Windsor: Holding hands and looking into each other's eyes, Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged wedding vows at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle today in a glittering ceremony that saw an equal measure of royal traditions and Hollywood glamour. A number of celebrity guests, members of the royal family attending the wedding as thousands of fans celebrated on the streets.
"I will," Prince Harry answered when asked by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, if he would take Meghan Markle - dressed in a flowing white gown created by British designer Clare Waight Keller - to be his wife, to love her, comfort her, honour her and protect her.
Meghan Markle, 36, reached Windsor Castle in a limousine and walked unescorted to the middle of the 15th-century St George's Chapel in the castle. In a big break from royal tradition, Prince Charles, Harry's father, walked Meghan Markle down the aisle. This is the second time in the royal memory that a royal bride was walked down the aisle by a member of the groom's family.
After exchanging vows to love and to cherish "till death us do part", Prince Harry, 33, sixth-in-line to the British throne, placed a ring of Welsh gold on Meghan Markle's finger before a congregation including Queen Elizabeth II, senior royals, and celebrities. Celebrities including Priyanka Chopra, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, his lawyer wife Amal, Victoria and David Beckham and Serena Williams were among the guests. Singer Elton John, who sang at Harry's mother Diana's funeral in 1997, was also present.
Prince Harry was dressed in a military frock coat uniform as was his brother, best man Prince William. Earlier Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrived by car.
Earlier on Saturday, Buckingham Palace announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their wedding. The titles have been bestowed upon the couple by Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry's grandmother.
Before the wedding ceremony, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney and Amal Clooney, David Beckham and Victoria Beckham were seen mingling inside Windsor Castle.
Tens of thousands of fans crammed the narrow roads of Windsor, about 30 km west of London. Visitors had to pass through police search points set up around the castle. Thousands of excited fans gathered on the roads leading to the venue, 15th-century St George's Chapel, in Windsor Castle that has been home to 39 English monarchs since 1066. A military band in scarlet uniforms and bearskin hats entertained thousands and police armed with semi-automatic rifles patrolling streets and watching from rooftops.
(With inputs from agencies)