As it happened: The Royal Wedding

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It's all over, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are married. Barring a divorce that's the last major Royal wedding until Prince George or one of his siblings ties the knot. 

Thanks for joining us and congratulations to the happy couple. 

After all the hype, the will-her-father-walk-her-down-the-aisle drama, who made the dress and will Harry shave off his beard, the big day is finally here. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot in a ceremony at Windsor Castle tonight, New Zealand time. 

The pair are due to be married at St George's Chapel at Windsor Chapel, where Harry was christened.

Newshub has live coverage of the whole event starting at 7pm and running through to 2am. 

Newshub reporters Melissa Davies, Lloyd Burr, Shannon Redstall and Lisa Owen are in Windsor and we will be crossing live to them throughout the night.

Newshub has a live broadcast hosted by Sam Hayes and Ryan Bridge from 7pm on Three and Three Now.

And on digital we have live updates run by entertainment editor Monika Barton and managing editor and Brit, Mark Longley.

 So pour yourself a glass of Champaign, get out your Union Jack flag and settle in for the wedding of the year.  

 What you need to know:

Guests will start arriving at around 9.30pm New Zealand time.

The wedding is due to start at 11:00pm.

Around 10,000 people are expected to attend the event live in Windsor.

The ceremony will mix gospel and traditional hymns to reflect the couple’s diverse backgrounds. 

And for those of you not interested here is how you can avoid it all.

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12.14: The procession moves out of the gates - the Duke and Duchess look very happy and quite relieved. 

12.08: The crowd was clamouring for a second kiss, but it was not to be. They're off in their carriage. Prince Harry salutes the Queen. 

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12.05: The KISS! Perfection. The crowd goes wild. 

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12.02: The couple re-enters the chapel after signing their marriage license. Meghan's very long veil almost got caught on the doorway and we all had a moment.  

11.59: 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is performing beautifully. He will finish with 'Ave Maria' which is sure to be a tear-jerker. 

11.52: Was that a bit of side-eye from Prince Harry's ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy? 

11.51: Prince Charles is awake - it looked as though he might have been wandering off, but he was actually escorting The Mother of the Bride to her seat.  

11.49: Amal and George Clooney appear to be having some difficulties with the words of the hymn. 

11.47: We can only see The Duchess Of Cambridge's mouth peeking out from under her giant-brimmed hat, but that mouth is smiling. 

11.43: The Royal couple are kneeling at the altar to pray. 

11.39: THEY ARE HUSBAND AND WIFE! IT'S OFFICIAL!

11.38: The rings are being exchanged. It appears Prince Charles might still be snoozing. 

11.36: Vow time! Meghan will be following Princess Diana and The Duchess Of Cambridge's lead by not using the words "serve" or "obey". 

11.32: A choir is performing a goose-bump-inducing rendition of Ben E. King's 'Stand By Me'. The lyrics say "I won't cry", but there are definitely some tears being shed. Pass us a hankie, would you? 

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11.31: Okay, scratch that, we're talking about how fire helps us to Tweet and Instagram. 

11.28: "Sit down, we gotta get y'all married" said the Pastor. Can I get an amen?! 

11.26: The pastor is very swept up in the emotion of it all. Zara Phillips does not look best pleased. 

11.22: PRINCE CHARLES LOOKS LIKE HE HAS NODDED OFF! I REPEAT, SOMEBODY NUDGE CHARLES IN THE RIBS ASAP!  

11.19: That slow-zoom on Meghan while the pastor asks us to think about the first time we fell in love is just about too much to bear. 

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11.18: The pastor is quoting Martin Luther King: "We must discover the power of love."

11.14: One of Princess Diana's sisters is doing a reading. 

11.12: He will, she will, the crowd will...everybody will! 

11.11: Neither of them knows any reason why they cannot lawfully marry, phew. 

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11.10: Harry has just lifted her veil! Everyone in the newsroom is screaming! 

11.09: They are holding hands. It is the sweetest. The first hymn is starting. 

11.05: Prince Harry just mouthed "You look amazing" look Meghan. Our hearts may burst before they even get to the vows. 

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11.04: Prince Harry is positively glowing with joy, Meghan's mother looks to be shedding a few tears. 

11.01: The dress was designed by Claire Waite...which no-one was expecting. Sorry Stella McCartney. 

10.59: HERE COMES THE BRIDE. She is fashionably late, but breath-taking! 

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10.56: The page boys and bridesmaids are arriving. Prepare for maximum cuteness. They include Princess Charlotte 3, and Prince George 4. 

10.54: The Queen has arrived! She is dressed in a bright lemon outfit with a matching hat, possibly in an attempt to imitate the lemon and elderflower wedding cake.

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10.53: The Mother of the Bride, Doria Ragland is here, followed by Prince Charles and Camilla. 

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10.50: Prince Harry is doing quite a lot of looking up at the ceiling and deep breathing. Prince William seems to be distracting him with a very serious conversation. Attempts to lip-read are proving difficult. WHAT ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT?! 

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10.47: Actually, the car is not 'proceeding' down the Long Walk, it is absolutely HOONING it. I sincerely hope Meghan has remembered to make her seatbelt click.

10.45: Deafening screams and much enthusiastic flag-waving from the crowd as Meghan's car proceeds down the Long Walk. 

10.43: It looks like David Beckham is passing the time until Meghan's arrival by chewing gum. Unacceptable, David. Posh looks even more miserable, if that's possible. 

10.39: Meghan Markle's car is approaching the castle. Take a deep breath, everyone. 

10.34: Prince Harry is here! He's 10 minutes early, and he hasn't shaved. But he looks dashing in the frock coat of the Blues and Royals. The Duke Of Cambridge is alongside, wearing the same uniform, looking proud as punch. 

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10.30: Princess Beatrice of York is in the building, along with her hat. Thankfully, it’s far less bizarre than it was for the last Royal wedding. It does look a little bit like a navy blue beanie, but at least it’s not an insane pretzel UFO like last time. 

10.22: We’re getting some slow-mo shots now. It appears she’s gone for a bateau neckline, and she is wearing sleeves - as tradition dictates! She’s also wearing a gorgeous tiara, which could quite possibly have belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales. 

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10.19: The car is en route! Meghan Markle is on her way to the castle - we can't see much of the dress but the veil looks extremely regal. The dress could be slightly off the shoulder. 

10.17: The guests are in and are sitting in the pews, thumbing through the programme and making small talk in hushed tones.  Next up is the Queen and the rest of the royal family, and of course the bride.  

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Meghan's on-screen husband Patrick J Adams, who plays Mike Ross. 

Rick Hoffman who plays Louis Litt. 

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9.57: Meghan’s Suits co-stars are arriving 

9.53: NZ's queen of fashion Trelise Cooper in the Newshub studio raving about the happy couple.

9.50: Elton John and his partner David Furnish are in the chapel. Elton memorably sang Candle in the Wind at Harry's mother Diana's funeral. 

9.37: A nice piece of Royal Wedding humour sent in to us by Jack Nuttal.  Prince Harry and Princess Merkel.  

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9.33: Britain’s other royal couple Posh and Becks have also just arrived. Becks waves cheerfully at the crowd while Posh looks like she really doesn’t want to be there. 

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9.32: Hollywood A-lister George Clooney and his wife Amal have arrived. Clooney has obviously not read the invite properly and turned up in a grey suit. Amal looks stunning in a yellow dress and hat. 

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09.23: Newshub reporter Emma Cropper is out and about with Kiwis celebrating the wedding. 

9.18: Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy has arrived along with the Prince’s OTHER ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas. Awkward? 

9.50: Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s wedding cake has a distinct Kiwi flavour to it. Isaac Adams, from Fairlie leads the team of bakers who produced the lemon cake.

In true Kiwi style he was taught to bake by his nana at her Mackenzie Country farm. 

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08.50: The guests have started to arrive at Windsor Castle. Singer James Blunt has arrived along with Oprah Winfrey. 

The men are wearing traditional morning suits. 

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8.45: A sneak peek at the floral arrangments inside the chapel at Windsor Castle. 

Florist Philippa Craddock has included silver birch and English oak, some of it sourced from Windsor Great Park. There’s also said to be a whole lot of Peonies – which are Meghan’s favourite. 

8.29: Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriends are coming. 

Also supposedly joining the Royal gathering will be Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriends Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas - at his request.

Chelsy Davy, a Zimbabwean heir, was Prince Harry’s on-again-off-again girlfriend for about seven years.

Speaking to The Times in 2016, Chelsy was candid about how hard she found royal life, calling it “crazy, and scary, and uncomfortable.”

“I couldn't cope​...” she said. “I was trying to be a normal kid, and it was horrible. I found it very difficult when it was bad.”

8.20: Newshub's reporters are bustling around Windsor bringing us the latest updates. 

Melissa Davies is about as close to the action as you can be. 
 

8.06 - What about the dress?

Meghan will be getting ready as we speak. We won’t know for sure what she’ll be wearing until the crucial moment, but there have been some serious hints that the bride will be wearing Stella McCartney.

Meghan has been spotted in many Stella McCartney designs in the past – she wore a cape dress by the designer to Queen Elizabeth’s birthday party.

When a reporter from The Guardian asked McCartney if she was the designer, she remained coy. “You’re hilarious. How many designers have you said that to today?" she said.  

Other front-runners include Ralph & Russo and Burberry.

Meghan chose an embellished Ralph & Russo gown for her official engagement photographs, which cost $107,000 NZD. She may well stick with the designer duo for her wedding dress.

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Meghan’s mother was spotted with a Burberry garment bag on her way to the UK, which led to speculation that the bride-to-be might choose to match her mother.

The suspense is almost as intense as the beading on that Ralph & Russo engagement number. 

7.28: The Royal couple have been given their title by The Queen!  

Prince Harry will become His Royal Highness The Duke Of Sussex, and Meghan Markle will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess Of Sussex. 

7.19: The Bridesmaids:

These lovely ladies are suspected to be a part of Meghan’s bridal party, and it’s quite the line up:

Serena Williams – the tennis superstar has arrived in London after pulling out of the Italian Open, which is also happening this weekend.

She shared some choice advice for the bride-to-be: "I just think it's so important to enjoy the moment,” she told Good Morning America.

“And eat the cake—I didn't get to eat mine at the wedding. We were just having so much fun!"

Priyanka Chopra – fellow actress Priyanka seems extremely excited to be a part of the nuptials, if a little stressed out.

She had been panicking about wearing a fascinator, telling Watch What Happens Live:

“I’m stressed out about a small hat. How do those things stay [on]?”

She also posted a story on Instagram that showed her fitting still in progress only seven hours ago:

 "Pre wedding SHEnanigans! 12.10 a.m. the morning of...and still waiting for the dress! Fun times, memories."

Mille Mackintosh – the Made in Chelsea star has been tight with Meghan for years.

She posted a photo of the pair cycling around Soho Farmhouse back in 2016, the same day spa where Meghan was rumoured to have just had her hen’s night.

6:57: The Spice Girls?

Grab a glass of milk everyone, because the Royal Wedding is about to get a bit spicy.  The rumour mill has been in overdrive about which of the 90’s girl band will be donning a fascinator, but here’s what we know so far:

Victoria Beckham will definitely be there, duh. The Beckham’s have long been chums of the Royals, and they attended The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding. Plus, Meghan wore a Victoria Beckham jumper in her engagement photo. ‘Nuff said.

Emma Bunton and Geri Horner (née Halliwell) are likely to be there too. Geri’s husband Christian Horner is the Team principal of a Formula One auto racing team, and Prince Harry is famously a huge Formula One fan, which sweetens the deal for Ginger Spice.

Here’s where it gets juicy: Mel C and Mel B have supposedly been left out.

This comes after Melanie Brown announced on talk show The Real that she and all 5 of the girls had been invited, and she even teased that they might perform at the reception. Er, awkward much? 

To make things worse, Mel C recently told Nova 96.9’s Fitzy & Wippa that Mel B’s been telling fibs:

"I should clear up the invitation part of it—we were never invited!"  she said.

“We were never invited, we were never asked to perform... and I was a little bit annoyed, actually!"

Yikes. We'll just have to wait and see who makes the cut. 

6.37: Speculation around the Royal guest list is rife – here’s who is rumoured to be in attendance:

A bunch of Meghan’s cast-mates from Suits

Patrick J Adams, who played Meghan’s on –screen husband Mike Ross on the hit TV show posted a photo of “The last supper” some of the cast enjoyed just hours before the wedding.

Adams was joined by many of his fellow cast members, including Rick Hoffman who played Louis Litt, Gina Torres, who played Jessica Pearson and Sarah Rafferty, who played Donna Paulsen.

Adams also gushed on Twitter the night before the nuptials: “Thinking a lot about the strange surreal and wonderful day my friend Meghan is going to have tomorrow.

"Meghan – wherever you are – we are so grateful to be here to watch you both take this monumental step together. Love deeply and live well." 

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