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The #RoyalWedding is over! From the Walk to the Sermon & First Kiss – Here are 6 Memorable Highlights

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How long have we been waiting and it’s finally here? The Royal Wedding!

Meghan Markle said “I will” to her Prince Charming, Prince Harry today at the St. George’s Chapel on the grounds of the Windsor Castle.

In front of 600 guests and millions of viewers from all over the world, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became Their Royal Highnesses Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Present at the event were several celebrities, including Oprah WinfreySerena Williams, Idris Elba, Amal and George ClooneyVictoria and David Beckham, and the stars from the TV show,  Suits. 

From Meghan’s walk down the aisle in that lovely dress, to she and her prince getting into their carriage – here are the highlights for the Royal Wedding.

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Meghan Markle being walked down the aisle by Prince Charles

Too much controversy followed the question of who would walk Meghan down the aisle.

Her father reportedly had a heart attack; then she released a statement revealing he would be absent from her wedding to focus on his health.

It had been rumoured that her mother Doria Ragland would walk her down the aisle instead, but her future father-in-law, Prince Charles, was the one who did, helping her gracefully.

The Sermon

A minister from the United States Michael Curry was the one who, surprisingly, gave the sermon at the Royal Wedding.

Michael Curry is the Episcopal Church’s first African-American leader.

The sermon was definitely a memorable one, with the reverend mentioning slave owners; he also opened and closed the sermon in the words of the great Martin Luther King.

“We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love,” he said.

The Exchanging of Vows

Meghan Markle had followed in the footsteps of Princess Diana and Kate Middleton by omitting the words “to obey” in her vow, sticking instead to “to have and to hold” and “to love and to cherish.”

Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir singing “Stand By Me”

Who would have thought we’d see an all-black choir singing at the Royal Wedding? No one!

Well, Karen Gibson and the Kingdom Choir were on hand to sing Ben E. King‘s 1961 classic hit “Stand By Me.

The song is a soulful meditation on love, and it was a beautiful thing to have it performed at the wedding.

The Cellist

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, winner of the BBC Young Musician, was on the cello as the orchestra performed right after the Archbishop of Canterbury delivered the Blessing of the Marriage, after they were proclaimed husband and wife. *tears*

The First Kiss

And what would a wedding be without the couple’s first kiss as husband and wife?

Viewers may have been worried after the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex exited the wedding hall without the Archbishop saying “You may now kiss the bride,” but this couple is not one to disappoint us, are they?

Before making their way down the steps, the couple quickly locked lips, right in front of thousands of fans watching outside the grounds.

A moment!

There you have it guys! Our favorite moments from The Royal Wedding. Check out @bellanaijaonline and @bellanaijaweddings on Instagram and @bellanaija on Twitter for all the coverage on the epic day.

12 Comments

  1. Na me talk am

    May 19, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Erm Aunty Bella Sheku is a cellist not a violinist.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      May 19, 2018 at 8:08 pm

      You just want to cry sometimes, at these things that Aunty Bella does. And with this being such a woke blog and all….

    • emma

      May 20, 2018 at 2:45 am

      Woke blog? lol what does that even mean…

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      May 20, 2018 at 12:21 pm

      I was being sarcastic. We’re often sold a certain perception here and the blog, in recent times, has been struggling to continue sustaining it.

      Maybe my patience is wearing thin, ignore the caustic tone.

    • Amaa

      May 20, 2018 at 3:02 pm

      When you will not pay for professionals to do you work. I had expected that BN will be a structured organization with proper staffing and accountability. The gaffe these days are beyond pardonable. I have lost interest.
      You are no longer a babe suckling . It is unacceptable to make these kinds of mistakes . If you want to play in the big leagues hire the best players . If not go to relegation. ?.

      The look on the British faces when the reverend spoke on slavery is priceless ,queen Eliza adjusted her self . The colonial master are uncomfortable about their past ?. I never knew these day would come .I expected more from her dress a little silver belt would have gone long way to add the needed ingredient to take the dress a tiny wee bit further .

      But looking at it now I love the simplicity the none attention seeking character of the dress. It’s refreshing, it says see me not the dress and I am loving it

  2. Mavi

    May 19, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    So beautiful, so joyful. I’m so happy that it went without a glitch after all the drama and embarrassment. I cried each time the camera panned to her gorgeous, dignified mom. What she must have suffered raising her, watching her struggles, supporting her, sending her strength, sitting all alone… Nothing is bigger than a mother’s love.

    As for the ‘Thunder Fire Pastor’, he made my day LOL! The faces on the royals nko, priceless!
    It’s really commendable that the Duchess didn’t shy away from her Black heritage.

  3. Fizzy

    May 19, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    My fav moment was when she walked up to him and he had this big smile on his face then whispered “you are beautiful”. I just. started to holla excitedly.

  4. Anon

    May 19, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    More memorable moments – singing of the hymn “Guide Me, O Thy Great Redeemer,” which was played during Diana’s funeral. He wiped tears from his left eye when this was played.

    His late Mum’s sister, Lady Fellowes read a passage at the ceremony.

  5. First

    May 19, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    The woman who sang as she walked in to church sand like an angel. Beautiful beautiful voice.

  6. Ahuri

    May 20, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Bella Naija ohhh that’s a Cellist not a violinist ohhhh… A cello is different from a violin. Abeg don’t fall my hand.

  7. scarlet

    May 20, 2018 at 1:51 am

    So Toke Makinwa did not attend the royal wedding ni?

    • Bia (The real Bia)

      May 20, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      Where you not conceived the same way Toke was? My badt you escaped from the torn condom. Y’all stop with the hate. Toke is a brand take it or leave it.

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