Royal Wedding Recap: All Of The Special Little Details You May Have Missed

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It’s finally happened! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry — or, as they are now known, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex — are officially husband and wife, and the royal wedding was just as incredible as we could have dreamed. It was laughter-, tear- and awe-inducing, and every moment seemed to be more special than the last. If you decided not to wake up at 5 a.m. to watch it live or book a ticket to London to see it in real life (which, to be totally honest, I am really regretting right now), here’s are some fun details you missed from the historic day.

Meghan Markle wore a Givenchy wedding dress

Just before 7 a.m. on Saturday morning, we finally got the answer we’ve been waiting on for months. Meghan’s wedding dress was designed by British designer Clare Keller for Givenchy. It was a simple, three quarter sleeve style with a boatneck that appeared to be inspired by Princess Margaret’s gown from her 1960 wedding.

Her veil had a special message

Meghan’s veil was approximately 2,309,482,034 feet long and absolutely gorgeous, but those aren’t the only notable things about it. “Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition,” Kensington Palace announced in a statement.

She accessorized her look with Queen Mary’s Tiara

After months of speculation about what kind of crown jewels she would wear, TIME magazine confirmed that Meghan topped her veil with Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, one of our favorite Royal Wedding surprises. “The veil is held in place by Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Ms. Markle by The Queen. The diamond bandeau is English and was made in 1932, with the entre brooch dating from 1893,” the magazine reported. The tiara has been worn with a sapphire as the center stone in the past, but Meghan chose to replace it with a diamond. Classic Meghan.

She also rocked her signature messy bun

Because, how else would she wear her hair? It was styled by Serge Normant, who also works with Sarah Jessica Parker and Julia Roberts. Markle’s hair color was also a flawless chocolatey-brown.

And her freckles were out in full force

Meghan has said in the past that she likes her natural freckles to show through her makeup, and her wedding day was no exception. The look was created by Dior makeup artist Daniel Martin, who’s a friend of the bride. Her look was understated and natural, featuring a nude lip, neutral eyes hadow, and XL lashes, which worked perfectly with her classic dress.

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Photo: Zak Hussein

SO. MANY. CELEBS. WERE THERE.

The crowd at St. George’s Chapel was even more star studded than we expected. Guests included Serena Williams, Priyanka Chopra, Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham, George and Amal Clooney, and the cast of Suits. And also, Her Royal Highness Oprah.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte were adorable

The ten-person wedding party was too cute for words. Markle’s best friend Jessica Mulroney’s twin sons held the Duchess’s veil while she walked down the aisle, and one of them was absolutely thrilled about his role. Princess Charlotte managed to keep the whole crew in line, too.

Meghan walked herself down the aisle

There was a lot of drama over who would walk the bride down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel after her father was embroiled in a paparazzi scandal and subsequently suffered a heart attack that made him unable to attend the wedding. In true Meghan Markle fashion, she expressed that she didn’t want to be “given away” by anyone and walked herself halfway down the aisle, where she was met by Prince Charles who walked her the rest of the way to the altar.

Prince Harry was just as excited about Meghan’s Wedding day look as we were

“You look amazing,” he told her when she met him at the altar. “I’m so lucky.”

Though he was understandably very nervous

“I’m shitting it,” he told his bride (… and the rest of the world).

A gospel choir sang “Stand By Me” during the ceremony

The Kingdom Choir sang a rendition of the classic R&B song “Stand By Me.”  I’m not crying, you’re crying. (But also I was totally crying.)

The first kiss was super-sweet

Everything we could have ever dreamed of and more. Still swooning over the whole thing.

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Fans were out in full force

Not only did fans line the streets near Windsor Castle, but street parties were thrown all over town. Following the ceremony, the newlyweds greeted thousands of well-wishers during a carriage ride through the town of Windsor.

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