by Cameron Dinkins
Since the announcement of the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, many people have been waiting with immense anticipation to witness their nuptial ceremony.
Meghan Markle looked stunning in her dress designed by Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy. The dress was simple, yet elegant, much like Markle herself. The dress featured a 16-foot veil that beautifully trailed behind the bride as she cascaded down the aisle.
The groom, Prince Harry, followed the lead of his beautiful bride and looked rather dapper himself in his military suit.
The wedding itself was a spectacle and undoubtedly the most lit wedding the Royal Family has probably ever seen. The exciting gospel choir and the powerful words by Reverend Michael Curry provided a refreshing black component to one of the most noteworthy events of 2018. The newlyweds definitely spiced up the traditional royal wedding.
Curry, who is currently the presiding elder of the Episcopal Church, started the ceremony with an amazing word. He both opened and ended his sermon with quotes from the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and spoke on the power of love. His message illustrated how people must make love the way. He even touched on the topic of slavery (how ironic knowing the setting). Many in the crowd looked stuffy and seemed to not understand Reverend Curry’s delivery, but his words were something everyone needed to hear.
Reverend Curry was not the only exciting part of the ceremony, The Kingdom Choir’s performance was one for the books. A local British choir made up of about 20 black men and women, totally shut the ceremony down with their rendition of “Lean On Me”. Their booming sound livened up the entire feeling in the room. There were many smiles as they sung their hearts out. Not only did the crowd liven a little, twitter was excited to see the soulful choir at the wedding.
The Kingdom Choir did not stop with the endless soulful hits. They sung “This Little Light of Mine” a powerful negro spiritual and a song just about every black person who has ever been to church knows well, and they sung the chorus of the hymn “Amen” as the bride and groom exited the chapel. The harmonies in the hymn were so beautiful that they could be heard over the reporters talking on the broadcast. Needless to say, the choir truly made you feel like you were at church on a Sunday morning.
In addition to the choir, Markle picked, 19-year-old, Sheku Kanneh- Mason to play the cello ceremony. He elegantly played, “Sicilienne” by Maria Theresia von Paradis;” “Apres un Reve” by Gabriel Faure and “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert. In 2016, Kanneh- Mason was the first black person to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year.
While the day itself seemed magical the preparation for the wedding wasn’t, there was a significant amount of drama coming from Meghan’s side. Her father would have to miss the wedding because of a heart surgery and her estranged siblings were bitter that they were not invited to wedding. Yet, through all the chaos, the wedding still was amazing. Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, was there by her daughter’s side through the whole process and was beaming with pride as she watched her only daughter become the Duchess of Sussex.
Although most of her family was absent, the congregation was filled with some of Meghan’s closest friends, whom just happen to be A- list celebrities. Oprah, Serena Williams, the cast of Suits, Priankya Chopra, Elton John and many more were in attendance.
It’s safe to say, Windsor Castle has never seen a wedding like this one. This Royal Wedding was uniquely and intentionally designed to portray a level of love and cultural inclusion very few had witnessed before. Hopefully this wedding will influence other ceremonies in the future. We know Princess Diana is smiling from Heaven right now seeing her youngest son happy in love, and there is nothing but the best wishes to the newest Duke and Duchess of Sussex, everyone’s new favorite royals.