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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, now husband and wife, greeted by cheering crowds after royal wedding

LiveMeghan Markle and Prince Harry, now husband and wife, greeted by cheering crowds after royal weddingMeghan Markle and Prince Harry were all smiles as they rode in a horse-drawn carriage and waved to crowds of well-wishers after their wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel.

The Queen has given the couple the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, now officially the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, were all smiles as they rode in a horse-drawn carriage and waved to crowds of well-wishers after their wedding ceremony at St. George's Chapel on Saturday.

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The Archbishop of Can terbury and head of the Church of England, Justin Welby, proclaimed the couple husband and wife after they promised to love and cherish one another "till death us do part," and exchanged rings.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, leave Windsor Castle in the Ascot Landau carriage during a procession after their wedding. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Meghan and Harry held hands and smiled at each other as Dean of Windsor David Conner began the wedding ceremony.

As the couple stood at the altar, Harry said to Meghan: "You look amazing."

Markle arrived to a fanfare and walked down the aisle accompanied by Prince Charles and by 10 young page boys and bridesmaids. The children include four-year-old Prince George and three-year-old Princess Charlotte, children of Harry's brother and best man Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding on Saturday. (Ben Birchhall/Associated Press)

Harry's father Prince Charles walked Meghan down the aisle after it was announced her own father would not be able to attend because of his health.

Prince Harry looks at his bride, Meghan Markle, as she arrives accompanied by his father Prince Charles. (Jonathan Brady/Reuters)

Meghan's wedding dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country unite d in one spectacular floral composition.

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The marriage between Harry, who is sixth in line to the throne, and Meghan, an American actor who lived for years in Toronto, has drawn intense interest worldwide.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Prince Harry's grandparents, watch his wedding to Meghan Markle. (Jonathan Brady/Reuters)

The excitement has been building for weeks and hundreds of people camped out overnight to get a prime spot outside for the newlyweds' horse-drawn carriage near Windsor Castle after the ceremony.

"I woke up wet, and I'm freezing cold, my back is sore, a nd I just want to go to bed," said Bernadette Christie, a Canadian from Grand Prairie, Alta.

"I'm here for that 10 seconds when that coach goes around the corner," she said. "It'll be well worth it."

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Farkahanda Ahmed came with her mother and a friend from Slough, a few miles from Windsor, arriving at 4 a.m. to get a good spot. The trio wore Union Jack hijabs in honour of the occasion.

"It's a proud moment for us â€" times are changing," Ahmed said. "Who would have thought a Hollywood actress would become a British princess?

"We are proud to be British and we wanted to come here and show our support."

Several celebrities are in attendance, including Oprah Winfrey; actor Idris Elba; David and Victoria Beckham; George and Amal Clooney; and Elton John and his husband, David Furnish.

Oprah Winfrey arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. (Ian West/Reuters) Actor Idris Elba arrives with fiancee Sabrina Dhowre for the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel on Saturday. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)Serena Williams arrives for the wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Gareth Fuller/Associated Press)Amal Clooney and George Clooney arrive at St George's Chapel on Saturday. (Gareth Fuller/Reuter s)

The couple's big day differs from previous royal affairs in many ways, as CBC's Janet Davison has explained, including the smaller scale and a guest list that leaves off the high-profile politicians seen at so many royal weddings.

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And of course, there's the now famous organic lemon elderflower cake from a hip London bakeshop.

Master baker Claire Ptak said the cake will have an "ethereal" taste and be presented in a non-traditional way.

The high-profile party also comes with a sprawling security operation. Barricades are in place to deter an attack using vehicles, such as the one on Westminster Bridge in London last year. Sniffer dogs and mounted patrols are also out and about.

The wedding is undoubtedly a costly affair, but the exact bill is far from clear. Kensington Palace said the Roya l Family will pay for the wedding but hasn't revealed details.

Britain's Home Office has also been quiet about costs. When asked by the BBC about security costs, it declined to comment, citing "national security."

Check out the procession route the newlyweds took after the ceremony.

With files from The Associated Press

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