the royal wedding
May 19, 2018

President Trump spent much of his first week in office making the demonstrably false claim that the crowd at his inauguration was the "biggest audience in the history of inaugural speeches" — and the BBC has not forgotten. BBC Three, which offers programming aimed at young adult audiences, seized the occasion of the royal wedding on Saturday to send out a snarky tweet:

All joking aside, though the London crowd may look larger in the photos included in the tweet, Reuters UK has estimated only 100,000 people turned out to watch the wedding in person. If that figure is correct, the wedding crowd is substantially smaller than Trump's inaugural audience, which federal agency estimates put at about 800,000.

In television viewership, however, the wedding has the inauguration beat: Early reports say the nuptials were watched by up to 2 billion people worldwide; domestic TV viewership of Trump's inauguration was 31 million. Bonnie Kristian

May 19, 2018

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married in St. George's Chapel at Windsor on Saturday.

Markle wore a minimalist, structural silk gown with a bateau neckline, long sleeves, and a dramatic embroidered veil. The dress was created by British designer Clare Waight Keller, artistic director of Givenchy. Harry wore a bespoke cavalry uniform.

Though the vows were led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the homily was delivered by Bishop Michael Curry, the first African American to lead the Episcopal Church. "There's power in love," Curry preached. "We were made by a power of love and our lives were meant to be lived with that love."

The ceremony will be followed by an evening reception at Frogmore House. Watch three key moments of the morning's events — Markle's arrival, the choral performance of "Stand by Me," and the proclamation of marriage — via Kensington Palace below. Bonnie Kristian

May 14, 2018

The only way Prince Harry and Meghan Markle can get married is if Queen Elizabeth II gives her formal consent, and luckily for the couple, she's signed off on their wedding with a beautiful handwritten document.

The Instrument of Consent was written on vellum, which is only used for the most important state documents, Buckingham Palace said. There is a red dragon, the heraldic symbol of Wales, on the Instrument of Consent, as well as a rose, the national flower of the United States, and golden poppies, the state flower of California, Markle's birthplace. Attached to the bottom of the document by woven cords is the Great Seal of the Realm.

Under British law, the reigning monarch must give formal consent to the first six people in the line of succession to the throne, and with the birth of his nephew, Prince Louis, last month, Prince Harry is now sixth in line. Queen Elizabeth formally gave her consent to the marriage on March 14 during a meeting of the Privy Council, Buckingham Palace said, and the couple will receive the Instrument of Consent after their May 19 wedding. Catherine Garcia

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