They wouldn’t miss this for the world. The royal family has officially arrived at St. George’s Chapel minutes before the arrival of the groom, Prince Harry, and his best man Prince William. Leading the family members was Prince Charles and Camilla (Meghan Markle’s mom, Doria Ragland, exited the first car of the caravan).
Queen Elizabeth II, who looked resplendent in a bright, elegant, flared Stuart Parvin dress in lime, lemon, purple, and grey printed silk, which she paired with a coordinating coat with a frogging fastening in lime silk tweed.
The Queen was followed by Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, who turned heads on Saturday, May 19, in a Alexander McQueen dress at the royal wedding, just four weeks after giving birth to baby Louis. The Duchess, 36, flashed a welsh gold wedding band as she entered St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Palace, flashing a big smile as she strode into the castle, ushering a herd of young bridesmaids and page boys into the chapel.
While the rest of her immediate family all had an official role in the wedding—her husband, Prince William, acted as Prince Harry’s best man, and her son and daughter, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were a page boy and a bridesmaid, respectively—Kate was free to enjoy the wedding from the pews.
The Duchess made her first post-baby outing on Thursday just ahead of the wedding when she joined the rest of the royal family in last-minute wedding preparations in Windsor. She was joined by other family members as well as Doria Ragland, mother of the bride.
Middleton’s family also made their way into the chapel about one hour prior to the ceremony, with Pippa Middleton (who made a memorable splash at her older sister’s 2011 nuptials) walking alongside mom Carole, father Michael and brother James.
Other members of the royal family, including Princess Eugenie, Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Princess Beatrice and Princess Anne, Princess Royal, also made memorable appearances in the run-up to the ceremony itself.
Kate and William wed more than seven years ago, on April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey, with a guest list of approximately 1,900 and 72 million viewers worldwide taking part virtually via YouTube livestream.
Follow along with The Knot as we continue our coverage of the Royal Wedding 2018.