It was the wedding that the world watched, and now we’ve been given a glimpse at the first official portraits taken of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day.
Britain’s Prince Harry wed Meghan Markle at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19, in a touching, personal ceremony that included readings from the groom’s aunt and a moving performance from a gospel choir.
The three official images released on Monday by Kensington Palace captured the relaxed, intimate, yet awe-inspiring nature of the day.
Taken by fashion photographer and Polish Prince Alexi Lubomirski, one shot shows the newlyweds sitting on the East Terrace of Windsor Castle, with the bride’s elegant updo artfully tousled.
The Duchess had removed her ethereal five-foot veil for the photograph, allowing the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau, lent to the bride by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, to take centre stage.
Another image shows the couple surrounded by their family, with the Duchess of Sussex’s mother, Doria Ragland, taking pride of place at her daughter’s side.
Photographed in the Green Drawing Room of Windsor Castle, the mise-en-scene also includes HM Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The newlyweds also posed for an informal shot with their bridesmaids and pageboys, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The beaming Duke and Duchess sat on the floor, surrounded by their wedding party, with Her Royal Highness’s couture Givenchy gown laid out immaculately.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday,” Kensington Palace said as the photographs were released.
“They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world.”
The official portraits were taken immediately after the couple’s carriage ride from St George’s Chapel by Lubomirski, who also shot their engagement portraits.
The renowned photographer, who released a book celebrating inclusion and individuality in 2016, thanked the Royal Family for letting him be part of the day.