Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ended the most important weekend of their lives by releasing their official wedding photos taken with the entire royal family. The portraits which were taken in Windsor Castle’s green drawing room by photographer Alexi Lubomirski after the newly-wed royal couple’s carriage procession on Saturday, had everyone screaming, ‘Picture perfect!’
Photographer Alexi Lubomirski captured some of the most adorable behind-the-scene moments from last week’s royal wedding, after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied a knot in St George’s Chapel in front of thousands of well-wishers gathered outside the Windsor Castle and millions watching on television screens across the world.
The official wedding portraits, taken after the carriage procession, were released on Monday and reveal a rare family gathering including most of the important members of the royal family – apart from one-month-old Prince Louise who was too young to attend the royal affair and remained at Kensington Palace under the care of Kate’s trusted babysitter.
Alexi Lubomirski shot the royal family portraits at Windsor Castle’s Green Drawing Room with Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh seated on the left whereas new mom Kate Middleton sat on the right with daughter Charlotte in her lap.
Standing in the back of the small bridal party were Duke and Duchess of Cornwell, Camilla and Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George. Doria Ragland, who proudly stood next to her newly-married daughter Meghan, was the only person in the photo not belonging to the royal family.
Story Behind Harry and Meghan’s Laugh
Alexi Lubomirski, who also captured Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement photos last year in Windsor’s Frogmore House, revealed what being a photographer for the world’s most powerful royal family was really like.
While talking to the Reuters, Lubomirski was asked why Harry and Meghan were seen laughing in one of the romantic black and white photos where the couple was seen sitting on the steps of Windsor Castle.
He said that the photograph captured one of the most perfect moments of the day showing a real-life Prince and his Princess sitting on the steps of their castle after a fairytale wedding, with the sun setting beautifully in the background, bathing every particle in its magically glorious light.
The photo was taken after the couple took a romantic walk around the castle’s garden, and just before they were about to head inside, Lubomirski requested them to sit on the steps for one last outdoor shot. Alexi recalled that as soon as Harry sat on the steps, Meghan slumped between his legs exhaustedly. The bride said that she couldn’t believe that it was finally over, to which both of them laughed. And that is the story behind the magical black and white photo.
After releasing the official wedding portraits on social media, Kensington Palace spokesperson thanked all the guests on behalf of the newly-wed couple as well as thousands of other well-wishers who gathered around Windsor to celebrate the beginning of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new life together. The spokesperson added that the royal family is extremely happy with the wedding photographs shot by Alexi Lubomirski.
Lubomirski said that he felt honored to have witnessed and captured some of the most precious moments of Harry and Meghan’s love story – from the romantic engagement to the royal wedding – and he will forever cherish the shoot as one of the highlights of his career.
After the release of the adorable post-wedding photos, the newlyweds are now planning to head north to celebrate their honeymoon. The recently anointed Duke and Duchess of Sussex revealed their plans of escaping to Alberta, Canada for a few weeks after their wedding. The two will be staying at a romantic 6000-square-foot Outlook Cabin in the mountain resort of Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge for most part of their honeymoon.
According to insiders, the Canadian resort is excited to welcome the newlyweds into one of their luxurious cabins, and has already started preparing for the couple’s arrival by ordering goods and extra security to make their honeymoon a memorable experience.