While hype about the royal wedding is divided between people turning up their noses at the monarchy and others setting alarms at 3 a.m. to watch the ceremony live, it’s hard to deny that this wedding was more than gowns and glitter and was instead a progressive step toward amending sexist traditions. Here are some of our favorite parts of the wedding:
1. The royal toddlers
Princess Charlotte and Prince George, as a bridesmaid and page boy respectively, amped up the cuteness quotient of the wedding tenfold. While Prince George was a little camera shy and often hid behind his dad to avoid cameras, Princess Charlotte soaked up the attention and waved at her fans. Dressed in Givenchy, the 3-year-old princess even stuck her tongue out at the paparazzi and onlookers, which was unarguably adorable.
2. Michael Curry’s wedding sermon
Curry’s sermon broke the norms of traditional royal weddings as he tapped into the power of love and challenged his audience to imagine a love powerful enough to change the world. As a step up from more traditional ceremonies, an African American pastor referencing slavery and quoting Martin Luther King Jr. — to push the sermon beyond the love shared by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — is an important and highly welcomed push into the 21st century.
3. A tribute to Princess Diana
The couple honored the late Princess Diana, Prince Harry’s mother, throughout the ceremony and after. During the wedding service, they chose to play Diana’s favorite hymn, “Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer,” which was also sung at her funeral. While the tribute was subtle, Prince Harry was clearly emotional and choked up during the song. Meghan Markle also had Diana’s favorite flowers, forget-me-nots, in her bouquet. Who’s crying? You’re crying. Actually, we’re all crying.
4. Steps toward more progressive traditions
Meghan Markle decided that she would not be “given away,” and was instead “accompanied” by her father-in-law, Prince Charles, who walked with her down the last third of the aisle. In addition to this, she omitted the long-held tradition to promise to “obey” her husband in her wedding vows to Prince Harry. Markle, the newly adorned senior royal, also declared herself a feminist on the British monarchy’s official website and cited her previous work as an activist and women’s advocate.
5. Celebrity sightings
The guest list included members of the royal family and of the public, but unlike in other royal weddings, the English charm was complemented by a bit of L.A. sparkle. Several of Markle’s friends, such as Indian actress Priyanka Chopra from “Quantico,” Patrick J. Adams from “Suits” and his wife Troian Bellisario from “Pretty Little Liars”, made the list. Serena Williams, who is friends with Markle, was also at the wedding and decided to part with pumps and flats to sport a pair of sneakers under her evening gown.
However, the best thing about the wedding is the way that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry met — they were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend. If you’re like us and loved the wedding, ask your friends to step it up and give you your well-deserved and fair chance to be a royal.
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