• Nick Edwards/WPA Pool/Gety Images(WINDSOR, England) -- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot in a spectacular wedding Saturday at St. George's Chapel.The couple recited the Church of England's modernized vows, which omitted the word "obey," during their wedding ceremony."I, Harry, take you, Meghan, to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to Gods' holy law, in the presence of God, I make this vow," Harry said.Meghan said: "I, Meghan, take you, Harry, to be my husband to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy law in the presence of God, I make this vow."Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana, omitted "obey" when she said her vows to Harry’s father, Prince Charles, in 1981.Markle’s new sister-in-law, Duchess Kate, also followed in Diana’s footsteps by omitting "obey" from her vows to Prince William during their 2011 wedding ceremony.Markle became a member of the Church of England after being baptized and confirmed in March by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.Markle wore a white wedding dress designed by Clare Waight Keller, the first female artistic director at French fashion house Givenchy, according to Kensington Palace.Markle's new father-in-law, Prince Charles, walked Markle from the quire, the area of St. George’s Chapel where the clergy and choir sit, to Harry. The procession in the nave, the central part of the church, included the Dean of Windsor and Markle’s bridesmaids and page boys. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Owen Humphreys/WPA Pool/Getty Images(WINDSOR, England) -- The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry flew across the pond from Chicago to Windsor, England, to deliver an impassioned sermon at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on Saturday.Curry, the head of the Episcopal Church, spoke in his royal wedding address about the power of love and, at one point, quoted American civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Curry's sermon visibly moved guests inside St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle and also drew notice from some watching around the world, including King's youngest child."Your life, teachings and words still matter so much, Daddy. Congrats, Harry and Meghan!" Bernice King tweeted Saturday. "Bless you, Bishop Michael Curry."Here's the full transcript of Curry's sermon:And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.From the song of Solomon in the Bible: 'Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm. For love is as strong as death. Passion, fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love. Neither can floods drown it out.'The late Dr. Martin Luther King once said, and I quote: 'We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world. For love, love is the only way.'There’s power in love. Don't underestimate it. Don't even over-sentimentalize it. There's power, power in love. If you don't believe me, think about a time when you first fell in love. The whole world seemed to center around you and your beloved. Well there's power, power in love. Not just in its romantic forms, but any form, any shape of love. There's a certain sense in which, when you are loved and you know it, when someone cares for you and you know it, when you love and you show it, it actually feels right. There's something right about it, and there's a reason for it. The reason has to do with the source. We were made by a power of love, and our lives were meant and are meant to be lived in that love. That's why we are here. Ultimately, the source of love is God himself. The source of all of our lies.There's an old medieval poem that says: 'Where true love is found, God himself is there.'The New Testament says it this way: 'Beloved, let us love one another because love is of God, and those who love are born of God and know God. Those who do not love do not know God. Why? For God is love.'There’s power in love. There's power in love to help and heal when nothing else can. There's power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will. There's power in love to show us the way to live. Set me as a seal on your heart, a seal on your arm, for love is as strong as death.But love is not only about a young couple. Now the power of love is demonstrated by the fact that we're all here. Two young people fell in love and we all showed up. But it's not just for and about a young couple for whom we rejoice with. It's more than that.Jesus of Nazareth on one occasion was asked by a lawyer to sum up the essence of the teachings of Moses. And he went back and reached back into the Hebrew scriptures to Deuteronomy and Leviticus, and Jesus said: 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength.' This is the first and great commandment, and the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'And then in Matthew's version, he added, he said: 'On these two, love of God and love of neighbor, hang all the law, all the prophets, everything that Moses wrote, everything in the holy prophets, everything in the scriptures, everything that God has been trying to tell the world. Love God, love your neighbors. And while you're at it, love yourself.'Someone once said that Jesus began the most revolutionary movement in all of human history. A movement grounded in the unconditional love of God for the world, and a movement
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  • Anwar Hussein/WireImage(WINDSOR) -- The late Princess Diana was honored and there in spirit at the wedding of her son Harry and his bride, Meghan Markle, in St. George's Chapel on Saturday.Harry handpicked several flowers on Friday from the private garden at Kensington Palace, including forget-me-nots, which were his late mother's favorite flower.The couple specifically chose them to be included in Markle’s bouquet to honor Diana's memory, according to Buckingham Palace.Diana, a humanitarian known to the world as "the People's Princess," died in a car crash in 1997 when she was 36 years old. She left behind a rich legacy of humanitarian and advocacy work and is widely admired for alleviating the stigma surrounding AIDS when photos of her shaking hands with AIDS patients were seen worldwide.The influence of Diana was also felt Saturday at the wedding ceremony when her sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, delivered the reading.Harry has previously said he thinks his late mother would have gotten along well with Markle."Oh, they'd be thick as thieves, without question. I think she would be over the moon," Harry said in an interview with the BBC shortly after the couple announced their engagement.He added that he thinks his mom "would have probably been best friends" with Markle. Markle added, "She's with us."Moreover, the couple paid tribute to Diana with Markle's wedding ring, which includes diamonds from the late princess' jewelry collection. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Jonathan Brady/WPA Pool/Getty Images(WINDSOR) -- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will add new pieces of jewelry to their collections on Saturday.The soon-to-be married couple will exchange wedding rings crafted in the Cleave workshop, the same company called upon last year to create Markle's engagement ring.As is the royal tradition, the bride-to-be's ring has been created from a piece of Welsh gold, and was a gift from Queen Elizabeth II.Prince Harry, 33, and Meghan Markle, 36, will wed Saturday morning at St. George's Chapel in Windsor.Celebrity guests include the likes of Oprah Winfrey, George and Amal Clooney, and Victoria and David Beckham. Several members of the royal family will also attend, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte, with Prince William having been tapped as best man. He will be responsible for carrying the rings to the ceremony.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Andrew Matthews/WPA Pool/Getty Images(WINDSOR) -- Meghan Markle, now Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex, has married her prince.Markle, 36, wore a white wedding dress designed by Clare Waight Keller, the first female artistic director at French fashion house Givenchy, at her wedding to Prince Harry, the sixth in line to the British throne.She was escorted up the steps of St. George’s Chapel by two of the page boys -- Brian and John Mulroney, the 7-year-old twins of Markle’s close friend, Jessica Mulroney, and her husband, Ben Mulroney.Markle's new father-in-law, Prince Charles, walked Markle from the quire -- the area of St. George’s Chapel where the clergy and choir sit -- to Harry. The procession in the nave, the central part of the church, included the Dean of Windsor, Markle’s bridesmaids and page boys.Harry, 33, dressed in military uniform, held the hand of his bride, whose face was at first covered by a veil held in place by Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Markle by Queen Elizabeth.Harry arrived at St. George's Chapel with his brother, Prince William, who also served as best man.Markle arrived at Windsor Castle with her mother, Doria Ragland, 61, who wore a mint green dress. The mother and daughter traveled to Windsor Castle in a chauffeured Rolls Royce.Ragland, seated near the Mulroneys and Charlie van Straubenzee, one of Harry's best friends, was seen tearing up as she watched her daughter at the altar.Absent from the wedding service was Markle's father, Thomas Markle Sr. Markle confirmed in a statement that her dad, who lives in Mexico, would not attend the wedding due to health concerns.Harry's royal relatives -- including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Princess Kate -- were seated near the altar.The influence of Harry's late mother, Princess Diana, was felt when her sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, delivered the reading.Harry also handpicked several flowers on Friday from the private garden at Kensington Palace, including forget-me-nots, which were Diana's favorite flower. The couple specifically chose them to be included in Markle’s bouquet to honor Diana's memory, according to Buckingham Palace.Prince William and Princess Kate's children -- Prince George and Princess Charlotte -- were among the bridesmaids and page boys who surrounded Markle and Harry on their wedding day.Joining Charlotte and George in the wedding party were Ivy Mulroney, the 4-year-old sister of Brian and John Mulroney.Jasper Dyer, the 6-year-old son of Harry's mentor and close friend, Capt. Mark Dyer, was the fourth page boy.The page boys wore a miniature version of the Blues and Royals frockcoat."The uniform draws its insignia from the Blues and Royals, which is an old Regiment of The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry," according to Buckingham Palace. "Both are also wearing Blues and Royals frockcoats for the wedding day."Two of Harry's goddaughters -- 3-year-old Florence van Cutsem and 2-year-old Zalie Warren -- and two of Markle's goddaughters -- 7-year-old Rylan Litt and her 6-year-old sister, Remi Litt -- were also bridesmaids.The bridesmaids' dresses were also designed by Clare Waight Keller in the Givenchy Haute Couture Atelier in Paris, according to Buckingham Palace. Their white leather Aquazurra shoes are each monogrammed with their initials and the wedding date, a gift from Markle as a "keepsake of the special day."Markle and Harry said their wedding vows in front of around 600 guests, including Oprah Winfrey, Elton John, Serena Williams, Idris Elba, James Corden, James Blunt, George and Amal Clooney, and David and Victoria Beckham.The Right Rev. David Conner, the dean of Windsor, conducted the wedding service. The Most Rev. Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, who baptized and confirmed Markle, officiated the couple's marriage vows.The U.S.-based Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate
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  • Jonathan Brady/WPA Pool/Getty Images(WINDSOR) -- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle received not only wedding rings on Saturday, but also new titles.Queen Elizabeth has conferred a dukedom on Harry, the sixth in line to the British throne.The title is considered a gift from Queen Elizabeth, Harry's grandmother.When Harry's older brother, Prince William, the second in line to the throne, married Kate Middleton in 2011, the couple became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.On their children's birth certificates, William identified his occupation and Kate's as the Prince of the United Kingdom and the Princess of the United Kingdom, respectively, so Kate is also called Princess Kate.If Prince Charles -- William and Harry's father -- becomes king, William will then become the Prince of Wales.Harry, sixth in line to the throne, is more likely to keep his dukedom, leaving Markle as a duchess in Britain's royal family. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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