It is true to say that even people who do not like royal weddings were itching with anticipation as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day approached. This wedding, precisely its official photographs, reflects what now is the most diverse royal family since the 1800s.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex released three official photographs taken on their wedding day.
The photos, taken by Alexi Lubomirski, include a group photograph with bridesmaids and close family, including their parents and the Queen.
Their union has a historic nature that will never be forgotten. Photographed in the Green Drawing Room of Windsor Castle, Meghan is a mixed-race woman. She stood next to her African American mother, Doria Ragland. Surrounding the pair are senior royals and members of the wedding party.
The royal wedding was widely celebrated for combining British and African American traditions. The Archbishop of Canterbury led the couple in their vows. Michael Curry, the first black leader of the Episcopal Church in the United States, delivered a 14-minute barnstorming address that people in Windsor and beyond were talking about long after the service.
“It has been an incredible honour and privilege to document the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s inspiring journey of love, hope and family,” Lubomirski said. He also took Harry and Meghan’s engagement photos. In a post on Instagram, he said: “This has been a beautiful chapter in my career and life, that I will happily never forget.”
Kensington Palace tweeted that the newlyweds “would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding. 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.”
Mixed-race British royals are rare enough that you have to go all the way back to the early 1800s to find a candidate. Some historians believe Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, was of African descent.