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Royal wedding 2018: Couple leave Windsor after wedding

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The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex have left Windsor Castle as the royal celebrations come to a close.

The couple stayed at the castle on Saturday after a party with 200 of their friends and family, hosted by Prince Charles.

Details of Prince Harry and Meghan’s honeymoon have yet to be confirmed.

But their first official engagement as a married couple will be celebrating Prince Charles’s 70th birthday at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

Earlier the Royal Family posted a message on their twitter account to thank those who had travelled to Windsor for the wedding.

TV audiences around the world watched the ceremony at St George’s Chapel, held in front of 600 guests.

In the UK, more than 13 million people watched the TV coverage on the BBC One – peaking at 13.1 million just after 13:00 BST.

ITV’s audience peaked at 3.6 million, just after 14:00 BST.

Thousands of people lined the streets of Windsor to watch the couple as they left the ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage.

The wedding celebrations ended with a black-tie dinner and fireworks display at Frogmore House, near Windsor Castle.

Guests are said to have been treated to themed cocktails, including one named “When Harry met Meghan” – referencing the romantic comedy starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal.

They dined on posh burgers and candy floss, according to reports, and danced to music provided by a celebrity DJ.

Some guests are also said to have staged an after-party at Chiltern Firehouse in central London.

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Media captionMeghan reveals her halter-neck evening dress before driving into the sunset

Clare Waight Keller, the designer of Meghan’s wedding dress, said it was “an incredible thing to be part of such a historic moment”.

The Birmingham-born designer, now the artistic director of Givenchy, said it was a collaborative process with the royal bride.

Meghan was “exactly what you see on TV”, said Ms Waight Keller, adding: “She’s just so genuine and warm and radiant. She’s just glowing.

“She’s a strong woman. She knows what she wants, and it was really an absolute joy working with her.”

The designer also spoke to Prince Harry after the ceremony.

“He came straight up to me and he said ‘oh my God, thank you, she looks absolutely stunning’,” she said. “I think everybody saw on television – he was absolutely in awe, I think.”

Her final design sketches are being given to Meghan as a keepsake.

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Image caption Much has been made of the boat neck cut and the minimalist design of the dress

Before the ceremony, Meghan showed little sign of nerves, her hair stylist has revealed.

Serge Normant, who flew from New York for the big day, said it was “dreamy” to work with her, adding: “She was very happy. It was a beautiful morning, just the perfect morning to get married.”

Speaking to the couple after the wedding, Mr Normant said Meghan was “thrilled” and Prince Harry was “fantastic”.

As a wedding gift, Prince Harry gave his bride an emerald-cut aquamarine ring which had belonged to his late mother – Diana, Princess of Wales – which she wore to the evening reception.

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All of the 600 guests at the ceremony were invited to a lunchtime reception at St George’s Hall, hosted by the Queen, where the best man, the Duke of Cambridge, acted as compere.

Guest Suhani Jalota, founder of the India-based Myna Mahila charity, said Elton John performed a “mini-concert”. She said speeches by the Prince of Wales and the groom were “lovely”, adding: “Some people were even crying.”

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Posting on Instagram, David Beckham said: “Watching Harry as happy as he was makes us all proud of the man and person he has always been… what a day.”

For the evening, Meghan changed out of her wedding dress into a lily-white, silk crepe Stella McCartney halter-neck gown.

Prince Harry, who was given special permission from the Queen to keep his short beard for the ceremony, while wearing the frockcoat uniform of his former regiment, the Blues and Royals, changed into a tuxedo.

Meghan then broke with royal tradition and gave a speech in front of their guests.

Among the close friends who attended the evening celebrations were Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra and tennis ace Serena Williams, who revealed their outfit changes on social media.

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