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hello and welcome to cnn's special coverage of the royal wedding. >> live in beautiful windsor, england. >> it is beautiful and we have that castle. we brought i it in. especially. >> swrjust for the show. couldn't have imagined a more beautiful day and more beautiful shot. the castle right behind us. blind date to a royal i do. can you imagine that? prince harry and meghan markle are officially husband and wife. >> the newlywed couple now taking on the title of duke and
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duchess of sussex. the sun shining here, doesn't always happen here in england. let's take a look at some of the highlights from the couple's big day. so -- >> i think we should get out in the crowd. we'll do all that, but let's talk to the folks. >> we were in the castle. actually inside the castle walls. yoound what's extraordinary, n don, that you didn't necessarily get a feel for watching it on tv? just how intimate it felt. it was very intimate. very quiet and as yu saw prince harry and william walking into the church, they didn't feel necessarily the eyes of the world on them because the it was a very embracing, intimate, loving environment. so it was really striking, the quietness of the whole affair. >> i was talking to richard quest earlier. he said they managed to do everything, do it all, as if we were not watching. that's how it should be.
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so some of the best moments. let's take a look. ♪ >> i, harry, take you, meghan, to be my wife. >> to have and to hold. >> to have and to hold. >> from this day forward. >> from this day forward. >> for better for worse. >> for better for worse. >> for richer for poorer. >> richer for poorer. >> in sickness and in health. >> in sickness and in elt. >> to love and to cherish. >> to love and to cherish. >> till death us do part. according to god's holy law.
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>> according to god's lholy lea. >> in the presence of god, i make this vow. >> megmhan, i give you this rin. >> harry, i give you this ring. >> i therefore proclaim you are husband and wife. ♪
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>> just so beautiful. i swear there was not a dry eye in the house. >> huh how did you get so lucky? >> got to know the right people. >> you got invited to the wedding. gl that's maybe a stretch, but okay. we can work with that. >> you sd itas very intimate. >> intimate, beautiful. >> what stood out to you birthdabesides that. >> how much joy it gave the members of the public. 1200 of them. who sat outside the chapel. they'll never forget that day. the newlyweds did invite thousands. many of them community leaders from different communities around the unit eed kingdom. >> nick watt joins us from windsor, england. what are you seeing out there, my man? >> well, don, there were more than 100,000 people on the streets of windsor today. some had camped out all week and
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still there are 600 guests, the people inside have been having lunch. been eating salmon wrapped, grilled asparagus. windsor pork belly and a lemon and elder flour cake made with 500 eggs. among those guests, george and amal clooney, oprah winfrey. one of the strangest moments, the guests arrived way before meghan. oprah winfrey was kept waiting in the chapel for about two hours for meghan to show up. anything that makes oprah wait for two hours is a big deal. anything that changes the flight path over castle was a big deal. this was a pretty profoundly amazing service. anglican service, the like of which we have never seen before and we have a royal family shth is never going to look the same as it never has. meghan, a biracial american
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actress is now the duchess of sussex. and the royal family, through no fault of its own, now reflects what modern britain really is. back to you guys. >> yeah. yeah, absolutely. it's about time. >> we're learning now from some more details about the lunch that took place of course. we're hearing that elton john actually performed at that lunch for all 600 people who were inside the chapel. you can imagine what an extraordinary moment it must have been. especially because of course he sang that beautiful song candle in the wind for prince harry's mother's funeral. >> thank you very much, nick. it is interesting. this is really hollywood meets the monarchy. and i saw, i was watching oprah winfrey come in and looking to the back of, you know, for her seat assignment in the back row and i heard the commentator say, oprah, of course you're not sitting in the back. you need to move forward. it was very interesting to watch this. we have a lot to discuss here from the memorable moments to the fashion to tradition to
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history being made. of course, you know, the fashion and the fashion and more. joining us now is cnn contributor and author of elizabeth the queen, the life of a modern monarch and our royal historian, kate williams. welcome to you. start with the most memorable moments. what stood out to you? >> okay. i'm an american, but i absolutely loved stand by me. i thought the gospel choir, particularly when they started to sway a little bit, i thought that was such a quintessentially american moment and it reflected black culture. but it also was as a, it was a great hit in american rock and roll. and i thought, i also loed the way the reverend curhad a, he struck a sort of informal tone. he said now i don't want to keep
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y'all waiting. and i know i have to get on with this. but he ranged from you know, the sort of area to martin luther king jr. and the whole notion of fire and how it resulted in all mad earn civilization. there was a moment when he was talking about how fire made all the automobiles possible and i sort of was looking closely at prince charles and wondering, prince charles does not like petrol at all. was he having a little sort of moment in his head. >> and what do you think, kate, i'm curious to hear your take on this. it was highly unorthodox for a royal wedding. it felt beautiful, it felt perfect, but what do you think the royals made of the homily and of stand by me and some of these more american touches? >> well, the service was incredible. bishop kelly was electrifying,
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discussing holding on to your faith through slavery. the resilience. the power of love. choir was incredible. yes, it was new. we haven't seen that in royal weddings before. they've been quite formal, quite old songs, quite traditional. i think it's absolutely brilliant and to think we've had people of color in britain since the 11th century, before the castle u was here, and we haven't reflected in our royal weddings. it's marvel out and bishop kelly, i think the queen loved it. he'll be around for tea within a couple of days, i guarantee it. >> i think you hit the nail on the head because we were talk ng the hour before this and i think it was a very honest admission when ainngela said she was a bi uncomfortable. didn't think it was appropriate for the gospel choir, but it was stunningly uncomfortable, but in a needed way. >> the passion and soul and the heart of this new london choir. and i really do think that
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meghan and harry loved it. i think everything about the wedding was about heart, emotion and for me, the best moment was when harry saw meghan for the first time. that dress. the queens inspects. i think kate had a look. but harry saw her and said you look amazing. i'm so lucky. >> the same thing. he said you look amazing. >> what did you make of that moment, that iconic moment when she walked in on her own looking so magnificent with this stunning train trailing behind her. again, we haven't seen anything quite like it. all royal brides look beautiful. kate middleton looked beautiful, but that striking image of her line. >> that was it and partly by sir, but i had heard actually that in knowing her father was sort of fragile emotionally, that she had at least mooted the
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idea of going down the aisle by herself and i thought it was a deft compromise to have her go up to the choir and be greeted by her future father-in-law. it was such a symbol of welcome, of solidarity with her and it was just such a wonderful combination. >> didn't prince charles look to thrilled to be b making a part. we know he's always wanted a daughter. he had escorted a daughter of a friend. so he has but i just thought this was so romantic with all those children. wonderful behaved children. she was this independent woman giving herself to harry and i think that sends such a powerful signal. >> do you think young folks are like finally, it's not so s tod yy.
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it's real. >> i've been looking on social media. i wasn't really interested in the last wedding, i wasn't interested. but this is different. it's exciting. we know there are lots of street parties. already we're starting on the wine and from south london, they've got huge street parties there. they didn't for the first wedding. that's because this is young and excite and all these young guests. i loved seeing david beckham giving a real hug to a survivor of the manchester bombing survivors who were invited. that was really wonderful. this is really happy news, but not to forget those who have had tragedy. >> i just thought that the queen is no stranger to evangelical preachers. she was a friend of billy graham's. he did preach in the private chapel with her. the it's a different form of evangelism, but it has to
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resognate because she is a deeply religious woman and that was a deeply religious ceremony. >> what a positive and beautiful message it was. the love of god. the love of one another. beautiful, beautiful day. sally, kate, thank you so much. >> we've got a lot more to cover straight ahead here on our royal wedding coverage here on cnn. one of prince harry's closest friends and business partners, well, they just left the queen o 's reception. insight into the duke and duchess. we'll be right back. ♪
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zblncht welcome back. newlyweds prince harry and meghan markle are now separating at the reception. >> let's get to max foster. are you headed to one of those? >> multiple receptions. everyone's all dressed up and elton john plays, all very civil sized. drinking champagne. harry's a bit of a party animal. they're going to have party down at frogmore house and it's going to go on late into the night. i think some of the celebrations will be going on here late into the night. it's hot weather and that's not good for britts. >> it's always a recipe for disaster, max. >> i can only assume that across the country, there are many
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britts who are getting very drunk on the sunshine and the proseco. all day, it's been filled with thousands of people. what are they telling you? what have be what was their impression of this ceremony? >> they're pro monarchy. they got what they came from. the fairytale. an l.a. girl from a broken home. had a successful career. met her prince and didn't get assumed into the system. which is easy to do. it's incredible how she asserted herself today. she did it in her own way. we saw that in so many elements. don's been talking about it. there are many memories here. the kids were great. lovely to see drk oria shed a tear. harry was emotional. there are the fairytale elements then therogressive element, which was defined by the choir
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and seeing everyone respond to that. and the it was a breath of fresh air. i mean, you know, our colleagues, british colleagues, have all talked about how these are so fuf u stuffy, these affairs. it enlightened it, spoke to now. you've got to remember the queen would have approved everything here and she feels the country is ready for modernization and allowed meghan to do whatever she wanted with the service and the it was fantastic. >> they're very related. from a broken home. he is, too. his parents were dwosivorce. lost his mother and had issues as well. they're very relateable to most people. >> transcends the monarchy. >> i've got an important question for you, max. i understand the reception they're going to now which is hosted by prince charles, if i have it right, the knees up. explain that to us. >> knees up.
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i haven't explained it all day. it's basically how can i say it in a politically correct after you. no, max, i insist. you must do the honors here. >> it's going to be a lot of drink. a bit of deboccieri and nothing's ever going to be reported from it. it's going to be a black hole in royal history. >> some great toasts. i'm sure prince william will make a speech as best man that is likely to embarrass harry. that's always a rite of passage at any british wedding. i think we saw a different side of prince charles today. he was so gentle, both with meghan and doria. almost a tenderness that came out in him. >> yeah, the pool reporter told me, the reporter in the church on behalf of all of us, told me
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he took her hand as hthey went n to sign the register. which really says it all. the idea of prince charles being at the ensprans trance to the choir was to welcome meghan markle into the family. the tiara, the queen invited her into the palace and asked her to choose one of her tiaras. these are all signals to the world and to meghan that she is part of this establishment. they're saying you have our full support and harry's going to protect her and kate's been very involved because she's probably the only person that fully understands what this is like and she's going to be advising meghan going forward, but it's really going to be harry helping her through this. his character feels guilt about the pressure she's under. the pressure her father's come under and that is something he's going to help her through. i think she's also helping him
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with this nervousness he has in public and they're going to be a real double act. >> very good. very well said. thank you. you know, i have a good feeling about this. i still sthick with what i said earlier. i think this is going to be a transformational for the royal family. i don't think that they're going to all of a sudden spring into the future in a day or two, but i think this is a turning point. >> it is. it's a watershed moment and what happens from here on out, we'll all be watching closely. >> and the important thing of the day is dress. right? >> absolutely. >> we're going to be talking specifically about the dress, the designer and what it says b about what we can expect from a fashion sense from a royal. we're going to be back wh our essential coverage in just a moment don't go anywhere. as a control enthusiast,
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we are back and look how beautiful it is here. you said this is unusual to have this. >> it really is. you're rolling the dice when you get married in england in may. frankly in any month, but really rolling the dice with with may. but look at this. the heavens of have opened, not in rain, but just beautiful sunshine. blue skies. amazing day. >> you're dressed for the occasion. you were inside. very jealous about that. my next guest is a good friend of f prince harry. the ceo of the invictus games. you attended wedding. you were at the first reception,
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right? >> i was, yeah. just come from there. sf >> how was it? >> wonderful. amazing service, lovely. service was televised. everybody saw that. it was a very, very touching reception. very private affair. really nice speech by the prince of wales. we heard in the sense that he's soft, it was very touching speech and then elton john played. they needed a piano player. he was there. he played three songs. it was great. >> and i love the morning suit. i don't know, you probably can't stand up, but you have the traditional striped gray trousers and cut away coat. >> looking very smart. >> dapper. >> indeed. >> that's what -- >> just tell me, you've been a really good friend of prince harry's for quite some time now. have you noticed a change since he met meghan?
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>> you do see a change. always been committed to the games. very much his project. something we developed. but yeah, he's a very happy guy. you can tell that. they're both very happy together. they're very happy in each other's company. very much in love. it's great to see. you can see that lifts him up and lifts the whole project. now they're husband and wife. they're married. amazing. >> how hands on is he with the games? >> very hands on. right from the start, he was. it was his idea. it wasn't something that was create ed then he fronted it. he was a soldier. brought back from afghanistan. he didn't want to leave his troops but he had to. and he came back on a flight with a coffin with a danish soldier and three guys and i think that was a real life changing moment for him. he wanted to go something. he went to america. saw the warrior games out there. very cleverly, he decided to
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internationalize that. he's driven it all the way. >> i don't know if the word is evolving or maturing, whatever, but you've seen him at different stages in his life. and the military actually he said saved him and then now he has met meghan. he's at a different point in his lo life. >> i saw him you know, and he has changed and matured and you know in the way he delivers his speeches. comes across in public tchl the way the public look at him and what they think about him. all of that has changed and it's going to change again because you've got to new role with the commonwealth. he's now married. with another really powerful person. they're going to do great things. >> what impact do you think they will have on this family? they are, they're in an interracial marriage. multiracial. multiracial family. and they broke from tradition somewhat with their, with the service and how they're handling
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this. >> i think a lot of that was a natural evolution. i think they've accelerated the face of that change, but it was always going to have to come. you've got to change. things have to move on. you've got a very modern young couple there. coming together within the context of the royal family is a very powerful thick. >> military played a big role in this, no surprise. prince harry has said i'm captain wales first, harry is second. what do you think today meant to the military, particularly to servicemen and women? >> they're very fond of them. he has a special place in their hearts. you can tell when he's in their company, how comfortable he is. if you look at the whole day, you had outside the church, you had guys who benefitted from the games. known through injury. who have come through recovery. you had a number of people in the service and at the
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reception. and then outside, you had the ceremony. when you look at the ceremony and you know, you could look at it from outside and go this is all very pompous and stuffy, but it's not. you have the blues escorting the carriage. his grandmother's carriage. his regiment. there are guys he served with and the guys lining the route. you had the army air corps. guys he served with. there's a connection at every level. >> everyone is aware the controversy surrounding meghan's father this week. it was very upsetting to them. how did they get through this? take us behind the scenes. >> i wasn't involved in the background, but you know, i got married once and you know what it's like. families are not as straightforward as you want them to be and clearly, all families are dysfunctional. >> every single one. >> things turn up. i do think at the end of the week, of what was a very difficult week for them. it came together beautifully. the nuance around the way in which prince charles handled
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that, the fact it was him welcoming her to the royal family at that particular place in the architecture with those gestures, that kindness. it was lovely, wasn't it? >> it was. there was a certain grace to the way the whole situation was handled. we're going to be watching to see if meghan and harry are at the games in october. people have speculated this could be one of their first big -- >> it's going to be a fantastic games. tickets are going on sale already. it's going to be b great. >> very insightful. thank you. >> thank you so much. >> when we come back, the new duchess, what will meghan's role be like within the royal family? >> you said that much better than me. distu
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yesterday while prince harry and william were doing a walk about in front of windsor castle. >> i was trying to make sure i didn't get in their way and trip them over at the last minute. >> what was it like? >> really excited. i'm one of few u.k. journal iists who covers their engagements. we weren't 100% sure it was going to happen and i got a call and was told to get there within five minutes. luckily i wasn't far away. it was fantastic. really magical walk b about. >> i saw a scene on one of the entertainment shows and one of the reporrs said perry, are you ready, he goes, yes, i'm ready, i'm ready. >> he was delightful. if he nervous, he didn't show it. just seemed really excited and happen happy. i was inside the castle. in a little side room watching. i did get to go into the chapel this morning and the smell of those flowers was incredible. >> we actually learned earlier
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on that apparently, meghan and her mother had arrived yesterday for the ceremony and rehearsal and felt there weren't enough flowers. and suddenly had all of her employees were told get more flowers. >> my understanding is that it took three tas to install those arches. wednesday, the foilage on thursday. actually, the fresh beautiful flowers were placed overnight so this is the first time she saw them. no wonder she was a midisappoind called. when a princess u calls and says more flower, you get more flowers. >> what will her role be? she's the duchess of sussex, but give us a better sense of her role. or will she define it for herself? >> i think she he will will. she's representing the the queen. when he's out on duty, that's her key role. but she and harry have a lot more flexibility than william
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and kate who are going to be king and queen eventually. they've got more freedom to go and explore and pursue interests they care about. so far, they've picked some punchytopic, so i'm really, really excited to see what she's going to do next. >> talk to me about the title. she is actually princess harry? >> technically princess henry of wales. >> was this least controversial title they can pick because there's never been a duchess of sussex. >> not officially, no. i think kate might be able to help with this better. the last duke of sussex didn't officially have a wife. >> 1843, queen victoria's favorite uncle actually escorted her down the aisle because her father was no longer alive. he was a liberal figure, reforming figure. >> sounds quite fun. he did have very happy
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marriages. just worked with a lady who his father approved up, george iii. just had to marry someone different. good on him. saying he wasn't allowed to m marry. >> how do they pick what duke of duck ehess es they're going to ? >> they decide, talk about it with harry. he's got a title for scotland. sxwl zbl so he has a say in it. he's the earl and doesn't have a welsh title because he's prince henry of wales. so she went in, miss markle, came out princess henry, and it's usual discuss ed in terms f what kind of image they gave and message. >> and precedence as well. >> dubious ones out there. >> can i ask you a question? you said you were one of the, sort of a behind the scenes
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reporter. the press pool as they say in the states. >> exactly. >> have you noticed, you've been watching them. have you seen a transformation? >> it's so clear. i remember going out and seeing him on the job in nottingham and it was just before we found out about meghan. i remember say tog a colleague, he's in good form. he's so happy. looks really trim. just seemed really relaxed. there was something going on sure enough, months later, we found out b about meghan. >> i may or may not read hello magazine when i'm at the hair dresers or airport, obviously kate is really your cover star. will meghan now -- >> meghan is already there. readers love her. she's so inspiring. there's so much about her for young girls to aspire to. but she's just got a lot about her. a lot of life experience and
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really interesting. >> she's the future. yeah. i keep going back to that. but she really is. and i think she's going to have a very positive impact not only on the monarchy, but on the u.k. >> that's true. as a couple, they have this enormous star power. they're going to really be p able to work wonders if they focus on the right areas. >> what do you think makes them so relatable? you said she's there. it's because of their relatablety, right? d successful careers.out there. harry i the army. they're not princesses and princes of old. who have stayed behind castle walls. a lot of harry's comrades were there today. it was really important to him that they were there. they're the people he spent time with. >> do you think he gets more leeway because he is not the future king of england? >> yes, i think he does. it also means he's had to work harder to out a role for himself because it wasn't an obvious one
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all right, welcome back. we're now at my favorite bit, don, we get to talk about the dress and what a dress it was. she wore an elegant, timeless clare waight keller dress. for her something borrowed, she wore queen mary's diamond tiara, as one does. >> 16 feet, oh, my gosh. how do you carry -- does that weigh a ton? well, let's talk about it. let's break it down. the editor of the fashion blog megan's mirrors here, her name is christine ross. everyone has been talking about the dress for months. 16 feet, that's crazy. >> that's pretty long. >> what did you think? >> the word of the day is royal. she just looked spectacularly royal. i was very surprised at the
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choice of designer. but not with the style. it was kind of spot on with what i expected. very clean lines. a very slim silhouette. it's really if line with the styles that she's worn in the past for formal events. so it was really kind of in line with her usual taste. >> the money was on ralph and russo. >> we expected this big glittery, you know, poofy princess dress and we got something completely different. >> this is in keeping with her style. she's very fashion forward. she's all about the simple cool understated elegance. this was an understated dress. >> it was very understated. you know, she loves clean lines. she loves more in structuring than in frills and glitter. so this wasn't from an analysis of fashion, it wasn't a huge surprise. for a royal wedding gown, a lot of people were looking for a princessy affair. >> it is very royal. there's other royal women who
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have chosen similar styles. i think royal is the word more than princess is. >> i think the reaction to the dress may be more immediate because people were thinking something else. when we look back in history and the silhouette of this dress, i think it will hold up very well. >> absolutely. history will remember this dress very fondly. although i don't know if twitter is going to remember it so well. >> twitter doesn't remember anything. >> exactly right. >> that boat neck was what struck me. it was so elegant, so regal, as you said. it really just didn't look anything le i think i had expected. certainly didn't look anything like kate middleton's dress. >> i love that boat neck because it was almost like a centimeter a little bit wider than you would have expected. where it's almost risque but still very appropriate. >> i said that earlier and someone didn't agree with me because i think she wore it -- didn't she wear something recently that was sleeveless or off the shoulder? >> she wore a jacket that was
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off the shoulder. there was quite a to-do about it. clearly the queen wasn't too bothered by it because she had to have a proved the dress. >> so listen, when you look at these dresses or whatever and how, as we've been speaking about holding up over time, i think this one is timeless and classic. as you look at some photographs, you'll look at jackie kennedy or audrey hepburn or what have you. you could wear the dress today. you could wear it 50 years into the future. diana, as much as we love her, it was an '80s dress. >> i think this one is really going to stand the test of time. just the same way you're going to wear it five decades from now. it's not going to date or age in quite the same way. that diana's did or fergies did in the same way. >> not to say it wasn't beautiful. >> it was '80s. >> so '80s.
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>> there was a lot of fabric. who didn't love the '80s, but it was very '80s. what can we expect from her going forward in terms of -- will she continue to make sort of slightly bold unusual choices? kate middleton tends to play it pretty safe in terms of her royal style. >> kate's royal style is perfect. it's always very quintessentially british. i think meghan's an american, she's mature, she's modern. we're going to see that in her fashion. she's already choosing when she wore a suit to the day, it was a suit which was appropriate but it was very modern, a funky cut to it, and i think we'll see more of that, where she hits, you know, most of the boxes but adds something unexpected to it. >> i'm sure a lot of ladies are -- you're going to see this dress a lot. >> i think so. >> you're going to see a lot of people looking at your blog as well. of course your website which is, you know, every in and out,
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every outfit. >> absolutely. >> did she pick the right crown? >> the tiara? >> i loved that no one guessed the tiara. we all had money on other tiaras. absolutely no one thought this was going to be the one. >> queen mary's tiara. christine, thank you so much. we've got much more ahead in the "newsroom." our special coverage continues after this quick break. brad's about to find out if his denture can cope with... a steak. luckily for him, he uses super poligrip. it helps give him 65% more chewing power. leaving brad to dig in
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the highlights from the couple's beautiful big day. ♪ when the night has come ♪ and the land is dark >> reporter: the gospel soul classic "stand by me" from 1961. we assume the song means a lot to the couple and we also assume it's never been sung at a british royal wedding before. ♪ i won't be afraid >> reporter: the choir stood at the back of st. george's chapel windsor and simply sang for harry and meghan. ♪ stand by me >> reporter: there was a palpable sense of departure here. on one side of the chapel, a certain royal stiffness perhaps. in contrast, a warmth and vivid emotion on the other han markle like she may help change things.
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♪ stand by me >> reporter: we always knew that the turnout would be glamorous. the biracial arican actress marrying the english prince. the church filled. megan's on screen husband from "suits" patrick j. adams, david beckham, footballer, mr. elton john and husband, serena williams, tennis player. vintage rolls royce swept bride and mother to the chapel. and we glimpsed the dress for the first time. turned out to be french couture, givenchy. sown with floral symbols from all over the commonwealth. 1930s tiara was borrowed from the queen. it seemed that meghan had always planned to walk down the first part of the isle by herself, followed by her bride maids and page boys. in the absence of her father,
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prince charles met her halfway. and of course at this wedding, there was love. this was visibly, inescapably, a romantic union. >> the late dr. martin luther king once said, and i quote, we must discover the power of love. the redemtive power of love. >> reporter: for a good 13 minutes or so, st. george's chapel reverberated to unfamiliar oratry. the response was mixed. >> i, meghan, take you, harry. >> i, meghan, take you, harry. >> to be my husband. >> to be my husband. >> to love and to cherish. >> to love and to cherish. >> till death us do part. >> till death us do part. >> reporter: and so harry and meghan were married in a great
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english medieval chapel and kissed without any prompting from the waiting cameramen. thomas markle watched it all on television. my baby, he said, looked beautiful and very happy. what seemed like californian sunshine. his daughter now has a title. she's the duchess of sussex. although we'll still probably refer to both of them as just harry and meghan. nick glass, for cnn. >> i mean, that moment when harry lifts her veil. and there's a serenity to it. they seemed to calm, so poised. almost as if they forgot that hundreds of millions of people all around the world watching this very intimate beautiful moment. >> i had buckling knees for them. >> absolutely. really, it was beautiful. the newlyweds invited thousands of people from the public inside the walls of windsor castle to watch the ceremony. many of them from communities, community leaders around the united kingdom.
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cnn's max foster joins us now from windsor, england. what can you tell us about the reception events, the party after the ceremony? >> we've seen the cake so an untraditional cake. not a fruitcake. elderflower. what was it? it's completely slipped my mind. >> lemon and elderflower. >> how could i forget that? this has been on my mind for weeks now. >> lemon, it should be easy, come on. >> well, it's been since dawn, i'll just point that out. i have the nice shoes. i have the wardrobe change, max. >> well, you know, it's a royal wedding. the reception at the moment. it's got this cake. it's quite civilized. and elton john has been playing. after that reception, some 200 younger members of the congregation today will be able
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to freshen. they'll be able to get changed. then go to a separate part of windsor park for a big party. so that's what's going to happen a bit later on. i can tell you, clarissa, oprah winfrey, who was the big surprise star in the congregation today and got a real front-row seat in the choir there, has revealed that the outfit she wore, which has won much praise among fashion commentators, but actually a last-minute addition because she apparently had a stella mccartney dress made for her and she tried it out yesterday. it was white, didn't really work. stella mccartney's team worked overnight to create a new one for her. so she's paying tribute to that. everyone's been a bit frazzled over the last 24 hours, but now it's party time. >> i'm sure. when your oprah, stella mccartney does that. >> when you're the princess and you say i need more flowers, you get more flowers. if you're oprah and you say i need a new dress -- >> you get a new dress. >> what is interesting is, you
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know, you had the fascinators. >> of course. >> that you wear to the royal weddings. >> more hats this year. fascinators were a bit passe i think. >> this was the intersection between black women's hats from the u.s. >> yes. >> no two groups of women wear hats better than black women from the u.s. and brits, right? don't you think? >> absolutely. >> fantastic. oprah had on a traditional church hat. there it is. this is what you would see my mother, other mothers around the u.s. wear on sunday to church, especially on easter and on mother's day. she wore it with comfort and style. >> and, max, what were the crowds who -- you know, you've been on the long walk for most of the day. thousands of people. what were the crowds making of all this? >> well, i think they got what they came here for. which was this fairy tale. there was a huge amount of sympathy over the week for what meghan markle went through with her father, thomas markle, not attending but, you know, palace sources have told me that
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actually this has been building up for month, the pressure on him. it wasn't a great surprise ultimately that he pulled out. she was braced for that. that really sort of endeared her to many people here. they just think she looks fabulous. she loved the kids. the kids were really sweet. i can't believe they managed to corral them so successfully. ten kids behind a bride. credit to kate there. she was in charge of that part of the process. and now there's a new princess effectively in the united kingdom and she comes from america. she'll be known as a dutchess bt technically a princess. fairy tale come alive. >> thank you, max. i was out with max earlier and we saw the crowds gathering. listen, i think, for me, i think too much has been made of her father. because everybody family's dysfunctional. dad's not used to the spotlight. of course he's proud of his daughter. but this is a day that should be positive. this is about positivity. >> it's about her and harry and their love.
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>> absolutely. so let's continue on in that vein. right now, the couple is at the first of two receptions today. we're expecting them to leave the queen's lunch soon. we'll take you there live just as soon as we get it. stay with us. >> for now, we have a lot to discuss here. frankly, we have a fantastic panel to do it. cnn contributor angela levin who of course has written books about prince harry. u.s. weekly's jennifer peris. and cnn's historian, who has been with us all day. angela, let me start with you, what did you make of the ceremony? surprised by the breaks with tradition we saw? >> i was a little surprised. in retrospect, i feel much more warm about it all. i liked the sermon. it emphasized it was a religious ceremony and that was the essence of what they were to do.
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meghan has just converted. so it was very important to her. i think that was right. i felt a little uncomfortable about the choir, but in retrospect, i long to hear them again. i think it was all right. it was me not being used to it. >> i like that, i want to hear more. >> because i wasn't used to it. i think i have a nature ooh, you know, i'm used to royal family convention and protocol. actually looking back on it, i hear the song in my head and i think it was extremely beautiful. >> how do you think the royals will have felt about it, kate? i mean, obviously there was some tightering in the audience, in the church. >> that was surprising because it was beautiful. it was a wonderful rendition, beautifully done. this fantastic choir, all heart, all passion. and harry and meghan, clearly loved it. some, we did see some surprised
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looking faces. of course the queen would have approved the service, no surprises for her, but it seems some of the royals were a bit more surprised. perhaps it was -- i hope they -- over time, i want to hear them again. but harry and meghan loved it. that's what's important. >> having said that, then, do you think more people, even the royal, are feeling the way angela does, you know what, i kind of like this, this is growing on me, this is great. >> yes. you know, the kingdom, the choir, had 487 followers on twitter this morning. i expect it to be 10,000 tomorrow. they're going to be busy across the country. because i think every wedding is now going to want them to sing. they were wonderful. and this love and talking about "stand by me" and the importance of faithfulness. i do think it's time that we updated our royal wedding. some have been very stuffy. if we think we've had this country, we've found this
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evidence, why is it not reflected? black culture is british culture. and also she's american, so it make sense to have some of that. >> jennifer, what was your -- >> hi, how are you? >> switching sides. what was your feel of the ceremony? >> i think harry and meghan even from the start when they first met, they did things differently. that's exactly what they did today. i thing it was great. i think especially bishop michael curry. somebody actually put it perfectly today. how pippa middleton stole the show at kate's wedding. michael curry stole the show today at harry and meghan's wedding. >> is this the new formal you think? >> i think so. again, meghan has really made some big strides in modernizing the monarchy. i think today they made an even greater one. the two of them hand picked him from chicago. of course meghan went to northwestern so she had to have been familiar with him in some way, shape or form. yes, think this is the new
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normal. >> i want to hear more from you, angela. fascinating how you said you warmed to it. i think probably people around the country, around the world, i believe this is a transformative moment. we've got a lot to get to. don't go anywhere, everyone, we'll stick with our loyal coverage. we'll be back in just a moment. been trying to prepare for this day... and i'm still not ready. the reason i'm telling you this is that there will be moments in your life that... you'll never be ready for.
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a royal marriage, sealed with a kiss. what a kiss it was. >> yes. >> was that not a beautiful -- >> every time the picture pops up when we do the open, look it, they're such a beautiful, beautiful couple. the person who stole the show is reverend michael curry. he's goingo be doingn interview in just a moment. i thi he's walking up to the microphones. because that's every one is talking -- >> he brought down the house. >> he certainly did bring down the house. >> a message of love and encouragement. and talking about -- started with a quote from dr. martin luther king jr. ended with a quote from dr. martin luther king jr. it was completely about inclusion and about the power of love, right? >> yeah. i think that's what it was titled for. even just when he started, you know, he addressed everyone as brothers and sisters. spoke to everyone as equal, as the same person.
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that's what really struck a chord. i was standing on street and i think some people thought, oh, my gosh, he's going on too long but at the end of it i think they were really impressed. >> you're not used to it so you're like, what is he going to do? what did you make of it, angela? >> he might have been speaking a bit slower than he thought he would when he timed himself. it's not exactly -- or he just decided i have these things that i want to say and i'm going to say them. i love the feeling of what he was saying about the power of love. and it has been that between harry and meghan. it is to do it in a holy place really appeals to me. it was electrifying i thought. incredible delivery. i'm sat through a lot of church of england ceremonies. i hate to say it, but a lot of
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boring sermons. he was passion, he was excitement. he set the place on fire. he was incredible. i do think that the queen loved it. i think she loves evangelical preachers. she loved billy graham. he'll probably pop in for tea. >> let's listen to him. >> oh, let's listen to him, because he's fantastic. >> it was a proper wedding. this was not with a couple of really beautiful people in the middle, it was two young people profoundly in love with each other, committing themselves. it was just -- it was a tear jerker. it was really beautiful. and i'm so thrilled to have been part of it. i just thought everything went right. >> you said the bishop was a brilliant pastor and stunning preacher. we saw the example of that today. will you agree with that?
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>> forgive me for not sparing your blushes, michael, but i think what we saw in that is preaching is not a -- that the use of language to communicate the good news of jesus christ just blew the place open. it was fantastic. and you could see people just caught up in it. and excited by it. >> bishop michael, let's talk about that. i think it's probably safe to say we haven't seen a sermon quite like that in the grounds of windsor castle, certainly not a royal wedding. can you tell us a little bit about what was behind it? >> it really was, to be honest, the good news of jesus christ, that it really is good news actually. and the good news not only we are love, but that this love isn't just simply a sentimental thing. >> yes.
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>> this is actually a way of life. it's a way of life that actually makes a difference in people's lives and in the life of the world. it's real. it's wonderful. and it's meant for us all. >> did you manage to speak to the couple afterwards? >> just very quickly. very quickly. >> what did they say? >> they said thank you, were kind of and gracious. during most of the sermon, we were making eye contact throughout. one of the things i've learned, i've been ordained a long time, when you do a wedding, talk to the couple. >> yes. >> and their eyes and their smiles and their reactions were talking back. i mean, it was nonverbal communication throughout the whole thing. you could watch them look at each other. and even when they didn't -- weren't talking, the way they looked at each other just sent a message of these people are in love, for real.
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>> harry, we saw on the screen mouth wow. >> oh, i didn't know that. >> in terms of the royal wedding, it was unconventional, things were slightly different. what was your reaction to that? >> well, obviously, there's nothing -- there is nothing conventional about christianity. christianity is about taking sin and me out of the center of the world, putting god and through jesus christ and the love of god into the center of the world and blowing open a revolution that gives an energy and life to the world. that nobody has ever replicated or seen. there is nothing conventional about christianity. and so it's appropriate that that was unconventional. >> bishop, very unconventional,
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what do you think of the reaction of the queen, prince philip, the royal family was? >> i haven't spoken to all of them but those i spoke to were really excited by it. and the people afterwards that we spoke to, the recession, other places, were gripped by it. this was raw god. and that's the business. >> did you have a chance to speak to harry and meghan? >> very briefly. they were very positive. they were very kind, very gracious. might be -- compared to michael, very easy, i show up, say the words and totter off. by the grace of god, i didn't do that. >> can you talk about how the couple very clearly were in love? you could see that certainly watching on television.
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just describe bishop michael, what you saw when you looked at that couple. >> well, really two people who were in love. two people who were communicating with each other sometimes with words and sometimes without. you could actually see that. if you could visually see a relationship, we saw that. it was contagious in the room. the thing is, you actually could feel it in the church, and people were happy. they were happy. and joyful. and thankful. and, you know what, we need some joy in this world. we do. someone said to me -- someone said to me afterwards at the reception, they said that was so stunning. i want to go and do the vows again. with me and my husband. because they were so captivated by that sense of love. and in love with the purpose. not just selfish love.
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not sentimental sort of drippy stuff. but with the purpose to change the world. >> do you think we're talking about the service being quite different to other royal weddings. that this is a new time for the royal family. a new era. we spoke about that before with kate and william but certainly now with meghan in the family. >> i think -- it's hard to know how to answer that. it's a very interesting question. i think every royal wedding has, you know, with the duke and duchess of cambridge, with kate, that brought in a new moment. the royal family is both a force for stability, for consistency, for trust. and a force for hope and future and the change. they managed to hold it all together with genius. and i think, you know, you saw
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unconventional today. you saw the love and compassion and welcome for meghan and the prince of wales bringing her up the aisle. it was really beautiful. it's all there. it speaks volumes to the role of the royal family in our country. >> advice for the couple going forward now? >> i think we've done all that in the marriage prep. >> you've given marriage prep, haven't you? >> yes. >> i know you probably don't want to go into those private meetings but any message for the couple as they start their married life? >> congratulations. what an amazing launch. what an amazing way to get married. and you can tell from the reaction of the crowds, the wonderful moment when they exchanged the vows. that was unscripted. you heard this roar from outside. and, you know, i was sort of thinking, okay, what do we do with that.
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and do i talk over it or just go on? and i would say congratulations. what a fantastic start. people are with you, as they are with new married couples, and god is with you. pray, trust, keep going forward. you will have a wonderful life. >> bishop, your advice to the couple? >> i would amen everything he said. >> is this a team we're going to see -- >> right, right, we do this. >> i hope so, i hope so. it's been a huge privilege to work with michael. >> an incredible privilege to work with this archbishop. >> can i just ask you about thy kingdom come initiative. >> yes, indeed. >> can you tell us a bit about what that is? >> thy kingdom come is ten days of prayer culminating this weekend. all over the world, 85 countries, millions and millions of people involved all over this country. to pray for people to know the power of the love of christ in
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their own lives. their lives where people are lost, lonely, isolated, c confused, worried, guilty. where they're celebrating and just want the celebration to be -- have magic and beauty and wonder spread all over it. those lives are enhanced incredibly transformed and given eternal life in jesus christ. that's what we're here to celebrate this evening. the abbey will be absolutely rammed. it's going to be a wonderful evening. michael will be speaking. >> they're in for a treat. >> they are. >> thank you. >> thank you, brother. >> thank you very much indeed. >> thanks so much, great. can i get a quick photo? >> yes. >> being very candid about what they thought -- and i thought it was interesting, he said that we needed some joy. and they certainly provided joy for the world today. >> and he talked as well about the intimacy of that, of that moment, the couple, the eye
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contact, the communication. it really -- what he was describing, jennifer, to me, it just sounded so romantic. >> it did. this is -- i was standing outside, so i haven't seen harry and meghan's interaction between each other. it's so nice to see them. they actually truly look like they're in love. they aren't afraid to show their affection. they were just happy and genuine. it's really nice to see especially in a time like this. >> i'm glad you're saying that. when it's happening in real time, you're like looking at the dress, pele. wh y stand back and look at their faces, they're in love. >> yes. >> what's really extraordinary is they look at each other without sort of -- totally, right the way through, they sort of bond right into each other. but there's also a hint of humor there. there's a sort of mischiefness that they share. so the combination of actually not being able to take your eyes off your partner, your new husband or wife, plus the sort
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of little bit of naughtiness. and harry always said to me his mother encouraged him to be naughty. she liked him to be mischievous. as long as he didn't get caught. because she was mischievous too. you see that hint, which he's got as well. i think it's incredibly heart warming. >> do i kyou think they're sort in on all the silliness of all this? this is pageantry and we have to deal with this? >> no, or i think they would have chosen a different kind of wedding. could have had a much more simple wedding. some people thought he might just elope and do something without all the fuss because he hasn't in the past. but i think she wanted a big wedding. he wanted to show the world that he's got a wife who loves him. and so they've gone through this. it's a really big wedding. >> i think the queen, she loves a wedding. >> yes. >> this is her last big royal wedding. we're not going to see a wedding like this for over 20 years
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until george or charlotte gets married. it was really in the '80 wall street diana and andrew and then we had to wait until william and kate. actually, a long time to wait. really quite poignant because it is the queen's and prince philip's last big wedding. >> she's 92 now. >> looked incredible. she looked amazing. >> and prince philip is walking faster than me. he's unbelievable. i want whatever he had for breakfast, i want some of it. she has served us for so long with this duty. she got married in 1947 just after the war of rationing. she had to use rationing for her dress. the ration coupons. the rationed meal. just the changes, the transformation of britain. she is so thrilled. she adores harry. he really is a favorite. she's so happy finally he's found a girl that he loves, will take the royal family on and they can be this team together. >> what we take away from this is what the reverend curry said,
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love is more than sentimentalism, it is a way of life. >> bishop of the world. >> also he likes people to see the royal family. he thinks without them, they don't exist. she has been abroad on a visit. where there's reporters, where there's press. and there's nobody there, not much point in me being here then. she wants people to see it. you couldn't have more people watching a wedding around the world. i think they said 2 billion. >> we thank them because we needed some joy in the world. stick with us everyone. still to come, we're going to speak to a very special wedding guest. a very special wedding guest who survivaled the manchester bombing. we're going to be right back in a moment.
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well, the crowd inside the church consisted of everyone from aristocrats to a-list celebrities as well as some special guests. >> two of those noteworthy guests are with us. both are people impacted by the manchester bombing from one year ago. 12-year-old amelia thompson was in the crowd, in the concert crowd when that bomb exploded. her guest for the wedding is sharon goodman, whose 15-year-old granddaughter olivia campbell hardy was killed in the attack last year that took the lives of more than 22 people. thank you so much for joining us. >> thank you. >> let me get your reaction first. what did you think about the wedding? what did you think when you found out you were going to be invited? >> when i first found out, i was just speechless. i didn't know what to say. immediately i rang sharon to see
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if she wanted to come with me because obviously she's been part of sharon. when we got there, it was so amazing, like, seeing those famous people walk past us. it was just amazing. >> one of them actually stopped and gave you a selfie. i did not get a selfie with david beckham. tell us about that moment. >> so we were sat down and they said that if you need the toilet, you need to go now, because they were making sure you stay in your places. so me, sharon and my mom just decided to go to the toilet real quick and we started to walk off and they started to go in and we just bumped into them and my mom was shout, can we have a photo? >> i love your mom. >> then the security guys came up and said, oh, no, you can't do it. and david beckham was like, just do it. i ran up to him and took a selfie. >> what do you think, are you happy? were you like, mom? >> yeah.
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>> you weren't embarrassed at all? >> no. >> so where's the selfie? >> it's on our camera. >> your school friends are going to be really jealous. >> you should have brought it. do we have the picture? can we show it? >> all right. while we're working, we're going to get it, but sharon, what did it mean to you when amelia invited you? what did it mean to be asked as her guest today? >> i was privileged. so thoughtful, you know, to ask me to be a guest, absolutely amazing. >> what do you think olivia would have made of today's -- >> olivia would have loved today. olivia loved hair, she loved makeup. she was a ballroom and latin american dancer. so of course she loved all glitz and the glamour. yes, she would have absolutely adored it. >> it felt like a very beautiful moment, you know, to have people like both of you invited and to have you both there. it felt like a sort of powerful
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statement i think just recognizing the horrors that you both have gone through. what did it mean to you, amelia? >> just to show, like, terrorism can't win and that we stand up together and that we will stand together and we'll all support each other. >> that's a really beautiful and positive message to take away from that. i'm very impressed with your poise. are we getting the photo? breaking news. let's see the selfie. >> okay, i'm going to put it right here. are you guys ready? can you get it? is this camera three over here? is that camera three? you can't see it? ah, you can't see it. anyway, it's beautiful? i can confirm that it is -- >> what do you think? >> we're going to get them to e-mail it. so you brought a candle to the wedding? >> yes, we did. >> i phoned manchester cathedral
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and asked if we could take a candle to have it lit at st. george's chapel on the 22nd. it was blessed at manchester cathedral. they spoke to us on tuesday from st. george's chapel to say yes, it was okay, bring the candle, bring a note with it, so we took it today and it's going to be lit on the anniversary. >> have you heard from other survivors of the attack? how do they feel about you being -- >> today, we -- amelia's got hers on. he asked us to wear the pin. we took a rose for saiki rose. we have together forever. which is chloe and -- so yes, there's been some amazing things come out of this, you know, charities, foundations, we ourses have our charity, we do music and dance for the under
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25s manchester. sophie wanted to be a music teacher. music and dance was her passion. >> i'm just so glad her legacy was honored here in a way today. >> we just want to do a living memorial for olivia. >> what a beautiful day. what a beautiful dress. i'm sort of envious. stunning dress. >> amelia, you're never never going to forget this, are you? >> no, never. >> both of you, really appreciate it. >> we are going to have a lot more on the royal wedding. our special coverage from windsor continues in just a moment. do not stop watching. >> i promise you it's a beautiful selfie. it was here. i couldn't catch my breath. it was the last song of the night. it felt like my heart was skipping beats. i went to the er. they said i had afib. afib? what's afib? i knew that meant i was at a greater risk of stroke. i needed answers.
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good day, everyone. i'm fredricka whitfield. we'll have more live coverage from the royal wedding in a moment. first, we want to bring you up to speed on latest developments coming out of texas and that school shooting which devastated the santa fe community. investigators now believe the suspected gunman behind the santa fe texas school shooting acted alone. 17-year-old dimitrios pagourtzis faces charges of aggravated murder and assault of a public servant. he's being held without bond in solitary confinement. police say he unleashed his attack at santa fe high school using guns legally owned by his father. ten people were killed. many of them students. another ten people were wounded. including two law enforcement officials. authorities determined that
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suspected explosive devices found at and near the school were not functional. cnn correspondent erica hill is in santa fe. are investigators learning anything more about the motives behind these attacks? >> of course, fredricka, that is the big question today. what we can tell you is they're not specifically talking about a motive. vernor abbott talked about wdet. writings that we found of shooters. writings that were found in journals, computers and even on cell phones that indicated this 17-year-old wanted to take his life, according to the governor, kill others. he admitted when he surrendered according to that affidavit, he actually confessed to investigators. and we're also told from that affidavit that he spared people he liked because he wanted them to be able to tell his story.
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>> also getting details on a school resource officer wounded in yesterday's attack. john barnes is recovering in the intensive care unit at a nearby hospital. the retired houston police officer was working at the school. he and another school officer confronted the shooter, barnes was shot in the elbow, rushed into surgery following the shooting. houston's police chief visited him and said that he is, quote, hanging in there. and so, erica -- >> a lot of focus on him. >> yes, erica, how are people in general, you know, coming together, coping with all of this? >> it is -- it has understandably left this community in shock. we were out this morning. we were at a local doughnut shop. in addition to the shop, including some from a cafeteria worker who said she had trouble sleeping, that these kids, she referred to them, were my kids as they went through the line.
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they are all processing. we're speaking with some of those folks. polo joins us now with more on that. >> in galveston, this hospital is where three of those patients continue to recover at this hour. it's in the day -- not only the hours but the days after everything happens that we begin to hear these incredible stories of survival. here's one of them. rome sherbet's story of survival is nothing short of incredible. when a student shooter opened fire on classmates at santa fe high school friday, a blet struck the16r-d. >> came in right there. exci exited right there. >> reporter: he recalls being in art class. he ran as far and as fast as he could before noticing the blood trickling down his neck. >> one of my friends comes up to
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me, he says, you've been shot, you've been shot in the head. you got shot in the head. i just took my shirt off and i put it on the wound. >> reporter: the round went clean through his head, barely leaving any damage. he tells cnn doctors think he came close to not walking again. or worse. here you are on your front porch now. how do you begin to explain that? >> definitely grace of god. just had an angel on my shoulder. he's watching over me. definitely. i don't know. people say everybody's disappointed for everything. sometimes you got to question it. but in the end, it all seems to play out. >> reporter: another survivor, officer john boards who's recovering after a bullet tore through his arm. he just retired from a 23-year career as officer and investigator for the houston police department. the police chief tweeting his former officer is hanging in there and the family is very hopeful. we're also learning about the
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stories of some of the dead. cynthia tisdale was a substitute teacher. her family says she left for work friday morning and never returned again. also killed in the shooting, sabhika sheikh, a foreign exchange student from pakistan. support for all of the victims of santa fe is coming in from across the country. president trump ordering u.s. flags fly at half-staff for five days in the u.s. and around the world. and in the hours and days ahead, we're likely to hear more of these stories too. something to add to my conversation with rome, he says he counts himself lucky. the first, the obvious one, he survived a gunshot wound to the head. the second one is during the chaos yesterday, he did not witness any of the students or the teacher get shot. he believes that that would have left him with some obviously traumatic psychological wounds he likely would not have been able to recover. focusing not only on that but also thoughts and prayers to this student and the officer
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that tib continues to recover a this location, about an hour's drive away from where you are. >> all right, thank you. that remarkable young man, even just being able to talk about it. we can tell you we have just confirmed that governor abbott is expected to hold another press conference here just about an hour from now. so that will be at 1:00 central time. we are expecting to get some more information when that happens. as for the school activity, obviously canceled over the weekend. school, we know, will be closed trough at least tuesday. keep in mind the last day of school was scheduled to be may 31st with graduation on the 1st. a woman told me today as far as she's concerned things are all up in the air, which is understandably. the question, in terms of motive, that's a lot of what people want answered, is the why. they're also trying to wrap their arms around each other and understand how it could happen in their community. fredricka. >> yes, no matter what, it will
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welcome back to our special coverage of the royal wedding. i'm don lemon here with clarissa ward, in beautiful windsor.
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look at the castle behind us. >> look at the castle, look at the river, look at the weather, look at the flowers. this is just a visual feast. it's been nonstop beauty, beauty, beauty. both in the physical sense and also in the emotional sense with that exceptionally moving, moving ceremony. >> they could not have picked a better day. both inside and outside of the chapel. it's just been spectacular. they are very much in love, as you can see how they're looking at each other. once they exited the chapel, it was just fantastic. >> the kiss. >> flowers and kissing and love all around. let's -- speaking of the love all around, how about we listen to the exchange of the vows. >> do, let's. >> i, harry, take you meghan. >> to be my wife. >> to be my wife. >> to have and to hold. >> to have and to hold. >> from this day forward. >> from this day forward. >> for better or for worse.
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>> for better or for worse. >> for richer for poorer. >> for richer, for poorer. >> in sickness and in health. >> in sickness and in health. >> to love and to cherish. >> to love and to cherish. >> till death us do part. >> till death us do part. >> according to god's holy law. >> accord to god's holy law. >> in the presence of god. >> in the presence of god. >> i make this vow. >> i make this vow. meghan, i give you this ring. >> harry, i give you this ring. >> i, therefore, proclaim that they are husband and wife. >> the cheer. >> yes, congratulations. you know, i watched h hand, she wasn't even shaking. >> no tremble. >> it was as if -- a number of people made the point, including richard quest. pulled it off without -- >> well, that's the thing, even inside -- >> like people weren't even watching.
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>> i was inside the walls of the castle and it really felt intimate. you didn't feel in those meants necessarily the eyes of the world were on you. this was a husband and wife or boyfriend and girlfriend before they said i do expressing their love, with such poise, such grace. we're going to see them again. this is the exciting thing. one more hour. >> they snuck in one more kiss in public. this is on kiss count, right. >> will we get a third. >> now we're on reception count. also, she's going to be speaking at the reception. which is highly unusual, can i just say. at most british weddings not very common for the bride to speak. she's a trail blazer. >> you said highly unusual. unusual in a good way. >> absolutely. >> i think max foster can attest to that. max and i have been up since the wee hours. i have gotten to, you know, get a couple hours sleep. you have not, sir. how you holding u. ining up? are you going to the next
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recession? >> you say that. you flew in last night, came to the wedding of the century and you're just going to rock out later on in fantastic shoes, i might add. not the ones he has on now, the ones he had on earlier. what we've seen today is meghan markle really assert herself at this wedding. she has done it in her own way. it's up to us to sort of read the symbolism into that. there's certainly some there. don's seeing some there. it continues tonight. we just learned meghan markle will be giving her own speech on behalf of herself and her family. the reception, the party reception later on tonight, so this is the independent woman marrying a prince in her own way and rocking the royal household. >> max, it strikes me that
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people must be impressed to show such grace, under the scrutiny of billions of people, with no other family members other than her mother there. from the crowds that you've been talking to, are people impressed? >> you know, i think people are just amazed by her. particularly when, you know, she hasn't been around that long. if you think of kate middleton and prince william, they knew each other for years. we knew they were going out for years. she took a very long time in saying yes to prince william who was entirely, the decision was in her hands. william said you know what you're taking on. i'm not going to force you in any way. it's up to you. meghan markle's different. you know, they had a six, seven-month relationship. and it was between continents. and they spent a lot of time apart. she hasn't had a chance to get used to the system. but maybe, just maybe, that's what helped her. she was told she could have whatever wedding she liked. obviously in tandem with harry.
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but this has definitely got her stamp on it. perhaps not knowing the system has allowed her to have the wedding she wants. as a result of that, she's created a new type of royal wedding, which is so much more inclusive than anything else we've seen before. >> all right, max, thank you very much. we appreciate that. again, paying close attention for the next reception. that's the knee's up reception. they let it all hang out. as we standby. we want to bring in our panel of experts. former deputy editor of vogue, emily sheffield. and "people" magazine's chief foreign correspondent simon perry. hello all of you. thank you for joining us. >> beautiful day, right? >> beautiful. you've really lucked out, i must say. >> beautiful day, beautiful dress. what did you make of meghan's choice? were you surprised?
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givenchy. >> i think it was the best kept secret. i think no one guessed actually. there's been so many names bandied about. clare waight keller was not one often put in the hat. givenchy is a french house. she was born in birmingham. very well liked in the fashion industry. she was at chloe before she went to givenchy. i think she said classic and simple is the name of the game with wedding dressings. you could not have gotten more classic and simple than what she wore today. >> we were talking earlier, five decades from now this dress will still look beautiful and current. >> absolutely, still beautiful and current. actually, givenchy designed for audrey hepburn and she was his
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muse. i don't know if anyone remembers "funny face" where audrey wears that beautiful dress with the boat top neck. this is not the same but is similar, has echoed of it. that dress 30, 40 years ago is still timeless today. i think the understatement in the dress was very meghan. i think she's really approached this wedding with so much poise and elegance. >> poise is the word, isn't it? >> absolutely. >> i mean, the grace of this woman under all this extraordinary pressure. with everybody looking at you. >> and the confidence. natural confidence. harry looked more nervous than she did today. and he's used to this. i suppose she is too, she's a hollywood star, but she looked so natural, like she was really enjoying it. one of the best moments, when they went up to the carriage and came away, you saw her lean forward. >> we did it. >> i thought that was -- she let a breath out because they've been waving for so long. >> i think she was overwhelmed
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too to see all of the people out on the roof. >> absolutely. >> richard simon, how are you guys? >> well, how could one be, other than saying that it's rather like the victorian commentator's comment about the royal wedding. it rivets mankind and this was absolutely thrilling. fascinating too the list of guests and what they were wearing. but also so touching and moving. you were mentioning the extraordinary poise and the fact that she is such a stylish beauty. in fact this came across i thought so vividly. but also harry. i thought he was deeply emotional. at one point, dabbed his eyes. no question he was feeling tremendous amount of admiration. >> you used the word fascinating. what was fascinating? what did you see? >> if you saw the body language,
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harry was -- i think on the verge of tears because someone he loved who has been under a lot of pressure in the last week and if you consider this as a culmination of months of planning. and they were going to be worn by the archbishop of canterbury and his father was, after all, the last wedding. a feminist was making sure the original plans because her father's name was still on the order. in the original plans, she was going to go up solo halfway. i think that's very significant. >> very significant. what a striking image it was to just see her arriving, that beautiful train behind her. on her own. empowered. beautiful. i mean, it was really quite moving. i guess the question becomes -- we haven't talked about this yet. where does diana's legacy fit into all this? what would she have made of this extraordinary ceremony?
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>> she'd have been very proud of her son firstly. and thrilled that he's found such a woman in megan that he has found. she's -- like you were saying, you know, she walked up two-thirds of the way on her own and she's very clear that was going to be a decision from the start. this is one symbol, many ways she slightly changed things. slightly modernizing things, if you like, bringing today's royal family in today's world. look at pastor curry for example bringing a bit of america over here. okay, they hadn't met him before, didn't know hill personally, but it was a great addition to the archbishop of canterbury, lit up the place. >> i think there was a lot of america interwoven into this ceremony. i think that's what made it extraordinary and unique as an american, i have to say that. people say every little girl grows up wanting to be a princess and she's so lucky, she won the lottery. but i think the royal family won
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the lottery. they need her as much as she needs them. they get as much out of it, maybe more. >> she's an incredible sort of modern american woman. who's earned her own money. she's got quite feminist thoughts about women succeeding. she's come over her own challenges in her life i would say, as harry has. he lost his mother, age 12 zbltz parents were divorced. >> his parents were divorced. he walked behind his mother's coffin in front of millions of people. he has spoken very movingly last year for mental health charities. admitting to his own mental health. >> and talking about how no child should really have been put through it. >> he said he was glad to have made his mother proud. i think he's probably got mixed feelings. honestly she's this wonderful modern american woman. then there's this very traditional british family. and they're coming together. i think it really is going to be -- >> how does her style compare to
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kate's? it seem she's a little more fashion forward maybe than kate. kate's a little safer in some of her choices. >> a little. she comes from that hollywood world where she's used to going out on the red carpet. although she's fashion forward, meghan, she's -- it's not outrageous. it's very elegant. >> she's a little more glamorous. >> a little more glamorous. >> both equally as -- >> yes. >> good fashion, but it's just different fashion. >> slightly different. got that slight more american red carpet flare to it. in the choice of dresses, kate middleton when she was getting married. >> alexander mcqueen. >> it was also incredibly classic. it was a bit of a bigger dress. there was the heir to the throne getting married. again today she wore mcqueen. >> you talk about the heir to the throne issue. do you have the sense meghan and harry were able to have a bit more fun to this, were able to
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weave in new modern ideas because he is not the mediate heir to the throne? >> absolutely, right. this was not a state occasion as charles and diana's was. and there's no doubt at all. you could see the personal touches from the guests. but then he was -- william and harry after their mother's tragic death. what i was fascinated by, just the dress, which i absolutely adored, may i say. but the links in that veil with every nation in the commonwealth, all 53, the floral designs. harry and meghan are going to be a dynamic duo. in the commonwealth and in the wider world and of course he is a youth ambassador for the commonwealth. such an exciting future. think how thrilling it will be for those in the various countries -- >> and they're going on tour in
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september, around the commonwealth. >> let's put a final bow on this for us, simon. because people -- everyone was wondering what kind of nod they would give to diana. best and biggest is prince harry. because he picked up her with the invictus game, how charitable she was, and who he chose to marry, i think that was the biggest nod. >> like they were sayingbout the commonwealth, they're going to go out there with developing countries and other countries around the world, the commonwealth, she's made that symbol on her dress, that will have gone down very well with the queen i'm sure. and do what is similar to what diana did and take that message, especially attacking things like hiv in difficult parts of the world, yes. >> thank you very much, emily sheffield, richard, simon perry, really appreciate it, thank you. again, we are less than an hour away from the newlywed duke
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and duchess of sussex, they're going to be departing the royal castle, so make sure you stay tuned. they're going to be going to the second recession. we're back in just a moment. but first, here's a moment of "stand by," singing "stand by me" at the royal wedding. if i can get my words out. ♪ no i won't be afraid ♪ no i won't be afraid ♪ just as long as you stand stand by me ♪
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is charged with aggravated murder. police say he used two guns legally owned by his father. officials say explosive devices at a near santa fe high school did not pose a threat. we're learning more about some of the victims. ten are dead. ten others wounded. the injured include santa fe school resource officer john barnes, who is recovering at a hospital. substitute teacher cynthia tisdale killed in the attack. also pakistani exchange student shabiki sheikh. cnn correspondent erica hill is in santa fe for us. what is it like for many people now? >> as you can imagine, both you and i have covered far too many events like this. we're seeing up and down the street businesses, signs, posting their thoughts. we were talking with folks at a local doughnut shop today. one of the women we spoke with is a cafeteria worker in the school. she had a tough time sleeping
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last night. she referred to them as her kids. another gentleman named walter who we met in the barber shop. he said it was tough to concentrate on his job after he learned about it because his nieces were at the school. but he said beyond the sympathy and beyond feeling frustrated, he was feeling irritated. he said, look, this is a culture down here, we're hunters, we have guns, we're responsible. he was irritated someone would take their own frustrated out on other people in this manner. a man named john said the same thing. his sister, she's a senior, she wasn't there yesterday. his parents were more shaken up than she was. she's still trying to process it. most people here still trying to wrap their fahead around this h happened in their community. >> it's only been a day, but have we learned anything about memorial services that are in the planning stages? >> as you point out, it is still
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early. we're still getting positive oifl identification from the victims. we can tell you there's a vigil planned for today. there's also blood drives which people have been at both today and tomorrow at one of the hospitals. so they'll be focusing on that. and of course the other question is where does the investigation stand. as fredricka was saying, we're only about 24 hours into this. we started off with a lot of information coming out. we know the suspected shooter is cooperating. that being said, there remains a number of unanswered questions. cnn's rosa flores joins us. >> there is a lot of information that has been out, but there are still a lot of questions. normally by this time and unfortunately we've covered so many of these, by this time, we would know more. here's the latest. we are expecting the governor of texas greg abbott to be here on
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site within the hour. this is where that press conference will be happening. let me lay the scene here for you. back here in the school, in the back of the school, you'll see that's where the command center is. that's where all of the law enforcement agencies have been convening. that's where the command post is. as we keep on panning, now, this is the parking lot of the school and you see a lot of vehicles here. all of these vehicles stayed here after the shooting. we are informed the owners of these vehicles will be able to get their vehicles home soon today. possibly at noon. again, a lot of this information still very fluid. back to some of those investigative threads. some of the new things we've learned is that this individual acted alone. we heard a lot about bombs and explosive devices. now those authorities calling those devices juvenile and unsophisticated.
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>> we also know in materials of the guns that were used, police saying those were taken legally. they were legally owned by the shooter's father. are we hearing any more from his parents or the family at this point? >> you know, we know that the family has sought counsel. so there are two attorneys that are now representing the family. but we have heard little from them other than the fact that they do say they want all of the facts to come out first and that the parents of this individual are considered victims as well. and about the weapons. we know that a shotgun and a .38 revolver was used in this particular shooting. we really hadn't heard about a revolver being used in any of these cases before. so that in particular stands out. we hope to learn more in this press conference that's coming up because, again, there's a lot of details about how this transpired that we still don't know about. >> we'll be waiting for that as
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well. rosa, thank you. i also want to update you. we're getting confirmation of one of the other victims. 17-year-old chris stone, one of the students killed in the mass shooting that happened behind me here, his sister mercedes spoke with cnn, saying her brother was adventurous and protective of his sisters. chris stone, among those whose lives were taken yesterday, 17 years old. joining us with a closer look at the investigation, what could be happening at this time, cnn law enforcement analyst, how quickly was this information coming out, and now things have quieted down. this is going to remain a crime scene for some time. it's not uncommon to withhold some information. but are you surprised we haven't heard more even just today? >> i think as we've seen a number of these recent active shooter incidents, the difficulty in trying to distill
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or glean the motive. that's what's going on back here. this crime scene, sobering work for law enforcement. just to put this into context with where we're at. this is the second worst shooting in texas state history. the first is what law enforcement generally considers to be the first mass shooting, major mass shooting in american history, august 1st, 1966, the texas clock tower shooting in austin. 16 casualties, 31 wounded. that incident was 52 years ago. we generally credit that incident with being what basically propelled the united states and other countries around the world to set up and put together s.w.a.t. teams and start preparing for these things. we saw that basically unfold yesterday. >> you're pointing out the work going on behind us. we've been monitoring a situation here. we're not sure what's happening. but we see law enforcement officials and we see folks here who are gathered outside the school just in the last ten minutes or so. i want to pick up on something you just said. you and i talked about what changed after columbine and what
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has changed with every shooting we followed since then in terms of the response. not just the investigation but the response. is there anything that you know of that has changed even in just a few months, just since february? in terms of what we saw yesterday here? >> sure, the model for law enforcement back in the '60s let's say from that texas shot clock shooting forward was contain and negotiate. set up a perimeter. be patient. maintain the perimeter. don't let anybody get in or out of it. then negotiate. what we found recently is most of these individuals are not looking to negotiate. these are not bare dated subjects. there's no negotiation. so that changed the law enforcement model. meant we had to go to the sound of the guns. we've seen it spectacularly fail in other places. you look at orlando, the pulse nightclub, you look as recently at parkland where law enforcement didn't make immediate entry and people, victims, ended up being
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additional casualties. we have to find a sweet spot in that. sometimes in these events, the last two in particular, parkland, here in texas and santa fe, surprisingly, the shooter, the criminal, did not take their own life or die suicide by cop. now there's going to be a wealth of information. obviously this guy has confessed. we'll try to understand what his grievances were. >> when you have that piece of the puzzle because you have the person who is alive who has reportedly confessed according to the affidavit. we have these notes that abbott referred to. talked about him not only wanting to carry out a shooting but to take his own life. that changes things because it brings a lot of investigation that could have tack months, a lot of that is now here for you. >> the big part of it too is the digital age. the fact with social media platforms, everybody wants to put out their thoughts in a moment's notice. they've apparently gotten some journals this shooter apparently
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put together. whether it's a manifesto, in some way explains what was going on in his tormented mind. it speaks to motive. people go, why is that so important? it helps us prepare to prevent the next one. that's the goal always in law enforcement. >> that is absolutely the goal, james, appreciate it, as always. we'll keep you updated on what's happening on the ground. we are expecting some information coming out of that press conference, which is scheduled for the top of the hour. >> all right, thank you, erica. coming up, we're getting breaking details on the first lady. she is now out of the hospital after nearly a week. a live report next. hey allergy muddlers. are you one sneeze away from being voted out of the carpool? try zyrtec®. it's starts working hard at hour one. and works twice as hard when you take it again the next day. stick with zyrtec® and muddle no more®.
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all right, we have breaking news for you from the white house. first lady melania trump is now out of the hospital. the white house producing this statement a short time ago, saying this quote, the first lady returned home to the white house this morning. she is resting comfortably. and remains in high spirits. our office has received thousands of calls and e-mails, wishing mrs. trump well. and we thank everyone who has taken the time to reach out, end quote. trump has been recuperating at walter reed nationaled me tear center since she underwent a kidney procedure on monday. correspondent ryan nobles joining me right now. ryan, did the first lady's communications director or anyone else have anything more to say about her condition, why she was being hospitalized for
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so long? >> we are learning a little bit more about the situation involving the first lady. of course, first, we should point out it is very good news she's back here at the white house and is recuperating after this procedure. there's been quite a few questions. a lot of concerns really for the first lady about the length of her hospital stay after this kidney embolization which almost have said would only require a short stay, and mrs. trump ended up being in the hospital for more than five days. we've been asking her staff specifically about if they could give us more information as to why exactly she was in the hospital for very long. they're saying this is a private matter and they're not going to comment about it. this is a statement from her spokesperson. stephanie says every patient is different. the medical professionals who have been giving. youngs to the media based on one statement are uninformed. mrs. trump has a medical team that is comfortable with her care, which is all that matters.
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her recovery and privacy are paramount. i will have no further comment beyond this. anyone else who chooses to speak with the media will only be speculating. so all we really know, fred, is specifically about these statements that were put out by the first lady's team. they say this was a minor procedure. it's not something that is going to be a lingering health issue for mrs. trump, that she was -- that the procedure was successfully and she's expected to make a full recovery. of course the president himself made several trips over to walter reed to visit with his wife. at one point he told reporter s she was doing very well and he expected her to be home soon. they're remaining private about her care, about this procedure. and what the future holds. but at this point, she's back here at the white house, is feeling better, and is expected to make a full recovery, fred. >> we're happy she is no longer at the hospital. ryan nobles, thank you so much for that, appreciate it. we'll have much more of our special coverage from windsor in just a few moments.
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welcome back to our coverage of the royal wedding.
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thousands lined the streets to celebrate the debut of prince harry and meghan markle as husband and wife. >> what a day it has been. actually in about 20 minutes, to get another view of the newlyweds. they're set to leave windsor castle and to an evening reception thrown by prince charles. a more intimate affair than the lunchtime reception. the second reception is really where the party starts, am i right? >> you are absolutely right, clarissa. this is down to the core 200 in frogmore house just about a half a mile that way. we hear that meghan is going to give a speech. that is very, very nontraditional for this type of wedding. we've seen a lot of nontraditional moves by meghan here walking herself most of the way down the aisle.
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actually made me think a lot about diana's wedding. she was 20 when she married. she was this demure poor little girl who basically just did what she was told. meghan of cour meghan is 36 years old, a career in hollywood, she's done the jobs that struggling actors do. she calighopher. the speech she's going to give tonight, the whole way she's conducted it, is how she's going to behave as a princess. she's going to carry on being who she is. you mentioned thousands lining the streets. thousands are still lining the streets. i'm not entirely sure why. maybe holding out hope for that one last glimpse we should get within the next 10, 20 minutes. prince harry may be watching the fa cup final right now between
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chelsea and manchester united. we are going to get that glimpse. maybe that's why the thousands who came here, some of them are still hanging around for one more slice of royal weddings. we're not going to have another royal weddinging for a long time. the next one might be prince george. he hasn't even turned 5 yet. so people bringing all they can get out of this historic day. back to you. >> i should make the most of it because i've seen -- that one will be a long time ago. you missed two important factors maybe why people are still lining the street. one is prosecco. other one has to do with pints i'm sure. but the real question is do we know -- do we have any idea what meghan is going to talk about what her speech might be about at this reception? >> i have no ideas. i wish i could tell you i've seen the speech. i have not. just the fact she's speaking is a big deal. a big deal in the royal family,
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a big deal in the house of windsor. hopefully we'll get little snippets of what she says a little bit later. >> nick, you're a brit, and you've been covering the royal family for many years. what struck you most about the ceremony itself? >> well, obviously, the power of the address by bishop curry was pretty amazing. that choir, the kind of blending of, you know, african-american culture with british culture, pretty amazing. two tiny little moments i really enjoyed. prince charles taking doria, meghan's mother, taking her hand. doria was the only blood relative meghan had here today. the other moment i loved was that bouquet that meghan was holding. there were some flowers in there that prince harry picked himself yesterday from the grounds of kensington palace. it was a tear jerker. it was a lovely, lovely day.
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>> all right, harry, you're making all of us look bad, cut it o, will you? nick watt, thank you very much, appreciate it. we still have a lot ahead here on our special royal wedding coverage. a soldier who says prince harry saved his life in the military is one of the many guests invited to royal wedding. we're going to speak with james wharton next. first, the special moment when the beautiful bride meghan markle walked down the aisle. how do you win at business? stay at la quinta. where we're changing with stylish make-overs. then at your next meeting, set your seat height to its maximum level. bravo, tall meeting man. start winning today. book now at lq.com
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>> it was ten years ago. i was serving in canada at the time. prince harry was obviously with us. i found myself as his gunner. i sat next to him in a little tank and we had a driver. when you're in a tank, it's a close-knit crew. we became -- we became very close as soldiers working together. one particular day i found myself in a particularly sticky situation because he was an out gay soldier. and there were some soldiers working with us that day from another part of the british army who didn't know who i was, but heard that i was gay and took it in a negative, in a negative way and didn't like the fact that i was gay. at i'd ever served with in my regiment was absolutely fine with it. these soldiers confronted me about it and made me feel intimidated about it and made me feel quite worried. i climbed back into my tank and
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i found prince harry at the time doing what prince harry did in the tank, just doing things. and he said, what's up with you? he could see there was something wrong. i told him the full situation. i told him there were some soldiers outside who weren't very happy with the fact that i was gay, and gave him a few more details. he listened to that and took it all in with an expression on his face and said he was going to get out and deal with it. he climbed out of the tank and i watched on from the tank, somewhat sheepishly. and he got those soldiers in a line and he gave them quite the stern talking to to tell them there was absolutely no way that while he was around that was going to be allowed to happen to his gunner. and he defused the situation. you know, he made the day a lot better. >> what does that say about him? >> well, it shows he's a sensitive man and also a very modern man, i would say. we read in the press and we see on the news suggestions and clues that he has that side to
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him. that he is a compassionate person, a compassionate member of the royal family. sometimes people might take that with a pinch of salt or suggest it might not actually be a sincere situation. what i can say about harry and the time i spent with him and the colleagues in the army who i'm still in touch with who served with him would certainly vouch that harry is a very sensitive and very compassionate man and leader. >> was he -- when you're training with him, i mean, obviously, now sixth in line to the throne, but was he just one of the lads? >> when i was his gunner he was third in the line to the throne, he was 24 at the time. what i feel about the times i spent with harry, and every time he put on that uniform, i felt he was absolutely stripping himself of his royal title. it was almost his escape from the royal family. he was able to put on the army uniform, the camouflage, and immerse himself in the regiment and the men he served with and almost forget about that other world. which all the men around him had
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absolutely no understanding of. obviously, he knew and had lived. when he was with us, he was of course one of the boys and also a good soldier as well. >> you're talking 20 years ago, you know, when people didn't feel they do now about lbgt rights. so, it shows you why he picked someone, picked the person he picked, and just how progressive he is. >> well, of course. don't ask, don't tell was still in existence when this happened. we found ourselves in canada. we were working with canadian soldiers. the year before i was in iraq with americans who found me to be openly gay quite fascinating because those soldiers couldn't dream of being that open of who they were because of don't ask, don't tell. don, i think you're right. what that does demonstrate ten years ago, a time different to today. even in this country, lbgt equality has come on so far in
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ten years, it demonstrates how forward-thinking and modernly-minded he was as a senior member of the royal family. >> i feel if he felt that way ten years ago, how he feels even now about certain things. he's even more progressive. which is one of the reasons i think he and meghan will push the envelope when it comes to tradition and backwards thinking. >> i agree. he's picked up the battle his mother carried, particularly around campaigning around hiv and aids. the first public appearance that the happy couple made after they announced their wedding plans was at an hiv center in nottingham, england, where they were meeting people living with hiv and many of those people were gay. we members of the lbgt community in this country won't forget that. >> it's an exciting time. one sense is maybe we're on the cusp of a moment. maybe there will be more changes ahead and we'll all be watching very closely. james wharton, thank you so much for joining us. up next, our special
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and hello to our viewers around the world. welcome to cnn's special coverage of the royal wedding. i'm don lemon. >> i'm clarissa ward here on this beautiful day. the sun is just softening a little bit. the temperature coming down. >> schooling off, yeah. >> and in the next hour, we're getting very excited, we hope to have another glimpse of meghan and harry as they go to the
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second reception. prince harry and american actress meghan markle are, of course, now officially husband and wife. >> we keep saying american actress. she's not an american actress anymore. she's just a princess. >> an american princess. >> she's an american who is now a -- can you call her -- is she a british princess? she's a duchess. >> a duchess. >> she's the first duchess of sussex. there's never been one before. there was a duke of sussex, who was the sixth son of george iii. >> that's richard fitzwilliams, who we were going to introduce but he jumped in there. i can't let that go. the castle is right behind us. you see the planes going over. they rerouted the flight path so it wouldn't be near the wedding. this is just a spectacularly beautiful day in more ways than one all around. the scenery, what happened inside and outside the chapel and also at the castle as well. so, we're awaiting the
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newlyweds, as you said. >> let's take a look. we have to go back and look at the most beautiful moments. there were so many. let's walk back through the day. let's take a look. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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♪ >> from the psalm of solomy from the bible. set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm. love is as strong as death. passion, fears as the grave, its flashings are flashings of fire. a raging flame. many waters cannot quench love. neither can floods. drowned out. ♪ so darling darling stand by me ♪
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♪ stand by me ♪ oohh ohhh stand by me ♪ ♪ stand by me ♪ stand by me stand by me ♪ >> i, harry, take you meghan. >> to be my wife. >> to be my wife. >> i, meghan, take you harry. >> i, meghan, take you harry. >> to be my husband. >> to be my husband. >> meghan, i give you this will ring. >> meghan, i give you this ring. >> harry, i give you this ring. >> as a sign of our marriage. >> as a sign of our marriage. >> i therefore proclaim that they are husband and wife. ♪
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♪ ♪ >> just, just beautiful. really, an incredible, inspiring day and a day where we needed some joy. as the bishop said earlier, we
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absolutely got that. we're standing by for another glance, another glimpse of the newlyweds. prince harry and former actress meghan markle. >> that's right. and they are getting ready to leave their first reception, which was hosted by the queen, and head to the second reception, the party after the party, at frogmore house. we're waiting with baited breath. >> let's bring in our all-star passion, the editor of the fashion blog meghan's mirror, christina ross. you want me to introduce you like that. >> thank you. >> and richard fitzwilliams, and cnn contributor and author of "harry: conversations with the prince," angela levin is here with us as well. good to see you all again. so, what did you think of -- she's going to change outfits, right? >> we hope so. >> any idea what she's going to wear? >> i definitely think this is going to be her opportunity to
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wear something a lot jazzier. we saw a very conservative, royal outfit earlier today. i'm hoping something a little more exciting for the afternoon. you've been saying knees up. it's a big, fun party. i'm hoping for something that's flashy. >> the designer, do you think it's going to be british designer? >> i am not so sure. i think this could be an opportunity for ralph & russo to pop their name or something from erdem tonight. >> we'll all be excited to see that. the other thing we'll be excited to see, at we won't be able to see it, but hear about it afterwards, is this idea that meghan is speaking. >> yes. >> this is sort of bucking the trend, let's say. >> when she's able to waive the rules, as we've been seeing, this has actually been happening for quite a long time since she's had fiancee, spending christmas with the royals. there's no question that she is an absolute superb speaker.
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she was a united nation speaker, or was. i saw a speech she gave and she talked about her activism at the age of 11 and the way she was able to have that sexist adversement changed within a month by writing hillary clinton. but, i mean, she's a superb speaker. she's cerebral, articulate. i think that's one of the reasons harry is so drawn to her. a soul mate, you can see that. as we were talking about that earlier, mirrored in his face is this absolute devotion to somebody he found, as he once said, i wonder whether anyone could really take me on. then, of course -- >> she has. >> -- has now been found. >> he looked a bit nervous, warm, as you mentioned, wiping his brow and his lip. for the second reception, which is obviously a lot more laid back than the wedding, we'll probably see more of his personality come out because he's going to be with his closest friends. >> yes, he'll be very ebuliant.
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at his brother's wedding, he was the one to give the main speech. he sent it to his girlfriend chelsy at the time, and she crossed a lot out. and this is his own about meghan. i think it will be full of love and enthusiasm and loads of jokes. harry likes to crack jokes. >> that is something that is so important, i think, and something he inherited from diana specifically. his love of fun, his ability to be naughty. who could forget the images of him arriving at his school and sticking out his tongue to all the photographers from the back of the car. he's always had that proclivity for miss chief. >> that was the last time he
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stuck his tongue out. william said, don't do that. photographers stuck their tongue out to get him to do it in return. he didn't realize it was wrong. he did it automatically. william put a stop to that. but he was mischievous. he said to me, at eaton, where we're very close to now, william said he decided to be a bad boy. he was naughty. he said, my mother encouraged me to be naughty. she used to squeeze sweets in their football socks. be naughty but don't get caught. >> exactly. >> what's interesting to me is when they started becoming teenagers. the girls would all scream at william and then harry realized his brother was embarrassed by it and he would egg them on just to embarrass his brother. >> yes, he did that. he also embarrassed his brother in eaton in a cross-country run. he hid behind a tree and came out and said, boo, can i have your autograph?
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william stopped dead, gave him the most filthy look and, unfortunately, didn't win the race. but he loves those practical jokes endlessly. >> before we get to the break, what do you think we'll see at the start of their marriage, more or less of them as they -- >> i think they're going to be a total team. i think they're ready to take on the world together. >> publicly they're -- >> yep. they're going to come together. i think we'll see a lot of joint engagements, a lot of them showing their teamwork together. >> i think people will be watching those engagements with great enthusiasm. thank you so much for joining us, as always, we're grateful for your commentary. >> we'll be back in a moment with more from windsor castle. we'll give you a look now at more from the moments of today's big day. >> id, har, harry, take you meg be my wife. >> to have and to hold. >> to have and to hold. >> from this day forward. >> from this day forward.
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>> for better, for better. >> for better, for worse. >> for richer, for poorer. >> for richer, for poorer. >> in sickness and in health. >> in sickness and in health. >> to love and to cherish. >> to love and to cherish. >> till death us do part. >> till death us do part. >> according to god's holy law. >> according to god's holy law. >> in the presence of god. >> in the presence of god. >> i make this vow. >> i make this vow. meghan, i give you this ring. >> harry, i give you this ring. >> i, therefore, proclaim that they are husband and wife. ♪
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>> i'm randy webber, i represent the 14th district of congress. this is a tough time. we have a hurting community. we've got people who have lost loved ones, some of them students, some adults. we are going to pull through this. this is going to be the time of healing. this is the second time in eight months we've gob through tragedy. we had hurricane harvey end of last august, now this. we will bull together. we will grieve together. we will love one another. we will work together. we did it after harvey. still doing it after harvey. we'll do it after this. i told people back after the hurricane that harvey may have brought the downpour, but our texans and our friends and our neighbors are bringing the outpour.
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the lord will help us to grieve through this. to love on those folks, to be a blessing to them and to redouble our efforts to hug our kids, maintain that degree of respect for one another, love for our family, for our community. santa fe is what i call the salt of the earth community. just doesn't get any better than this. and we're going to get through this. we will once again laugh. it will be a while. but we will get through this. and we just want everyone watching and listening to pray for santa fe and all the families of the victims and we appreciate you being here. >> our cnn correspondent rosa flores has more on the ongoing investigation. >> reporter: well, i wish i had more information after this press conference, but we did not get an update on the
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investigation. there are a lot of questions that we have that have gone unanswered. we don't know how this student actually got access, if he went in and out of the school. if the shooting happened inside or outside of classrooms. we don't know how long the shooting happened, where it exactly occurred. so, we're still trying to get answers to a lot of those questions. but at this moment they're not releasing any of that. what we do know is the shooter, who has confessed, according to a probable cause document, because he did go before a judge and he is now charged with capital murder and also aggravated assault. in that probable cause we did learn a little more, specifically that he had exited the art lab where a portion of the shooting happened and then surrendered to police. at that point he was apprehended, taken into custody and he is cooperating with
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authorities. >> and then, rosa, we know that this suspect used guns that belonged to his father legally. do we know how he obtained them? >> reporter: it's unclear how the father obtained those weapons and then how the shooter gained access to those weapons. again, those are some of the questions we still have. we know it was a shotgun and a .38 revolver but it's uncle where those weapons were. we visited some of the locations where the atf and other federal authorities had been scouring. and we learned very little from neighbors regarding the weapons, regarding the shooter's demeanor and that sort of thing. what we can tell you is that at first, fred, you probably remember this, authorities were talking about the number of explosives. pipe bombs and pressure cooker bombs and ieds.
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now authorities are calling these bombs or devices juvenile, unsophisticated. initially the feds had said they might charge him federally. they were considering federal charges but now they don't appear to stick because of how they're describing these devices now as juvenile and unsophisticated. so, it doesn't appear federal charges will be filed but we do know, of course, that he is facing capital charges, capital murder charges, and an aggravated assault charge. and, you know, kind of where we go from here, from what i can tell you, what's happening in the school right now, they are beginning, and they will begin to escort teachers and students into this school so they can get their belongings, so they can get their vehicles as well. so a very tough, difficult time
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for these individuals to have to come into this building, to have to come into the parking lot and get their belongings after the last time they were here, they were fleeing for their lives. >> rosa, thank you so much. let's also check in with cnn anchor erica hill. so, erica, still so many unanswered questions. >> reporter: i just want to pick up up on something rosa was talking about. she was talking about the students coming back here. we know they'll be coming in groups of ten bet they've been clear you can't just expect to come in and get inside. some phones are inside, their bags, the keys to their cars in the parking lot for the students and staff are all inside. they're taken inside in groups of ten. they have to come to the school with valid identification. they will be taken in to collect their belongings at the press conference we were asking about. this training the officers have had that will be leading these students and staff through the school. they were very clear, look, this
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is something they train for, unfortunately, all the time. level one and level two active shooter situations. he know what they're dealing with. they know the emotions a lot of these folks will be feeling on the day after as they're still processing what happened. we should point out, too, the fbi, which is now leading the investigation, asking for any pictures, any video of what may have happened yesterday inside that school because those will also be a very important part of their investigation moving forward. >> thank you so much. of course, we'll also have more live coverage from windsor castle and the royal wedding right after this. here we are!
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up. i mean, she is just unbelievably chic and elegant. there they are. >> this is glamorous. i sort of hate them right now. i'm totally jealous right now. >> they are driving off to the second reception at frogmore house. we're joined by cnn's bianca. can you see the car from your vantage point at all? >> i can't now, as they've left, but there were huge cheers in the crowd yet again. people so excited to get one last glimpse of the happy couple as they make their way to that far less formal reception. there will only be about 200 guests at frogmore house, which is about 15 minutes' drive away. id did just hear the number plate on that e-type jag is today's date. all these little touches celebrating the love. don, you're not going to like gorgeo alrey.elt they were too
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th're on the way to the reception hosted by prince charles. it will be a fun aware. both known for wanting to have a good time. it will be a fun night. >> it's so gorgeous. it's like james bond. >> it really is. >> for a commercial. >> in the film, the sunset. if is very, very -- that's it. i'm done. i'm out of here. all kidding aside, she looks beautiful, he looks suave, debinaire. >> her hair coming down -- >> loose, gentle -- >> done very, very careful. >> hepburn move, don't you think? >> yes. >> it's perfection. what's wrong with perfection occasionally? >> i've been saying this all day, but this is the youthful
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royal family. this is -- this is what -- the people are ready for this, for some vigor and some youth when it comes to the royals. >> absolutely. it's perfection but at the same time it still feels authentic, it still feels personal. >> sometimes the royal family so reserved. it feels a little more casual, a little more spontaneous, a little more fun, edgy. what do you make -- >> casual glamour. >> we like to call it polished imperfection where it's not quite perfect but it's totally polished and creates a really lovely finished look. and that's kind of how meghan likes to style most of her outfits. she loves it to be very put together but a little loose and casual. >> did you notice her hair as well in the ceremony. there was sort of a strand coming down. >> it makes her more relatable, really. we feel she's down to earth, we can connect to that. as women, we've all been there. >> do they put their seat belts on? that's what i want to know. >> i'm thinking no.
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>> is bianca still there? are you still with us? she's gone. i'm just wondering the route and how long it takes them to get to frogmore from -- >> ten minutes or so. >> a ten-minute drive. >> very, very near. >> as they drive, there will be people along the procession -- >> no, this is inside the grounds. >> yeah. >> but what fun they must be having right now. you know, the cameras are still there, but it's a private moment for them. they get to enjoy themselves. >> i love the skirt. it's just -- >> you love that, don't you, angela? >> yeah, i love it. >> she can't take her eyes off it. it really is quite -- >> i love the number plate. they spent a lot of attention to detail. the palace does detail absolutely extraordinarily. you know, for a buffet they have the forks measured, each one, between, you know, the distance between each one is the same. everything's perfect. this is fun perfection. i completely agree with you. thinking of a number plate, roaring with laughter. >> who choreographed this?
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>> the two of them, i think. >> the two of them? >> yes, yes. >> very nice. >> people brought it to action but the ideas are theirs. >> one thing around the world, british tradition. the banquet, the queen will go and inspect beforehand and move anything that doesn't -- >> let's face it, no one does it like the brits. >> you said it was a 1968 jaguar. i would say, it's a jaguar. >> jaguar. >> like, porsche, not porsche. jaguar. it's fantastic. anyway, that is the second sighting of them. they're off to their second reception. which is a knees up reception, where they're going to party. maybe we'll get another glimpse of them. i don't know. we'll probably hear what's going to happen in the reception. much more coverage of our special royal wedding after this break.
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welcome back to our special coverage of the royal wedding where the pomp and circumstance is over and now it is time to party on. >> oh, yeah, they just drove off to the party. >> you could tell, they were feeling the party. >> look at them. i hate them. i'm just joking. i love them. but they're so perfect -- >> her posture is amazing. >> yeah, right? prince harry and meghan markle departed the royal castle moments ago to head to their
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next reception in nir their 1968 jaguar, "e" type? >> "e" type. it's a sexy automobile. >> everything down to the license plate which reflected today's date. very beautiful. this one is going to be thrown by prince charles, right? >> 200 as opposed to 600. >> nick watt has all the details. nick, so, this is -- will this be the final celebration, the biggest celebration where he's joined by family and friends? >> reporter: yep, this is the knees up, party at the end of the day. they've been peeling off the layers of the onion. we had maybe a billion watching on tv, 100,000 in windsor, 2600 people inside the castle grounds, 600 inside the actual church. they had lunch with the queen. now it's down to the core 200. as we just saw, they're driving on of in that beautiful e-type
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jag, the evening sun glimpsing. it's perfect, perfect. harry wearing a dinner jacket, meghan wearing a stella mccartney dress. the next thing after the party tonight, where meghan will apparently speak, next is the honeymoon. they are not leaving this weekend. they are undertaking a royal engageme engagement, a garden party with prince charles in london tuesday. maybe after that they'll go somewhere. we don't know where, and, frankly, i think we should leave it to them. they've given so much today. we've seen so much of them. it would be great if they could just go on honeymoon and everyone leave them alone. >> that will never happen. >> reporter: that knees up will have started -- no, it won't. anyway, listen, that party under way right now. the final act of the day. >> thank you, nick. we appreciate it. we don't know where they're going. >> there's all sorts of speculation but we don't know yet. >> make sure you stay with us for our special coverage of the royal wedding. it will continue when we come
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and celebration here in windsor, england, and around the world, of course. >> harry and meghan are now officially husband and wife. they are heading to their second reception of the day. this one's going to be the real party, as we start to wrap up our special coverage. >> i can't get over the car, the dress, the tuxedo, james bond-esque. very james bond-esque. super heroesque. let's check in with cnn's nick who has some of the highlights from the couple's big day ♪ when the night has come ♪ ♪ and the land is dark >> the gospel soul classic "stand by me" from 1961, we assume the song means a lot to the couple and we also assume it's never been sung at a british royal wedding before. ♪ i won't be afraid ♪ ♪ no i won't >> reporter: the choir stood at
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the back of st. george's windsor and simply sang for harry and meghan. ♪ as long as you stand stand by me ♪ >> reporter: there was a palpable sense of departure here. on one side of the chapel a certain english royal stiffness, reserve, in contrast, a warmth and vivid emotion. on the other side, meghan markle's arrival looks like she may help change things. ♪ stand by me stand by me ♪ >> reporter: we always knew that the turnout would be glamorous, a divorced biracial american actress marrying the most popular english prince, we weren't disappointed. the church filled. meghan's on-screen "suits" husband, sir elton john, serena williams. bride and mother to the chapel. a glimpse of the dress for the first time.
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turned out to be french couture, givenchy with the most delicate of lengthy veils sewn with floral symbols from all over the commonwealth. the tiara was borrowed from the queen. seems as if meghan planned to walk down the first part of the aisle herself with bridesmaids and page boys. in the absence of her father, prince charles met her halfway. and, of course, at this wedding, there was love. this was visibly, inescapably a romantic union. >> the late dr. martin luther king once said, and i quote, we must discover the power of love. the redemptive power of love. >> reporter: for a good 13 minutes or so, st. george's chapel reverberated to
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unfamiliar oratry. the response was mixed. >> he didn't -- he wasn't getting anything out of it. >> i, meghan, take you harry. >> i, meghan, take you harry. >> to be my husband. >> to be my husband. >> to love and to cherish. >> to love and to cherish. >> till death us do part. >> till death us do part. >> reporter: and so, harry and meghan were married in a great english medieval chapel and kissed without any prompting from the waiting cameramen. thomas markle watched it all on television. my baby, he said, looked beautiful andery happy. in what seemed like californian sunshine, his dghter now has a title. she's the duchess of success ss. although we'll probably refer to them as harry and meghan. nick glass for cnn. >> thank you very much. i'd like to bring back our guests for the hour, christine
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and angela levin. closing thoughts. what do you think? before that, can we talk about the cake? >> the cake, yes. >> the cake. >> we have a picture of the cake. >> let's put it up. >> let's see this cake. this nontraditional, nonfruit cake, this splendid lemon and elderflower cake. >> it's a tiered cake but they're not on top of each other. does that make sense? >> it's deconstructed almost. it's really beautiful. >> they said it would be in an installation, and this is the installation. >> i quite like it. i think it's -- i like it. >> i like the sound of it because i think we all know that fruitcake is not the most delicious. but, angela, your final thoughts on this beautiful day? >> i feel very calm and very satisfied. and i think that's because it's been such a beautiful wedding. the beautiful weather. and people who really love each other. it's very emotional. >> it is emotional. and it's incredible how it's
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extravaga extravagant, pomp and pageantry, and it was intimate and cozy. >> and she said that when she met harry, all those difficulties. she said all those difficulties, when you get down to basics, it's just a couple who really love each other. and i think that's what it's all about. >> what do you think? >> i agree. i think the day was filled with love, in a day we needed where we could celebrate and be happy. it was wonderful. it felt very down to earth. like they weren't up on a pedestal. i felt very connected with them. >> when she was introduced to them, she was set up on a blind date, she asked her friend, she said the only thing that matters, is he nice? is he kind? such a simple thing, you know, when someone is trying to hook you up with a prince, it might not be the first question, but for meghan it was the first question she asked. if he wasn't kind, it was going to be a nonstarter. somehow that kindness was really reflected. >> id thought it was a beautiful
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day. i became way more interested in the royals than i've ever been in my life. >> me, too. >> i sat and watched princess diana's wedding. i was much younger. i didn't see much of william and kate's wedding. it just wasn't on the radar. this i think people all over the world, like me and -- they're interested. there's diversity. something i'm attracted to. i see myself in it as a person of color and as an american. i think this is good for not just for brits or the royals, i think it's good for the world. i do have to say -- can you just put the cake up? because if anyone is going to the reception, if you know anyone, please send me some of this cake. it's designed by claire ptak, features elderflower syrup. made at the queen's residence from the estate's own elderflower trees as well as -- >> it has to be locally sourced. this is very much the theme of the day, i think. locally sourced. >> i want a piece of that cake
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because it's lemon. >> oh, lemon for the lemon. >> of course. >> how did we only just make this connection now? >> i would like to thank meghan and harry for a little joy, a little happiness. i don't have to cover such negativity going on in politics and around the world. so, thank you. congratulations to them. we wish you a long and happy life together. bring us some kids. we need some ginger kids. >> thank you all for joining us today on this beautiful day. what an extraordinary event it has been. that is it now for our special coverage of the royal wedding. >> i'm don lemon. >> i'm clarissa ward. >> you can watch our replay 8:00 p.m. eastern right here on cnn. bye, everyone, from windsor.
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