We are back with a very quick post on the official wedding photos.
Three pictures were released by Kensington Palace this morning and they are terrific. They were shot just after Meghan’s and Harry’s carriage ride through Windsor. One features the entire wedding party: Meghan and Harry, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, William and Kate, plus the six bridesmaids and four page boys, including Princess Charlotte and Prince George.
The pictures were shot by Alexi Lubomirski, who also took Meghan and Harry’s engagement photos. This next image showcases the bride and groom, with Meghan seated on a stool (I think…?) with the children in the wedding party. It is the first time we have seen Prince George and Princess Charlotte with their new aunt.
In addition to George and Charlotte’s presence, Bazaar reminds us of everyone’s name and relationship to the couple: “Prince Harry’s goddaughters, Florence van Cutsem and Zalie Warren, Meghan’s goddaughters, Remi and Ryan Litt, and Ivy Mulroney, the daughter of Meghan’s best friend, Jessica Mulroney. The page boys along with George include Prince Harry’s godson, Jasper Dyer, and the twin sons of Jessica Mulroney, Brian and John Mulroney.”
In the second photograph both children look relaxed and happy, smiling at the camera.
In another, Charlotte looks like she’s had just about enough of the wedding work; perhaps she was pondering the merits of a nap.
It was a treat to see new photos so soon after the wedding, especially the picture with all of the little ones gathered around the bride and groom.
Also today, a look behind the scenes from The National Post, focusing on the children’s involvement and Nanny Maria’s calming influence.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s nanny blended expertly into the background in St George’s Chapel on Saturday, looking on from the sidelines as her little charges and their fellow bridesmaids and page boys performed their duties beautifully. But if Maria Borrallo hadn’t been present in the chapel, there is a chance the ceremony might not have gone quite so smoothly.
Rehearsals for the big day had been shambolic, insiders say, with the children — the youngest of whom, Zalie, daughter of Prince Harry’s friend Jake Warren, was only two years old — proving impossible to keep in line.
You may remember this picture of Nanny Borrallo from Saturday’s post; she is holding 2-year-old Zalie Warren.
Back to the story.
It was decided that the two eldest children, seven year-old twins Brian and John Mulroney, should be tasked with the important job of holding a corner each of the new Duchess of Sussex’s 16ft-long train.
The boys are said to have been practising with a train (with mixed results) since Wednesday, learning how to keep the same pace as they walked down the aisle, when to pick up and put down the hand-embroidered silk and organza veil — which had been sewn with flowers from each of the 53 Commonwealth nations — and just how high to hold it up.
Would they step on it and tear it? Would they remember what to do when? Their mother, the Duchess’s best friend Jessica Mulroney, must have breathed a sigh of relief when her sons’ duties were finally done.
You may read the entire National Post story here.
From what I recall, the boys did a splendid job. All of the children seemed very well behaved, no small accomplishment for little ones in formal clothing, and flower crowns on the bridesmaids’ heads. Several have asked about Ivy Mulroney not wearing a floral crown like the other girls. I’ve not read or seen anything about why she didn’t have one on; if I do see an explanation I will add it to the post. UPDATE: Ivy’s hair was in a pony tail and she wore flowers just above the pony tail.
We have a few more photos from Saturday that we haven’t shared, including a better view of the shoes worn by the bridesmaids.
Here you see an animated Prince George on the steps of St George’s Chapel with his father.
I liked this one because of the expression on Charlotte’s face.
This final photo from Saturday is cute, showing Princess Charlotte as she climbs into a car to head home with Prince George and her parents.