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[14:00:28] DON LEMON, CNN ANCHOR: And hello to our viewers around the world. Welcome to CNN's special coverage of the royal wedding. I'm Don Lemon.

CLARISSA WARD, CNN ANCHOR: And I am Clarissa Ward here on this beautiful day. The sun is just softening a little bit. The temperature coming down.

LEMON: Cooling off, yes.

WARD: And in the next hour, we're getting very excited, we hope to have another glimpse of Meghan and Harry as they go to the second reception. Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle are, of course, now officially husband and wife.

LEMON: We keep saying American actress. She's not an American actress anymore. She's a princess.

WARD: She's just an American princess. Just.

LEMON: She's an American who is now a -- can you call her -- would she be a British princess? She's a duchess.

WARD: A duchess.

RICHARD FITZWILLIAMS, CNN COMMENTATOR: She's the first Duchess of Sussex. There's never been one before. There was a Duke of Sussex, who was the sixth son of George III.

LEMON: That's Richard Fitzwilliams, who we were going to introduce a bit later on, but he jumped in on this. Thank you for jumping in there.

But I can't let this go. Look at that. The castle is right behind us. You see the planes going over. They rerouted the flight path so that it wouldn't be near the wedding. But this is just a spectacularly beautiful day in more ways than one really all around with the scenery, what happened inside and outside the chapel, and also at the castle as well. So we're awaiting the newlyweds, as you said.

WARD: Let's take a look. We have to go back and look at some of the most beautiful moments. There were so many of them, but let's just walk back through the day. Let's take a look.





REV. MICHAEL CURRY: From the "Song of Solomon" from the Bible. Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm. But love is as strong as death. Passion, fierce as the grave, its flashings are flashings of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love. Neither can floods drowned it out.


[14:05:00] PRINCE HARRY: I, Harry, take you Meghan.


PRINCE HARRY: To be my wife.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I, Meghan, take you Harry.

MEGHAN MARKLE: I, Meghan, take you Harry.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To be my husband.

MARKLE: To be my husband.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Meghan, I give you this ring.

PRINCE HARRY: Meghan, I give you this ring.

MARKLE: Harry, I give you this ring.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: As a sign of our marriage.

MARKLE: As a sign of our marriage.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I therefore proclaim that they are husband and wife.



LEMON: Just, just beautiful. Really, an incredible, inspiring day, and a day where we needed some joy, as the bishop said earlier, and we absolutely got that. We're standing by for another glance, another glimpse at the newlyweds, Prince Harry and America actress, former actress Meghan Markle, right?

WARD: That's right. And they are getting ready to leave their first reception, which was hosted by the queen, and head to the second reception, the party after the party, at Frogmore House. That could happen any moment now. We are waiting with baited breath.

LEMON: Yes. And she's expected to speak there at the second reception.

So let's bring in now our all-star passion, editor of the fashion blog "Meghan's Mirror," that's Christine Ross. You wanted me to introduce you like that.


LEMON: Royal Commentator Richard Fitzwilliams, and CNN contributor and author of "Harry, Conversations with the Prince," Angela Levin is here with us as well. So thank you all for joining us. Good to see you all again. So, what did you think of -- she's going to change outfits, right?

ROSS: We hope so.

LEMON: Any idea what she's going to wear?

ROSS: I definitely think this is going to be her opportunity to wear something a lot jazzier. We saw a very conservative, very royal outfit the first time we saw her today, so I'm hoping for something a little more exciting for the afternoon. We've been saying knees up. It's kind of a big, fun party. So I'm hoping for something that's flashy.

LEMON: The designer, do you think it's going to be British designer?

ROSS: I am not so sure. I think this could be an opportunity for Ralph & Russo to pop their name in the back. I think we might also see something from Erdem tonight.

WARD: We'll all be excited to see that. The other thing we're going to be excited to see, although we won't be able to see it, but we'll hear about it afterwards I guess, is this idea that Meghan will be speaking.


WARD: This is sort of bucking the trend, let's say.

FITZWILLIAMS: She's able to waive the rules, as we've been seeing, and this has actually been happening for quite a long time since she's been a fiancee spending Christmas with the royals. There's no question that she'd be an absolutely superb speaker. Remember she is a United Nations spokesperson, or was because she has now left the role for gender inequality. And I saw a speech she gave and she talked about her activism at the age of 11 and the way she was able to have that sexist advertisement changed within a month by writing Hillary Clinton.

But she's a superb speaker. She's cerebral, she's articulate. It's one of the reasons I think that's Harry is so drawn to her. A soulmate, you could see that as we'd been discussing a little earlier. Mirroring in his face was this absolute devotion to somebody that he found that he once said, I wonder whether anyone could really take me on. Then, of course --

WARD: She has.

FITZWILLIAMS: And now have been found.

LEMON: He looked a bit nervous, and a bit warm, as you mentioned earlier, sort of wiping his brow and wiping his lip. But for the second reception, which is obviously a lot more laid back than the wedding, we'll probably see more of his personality come out because he's going to be with his closest friends.

ANGELA LEVIN, AUTHOR, "HARRY, CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PRINCE": Yes, he'll be very ebullient. At his brother's wedding, he was the one to give the main speech. He sent it to his Chelsea who was his at the time, and she crossed out lots including about Kate's legs. She took it all out. And he gave that to the queen, and she passed it. And she didn't stay to hear it, but he gave this speech.

[14:10:11] And this is his own about Meghan. I think it will be full of love and enthusiasm and loads of jokes. Harry likes to crack jokes.

WARD: That is something that is so important, I think, and it's really something he inherited from Diana specifically, his love of fun, his ability to be naughty. Who could forget the images of him arriving at his school Weatherby and sticking out his tongue to all the photographers from the back of the car. I think he's always had that proclivity for mischief.

LEVIN: That occasion was actually the last time he stuck his tongue out because he was told off by William. William said, you don't do that anymore.

And the reason he started to do it was that photographers would stuck their tongue out to get him to do it in return. So he didn't realize it was wrong. He did it automatically. William put a stop to that. So he hasn't done that. But he was mischievous. And he said to me, Eaton, which is the school where we're very close to now where William went, he said he decided to be a bad boy. And he was naughty. He said, my mother encouraged me to be naughty. She used to squeeze sweets in their football socks. Be naughty but don't get caught.

WARD: Exactly.

LEMON: Also what's interesting to me is when they started becoming teenagers. The girls would all scream at William, and then Harry realized that his brother was embarrassed by it and he would egg them on just to embarrass his brother.

LEVIN: Yes, he did that. He also embarrassed his brother in Eaton in a cross-country run. He hid behind a tree and came out and said, boo, can I have your autograph? William stopped dead, gave him the most filthy look, and, unfortunately, didn't win the race. But he loves those practical jokes endlessly.

LEMON: Before we get to the break, what do you think we're going to see at the start of their marriage, more or less of them as they --

ROSS: I think they're going to be a total team. I think they're ready to take on the world together.

LEMON: Publicly they're --

ROSS: Yes. They're going to come together. I think we'll see a lot of joint engagements, a lot of them showing their teamwork together.

WARD: And I think a lot of people are going to be watching those engagements with great enthusiasm. Christine, Angela, Richard, thank you so much for joining us, as always. We're grateful for your commentary.

LEMON: We're going to be back in a moment with more from Windsor Castle. And we're going to give you a look now at more from the moments of today's big day.


PRINCE HARRY: I, Harry, take you Meghan.


PRINCE HARRY: To be my wife.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To have and to hold.

PRINCE HARRY: To have and to hold.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: From this day forward.

PRINCE HARRY: From this day forward.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For better, for better.

MEGHAN MARKLE: For better, for worse.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: For richer, for poorer.

MARKLE: For richer, for poorer.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In sickness and in health.

MARKLE: In sickness and in health.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To love and to cherish.

MARKLE: To love and to cherish.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Till death us do part.

MARKLE: Till death us do part.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: According to God's holy law.

PRINCE HARRY: According to God's holy law.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: In the presence of God.

PRINCE HARRY: In the presence of God.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I make this vow.

PRINCE HARRY: I make this vow.

Meghan, I give you this ring.

MARKLE: Harry, I give you this ring.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I, therefore, proclaim that they are husband and wife.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is CNN breaking news.

[14:18:36] FREDRICKA WHITFIELD, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome back. I'm Fredricka Whitfield. Just a few moments ago officials gave an update on the Santa Fe high school shooting. We are now learning that as many as 13 were wounded. Here was Congressman Randy Weber.


RE. RANDY WEBER, (R) TEXAS: I'm Randy Weber. I represent the 14th district of Congress. This is a tough time. We've got a hurting community. We've got people who have lost loved ones, some of them students, some adults. We are going to pull through this. This is going to be the time of healing. This is the second time in eight months that we've gone through tragedy. We had hurricane Harvey end of last August, now this.

We will pull together. We will grieve together. We will love one another. We will work together. We did it after Harvey, still doing it after Harvey. We'll do it after this. I told people back after the hurricane that Harvey may have brought the downpour, but our Texans and our friends and our neighbors are bringing the outpour. The Lord will help us to grieve through this, to love on those folks, to be a blessing to them and to redouble our efforts to hug our kids, maintain that degree of respect for one another, love for our family, for our community.

[14:20:07] Santa Fe is what I call the salt of the earth community. Just doesn't get any better than this. And we're going to get through this. We will once again laugh. It will be a while, but we will get through this. And we just want everyone that's watching and listening to pray for Santa Fe and all the victims and the families, and we appreciate you all being here.


WHITFIELD: Our CNN correspondent Rosa Flores has more on the ongoing investigation. Rosa? ROSA FLORES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Fred, I wish I had more information after this press conference, but we did not get an update on the investigation. There are a lot of questions that we have that have gone unanswered.

We don't know how this student actually got access, if he went in and out of the school, if the shooting happened inside or outside of classrooms. We don't know how long the shooting happened, where it exactly occurred. And so we're still trying to get answers to a lot of those questions. But at this moment they're not releasing any of that.

What we do know is that the shooter, who has confessed, according to a probable cause document, because he did go before a judge and he is now charged with capital murder and also aggravated assault. In that probable cause we did learn a little more, specifically that he had exited the art lab where a portion of the shooting happened and then surrendered to police. And then at that point he was apprehended, taken into custody, and that he is cooperating with authorities.

WHITFIELD: And then, Rosa, we know that this suspect used guns that belonged to his father legally. Do we know how he obtained them?

FLORES: It's unclear how the father obtained those weapons and then how the shooter gained access to those weapons. Again, those are some of the questions that we still have. We know that it was a shotgun and a .38 revolver, but it's unclear where those weapons were. We visited some of the locations where the ATF and other federal authorities had been scouring. And we learned very little from neighbors regarding the weapons, regarding the shooter's demeanor and that sort of thing.

What we can tell you is that at first, Fred, you probably remember this, authorities were talking about the number of explosives, naming pipe bombs and pressure cooker bombs and IEDs. Now authorities are calling these bombs or devices juvenile and unsophisticated. Initially the feds had said that they might charge him federally. They were considering federal charges but now they don't appear to stick because, again, because of how they're describing these devices now as juvenile and unsophisticated, so it doesn't appear federal charges will be filed.

But we do know, of course, that he is facing capital charges, capital murder charges and an aggravated assault charge. And where we go from here, from what I can tell you, what's happening in the school right now, they are beginning, and they will begin to escort teachers and students into this school so they can get their belongings, so that they can get their vehicles as well. So a very tough, difficult time, Fred, for these individuals to have to come into this building, to have to come into the parking lot and get their belongings after the last time they were here they were fleeing for their lives.

WHITFIELD: Rosa Flores, thank you so much. Let's also check in with CNN anchor Erica Hill. So, Erica, still so many unanswered questions.

ERICA HILL, CNN ANCHOR: There are. I just want to pick up on something that Rosa was just talking about, Fredricka. She was talking about the students coming back here. We do know they'll be coming in groups of 10, but they've been very clear you can't just show up at the school and expect that you're going to be able to get in there.

Keep in mind they all had to leave. Their bags are inside. Some of these kids, their phones are inside. The keys to their cars that are in the parking lot for the students and the staff, all of that is inside. They're being taken inside in groups of 10. They have to come to the school with valid identification. They will be taken in to collect. At the press conference they were just asking about this for training the officers have had that will be leading these students and staff through the school.

And they were very clear, look, this is something that they train for, unfortunately, all the time, level one and level two active shooter situations. So they know what they're dealing with. They also know the emotions that a lot of these folks are going to be feeling on the day after as they're still processing what happened.

We should point out, too, the FBI, which of course is now leading the investigation, asking for any pictures, any video of what may have happened yesterday inside that school because, Fredricka, those will also be a very important part of their investigation moving forward.

[14:25:18] WHITFIELD: Erica Hill, thank you so much. We'll check back with you all.

And of course we'll also have more live coverage from Windsor Castle and the royal wedding right after this.


[14:30:14] LEMON: Welcome back, everyone, to our very special coverage of the royal wedding.

WARD: And just moments ago we saw Harry and Meghan leave for the reception. Let's take a look at these images. Wow. Beautiful.

LEMON: Pretty swank, right?

WARD: Seriously. I don't know where to start with the car, the dress, Prince Harry's dinner jacket, which is incredibly suave as well.

LEMON: It's velvet, I here.

WARD: Jaguar E-Type.

LEMON: It's 1968.

WARD: Beautiful.

LEMON: And I'm hearing it's a Stella McCartney gown.

WARD: Stella McCartney, again, very simple, very understated. Beautiful bare shoulders, hair up. I mean, she is just unbelievably chic and elegant. And there they are.

LEMON: This is so glamorous. I kind of hate them right now.


LEMON: I'm totally jealous right now.

WARD: And they are driving off to the second reception at Frogmore House. We're joined now by CNN's Bianca Nobilo. Bianca, can you see the car from your vantage point at all?

BIANCA NOBILO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I can't now, as they've left, but there were huge cheers in the crowd yet again. People so excited to get one last glimpse of the happy couple as they make their way to that far less formal reception. There's only going to be about 200 guests at Frogmore House, which is about 15 minutes' drive away.

And I did just hear as well that the number plate on that E-type Jag is today's date. So all these little touches just celebrating the love. Don, you're not going to like that if you felt they were too gorgeous already. So she was looking gorgeous in that Stella McCartney. They're now on their way to this reception hosted by Prince Charles. So it's like to be a very fun affairs. It will be a fun aware. Both known for wanting to have a good time, full of celebrity guests and glitterati. It will be a fun night.

LEMON: It's so gorgeous. It's like James Bond.

WARD: It really is.

FITZWILLIAMS: Or a commercial.

LEVIN: In the film, the sunset.

LEMON: That's it, I'm done. I'm out of here. All kidding aside, she looks beautiful, he looks very handsome, suave, debonair. She's gorgeous. Come on, the day really has been --

LEVIN: Her hair is very natural again, isn't it? The strands coming down --

WARD: She's very into that loose, gentle --

LEVIN: It was done very, very careful.

LEMON: It's sort of Hepburn movie, don't you think?

LEVIN: Absolutely. Yes.

FITZWILLIAMS: It's almost as you say a perfection. What's wrong with perfection occasionally?

LEMON: You know what I like. I've been saying this all day, but this is the youthful royal family. This is -- this is what -- the people are ready for this, for some vigor and some youth when it comes to the royals. WARD: Absolutely. It's perfection, but at the same time it still

feels authentic, it still feels personal. The royal family is sometimes so reserved. Exactly. It feels a little more casual, a little more spontaneous, a little more fun, a little more edgy. What do you make --

LEMON: Casual glamour.

ROSS: We like to call it polished imperfection where it's not quite perfect but it's totally polished and creates a really lovely finished look. And that's kind of how Meghan likes to style most of her outfits where she loves it to be very put together, maybe some that's just a little bit loose or a little bit casual.

WARD: Did you notice her hair as well in the ceremony, there was sort of a strand coming down.

ROSS: It makes her more relatable, really. We feel she's down to earth, we can connect to that. Because as women, we've all been there.

LEMON: Do they put their seat belts on? That's what I want to know.

ROSS: I'm thinking no.

LEMON: Is Bianca still there? Are you still with us Bianca? She's gone. OK, I'm just wondering the route and how long it takes them to get to Frogmore from --

LEVIN: Ten minutes or so.

FITZWILLIAMS: A ten-minute drive. Very, very near.

LEMON: As they drive, there are going to be people still along the procession --

LEVIN: No, this is inside the grounds.


WARD: But what fun they must be having right now. You know, the cameras are still there, but it's a private moment for them. They get to enjoy themselves.

LEVIN: I love the skirt. It's just --

LEMON: You love that, don't you, Angela?

LEVIN: Yes, I love it.


LEMON: She can't take her eyes off it. It really is quite --

LEVIN: I love the number plate. They spent a lot of attention to detail. The palace does detail absolutely extraordinarily. For a buffet they have the forks measured, each one between -- the distance between each one is the same. Everything is perfect. This is fun perfection. I completely agree with you. Thinking of a number plate, roaring with laughter.

LEMON: Who choreographed this?

LEVIN: The two of them, I think.

LEMON: The two of them, you think so?

LEVIN: Yes, yes.

LEMON: Very nice, very nice.

LEVIN: The people bringing it into action, but their ideas are theirs.

[14:35:00] FITZWILLIAMS: But the precision, this is one thing I think that's admired around the world is British precision when it comes to ceremonials. At the banquet, the queen will go and inspect beforehand and move anything that doesn't appear --

WARD: Let's face it, no one does it like the brits.

LEMON: You said it was a 1968 Jaguar. I would say, it's a Jaguar.

WARD: Jaguar.

LEMON: Like, Porsche, not Porsche. Jaguar. It's fantastic.

Anyway, that is the second sighting of them. They're off to their second reception which is a knees-up reception where they're going to party. Maybe we'll get another glimpse of them. I don't know. We'll probably going to hear what happens in the reception where she's going to speak. Much more of our special coverage of the royal wedding continues right after this break.


[14:40:23] WARD: Welcome back to our special coverage of the royal wedding where the pomp and circumstance is over and now it is time to party on.

LEMON: Oh, yes, they just drove off to the party.

WARD: You could feel it, they were feeling the party. They were ready.

LEMON: Look at them. I hate them. I'm just joking. I love them. But they're so perfect --

LEVIN: Her posture is amazing.

WARD: Yes, right? Prince Harry and Meghan Markle departed the royal castle as you can see moments ago to head to their next reception in their 1968 Jaguar, you said was an E-Type? WARD: It's an E-Type. It's a sexy automobile.

LEMON: Everything detail down to the perfection. The license plate which reflected today's date. So very beautiful. This one is going to be thrown by Prince Charles, right?

WARD: Right. And it's 200 as opposed to 600.

LEMON: The details, Nick Watt has all the details. Nick, so, this is -- will this be the final celebration, the biggest celebration where he's joined by family and friends?

NICK WATT, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, this is the knees-up. This is the party at the end of the day. They've basically been peeling off the layers of the onion during the day. We had maybe, I don't know, a billion watching on TV, 100,000 people in Windsor, 2,600 people inside the castle grounds, 600 inside the actual church. They had lunch with the queen. Now it's down to the core 200.

And as we just saw, they're driving on of in that beautiful E-Type Jag, the evening sun glimpsing. It's perfect, perfect, perfect. Harry wearing a dinner jacket, Meghan wearing a Stella McCartney dress.

Of course the next thing after the party tonight, where Meghan will apparently speak, the next thing is the honeymoon. But they are not leaving this weekend. They are undertaking a royal engagement, a garden party with Prince Charles in London Tuesday. Maybe after that they'll go somewhere. We still don't know where, and, frankly, I think we should leave them to it. They have given so much today. We have seen so much of them. It would be great if they could just go on honeymoon and everyone just leave them alone. But right now they will be there already.

WARD: That will never happen.

WATT: That knees-up will have started -- no, it won't. But anyway, listen, that party under way right now, the final act of the day.

LEMON: Yes. Thank you, Nick. Thank you, we appreciate it. We don't know where they're going. It has not been confirmed.

WARD: We don't, we don't. There's all sorts of speculation but we don't know yet.

LEMON: No one really knows. So make sure you stay with us for our special coverage of the royal wedding. It's going to continue when we come back, right?

WARD: And we will be taking a look at the highlights from this beautiful day, the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Stay with us.




[14:47:46] WHITFIELD: And we are back now with our special coverage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding. It is a beautiful day of love and celebration here in Windsor, England, and around the world, of course.

WARD: Harry and Meghan are now officially husband and wife. They are heading to their second reception of the day. This one is going to be the real party, as we start to wrap up our special coverage.

LEMON: I can't get over the car, the dress, the tuxedo, James Bond- esque. Very James Bond-esque, very super hero-esque.

Let's check in now with CNN's Nick Glass who has some of the highlights from the couple's big day.



NICK GLASS, CNN CORRESPONDENT: The gospel soul classic "Stand By Me" from 1961, we assume the song means a lot to the couple and we also assume it's never been sung at a British royal wedding before.


GLASS: The choir stood at the back of St. George's Chapel Windsor and simply sang for Harry and Meghan.


GLASS: There was a palpable sense of departure here. On one side of the chapel a certain English royal stiffness, perhaps of reserve, in contrast a warmth and vivid emotion on the other side. Meghan Markle's arrival looks like she may help change things.


GLASS: We always knew that the turnout would be glamorous, a divorced biracial American actress marrying the most popular of English princes. We weren't disappointed. The church filled. Meghan's on- screen husband from "Suits" husband, Patrick J. Adams, David Beckham, Mr. Elton John and husband, Serena Williams tennis player.

The vintage Rolls Royce swept bride and mother to the chapel and we glimpsed the dress for the first time. It turned out to be French couture, Givenchy with the most delicate of lengthy of veils sewn with floral symbols from all over the commonwealth. The 1930s tiara was borrowed from the queen.

[14:50:00] It seems that Meghan had always planned to walk down the first part of the aisle by herself followed by her retinue of bridesmaids and page boys. In the absence of her father, Prince Charles met her halfway.

And, of course, at this wedding, there was love. This was visibly, inescapably a romantic union.

REV. MICHAEL CURRY: The late Dr. Martin Luther King once said, and I quote, "We must discover the power of love. The redemptive power of love."

GLASS: For a good 13 minutes or so, St. George's Chapel reverberated to unfamiliar oratory, America and passionate. The response was mixed.

CURRY: He didn't -- he wasn't getting anything out of it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I, Meghan, take you Harry.

MARKLE: I, Meghan, take you Harry.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To be my husband.

MARKLE: To be my husband.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: To love and to cherish.

MARKLE: To love and to cherish.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Till death us do part.

MARKLE: Till death us do part.

GLASS: And so, Harry and Meghan were married in a Great English medieval chapel and kissed without any prompting from the waiting cameramen. Thomas Markle watched it all on television. My baby, he said, looked beautiful and very happy. In what seemed like Californian sunshine, his daughter now has a title. She's the duchess of Sussex, although we'll probably refer to them as just Harry and Meghan.

Nick Glass for CNN.


LEMON: Nick Glass, thank you very much.

I'd like to bring back our guests for now the hour, Christine Ross and Angela Levin. So closing thoughts. What do you think? Before that, can we talk about the cake?

WARD: The cake, yes. The cake. We have a picture of the cake.

LEMON: Let's put it up.

WARD: Let's see this cake. This nontraditional, nonfruit cake, this splendid Amalfi lemon and elderflower cake.

LEMON: It's a tiered cake but the tiers are not on top of each other. Does that make sense?

ROSS: It's deconstructed almost. It's really beautiful.

LEVIN: They said it would be in an installation, and this is the installation.

LEMON: I quite like it. I think it's -- I like it.

WARD: I like the sound of it because I think we all know that fruitcake is not the most delicious. But, Angela, your final thoughts on this beautiful day?

LEVIN: I feel very calm and very satisfied. And I think that's because it's been such a beautiful wedding. The beautiful weather, and people who really love each other. It's very emotional.

WARD: It is emotional. And it's incredible how it's extravagant, it's pomp, it's pageantry, but it was also intimate and simple cozy.

LEVIN: And she said that, didn't she, when she met Harry, and all the difficulties. She said all those difficulties, actually when you get down to basics, it's just a couple who really love each other. And I think that's what it's all about.

LEMON: What do you think?

ROSS: I have to agree. I think that they were so filled with love, and really in a time where we kind of needed a day where we can be happy and celebrate. And it was wonderful. It felt very down to earth. It felt like they weren't up on a pedestal. I felt very connected with them.

WARD: And when she was introduced to them, she was set up on a blind date, and she had asked her friends, she said the only thing that matters, is he nice? Is he kind? That's such a simple thing when someone is trying to hook you up with a prince, it might not be the first question.


WARD: But for Meghan it was the first question she asked. If he wasn't kind, it was going to be a nonstarter. And somehow that kindness was really reflected.

LEMON: I thought it was a beautiful day. I became way more interested in the royals than I've ever been in my life.

WARD: Me, too.

LEMON: I sat and watched princess Diana's wedding. I was obviously much younger as a kid. I didn't see much of William and Kate's wedding. It just wasn't on the radar. But this I think people all over the world, just like me, and they're interested. There's diversity. There's something that attracts me to it. I see myself in it as a person of color and as an American. So I think this is good for not just for Brits or the royals, I think it's good for the world. I do have to say -- can you just put the cake up?


LEMON: Because if anyone is going to the reception, if you know anybody, you have any connections, please send me some of this cake. It is designed by Claire Ptak. It features elderflower syrup. It's made at the queen's residence from the estate's own elderflower trees as well as --

WARD: It has to be locally sourced. This is very much the theme of the day, I think. Locally sourced.

LEMON: I want a piece of that cake because it's lemon.

WARD: Oh, lemon for the Lemon.

LEMON: Of course.

WARD: How did we only just make this connection now? That's adorable.

LEMON: I would like to thank Meghan and Harry for a little joy, a little happiness, and I don't have to cover such negativity going on in politics and around the world. So, thank you. Congratulations to them. We wish you a long and happy life together. And bring us some kids. We need some ginger kids.

[14:55:13] WARD: And thank you all for joining us today on this beautiful day. What an extraordinary event it has been. That is it now for our special coverage of the royal wedding.

LEMON: I'm Don Lemon.

WARD: I'm Clarissa Ward.

LEMON: You can watch our replay 8:00 p.m. eastern right here on CNN. Bye, everyone, from Windsor.