Prince Harry, Meghan Markle declared husband and wife

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Prince Harry and US TV star Meghan Markle were married in Windsor Castle on Saturday in a star-studded and emotional ceremony watched live by cheering crowds.
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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, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. 

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle during their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. 

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) and US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle arrive at the High Altar for their wedding ceremony in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. 

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) removes the veil of US actress Meghan Markle (L) as they stand at the altar together before Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby(C) in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 during their wedding ceremony. 

Prince Harry and US TV star Meghan Markle were married in Windsor Castle on Saturday in a star-studded and emotional ceremony watched live by cheering crowds and beamed into homes around the world.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual leader of the world's Anglicans, declared the couple husband and wife after they exchanged vows and rings.

Harry's 92-year-old grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip were in attendance as Markle arrived in St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, wearing a long white veil and a glittering tiara.

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Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales leads US fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry, Meghan Markle up the aisle of St George's Chapel for the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) during the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. 

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C) and Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (R) arrive at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 for his wedding ceremony to marry US actress Meghan Markle. 

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Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (L) speaks with his wife, Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during the wedding ceremony of Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and US actress Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. 

Guests at the ceremony included singer Elton John, Hollywood star George Clooney, footballer David Beckham, tennis star Serena Williams and US talkshow host Oprah Winfrey.

The 36-year-old bride walked up the aisle on her own before being joined half way by Harry's father Prince Charles. Her own father pulled out amid a media row that overshadowed the meticulous palace preparations.

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US actress Meghan Markle arrives for the wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. 

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US actress Meghan Markle waves as she arrives for the wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. 

Tens of thousands of well-wishers cheered as Harry arrived at the church with his brother and best man Prince William, both wearing dark military uniforms.

Well-wishers camped overnight to secure the best spots to watch the newlyweds, who will take a ride in an open-topped carriage around Windsor after the ceremony.

Many in the crowds offered particular good wishes to the bride after her father had to miss the wedding due to health problems and a scandal over staged paparazzi pictures.

"After the week she's had, she needs some support," said Karen Wallace, 53, from Chicago, one of an estimated 100,000 members of the public attending the event.

The service in St George's Chapel at noon (1100 GMT) was to mix traditional Church of England ceremony with gospel music, with a choir singing "Stand By Me", while a US pastor will deliver the main address.

Markle's ring has been made with Welsh gold, as is traditional for royal weddings, while Harry's will be made of platinum.

Queen Elizabeth before the wedding conferred the title Duke of Sussex on her grandson Prince Harry, meaning Markle will be known as the Duchess of Sussex.

Harry's ex-girlfriends Chelsy Davy and Cressida Bonas were also among the guests, along with singer James Blunt, US talkshow host James Corden and Markle's former co-stars from US television series "Suits".

Breaking the barriers

Windsor was decked out with flags and bunting, and there was a carnival area on the Long Walk, the sweeping tree-lined avenue down which the royal couple will drive.

Thousands of fans arrived at dawn, bearing rugs and picnics, Union Jack flags and royalist paraphernalia, and the prosecco was flowing freely well before the first guests arrived.

"We planned to stay in a hotel but we got caught up in all the excitement and we stayed here last night, unprepared," said Karen Long, from Texas.

She said the fact that Markle was mixed-race was a huge moment, saying: "We all wanted to be a princess, we thought we couldn't and there she is, breaking all the barriers!"

Her father Thomas Markle, recovering from a heart operation in Mexico, still appears in the printed order of service.

The Emmy Award-winning former television lighting director was caught in a fiasco, posing for staged photographs after complaining of media harassment, then performing several U-turns over whether he would attend.

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Meghan Markle leaves Cliveden House Hotel, accompanied by her mother, Doria Ragland for the wedding ceremony to marry Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. 

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Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) arrives with his best man Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (R) at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 for his wedding ceremony to marry US actress Meghan Markle. 


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