The Prince of Wales announced the engagement of his youngest son Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle on 27 November 2017. They became engaged earlier in the month, with the Prince giving Ms. Markle a bespoke engagement ring consisting of a large central diamond from Botswana, with two smaller diamonds from the jewellery collection of his mother, Princess Diana.
Prince Harry and Ms. Markle, an American actress best known for her role in the Canadian-American
legal-drama television series Suits, had officially been a couple since November 2016. After the
engagement, Ms. Markle began the long process of becoming a British citizen.
Prince Harry and Ms. Markle chose to hold the official photo call to mark the announcement of their
engagement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace. The garden had been a favourite of Diana,
Princess of Wales and the planting scheme was transformed into The White Garden in her memory in
The day before the wedding Kensington Palace announced that Prince Charles would accompany Ms.
Markle down the aisle, after she confirmed her father would not be attending the wedding due to his
recent heart surgery. The bride spent the night before the wedding at Cliveden House along with her
mother, while the groom stayed at Coworth Park Hotel with his brother, Prince William, the Duke of
The wedding took place on Saturday, 19 May 2018, at St George's Chapel, Windsor in a service
conducted by the Dean of Windsor and attended by around 600 guests.
Ms. Markle’s wedding dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller under the fashion house Givenchy.
The gorgeous 16-foot veil included flowers from all 53 countries in the Commonwealth. Ms Markle
was accompanied by her mother as she made her way to the church.
Prince Harry and his best man, the Duke of Cambridge, wore the frock coat uniform of the Blues and
Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons) in which both were commissioned, and Prince Harry
served for 10 years, including in combat in Afghanistan. Prince Harry wore the rank of major with the
star of the Royal Victorian Order, of which he is a Knight Commander, along with the ribbons of the
Royal Victorian Order, Operational Service Medal for Afghanistan, Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee
Medal and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and Army Air Corps wings.
A total of ten bridesmaids and page boys were chosen, with the bride and groom each selecting five.
Traditionally, royal princes have been awarded peerages prior to their marriages. Hours before the
wedding, Prince Harry was granted the titles Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton, and Baron Kilkeel,
and Ms. Markle assumed the style "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex" upon marriage.
After the ceremony, the newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex enjoyed a carriage procession
through Windsor to the delight of the waiting crowds and well-wishers.
Some 18 million TV viewers were reported in the UK and 30 million in the USA, with a global
audience estimated to be in the hundreds of millions.
15c Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their
engagement at The Sunken Gardens at Kensington Palace on November 27, 2017 in London, England.
(Photo by Chris Jackson/Chris Jackson/Getty Images).
50c Prince Harry and Meghan Markle watch a performance by a Welsh choir in the banqueting hall
during a visit to Cardiff Castle on January 18, 2018. (Photo by Ben Birchall - WPA Pool/Getty Images).
65c Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Duchess of Sussex in the Ascot Landau carriage during the
procession on The Long Walk, Windsor. (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images).
70c Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his new wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from
the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. (Photo by ANDREW MATTHEWS/AFP/Getty
Sheet Border: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for official engagement photos at Frogmore
House in December, 2017 in Windsor. (Photo by Alexi Lubomirski via Getty Images).
$2 S/S Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Owen
Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images).
S/S Border. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchange vows during their wedding ceremony. (Photo
by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images).
FDC Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wave from the Ascot
Landau Carriage during their carriage procession on Castle Hill outside Windsor Castle after their
wedding ceremony. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images).
Designer Bee Design
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Printer Cartor Security Printing
Perforation 13 1⁄4 x 13 1⁄2 per 2 cms
Stamp size 42 x 28mm
Sheet Layout 10 with pictorial border
Souvenir Sheet Size 100 x 68mm
Release date 15 August, 2018
Production Co-ordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd