Diana’s eldest sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, is now offering a reading from the Song of Solomon.
She also gave a reading at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997, and has rarely made public appearances since her sister’s death.
Queen Elizabeth lent Meghan Markle the tiara she’s wearing today, Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau. It was made in 1932, with the entre brooch dating back to 1893, the palace says.
Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition.
At the High Altar, David Conner, the Dean of Windsor, is greeting the congregation.
Meghan Markle decided not to chaperoned for much of the procession down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel, and walked down part of it alone.
An orchestra and trumpeter played as soprano Elin Manahan Thomas sang “Eternal Source of Light Divine” by George Frederick Handel, casting an ethereal and haunting atmosphere over the start of the ceremony.
Meghan Markle rode to the chapel with the twin sons of her best friend, well-known Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney.
The 7-year-old Mulroney twins, Brian and John, followed with Meghan’s dress.
Meghan Markle just got to the chapel. She’s wearing a dress by British designer Clare Waight Keller.
According to Kensington Palace, Meghan wanted to have a veil that represented “all 53 countries of the Commonwealth” for “her journey through the ceremony.”
The bridesmaids and page boys — all children — just arrived at the chapel. They were accompanied by their mothers.
Princess Charlotte and Prince George, Prince Harry’s niece and nephew, were among them, with their mother, Catherine.
Queen Elizabeth just pulled up to the chapel for the royal wedding with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
The British monarch is wearing a delicately flared dress in lime, lemon, purple and gray printed silk, designed by Stuart Parvin. She has completed the outfit with an Angela Kelly hat, using the same lime silk tweed with sinamay and adorned across the crown with handmade lace crystals and pearls made by Lucy Price.
Her brooch is The Richmond Diamond Brooch with pearl drop.
The Duke of Edinburgh is wearing a morning suit.
Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles, is arriving at the chapel alongside his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
Doria Ragland, the bride’s mother, has arrived at the chapel. She entered via the Galilee Porch.
She rode with Meghan to the chapel, but got out after the car drove past the crowd at the long walk.
Meghan Markle will make a striking feminist statement in her wedding today: She has chosen not to be chaperoned for much of the procession down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, CNN has learned.
Markle will walk unescorted down the aisle of the chapel nave, after being met at the West Door by a member of the clergy. She will be accompanied in this first part of the wedding procession only by her bridesmaids and page boys, with the senior church figure walking ahead.
Prince Charles will join her when she reaches the Quire, the section of the Chapel where the main royal guests will be seated. The Prince — Harry’s father — will walk Markle down the Quire aisle to the foot of the altar.
But Charles will not give her away to her husband-to-be in the traditional sense.instead, he will stand back as Markle approaches Prince Harry.
This is an unprecedented step for a royal bride in the UK. CNN understands that Markle came up with the plan herself. No other royal bride in the UK has walked unescorted down the aisle at their wedding ceremony. Markle’s decision indicates that she wishes to assert herself as a strong, independent woman who is prepared to challenge royal norms.
Meghan Markle’s car has arrived at the long walk of Windsor Castle. The walk is lined with cheering crowds.
After driving up the walk, her mom will get out of the car, and her bridesmaids — who are all young children — will get in.
Sarah Ferguson, Harry’s aunt who is divorced from Prince Andrew, is at today’s wedding. She’s wearing a dress with pink trim.
Ferguson wasn’t invited to Prince William’s 2011 wedding. Her absence from the guest list was especially odd because her children, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, were invited.
Wearing Household Cavalry uniform, Prince Harry has arrived for his wedding day.
He is accompanied by his brother and best man, Prince William, who is also wearing a cavalry uniform.
Both are wearing the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals — a cavalry regiment of the British Army. The frockcoats are for those with the rank of Major, and they have large gold embroidered crowns on them.
Fun fact: The Queen had to give her permission for Harry to get married in his uniform.
Late Late Show host James Corden just arrived at the wedding venue with his wife.
As Meghan Markle makes her way to Windsor, members of the royal family have started to arrive at the chapel.
Harry’s cousin Peter Philips and wife Autumn; cousin Zara Tindall and husband Mike and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent kick off the first wave of royal family.
They are followed closely behind by Harry’s uncles, Princes Andrew and Edward, and his aunt, Princess Anne.
Meghan Markle has departed Cliveden House Hotel in Taplow — where she spent her final night as a single woman with her mother, Doria Ragland.
The pair are driving in a Rolls Royce, with the journey expected to take around 25 minutes.
Serena Williams, a close friend of Meghan Markle, is in the chapel.
She’s sitting in the Quire, the section that appears to be for family and other close friends. Oprah Winfrey is in that section, too.
Earlier today, Williams tweeted photos of her Versace outfit:
Actors Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley are arriving for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
British royal weddings are usually grand affairs of state, where presidents and prime ministers rub shoulders with obscure European monarchs.
This isn’t the case today in Windsor: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle opted not to invite political leaders to the event — unless they are friends of the couple.
One of those invited in a personal capacity is former British Prime Minister John Major, who was guardian to Prince Harry after his mother, Diana, died in 1997.
As expected, several of Meghan’s co-stars from “Suits” are in attendance. Her on-screen husband, actor Patrick J. Adams, has arrived to the chapel as well as Gabriel Macht, who plays Harvey Specter.
Several minutes earlier, Abigail Spencer, Sarah Rafferty and Gina Torres arrived.
Indian actress and winner of Miss World 2000, Priyanka Chopra, is arriving at the chapel wearing a gray Vivienne Westwood dress and, like Oprah, a Philip Treacy hat.
Meghan Markle will be joined today by six bridesmaids, including 3-year-old Princess Charlotte, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The youngest of the bridesmaids and page boys — chosen by Prince Harry and Markle — is 2 and the oldest is 7, Kensington Palace announced Wednesday.
Along with Princess Charlotte, the bridesmaids include…
- Two of Harry’s goddaughters
- Two goddaughters of Markle
- Ivy Mulroney, 4, whose mother is one of Markle’s close friends, Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney.
The four page boys are…
- Prince George, 4, oldest child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
- Harry’s godson Jasper Dyer
- Ivy Mulroney’s 7-year-old twin brothers, Brian and John
Appearing to make a somewhat sneaky entrance, Elton John is inside St. George’s Chapel with husband David Furnish talking to the Beckhams and James Blunt.
He’s wearing his trademark round sunglasses with a morning suit and blue tie.
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot today, there’s one person whose absence will be keenly felt: Diana, Princess of Wales.
But small details in the planning of the wedding make it clear that Harry wants his beloved mother’s presence to be felt.
- The jewels: Harry included two diamonds from his mother’s own jewelry collection in Markle’s engagement ring, which he designed himself, “to make sure she’s with us on this crazy journey together,” he said.
- The flowers: Harry and Markle’s chosen florist, Philippa Craddock, will be decking out the chapel with white garden roses, among other blooms. White roses were a favorite of Diana’s.
- The guests: The couple have invited Diana’s younger brother, Earl Charles Spencer, and her two older sisters, Lady Sarah and Lady Jane Fellowes, to the wedding. The latter has been chosen to give the reading at the ceremony.
Serena Williams, a close friend of Meghan Markles’s, posted a series of photos showing off her outfit for the wedding.
She is due to arrive at the chapel shortly.
David Beckham stopped to hug a fan, Amelia Thompson, on his way into today’s royal wedding.
Thompson is a survivor of the 2017 bombing at Manchester Arena. The attack happened durning an Ariana Grande concert.
Former footballer David Beckham and his fashion designer wife, Victoria Beckham, are arriving at the chapel. The couple waved as the waiting crowds cheer with David stopping briefly to hug a fan.
Walking behind them is former rugby union player Jonny Wilkinson.