As the royal wedding went to air last night, most of us were entirely distracted by the cute bridesmaids and page boys, Meghan Markle’s stunning wedding dress, and the facial expressions of absolutely everyone in the chapel.
While we were staring at our televisions, however, there were many details we didn’t notice. Some of which were particularly touching. Let’s recap 21 of those moments.
1. The number plate.
As Meghan Markle and Prince Harry waved from the wedding car, there was one tiny little detail many of us missed: The number plate. Wondering what’s so special about it? It is yesterday’s date, their wedding date, the 19th May 2018. Classic. Subtle.
2. The iPad.
The Bishop broke a rule. Just one teeny, little rule. Phones and cameras were forbidden from the ceremony. So what was that little device he was reading from? Surely not an iPad? An iPad with a camera? Caught out Bishop.
3. Leaving a word out of the vows.
In one of many feminist moves for the day, there was one word left out of the vows on purpose. Following the lead of Princess Diana and Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle didn't use the word "obey" in her vows.
4. Something blue from Diana.
Something borrowed and something blue was once more, from Diana. Markle showed off a stunning aqua blue ring that Diana was spotted wearing during the 90's.
5. The real first names.
When the ceremony started, the Bishop pulled an old-school move and called the royal couple by their real names. Who is Rachel? Who is Henry? Luckily for the remainder of the ceremony, the Bishop called them by the names we know: Meghan and Harry.
6. The footwoman.
We're used to seeing footmen in the background of many royal events. But for Meghan and Harry's wedding, there was a footwoman!
7. The bouquet.
While the bouquet might have seemed understated, there was a special touch included that was easy to miss. The flowers were "forget-me-nots", which were Diana's favourite flower. The royal couple included the flower as a tribute to Harry's late mother.
8. William and Kate sitting so far apart.
Last time the world celebrated love on such a global scale, it was for Will and Kate. But yesterday the married couple were seated with no one, but TWO people between them. There's no doubt Prince Charles and Camilla, who were seated between them, are great company, but apparently, the reason for the distance was that William, as Harry's best man, had to sit closest to him.
9. Both Markle's dresses were designed by women.
In a fist pump moment for female designers, both of Meghan Markle's wedding dresses were designed by women. The first gown, from the ceremony, was designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy. The second, equally as breathtaking, was designed by Stella McCartney.
10. The smallest member of the royal family was missing.
Given that Prince Louis, the third child of Kate Middleton and Prince William, was only born a few weeks ago, he didn't get an invite to the wedding. This begs the question: how does one apply for the job of the royal babysitter?
11. The veil.
The national flower of all 53 Commonwealth countries was embroidered into the veil. To represent Markle's life in California, the California poppy was also embroidered.
12. The tiara.
Meghan Markle's tiara was loaned to her by Queen Elizabeth herself and was originally worn by Queen Mary. The tiara features diamonds set in platinum.
13. Harry and William's outfits.
With all eyes on Meghan Markle, it would be easy to ignore William and Harry completely. But their frockcoat is of the Blues and Royals and is the second most senior regiment of the British army.
14. The adorable and matching outfits worn by the pageboys.
You might have noticed that the pageboys also wore very similar outfits to the princes. They even had their initials embroidered on the shoulders.
15. Prince Harry just staring into Meghan Markle's eyes like a man very much in love.
You probably didn't miss this actually. Who could miss this? Love in it's purest form. I'm not jealous, you're jealous.
16. Meghan Markle's look of surprise when she saw her drama teacher in the crowd.
As Meghan Markle and Prince Harry made their carriage ride around London, an English news stations, ITV News had a surprise waiting for her.
The channel brought out Markle's drama teacher from Immaculate Heart School in LA and when Meghan saw her, her reaction was priceless.
“Oh my God” screams Meghan as her old drama teacher Gigi Perreau manages to catch her eye in the crowd! Two seconds before I said do you think she’d recognise you! She was right! @itv @itvnews pic.twitter.com/6QMqLV1lp3
— Alex Beresford (@alexberesfordTV) May 19, 2018
17. The empty seat next to Prince William during the ceremony.
During the ceremony, eagle-eyed spectators spotted an empty seat next to Prince William. Initially, tweeters thought that it might have been left empty as a tribute to Princess Diana, but it was actually due to a royal protocol that stipulates that the seat in front of the Queen must remain empty. So she's seen of course.
18. Why Meghan Markle's wedding dress might look a little bit familiar.
It could definitely be argued that Meghan Markle's Givenchy wedding dress looked similar to the wedding dress of Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, who married Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark in 2004.
A fitting similarity considering that Meghan was also wearing Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara, which belonged to the English monarch and was made in 1932.
19. The special person who gave a reading during the ceremony.
During the wedding, there was only one woman who gave a reading from the Bible, and that person was Lady Jane Fellowes who was the sister of Princess Diana. Prince Harry personally asked Lady Jane to help celebrate the memory of his late mother.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
20. Princess Charlotte's adorable photobomb.
Princess Charlotte might have nailed the regal smile and wave, but she's got a cheeky side. When she was sitting in the car on her way to the wedding, she just couldn't resist poking her tongue out at the thousands of fans and cameras.
21. The Duchess of Cambridge's outfit.
The Duchess of Cambridge made her first public appearance since giving birth to Prince Louis a few weeks ago, and wore an outfit she's worn twice before. Some thought it was an attempt to keep all the spotlight on her now sister-in-law.