Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s marriage marks a defiance of historical tradition but in a good way. Right off the bat, Meghan embarked on an entirely different way of doing things when she walked down the aisle alone.
For the first time ever, Meghan was the first royal bride to walk down the aisle without accompaniment for a majority of the way. However, Prince Charles later joined her, as her father couldn’t make it
And perhaps the most significant fact of the entire ceremony, is that Meghan is the first mixed race person to ever marry into the British royal family, making it a vital moment in history.
Reportedly, the vast majority of Meghan’s actions are done with purpose and willful intention, with each choice carrying meaning or ideological weight.
For instance, she wore a Givenchy gown, which was created by Claire Waight Keller, the first female artistic director of a French fashion house. Additionally, Michael Curry, the first black man to head the Episcopal Church in the United State, gave a sermon at their wedding.
During his speech, Curry made reference to the late and great Martin Luther King Junior. And for many, the interracial marriage between Markle and Harry is meaningful, as it signifies social progress.
While the congregation was taking their seat, Curry said out loud, “we’re going to sit down, we gotta get y’all married!” and many people were genuinely surprised, as his energetic nature is outside of the British tradition, especially in the royal family.
Thousands outside the gates of the wedding sang along with the gospel group, Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir, who are based out of London, England. The crowd and the choir sang along to the track, “Stand By Me,” originally penned by Ben E. King.
The wedding featured other songs with historical significance including “This Little Light Of Mine,” a melody strongly associated with the civil rights movement.