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Saturday, 19 May 2018

PRINCE HARRY TO MARRY MEGHAN MARKLE AS WORLD WATCHES


Britain's prince Harry and US TV star Meghan Markle tie the knot on Saturday in a globally-watched ceremony at Windsor Castle filled with traditional pomp and modern twists.
Some 100,000 people were expected in picturesque Windsor, west of London, for the historic moment and street parties were being readied around the kingdom.
Thousands of fans, many decked out in royalist paraphernalia, camped in the town overnight or arrived on the first trains from London, pulling into a station renamed “Harry and Meghan Central” for the day.
From Markle’s native Los Angeles to Queen Elizabeth II’s scattered realms, royal watchers were also set to tune in to see the grand-scale event.
The service at noon (1100 GMT) inside Windsor Castle will marry the old and the new — a traditional Church of England wedding but with unusual turns including a gospel choir singing “Stand By Me” and a lively US pastor delivering the address.
Ahead of the nuptials, Queen Elizabeth granted Harry and Meghan the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
It is the last big royal wedding of 92-year-old Queen Elizabeth’s reign and the last on this scale for a generation until Prince William’s children, Harry’s niece and nephews, tie the knot.
Markle, 36, is to start her walk down the St. George’s Chapel aisle on her own, interpreted by some commentators as a sign of her feminist credentials.
Besides starring in the US legal drama “Suits”, she was also a United Nations advocate for women’s empowerment.
Her father Thomas Markle, recovering from a heart operation in Mexico, pulled out on Thursday — though he still appears in the printed order of service.
The reclusive Emmy Award-winning former television lighting director was caught in a fiasco, posing for staged photographs after complaining of media harassment, then performing several U-turns over whether he would attend.
In her father’s absence, Markle has asked Harry and his best man William’s “Papa” Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, to bring her to the altar.
Besides royalty, the wedding will be attended by celebrities including Markle’s former “Suits” co-stars.


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