Under blue skies and sunshine, Prince Harry and U.S. actress Meghan Markle got married on Saturday. Millions of viewers worldwide watched the event on television and on the Internet.
An estimated 100.000 people had secured a place on the side of the road early in Windsor to cheer the royal couple. Windsor Castle is one of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II.
The ceremony was performed by the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who had also prepared the couple for the wedding. Meghan Markle had been baptized before the wedding to become a member of the Church of England.
The U.S. Bishop Michael Curry, who is known as a charismatic preacher and who stands in the tradition of the Gospel, gave a blazing sermon about the power of love. He began by quoting black human rights activist Martin Luther King: "We need to discover the power of love. If we do this, then we are able to make of this old world a new one. Love is the only way."
What if love was the driving force?
The fact that Curry gave the sermon is at the request of the couple, as the royal family announced last week. He is the first black bishop to preside over the Episcopal Church in the United States. Like the Church of England, the latter belongs to the Anglican Communion of Churches. Curry has repeatedly spoken out on social ies and supports the church's blessing of homosexual couples, as allowed by the Episcopal Church. The charismatic bishop challenged people to imagine what a world could look like if love was the driving force.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, married the couple afterwards. Guests at the wedding ceremony included the royal family and Meghan's mother, as well as many celebrities – including U.S. host Oprah Winfrey, British footballer David Beckham and his wife Victoria Beckham. Hollywood actor George Clooney and his wife, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, also attended the service.
Street parties for the bride and groom
The bride and groom were greeted after the wedding ceremony by the many cheering in the streets as they rode through the town of Windsor in a carriage drawn by four horses. Street parties and neighborhood picnics were also held across the country to celebrate the royal wedding.