Meghan Markle has married Prince Harry in a moving service that saw the newlyweds sharing tears, laughter and a passionate kiss in front of their thousands of adoring guests.
Harry was visibly emotional when he saw his bride for the first time in her simple but beautiful pure white dress and then grabbed his bride’s hand and told her: ‘You look amazing – I missed you’.
He also 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 before being pronounced man and wife by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in an extraordinarily moving ceremony watched by millions around the world.
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. Britain’s royals including the Queen and Prince Philip were also there to support them.
The service had a distinctly American feel with a US bishop delivering a passionate address that appeared to make some of British royals snigger and a gospel choir filling the chapel with music.
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.
Meghan’s delicate veil was five metres long and made from silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza, with her two pageboys carrying the ends as she made her way up the steps.
Her hair was up and she wore the glittering Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau tiara, loaned to her by the Queen.
It is 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.
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.
David Emanuel, who designed Diana, Princess of Wales’s dress for her wedding to the Prince of Wales in 1981, said of Meghan Markle’s outfit: ‘The bride is simplicity herself.’
He added: ‘The dress is as I predicted – simple, stylish, elegant and understated.
‘I think the story is in the silk jewelled veil – it encompasses all the Commonwealth flowers, which I think is very clever.’
Asked what he thought Harry’s late mother would have said about the dress, Mr Emanuel said: ‘I think Diana would have approved.’
There was a hush around the chapel as the wedding ceremony began and the crowds listened intently as the Dean of Windsor, David Connor, started proceedings.
The silence was only broken by the rumble of aircraft passing overhead and the odd champagne cork popping.
The crowd in Horseshoe Cloister shouted a resounding ‘We will’ as the Archbishop of Canterbury posed the question inside St George’s Chapel as to whether the families and friends of Prince Harry and Meghan would support them in their marriage.