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The day is finally here! In a few hours, Britain's Prince Harry will exchange wedding vows with fiancée Meghan Markle at England's ancient Windsor Castle. The entire world is eyeing the historic ceremony as the royal marries his California-born bride at 4:30 IST on Saturday.
Upon the culmination of nuptials, Prince Henry of Wales will be handed over to the Dukedom of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. On marriage with His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, Meghan Markle will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.
Post the confirmation of Meghan's father Thomas Markle backing off from the royal wedding, the bride-to-be has asked His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to accompany her down the aisle. The Kensington Palace confirmed that Prince Charles is pleased to do the honours.
The ceremony and two receptions will bring together Britain's most senior royals including Harry's grandparents, the Queen and Prince Philip along with Prince Charles, with a raft of UK and US celebrities. Notably, the royal wedding will mark Prince Philip's first public appearance since he had hip surgery last month.
The mixed-race American actress has been known as a vocal feminist, which will reflect in her wedding vows during which she will not promise to "obey" her husband Prince Harry, marking another historical moment along with her decision of not being chaperoned for much of the procession down the aisle.
Prince Charles will, however, join her when she reaches the Quire where the main royal guests will be seated until the foot of the altar. The dean of Windsor, the Right Reverend David Conner, will conduct the service, while the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, the most senior cleric in the Church of England, will officiate.
Much like his brother Prince William, Prince Harry, the military veteran and Captain General of the Royal Marines might wear a ceremonial uniform. Although, unlike the quintessential royal weddings, the order of service at this one will be distinctly modern given the couple has chosen a modern set of wedding vows.
Following the ceremony, Markle and Harry will process through the town in an elegant horse-drawn carriage. It won't be surprising if the streets of Windsor are blocked as thousands of citizens are expected to arrive with the hope of catching one glimpse of the royal couple.