tie

Smart attire: The Duchess of Cornwall's son Tom Parker Bowles opted for a classic morning suit with patterned tie

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Harry's 'wing man' Tom Inskip arrives at the ceremony with his wife Augusta Boyle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Harry's 'wing man' Tom Inskip arrives at the ceremony with his wife Augusta Boyle

Harry's 'wing man' Tom Inskip arrives at the ceremony with his wife Augusta Boyle

James Blunt walking down a street: James Blunt and his wife Sofia Wellesley are among the huge stars who have been invited by Meghan and Harry today © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited James Blunt and his wife Sofia Wellesley are among the huge stars who have been invited by Meghan and Harry today

James Blunt and his wife Sofia Wellesley are among the huge stars who have been invited by Meghan and Harry today

a group of people standing next to a person: Charles Spencer arrives with his wife Karen for the royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at Windsor Castle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Charles Spencer arrives with his wife Karen for the royal wedding between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at Windsor Castle a couple of people that are talking to each other: Nicholas Soames arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Nicholas Soames arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry

Nicholas Soames (right) along with Charles Spencer and his wife Karen (left) arrive in the Berkshire town ahead of the royal wedding

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Guests are gathering inside the famous chapel where Meghan will enter alone in just a few hours

The Archbishop of Canterbury, who will be officiating the ceremony in Windsor, tweeted: 'Praying for Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle today. May it be a day of joy and celebration as they commit their lives to each other before God - and may we all share in that joy with them.'

Meghan has spent her last night of freedom at the Cliveden House Hotel around 25 minutes from Windsor Castle where she will next see Prince Harry at the altar of St George's Chapel.

Last night she looked stunning as she arrived with her mother Doria Ragland, 62, after enjoying afternoon tea with the Queen.

Meanwhile her husband-to-be and Prince William enjoyed a walkabout through Windsor to meet the thousands of well-wishers who have gathered to see him get married.

As she walked into the hotel wearing a £1,350 navy Roland Mouret Barwick dress she grinned as she told waiting royal fans that she felt 'wonderful, thank you' ahead of the biggest day of her life.

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Guests are colourfully dressed for the wedding of the decade set to be watched by millions

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Harry's friends Delfina Blaquier and Argentinian polo star Nacho Figueras arrive at the wedding along with more than 2,000 others attending the big day

Paul Burrell et al. standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Diana's former butler Paul Burrell appears to struggle to gain access to the grounds of Windsor Castle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Diana's former butler Paul Burrell appears to struggle to gain access to the grounds of Windsor Castle

Diana's former butler Paul Burrell appears to struggle to gain access to the grounds of Windsor Castle 

a group of police officers riding on the back of a motorcycle: A police escort takes an empty wedding car set to be used in today's big event to the gates of the castle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A police escort takes an empty wedding car set to be used in today's big event to the gates of the castle

A police escort takes an empty wedding car set to be used in today's big event to the gates of the castle

a group of people walking in front of a crowd: The Queen's Guard band marches between enthusiastic crowds in the Berkshire town ahead of the royal wedding © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Queen's Guard band marches between enthusiastic crowds in the Berkshire town ahead of the royal wedding

The Queen's Guard band marches between enthusiastic crowds in the Berkshire town ahead of the royal wedding

Beaming Meghan also gathered her closest friends, her dress designer and hairdresser to join her in £1,500-a-night rooms last night.

This morning she will leave for Windsor Castle with Doria before she travels alone to St George's Chapel where she will finally marry Prince Harry as millions watch around the world. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - a title not handed out for more than 150 years.

The Queen has conferred the titles on her grandson and his bride-to-be as they prepare to walk down the aisle at St George's Chapel, Windsor today.

The royal groom was given a dukedom - the highest rank in the British peerage - to mark his marriage to Meghan Markle. 

American former actress Meghan will now become Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex on her marriage at the much-anticipated ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Harry also received Scottish and Northern Irish titles, becoming the Earl of of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel, which means Meghan will become the Countess of Dumbarton and Baroness Kilkeel.

All titles are in the gift of the Queen and it was up to the monarch to choose which one to bestow on her grandson and his new wife. 

St George's Chapel has been adorned with floral displays ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tying the knot.

The first pictures from inside the historic building show foliage, white peonies, white garden roses and other white blooms adorning the front of the organ loft, towering above the seats.

A central arch will serve to frame the royal couple as a congregation of family, friends and well-wishers watch them take their vows.

Two large arrangements also sit either side of the High Altar in the Windsor Castle chapel.

The display, which also features foxgloves with branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, also extends to outside the chapel, lining the West Steps and surrounding the West Door through which Meghan will enter the church.

The display has been carefully crafted by floral designer Philippa Craddock.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Huge crowds waving union flags have been there since the early hours or longer as they welcome the couple into married life © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Huge crowds waving union flags have been there since the early hours or longer as they welcome the couple into married life

Huge crowds waving union flags have been there since the early hours or longer as they welcome the couple into married life

a large crowd of people standing in front of a building: Crowds of royal enthusiasts have gathered near Windsor Castle hoping to catch a glimpse of the guests and wedding party © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Crowds of royal enthusiasts have gathered near Windsor Castle hoping to catch a glimpse of the guests and wedding party

Crowds of royal enthusiasts have gathered near Windsor Castle hoping to catch a glimpse of the guests and wedding party

a group of people walking down the street in front of a crowd: Royal fans are lining the streets of the Berkshire town all hoping to catch a glimpse of the newly married royal couple when their carriage ride's along the route © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Royal fans are lining the streets of the Berkshire town all hoping to catch a glimpse of the newly married royal couple when their carriage ride's along the route

Royal fans are lining the streets of the Berkshire town all hoping to catch a glimpse of the newly married royal couple when their carriage ride's along the route

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry are posing for a picture: Royal enthusiasts pictured on the Long Walk ahead of the royal wedding wearing Union Jack flags and a Queen's Guard outfit © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Royal enthusiasts pictured on the Long Walk ahead of the royal wedding wearing Union Jack flags and a Queen's Guard outfit

Royal enthusiasts pictured on the Long Walk ahead of the royal wedding wearing Union Jack flags and a Queen's Guard outfit  

a group of people jumping in the air: Fans from Britain and America have travelled to the small Berkshire town to be part of the huge event © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Fans from Britain and America have travelled to the small Berkshire town to be part of the huge event

Fans from Britain and America have travelled to the small Berkshire town to be part of the huge event 

a group of people posing for the camera: Up to 100,000 people are flooding into Windsor today to see Harry and Meghan marry today © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Up to 100,000 people are flooding into Windsor today to see Harry and Meghan marry today

Up to 100,000 people are flooding into Windsor today to see Harry and Meghan marry today

a large room: Beautiful greenery and flowers adorn the front of the organ loft inside St George's Chapel ready for the bride and groom © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Beautiful greenery and flowers adorn the front of the organ loft inside St George's Chapel ready for the bride and groom

Beautiful greenery and flowers adorn the front of the organ loft inside St George's Chapel ready for the bride and groom

a large stone building: Flowers and foliage surround the West Door and steps of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Flowers and foliage surround the West Door and steps of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle

Flowers and foliage surround the West Door and steps of St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle

a close up of a newspaper: This is the order of service for today's wedding ceremony, which was printed before Thomas Markle's name could be removed © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited This is the order of service for today's wedding ceremony, which was printed before Thomas Markle's name could be removed

This is the order of service for today's wedding ceremony, which was printed before Thomas Markle's name could be removed 

At the end of a dramatic week, sources said Harry and Meghan had just wanted to focus on their big day.

'They are just so in love and while it has been a hugely emotional week for Meghan in terms of her father, who she is still deeply concerned about, they now want to focus on the day,' they said. 'It's a huge moment for them … and they just want people to enjoy the day.'

Another added: 'Honestly, I have never seen him so happy. He is just besotted and cannot wait to make Meghan his wife.'

With Mr Markle, a former Hollywood lighting director, recovering from surgery to fit a heart stent, Kensington Palace announced yesterday that Prince Charles would walk his future daughter-in-law to the altar. Sources close to the prince, who will wear a morning suit, said he was 'deeply touched' to have been asked.

'It wasn't something he raised at all … the couple came to him,' they said. The source added that Charles had met Miss Markle several times and appeared to have struck up a very 'genuine bond' with her and now her mother.

Both he and the Duchess of Cornwall seemed delighted by their meeting with Miss Ragland on Wednesday at Clarence House.

Miss Markle has always insisted she wanted to arrive at the chapel on her own, even when her father was involved. She was also insistent that she would not be 'given away'.

It is believed that, as a divorcee in her 30s and a feminist, the future royal believed it wasn't appropriate. At noon today, Charles will await her at the start of the Quire, halfway down the 15th-century chapel, instead of the steps of the building.

Miss Markle will arrive in the castle's quadrangle with her mother at about 11.25am in one of the Queen's cars. Miss Ragland, a social worker and yoga instructor, is believed to be the only member of Miss Markle's family attending.

Miss Ragland will then transfer to another vehicle and be driven to the Galilee porch, used by the royal family, where she will arrive shortly before Charles and the Queen.

Miss Markle will be joined by her bridesmaids and page boys, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte – and will be greeted at the steps to the West Door, decorated with exquisite spring blooms, by the Dean of Windsor, who will walk ahead of her into the church.

Last night Mr Markle told US website TMZ he gave the arrangements his blessing. He said he was 'honoured and grateful' that Charles had stepped in and his daughter had called him personally to tell him.

Kensington Palace said: 'The Order of Service was produced before it became clear Mr Thomas Markle would be unable to attend the wedding … some aspects will be different to what has been printed.' 

Stand By Me will be among the hymns in a modern order of service as Prince Harry ties the knot with Meghan Markle in today's long-awaited royal wedding.

The plans for the ceremony at St George's Chapel, Windsor, include modern wording of the marriage vows along with the hymn Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer which was played at Princess Diana's funeral. Diana's sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, will also give a reading.

Meghan will not promise to 'obey' Prince Harry, in a contemporary version of the vows using modern language such as 'you' rather than 'thee'.

The Duchess of Cambridge did not promise to 'obey' Prince William in 2011, and neither did Harry's mother the Princess of Wales in 1981 when she married the Prince of Wales.

In a nod to the transatlantic nature of the marriage, the Most Reverend Michael Curry, head of the Episcopal Church in the United States, will give the sermon.

However the order of service was produced before it became clear that Meghan's father, Thomas Markle, would be unable to attend, and still mentions his name. There was not enough time to reprint the 600 copies of the 20-page A4 Order of Service.

Although the ceremony in the gothic surrounds of Windsor Castle's chapel is deeply religious, the service will use the words from the more up to date Marriage Service from Common Worship (2000), which features modern language, such as 'you' rather than 'thee' or 'thou'.

The prince and his American former actress bride will pledge themselves to one another 'for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part'.

In The Declarations part of the service, they will also promise to love, comfort, honour, and protect one another and be faithful to one another for the rest of their lives.

Kensington Palace said 'like any couple getting married, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have taken a great deal of care in selecting all elements for their service.' 

Yesterday, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who will officiate, said Prince Charles was 'someone of great care and affection'. He added: 'He's a very warm person and that he's doing this is a sign of his love and concern and support. I think it's wonderful. It's beautiful.'

Bishop Michael Curry, primate of the US Episcopal Church, who will give an address, said 'different worlds are being brought together' by the marriage.   

Millions around the world are watching but America has been gripped by 'Meghan mania' – and US broadcasters have gone to extraordinary lengths to provide the best possible coverage for their viewers.

With prime broadcasting spots given to British TV, American networks have 'annexed' several guesthouses and hotels around Windsor Castle.

NBC is said to have 'taken over' the Macdonald Windsor Hotel, opposite the castle, with a team of around 300.

The broadcaster has built an 'Olympic stadium'-like studio on the rooftop to achieve the best backdrops and have a view of the castle in the background.

Yesterday Meghan Markle's co-stars from the TV legal drama Suits appeared in the studio to tell viewers back home how she revealed her romance with Prince Harry.

Meanwhile, rival networks ABC and CBS are said to have removed windows from rooms at the front of the Harte & Garter hotel at great expense to create the best shots.

And a two-storey temporary media centre has been set up on the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park solely for US journalists to broadcast to fascinated viewers back home.

Broadcasters are devoting huge amounts of air time to programmes before and after the wedding, and most are broadcasting or streaming the ceremony live.

In 2011, the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was watched by 23million Americans even though it was the middle of the night for many in the US.

But viewing figures are expected to be much higher for Prince Harry and Miss Markle's ceremony today.  

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