Today marks the wedding of the year – where the stunning Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have said their vows in front of the Nation.
Of course, one key person is missing today – Harry’s beloved mother, Princess Diana.
However, the couple were keen to ensure that she isn’t forgotten, with three of her siblings invited – and her sister Jane, gave poignant reading in Diana’s absence.
In a previous statement, the palace revealed: ‘In addition to having the support of The Queen, his father The Prince of Wales, and his brother Prince William as Best Man, Prince Harry is also keen to involve his mother’s family in his wedding.’
And that’s not the only way Diana’s memory was marked on the day. When guests walked into St James Chapel in Windsor Castle, they did so under an elaborate archway made up of Diana’s favourite flowers. Adorning the organ loft and entry way were hundreds peonies and white garden roses as a stunning tribute to Harry’s mother.
Reportedly, Prince Harry handpicked the flowers himself for Meghan’s bouquet from Kensington Palace, including forget-me-nots, a preferred flower of Princess Diana.
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The couple also included the hymn, Guide Me Oh Thy Great Redeemer, which was sung at Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997.
To honour their mother’s legacy, and her tireless charity work, the couple asked wedding guests to donate money to one of Diana’s chosen charities – The Children’s HIV Association – as well numerous other charities Diana was involved in.
Words by Lauren Hughes. From our sister site Woman and Home.