From Charles taking Doria’s hand, to “thank you Pa”, here are some times to remember…

Charles takes Doria’s hand

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Media captionThe moment Prince Charles takes Doria Ragland’s hand

It’s been a tumultuous week for the Markles and the Raglands. Had all gone to plan, Doria Ragland’s former spouse, Thomas Markle, would have walked their daughter down the aisle.

But he underwent heart surgery the coming week, putting him out of the picture, while Ms Markle’s half-siblings never received an invitation.

The bride’s surface of St George’s Chapel seemed a very lonely plaza – Doria Ragland was the only is part of their own families there.

Dressed in a pale light-green Oscar de la Renta outfit, side-set hat and delicate nose ornament, she seemed psychological, deep in thought and, at times, a bit lost.

So, at the signing of the registry, she sounded allayed to take the guiding handwriting of Prince Charles – on what must have been a scare and surreal occasion.


‘Thank you Pa’

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Media caption‘Thank you Pa’

The first view of the bridegroom intimated Prince Harry, in full armed regalia, was in usual buoyant atmospheres, smiling and laughing as he motioned to the crowds of well-wishers on his arrival.

But the smile faded, and the feeling of the party was inscribed on his look, as he waited at the altar for his bride to arrive.

As she enrolled on the arm of his father, Prince Charles, Harry ogled close to tears. He mouthed “thank you Pa” to his papa as he took his seat.

During the service, the monarch couldn’t seem to tighten. In differ, Ms Markle cut a much calmer anatomy, smiling often and looking into the eyes of her husband-to-be.

It was only once out of the chapel and onto the streets in the carriage procession that Prince Harry seemed to breathe again – and relax.


Seeing the dress

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The big divulge came as a burgundy Rolls Royce Phantom pulled up at the foot of the chapel steps.

Out stepped pageboys – Brian and John Mulroney – and then went the bride, trailing a five-metre fine silk cloak, decorated with the flowers of each country in the Commonwealth.

The gap-toothed twinneds hastened around to lift the veil off the dirt as Ms Markle stepped alone into the chapel.

To fashion expert Jo Elvin, the sculpted white-hot boat-neck gown by British decorator Clare Waight Keller for French mode live Givenchy, was a stroke of genius.

“It congratulates her mode that she’s knows we, ” she said.

David Emanuel, who designed Princess Diana’s dress, said it was “very clever” to include the Commonwealth heydays in the veil.

“I recall Diana would have approved.”

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