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Fairytale Wedding: Harry And Meghan's Special Day Watched By Millions

In case you missed the wedding of the year, we've got your back.

What you need to know
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have become husband and wife
  • The couple is now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
  • After a lunch reception hosted by The Queen, the newlyweds' celebrations continued at a smaller private reception

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's fairytale wedding was sealed with a tender kiss on the steps of St George's Chapel.

Under bright spring sunshine, framed by white English flowers, the newlyweds paused and kissed to the cheers of the 1200 guests who had been invited to watch them leave.

Just minutes earlier, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, declared the couple husband and wife in a ceremony watched by 600 guests and millions worldwide.

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Their glittering union brings a measure of modern Hollywood glamour into the monarchy, reflected in a ceremony that combined modernity and the ancient rituals of a royal house that traces its line back to 1066.

Markle entered the chapel unescorted, dressed in a flowing white wedding gown created by British designer Clare Waight Keller and wearing a veil and diamond tiara.

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Prince Charles, heir to the throne and Harry's father, accompanied Markle to the altar from the middle of the chapel, with her father too ill to attend.

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Harry, looking nervous, appeared to say: "Thanks Pa" to Charles and "You look amazing!" to his beaming bride.

Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, 61, -- who travelled with her to the chapel -- shed tears as she sat alone across from the royal family. A gospel choir sang American soul singer Ben E. King's 1960s hit "Stand by me".

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"There's power in love," black US bishop Michael Bruce Curry told a congregation that included Queen Elizabeth, senior royals and celebrities such as US mogul Oprah Winfrey, singer Elton John, David Beckham and George Clooney.

"Do not underestimate it. Anyone who has ever fallen in love knows what I mean," Curry told the congregation in an energetic, passionate address that quoted US civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King.

The newlyweds will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, putting them in the senior ranks of British royalty.

Alongside tradition, there was innovation, by British royal standards. Markle, 36, who has been married before, did not vow to obey her husband; Harry, three years her junior, will wear a wedding ring -- unlike other senior male royals.

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The couple kissed on the steps of St George's Chapel before climbing into a 19th-century open horse-drawn coach for a tour of Windsor, where tens of thousands of cheering well-wishers crammed the streets to catch a glimpse of the newlyweds.

The world's media have been gripped by the occasion, and television channels beamed the ceremony across the world.

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In Windsor, 20km west of London, tens of thousands of fans lined the Long Walk promenade leading to the castle, waving British flags and cheering.

Air traffic controllers for the nearby Heathrow Airport, one of the world's busiest, closed the airspace over the town for the 15 minutes before the ceremony.

A lunch-time reception hosted by The Queen was held in the castle's St George's Hall. People were said to be moved to tears by touching speeches from Prince Harry and his father, the Prince of Wales.

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Highlights included a "mini-concert" by Sir Elton John and the cutting of the wedding cake, designed by Claire Ptak.

A smaller evening reception, hosted by the Prince of Wales, was then held at Frogmore House. The event will be a private affair, allowing the guests to relax and celebrate with the happy couple.

The Duchess of Sussex was expected to speak at the evening reception.

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The newlyweds drove the short distance from Windsor Castle to Frogmore House in a classic Jaguar convertible with the top down.

Markle, newly named by the Queen as the Duchess of Sussex, wore a white gown with a high neck and bare shoulders made of silk crepe and designed by Stella McCartney for the reception.

She wore shoes from Aquazurra made in silky satin, with nude mesh, with soles painted in baby blue. Meghan's hair was in a relaxed up do, styled by George Northwood, and she tucked loose strands behind her ears amid the breeze as they headed to Frogmore House.

Harry appears to have given his bride a poignant wedding day gift - an emerald-cut aquamarine ring that belonged to his late, beloved mother. Meghan wore the large gem on her right hand as the couple made their way to their evening reception.

Harry wore a tuxedo. Both had big smiles as Harry opened the car door for his bride.

The streets of Windsor remain thronged with members of the public celebrating the royal wedding.

Harry and Meghan will carry out their first official engagement as husband and wife next week.