Harry’s son Archie arrived to join the Royal Family on Monday 6th May 2019, almost a year after Harry and Meghan’s wedding, which took place on 19th May 2018. As we look to the couple’s first anniversary, there are a few interesting points to remember about the day the world’s most eligible bachelor finally tied the knot.

The date

Harry and Meghan broke with Royal tradition by getting hitched on a Saturday; usually Royals have held their nuptials on a weekday. This could be because the day was not a public holiday, so opting for a Saturday ceremony gave more of the public a chance to watch the big day live. It was scheduled for midday, long before the FA Cup final kick-off at 5.30pm.

Permission to wed

Harry had to seek permission to marry from his grandmother, the Queen. This is because of the Successions to the Crown Act, which sets out that the first six Royals in line to the throne need official authorisation from the incumbent monarch.

The cake

Like many couples now, Harry and Meghan opted for something a little less traditional. The Royals plumped for a light lemon and elderflower sponge created by the Californian pastry chef who now owns Violet Cakes in London.


A general theme of simplicity ran through the big day itself. The bridal gown featured smooth fabric and clean lines, while Meghan carried a bouquet of all-white flowers. Even the wedding invitation cards displayed black wording on a white background, with the only colour being added by the Prince of Wales’ three-feathered crest in gold.