The royal wedding: How it unfolded

By Meg Wagner and Lauren Said-Moorhouse, CNN

Updated 3:02 p.m. ET, May 19, 2018
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4:24 a.m. ET, May 19, 2018

Meghan and her mom requested more flowers yesterday

Meghan Markle and her mother toured St. George's Chapel, the venue for the wedding ceremony, yesterday.

The two were not "entirely satisfied" with the chapel's floral arrangements, CNN's Clarissa Ward reports.

"The problem wasn't the flowers themselves — they thought they looked beautiful — but they didn't feel that there were enough of them," she said

Watch more:

4:01 a.m. ET, May 19, 2018

Grounds guests get goodie bags full of cookies and chocolate

Commemorative gift bags are being handed out to the lucky members of public who are celebrating the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.

They contain a box of shortbread cookies, a giant chocolate coin, a bottle of water and a magnet.

4:48 a.m. ET, May 19, 2018

A 19-year-old cellist will perform today

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 19, will perform at today's wedding. He was the first black musician to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year award in 2016.

He just tweeted this:

Perviously, he said he was "bowled over" when Meghan Markle herself asked him to perform, he said.

"I was bowled over when Ms. Markle called me to ask if I would play during the ceremony, and of course I immediately said yes," Kanneh-Mason tweeted previously. "What a privilege to be able to play the cello at such a wonderful event. I can't wait!"
3:48 a.m. ET, May 19, 2018

Could you pass the UK citizenship test Meghan Markle will take?

Meghan Markle may be marrying into the British royal family but if she wants to be a Brit, the Queen’s future granddaughter-in-law still has to pass the same citizenship test as anyone else.

The American actress will need to correctly answer at least 18 out of 24 questions on a range of topics about life in the United Kingdom.

Could you pass? Test your knowledge here.

3:41 a.m. ET, May 19, 2018

Take a first look inside the chapel

Flowers adorn the front of the organ loft inside St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle later today.

Danny Lawson/WPA Pool/Getty Images
Danny Lawson/WPA Pool/Getty Images

3:34 a.m. ET, May 19, 2018

Meghan's "Suits" co-star jokes about wedding

Patrick J. Adams, who played Meghan Markle’s onscreen husband on “Suits,” is getting into the wedding spirit, posting a photo of a British newspaper with the caption “I’m beginning to think she might not actually be out getting milk. #royalwedding.”

When Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry was announced, Adams joked: She told me she was just going out to get milk.”

Adams also left the show alongside Markle this season.

3:37 a.m. ET, May 19, 2018

Meghan is the first Duchess of Sussex

From CNN’s Hilary McGann

Photo by Steve Parsons - Pool / Getty Images
Photo by Steve Parsons - Pool / Getty Images

Meghan is the first person to hold the title Duchess of Sussex.

She'll marry Prince Harry later today. He'll get three titles, for England, Wales and Scotland: Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel.

There's only been one other Duke of Sussex — an anti-slavery campaigner and supporter of rights for Catholics and Jews. 

Prince Augustus Frederick (1773–1843), was the sixth son and ninth child of George III and Queen Charlotte, according to the Royal Collection. 

He secretly married Lady Augusta Murray in 1793, who was Catholic – a time when the Royal Marriages act prevented members of the royal family from marrying Catholics. King George III declared the marriage void in 1794.

He became Duke of Sussex in 1801, and became estranged from his father because of his liberal political views. 

He is the only previous Duke of Sussex – and because the King annulled his marriage, there has never been a previous Duchess of Sussex.

3:26 a.m. ET, May 19, 2018

Who will be at the royal wedding? 2,600 members of the public.

From CNN's Laura Smith-Spark and Judith Vonberg

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have invited more than 2,600 members of the public to the grounds of Windsor Castle to share their wedding day.

The invitees will be able to watch the arrivals of the bride and groom and their guests at St. George's Chapel, where the ceremony takes place, They'll also watch the newlyweds depart the castle on a carriage procession through the town of Windsor.

Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have said they want their wedding day to be shaped so as to allow members of the public to feel part of the celebrations too," a palace press release said. "This wedding, like all weddings, will be a moment of fun and joy that will reflect the characters and values of the bride and groom."

Who's included in the 2,600 invitees?

  • 1,200 members of the public from across the United Kingdom
  • 100 pupils from two local schools
  • 200 people from a range of charities and organizations with which Harry and Markle have a close connection.
  • 610 Windsor Castle community members, including residents of Windsor Castle and members of the St. George's Chapel community
  • 530 members of the royal households and Crown Estate
3:21 a.m. ET, May 19, 2018

Harry and Meghan's new titles revealed

Queen Elizabeth just announced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's new titles. Harry will get three: One for England, one for Scotland and one for Wales.

Here's the announcement from Kensington Palace:

The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Prince Harry thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms. Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.