The Most Memorable Moments From Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Fairy Tale Wedding

Whether you woke up at dawn to see all the festivities and celebrity arrivals or simply caught the highlights later, you know that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding was a star-studded affair filled with so many amazing moments.

The royal event, seen by millions, left us with some great memes, viral videos, and the belief that fairy tales can come true. Here are some of the most memorable moments from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s big day.

Celebrity guests arrivals at Windsor Castle

Amal and George Clooney arrive at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle before the wedding. | Gareth Fuller/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Before the bride arrived at the chapel, all eyes were on the celebrities who attended the event. Some of Hollywood’s biggest names including George and Amal Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Sir Elton John, Priyanka Chopra, and the Beckhams, all showed up looking fashionable ahead of the wedding party.

Next: This is the moment we were all waiting for. 

First glimpse of Markle’s wedding dress

Her dress was stunning. | Jane Barlow/WPA Pool/Getty Images

At every wedding, guests cannot wait to see what dress the bride is wearing, and the royal wedding was no different. The crowd cheered as Markle stepped out of a black vehicle in an elegant Givenchy gown by British designer Clare Waight Keller.

A press release from the palace noted that the design of the dress was “true to the heritage of the house, the pure lines of the dress are achieved using six meticulously placed seams. The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasizes the slender sculpted waist.”

It continued to describe, “The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity.”

Next: The future king of England brought the bride to her prince. 

Prince Charles walked Markle down the aisle

Prince Charles stepped in to walk her down the aisle. | Clarence House via Twitter

There was some drama in the days leading up to the royal wedding about whether or not the bride’s father, Thomas Markle Sr., was going to walk her down the aisle. When Markle announced that he wouldn’t attend following heart surgery, Harry’s father, Prince Charles, took his place.

Markle entered the church and met the future king of England halfway down the aisle. He then took her arm and gave her away to his son.

Next: These were the sweetest moments. 

Prince Harry got emotional

He couldn’t have looked happier. | Jonathan Brady/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince Harry’s gestures and expressions throughout the ceremony were so touching. The prince got emotional when he saw Markle walking towards him and once she arrived at the alter, he whispered, “You look amazing,” and “I’m so lucky.”

Everyone also took notice that Harry didn’t want to let go of his bride’s hand and couldn’t help but steal several sweet glances of her during the sermon and readings.

Next: This is how Princess Diana’s presence was felt. 

Princess Diana’s sister gave reading

Lady Jane Fellowes, seen above left with Meghan Markle’s mom Doria Ragland, Prince Charles, and Camilla | Jane Barlow/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The couple wanted to make sure that the memory of Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, wasn’t lost during their big day so they had her older sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, give a reading from the Song of Solomon.

The rest of Diana’s family including Lady Kitty Spencer attended the event as well.

Next: This bishop delivered a powerful sermon. 

Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon

Bishop Michael Bruce Curry gave a touching reading during the wedding. | Owen Humphreys/POOL/AFP

After the wedding, people couldn’t stop talking about how Markle’s American roots were represented by a bishop from Chicago named Michael Curry. The reverend delivered a passionate 14-minute sermon in which he used the word “love” a total of 68 times.

The sermon was unlike any other given at a royal wedding, and while some guests looked confused by the Dr. King references and such, others including Harry’s cousin, Princess Beatrice, appeared to really enjoy the change.

Next: This isn’t what we expected to hear at a royal wedding. 

Choir singing ‘Stand By Me’

The choir gave a lovely performance at the wedding. | Owen Humphreys/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Another thing many of us didn’t expect to hear at a royal wedding was Ben E. King’s classic tune “Stand By Me.”

The song was sung by The Kingdom Choir and it was a rendition that seemed to move just about everyone in the chapel.

Next: The pair heard plenty of cheers from the crowd after this. 

The kiss outside the chapel

The two shared a sweet kiss. | Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Following the ceremony, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex exited the chapel and were greeted by onlookers gathered out front to see them.

After a moment, the newlyweds leaned in and kissed one another before the crowd burst into cheers. Then, the pair boarded a carriage for a ride around Windsor.

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