Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been proclaimed husband and wife after pledging their love to one another at a fairytale wedding at Windsor Castle. After a service watched by an estimated global TV audience of 1.9billion, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex emerged from the historic church set in the grounds of St George’s Chapel, beaming with delight.
Having walked his now daughter-in-law down the aisle, Prince Charles reduced guests to tears at the afternoon reception with a speech about his ‘darling old Harry’.They later left for the evening reception in ultimate style – taking a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero, which was originally manufactured in 1968 and has since been converted to electric power to Frogmore House in Windsor.
The car’s number plate bore the date of the wedding – E190518 – and Prince Harry proved he was the perfect gentleman as he opened the door of a vintage car to let his bride step in, as he drove her to their private evening reception in a scene akin to a James Bond film.
Earlier, at the top of the vast West Steps, where the West Door was decorated with hundreds of cream and white flowers and green foliage, Harry and his bride stopped and kissed to the delight of cheering onlookers. An estimated more than 100,000 well-wishers lined the streets of Windsor to cheer the newlyweds as they started their married life with a tour in an open-topped Ascot Landau carriage.
The Queen’s grandson and the American former actress, who is now an HRH and a member of the British royal family, said their vows in front of 600 guests including the monarch and more than 30 members of the Royal family. Ms Markle wore a stunning elegant white gown – with a white veil and boat neck – was created by British designer Clare Waight Keller, the first female Artistic Director at French fashion house Givenchy. Prince Harry and his best man the Duke of Cambridge are both wearing the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals.
As they met at the altar, Prince Harry told his bride “you look amazing”, to which Meghan replied “thank you”. The couple tenderly held hands and exchanged smiles during the wedding ceremony.
Ms Markle’s delicate veil was five metres (16ft) long and made from silk tulle, with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads, with two of her page boys carrying the ends as she made her way up the steps. Her hair was styled in an up do and she wore the glittering Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau tiara, loaned to her by the Queen. The pair set off on an open-top carriage ride through the streets of Windsor where an estimated more than 100,000 well-wishers had descended on the town for the royal nuptials.
As they paused on the steps, a smiling Ms Markle looked up at her new husband and asked: “Do we kiss?” Harry replied with a discreet: “Yeah.” The new Duke and Duchess travelled in the Ascot Landau waving to the thousands of royal fans lining the streets and up the Long Walk, with Ms Markle exclaiming “wow” at their rapturous welcome.As the horse-drawn carriage returned to Windsor Castle ready for a lunchtime reception in the magnificent St George’s Hall, Prince Harry quipped: “I’m ready for a drink now.”
Ahost of stars were invited to join the happy couple in the chapel including US chat show queen Oprah Winfrey, tennis champion Serena Williams, actor George Clooney and his barrister wife Amal Clooney, Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham and actor Idris Elba. Prince Harry and Ms Markle gazed into each other’s eyes as they exchanged vows. The Duke of Cambridge, in his role as best man, stepped forward to deliver the rings, with the couple smiling as they placed the bands on each other’s hands.
Unlike his brother, Prince Harry has chosen to wear a wedding ring.
Loud cheers could be heard from outside St George’s Chapel as the Archbishop of Canterbury proclaimed the couple husband and wife. Prince George and Princess Charlotte did not follow directly behind Harry and Meghan as they made their way back up the aisle, like the other bridesmaids and page boys.
Instead, the youngsters held the hand of their parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they made their way out of the chapel. Ms Markle has become the first mixed race person in modern history to marry a British senior royal. She found fame in the US legal drama Suits playing the character Rachel Zane, and a number of her former co-stars, including Patrick J Adams and Gabriel Macht, were there for her big day.
Penelope Cruz, Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart, the beauties of cinema arrive in Cannes
The hairstyles, the eyeshadows are dressed in natural shades and the lips become (almost) the object of art. Almost to recall the desire of that romantic kiss that exchange Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina in the film The bandit of the 11 by Jean-Luc Godard, manifesto of the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival.
The beauty looks on the Croisette are confirmed, already from the early evening, a series of strokes of class that the madness “sacred and profane” of the Met Gala 2018 react by giving us the fairy tale of impeccable make-up and elegant collections.
In short, a real taste lesson to the parisienne with that touch of Hollywood style that makes this red carpet one of the most admired of the year, always full of beautiful inspirations: «The red carpet will be invaded by apparently unstructured, unstructured hairstyles: like beach waves, low bun, ponytails. A big trend will also be the fringe: long, chic, short, we’ll see it everywhere “, tells us live from Cannes Stéphane Lancien, International Hairstylist of L’Oréal Paris.
While a few minutes from the start of the red carpet Simone Belli, National Makeup Artist L’Oréal Paris reveals what the trend make-up will be: «I predict smokey eyes with blue, red or purple notes. Obviously you will not give up even the less colored but always rather intriguing shades like those of bronze and black. The lips will certainly be present, in all their sensuality and elegance in the bright tones of red. And then the finish glow, an indelible form of many looks because it gives three-dimensionality and a very glamorous look. The secret to increasing its effect? Mix warm and cold tones on temples because it multiplies the particularity of the result making it easier to wear and with more facets ».
So, two weeks of film festival, with 21 films in competition, presided over by a jury of beautiful including Australian actress Cate Blanchett , president of the Official Selection, who reconfirms already from the first photocall her sophisticated blond blonde lob combined with a complexion porcelain, Kristen Stewart with her unmistakable rock tuft and Léa Seydoux who will hardly betray her beloved red lipstick.
To move the Croisette, in addition to a river of cinephiles, will be the arrival of national and international actors and actresses such as Penelope Cruz accompanied by her husband Javier Bardem, Emilia Clarke, Valeria Golino, Alba Rohrwacher, Riccardo Scamarcio, Annabelle Belmondo, Georgia May Jagger and many other tops and socialites. So, ready for this cine-beauty marathon?
The theme of this edition, inspired by the exhibition Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination , on the intertwining of fashion and Catholicism, and most of the guests – with the Hollywood gothic almost complete – took it literally. Competition of daring between Rihanna , in the paprika version, Katy Perry decorated by an angel and Sarah Jessica Parker , complete with a tabernacle on her head. The singer (pictured), who this year was chosen by Anna Wintour as one of the organizers of the Met Gala , did not make any compromises, along with John Galliano and the style office of Maison Margiela he decided to present himself with an ecclesiastical outfit, provocative in the lengths (with corset and minidress half-covered by a long skirt), sumptuous in decorations, with precious stones and jewels, and a real papal tiara, the headgear used by the Popes starting from Middle Ages until the 20th century. The flashes of the photographers were however able to indulge also with the clerical outfits of Madonna (in the black gothic style dress of Jean Paul Gaultier with a crown just from Madonna), Sarah Jessica Parker (with baroque dress and long train of Dolce & Gabbana and a votive tabernacle worn on long hair), Cardi B , squeezed into a long Moschino dress with a celestial crown, and Katy Perry, theatrical in her Versace minidress with spectacular feathered wings. The singer Ariana Grande has even reproduced on the Vera Wang signed the Last Judgment of Michelangelo , while the trio Alessandro Michele , Lana del Rey and Jared Leto opted for three white and blue Gucci looks with decorations that recalled liturgical vestments. Filed the worldly red carpet hangover, now the eyes are on the show, which will open to the public on May 10: edited by Andrew Bolton, required years of preparation, even for long negotiations with the Vatican, which has lent some works. The main sponsors are the spouses Schwarzman of New York ( Stephen Allen Schwarzman is the co-founder and CEO of Blackstone) , very devoted to Pope Francis .