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Royal Wedding: The highlights

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Royal Wedding: The highlights

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle told each other "I do" on Saturday, officialising their union in front of the entire world.

Here are the key things you need to remember from the moving ceremony.

The dress:

Speculation about the wedding dress had been mounting for weeks. Designers Stella McCartney and Christopher Bailey from Burberry had been among bookies’ favourites.

But the job went to Clare Waight Keller, the first female artistic director at iconic French couture house Givenchy.

According to Kensington Palace, "the focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasises the slender sculpted waist."

A five-metre-long veil, into which flowers representing 53 countries of the Commonwealth were carefully hand-embroidered, completed the ensemble.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex exit St George's Cahepl in Windsor Castle, Windsor, after their wedding ceremony on May 19, 2019. Ben STANSALL/Pool via REUTERS

Prince Harry and his best man, his brother The Duke of Cambridge, wore the frockcoat of the Blues and Royals.

Both men served that particular unit during their stints in Her Majesty’s army. Harry also completed two tours in Afghanistan and rose to the rank of Captain.

Michael Curry’s fire:

It’s not everyday someone calls members of the British royal family “brothers and sisters.”

But it’s exactly what Bishop Curry, from Chicago, Illinois, did during his impassioned address about the power of love.

“There's power in love, don't underestimate it,” he said

Curry, the first black presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, is vocal about social justice issues, LGBT rights and sexual abuse.

Delivered in an Evangelical style his address referenced Martin Luther King and compared love to fire.

"If humanity ever captured the energy of love, it would be the second time in history that we have discovered fire,” he said.

Guests appeared enthralled by his performance.

At one point, he realised he may have gone on for two long, telling the congregation “we gotta get you all married!”

David Beckham:

When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got married, it was Kate’s sister and maid of honour Pippa Middleton, who stole the show in a form-fitting dress.

But with no maid of honour this time around, viewers instead turned their attention to David Beckham.

The former England international and his wife, Victoria, were among the 600 guests in St George’s Chapel and his arrival caused quite a stir online.

The first kiss:

The couple waited until they had reached the steps to the chapel’s entrance to have their first kiss as a married couple, to the delight of well-wishers gathered there.

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain, May 19, 2018. Ben STANSALL/Pool via REUTERS

The crowd:

Tens of thousands descended on the quiet town of Windsor to celebrate with the couple.

Their congratulatory cheer could be heard from inside the chapel when the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, proclaimed them husband and wife.

Harry and Meghan had also invited some 2,500 members of the public to join watch the ceremony from the grounds of Windsor Castle. These included people recommended for their service to the community. Each were provided with a goody bag.

Social media reactions:

Here are some of the moments that caught the eyes of social media users:

Gary Janetti, a writer for hit TV show Family Guy, has for the past few weeks posted some popular Prince George memes on this Instagram account. The memes depict the fifth-in-line to the throne as acerbic and wildly jealous of the attention bestowed on Meghan Markle.

“I wonder when she’s going to change into her dress.”

A post shared by Gary Janetti (@garyjanetti) on

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