PICTURE PERFECT Royal Wedding photos released as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wow in first official snaps

Bride Meghan Markle posed smiling next to her new husband Prince Harry and in-laws in the first official Royal Family photograph taken by acclaimed photographer Alexi Lubomirski

22 May 2018 - 10:22

MEGHAN Markle smiles beside her new husband Prince Harry - every inch a loved-up couple.

Official photographs of the wedding of the year have been released, the first snap of the new Royal Family together.

The Royal Family pose for their first photograph together after the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and his new bride, Meghan Markle

 Meghan smiles next to her new husband Prince Harry in the romantic photograph taken by Alexi Lubomirski
 
Meghan smiles next to her new husband Prince Harry in the romantic photograph taken by Alexi Lubomirski
 The Duchess of Sussex poses with her new husband and bridesmaids and pageboys, who include Princess Charlotte and Prince George, in the Green Drawing Room of Windsor Castle
 
The Duchess of Sussex poses with her new husband and bridesmaids and pageboys, who include Princess Charlotte and Prince George, in the Green Drawing Room of Windsor Castle

 

The photographs, taken by Alexi Lubomirksi, include Meghan Markle, 36, and her mother Doria Ragland by her side, surrounded by their new royal in-laws in the Green Drawing Room of Windsor Castle.

The photograph shows just how much the Royal Family has changed, with the American actress standing by her royal husband, the Queen and her yoga instructor mother.


Highlights from the Royal Wedding

  • Serena Williams smashed other guests at beer pong while DJ Idris Elba played 80s dance hits at the reception
  • Cheeky Royal Wedding guests were caught flogging gift bags for £400 on eBay just hours after the big day
  • Prince William 'pranked Harry by dangling a ladder from his car' as the newlyweds leave just after midnight
  • Meghan wore Diana’s ring as Harry drove the pair to their star-studded reception after tying the knot
  • Meghan changed out of her Givenchy wedding dress into a bespoke lily white high-neck silk crepe gown by Stella McCartney for the party
  • Prince Charles ‘had reception guests in stitches’ with gags about changing Harry’s nappy before a glittering firework display
  • Prince Harry and Meghan Markle earlier sealed their marriage with a kiss after a groundbreaking modern Royal Wedding
  • Meghan stunned in a Givenchy gown with a 15ft veil embroidered with flowers for the ceremony
  • At the ceremony American Bishop Michael Curry stole the show with an eccentric speech

Another more relaxed photograph shows the newlyweds sitting on some steps, with Prince Harry's arm protectively around his new wife as they both beam with delight hours after being declared man and wife.

In a statement from Kensington Palace, the newlyweds said: "The Duke and Duchess 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 those who watched on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world."

 Princess Charlotte might just be three-years-old but she is comfortable in front of the camera
 
Princess Charlotte might just be three-years-old but she is comfortable in front of the camera
 Prince George may normally be shy, but the schoolboy managed to pull out a cheeky smile for the camera
 
Prince George may normally be shy, but the schoolboy managed to pull out a cheeky smile for the camera
 An odd optical illusion was captured thanks to mirrors in the photograph
 
An odd optical illusion was captured thanks to mirrors in the photograph
 Two-year-old Zalie Warren seems to be distracted as she looks to the side for the official photograph
 
Two-year-old Zalie Warren seems to be distracted as she looks to the side for the official photograph
 Little Zalie Warren again seemed distracted by her smiling friend Charlotte, with the adorable bridesmaids wearing matching white dresses and flower crowns
 
Little Zalie Warren again seemed distracted by her smiling friend Charlotte, with the adorable bridesmaids wearing matching white dresses and flower crowns

In the third photograph, Prince Harry and Meghan can be seen sitting on the floor in Windsor Castle - surrounded by their adorable bridesmaids and pageboys, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Fifth-in-line to the throne Charlotte particularly seemed to be at home in front of the camera, with the three-year-old having been on sparkling form all day.

And big brother George seemed to appear slightly more comfortable as he stood with the couple, giving a cheeky grin in the snaps.

Meanwhile, two-year-old Zalie Warren appeared to be distracted in both photographs.

The toddler stared off into the distance while the other members of the bridal party posed for the camera.

But while the photographs have been flooded with compliments, some fans have noticed a bizarre optical illusion in two of the snaps thanks to mirrors in the drawing room.

 Prince William and Kate stood for more formal snaps during their wedding in 2011
 
Prince William and Kate stood for more formal snaps during their wedding in 2011
 Prince Charles and Diana's photoshoot in 1981 was also a more formal occasion
 
Prince Charles and Diana's photoshoot in 1981 was also a more formal occasion

The photographs come just days after Prince Harry married Meghan Markle in front of a star-studded crowd from the Queen to the Clooneys.

The Prince, who has previously revealed that he knew Meghan was the one for him the moment they met, hadn't hesitated to propose to the US actress.

And the pair's whirlwind romance came to a head over the weekend when Meghan married her very own Prince in the romantic ceremony that broke with tradition and celebrated the couple's modern relationship.

The wedding ceremony saw the couple seal the deal with a sweet kiss in front of Windsor's St George's Chapel.

Prince Harry couldn't take his eyes off his new wife, who stunned in a simply elegant white gown by Givenchy designer Clare Waight Keller.

The new Duchess of Sussex completed her look with Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau, made in 1932 - on loan from the Queen.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry has been praised for his "humility" and "commitment" for choosing to wear his regiment's Blues and Royals uniform with the rank of Major, instead of his general's uniform.

More than 100,000 people turned out in Windsor to greet the newlyweds as they made their way through the town after the ceremony.

The thousands of people who were in Windsor in person - plus the millions of viewers who tuned in around the world - were left melting at the couple's adoring relationship.

From Harry whispering "I missed you" to Meghan when she arrived at the altar to the flowers he had picked for her bouquet the day before, every moment of the wedding was filled with the couple's unique identity and love for each other.

Wedding watchers hailed Prince Harry and Meghan, saying the couple had thrown the Royal Family into the 21st century with their modern ceremony that included a gospel choir and charismatic American bishop.

Ingrid Seward, Editor in Chief of Majesty Magazine, told The Sun Online: "There's never been a royal wedding like in modern history.

"It was certainly a departure from tradition and and bodes well for the future of the modern monarchy."

Their wholly modern ceremony was a far cry from Royal Weddings of previous generations and showed the Monarchy mirroring modern Britain.

Mixed-race divorcee Meghan, 36, was embraced with open arms by her in-laws — a welcome not extended to previous newcomers to the family.

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