No doubt Princess Diana would have gotten a kick out of the wedding of her younger son, Harry, to the American actress Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle on Saturday. It was one for the ages.
Was the queen amused? One is not sure. Still, the royal wedding day has rolled on, completely taking over social media, with one high point after another.
Here’s a roundup of some of the best.
Let’s start with Lady Di herself. The Internet got weepy over the bridal bouquet handpicked by Prince Harry from Kensington Palace’s private garden, which included his late mother’s favorite — white roses:
— La Femme Nikita (@nicolenavega) May 19, 2018
Prince Charles, the monarch in waiting, also shone, as he walked the bride partway down the aisle, taking the place of her absent father, who was unable to attend for health reasons.
— BBC One (@BBCOne) May 19, 2018
But the hankies were well and truly out when Charles headed over to sign the registry with the actress’s mom, Doria Ragland. When Ragland held out her hand and he took it and they made their way, like lifelong pals, well, all may be forgiven forever, Chuck:
— ABC News (@ABC) May 19, 2018
The phrase — “You look amazing” — could very well turn into the pickup line of the year, as Prince Harry was seen uttering those casual words to his bride at the altar, then biting his lip and adding, “I’m so lucky.” We were collectively on the floor:
— Sarah (@MissSarahLouise) May 19, 2018
— British GLAMOUR (@GlamourMagUK) May 19, 2018
The fiery sermon of Episcopal cleric Michael Curry, like Markle an American, may have upstaged the whole affair with references to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., slavery and the power of love. The Internet could not get enough of brother of the groom Prince William cracking a smile with the queen looking on, deadpan:
— Chuka Umunna (@ChukaUmunna) May 19, 2018
This is the most subversive #royalwedding I can think of. Outspoken biracial royal wife, black preacher talks of social justice, black choir sings gospel version of “Stand by Me”. It’s small, but it’s stunning. Diana would surely be thrilled.
— Dr Julia Baird (@bairdjulia) May 19, 2018
Now for that page boy, one of the many children, aged 2 to 7, taking part in the ceremony, including the kids of some of Meghan’s closest friends; the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s two older children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte; and some teenage and ’tween-age bridesmaids. But the photo-bombing page boy, identified as one of the twins Brian Mulroney and John Mulroney, stole this particular part of the show. From his pure boyish joy and straight to our hearts:
— E! News (@enews) May 19, 2018
And sorry to disappoint those who hoped for or even expected architectural headgear from Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice on Saturday, after their “fascinators” made such a splash at the 2011 wedding of William to Kate Middleton:
PRINCESSES BEATRICE AND EUGENIE I AM DISAPPOINTED IN YOU BOTH pic.twitter.com/GBIu6qbSLf
— raegan | 24 days (@galacticctrash) May 19, 2018
DEEPLY, DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED in my princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. Deeply boring hats. How sad. #royalwedding
— Anna Vidot (@AnnaVidot) May 19, 2018
Onto the queen’s “greens.” Some on Twitter got a little snarky about HRH’s lime-green Stuart Parvin coat. Turns out the striking color is purposeful, according to her daughter-in-law, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, who says the queen often wears bright hues to avoid getting lost in the crowd.
— JOE.co.uk (@JOE_co_uk) May 19, 2018
A major shout-out to that haute couture Givenchy dress that the ex–Miss Markle donned. “It was contemporary royal elegance epitomised in an haute couture gown: ceremony sans opulence, romance without the fuss,” summed up British Vogue. Fab, said the commoners:
— GIVENCHY (@givenchy) May 19, 2018
Ms. Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has been designed by Clare Waight Keller. The full veil represents the distinctive flora of each of the 53 Commonwealth countries, united in one spectacular floral composition. #FashionIsGREAT #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/y7NskzZKWp
— GREAT Britain (@GREATBritain) May 19, 2018
Last word goes to Amazon’s AMZN, -0.47% virtual voice-activated digital assistant Alexa, which, asked to wake one U.S. royals enthusiast in time to watch the nuptials, delivered the Sex Pistols’ version of “God Save the Queen.”
My wife wanted to wake up early to watch #RoyalWeddingDay so I asked Alexa to wake her at 5:30 to God Saved the Queen – Alexa gave us the Sex Pistols version. Well played Alexa.
— Thomas Thornton (@TommyThornton) May 19, 2018
The classic version goes like this (nope, the queen does not sing along):