Guests Put Up Royal Gift Bags Given At The Royal Wedding On EBay

Royal Wedding Guests Selling Commemorative Gift Bags Some guests at last’s week the royal wedding who got official gift bags

Royal Wedding Guests Selling Commemorative Gift Bags

Some guests at last’s week the royal wedding who got official gift bags have begun hawking the souvenir on eBay for as much as $13,000.

‘The royal swag’ with the inscription H&M (which are initials of the couple),  given out to more than 2,500 people invited to Windsor Castle for Prince Harry’s marriage to Meghan Markle — are listed on the auction website along with its contents which include a fridge magnet and chocolate coin.

“I was one of the 600 ‘honoured public guests’ invited to attend the Wedding at Windsor Castle and I am offering both my own official correspondence that led up to the day together with the exclusive memorabilia of a truly inspirational day,” said one of the auctioneers in a post.

The post also includes pictures of the items inside and a suggested price of $1,280.

CNBC reports that among those invited from the public were 200 people from charities, 100 local schoolchildren and 610 Windsor residents.

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BN Sweet Spot: Prince Harry invited Lesotho Orphan he met 14 Years ago to #RoyalWedding

Newly titled Duke of Sussex Prince Harry had on one of his trips to Southern Africa struck up a friendship with

Newly titled Duke of Sussex Prince Harry had on one of his trips to Southern Africa struck up a friendship with an orphan from Lesotho 14 years ago.

Mutso, the boy, was just 4 years old at the time, and according to Daily Mail, the two had struck up a friendship and have stayed in touch since.

The two had again met up in 2015 when Prince Harry returned to the country.

Prince Harry hugs ‘Mutso’ a young boy he made friends with on his first visit to Lesotho. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Sentebale)

Mutus was one of the representatives of Sentebale, a charity founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, at the wedding, and he got a prime spot.

The prince was seen waving at his old friend and giving him a thumbs-up as he made his way into the cathedral with his brother and best man Prince William.

The Sentebale representatives later shared a photo of themselves on the Windsor grounds, congratulating the newly wedded couple.

Photo Credit: Daily Mail, Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Sentebale

Harry And Meghan Thank Royal Wedding Guests

A picture released by Kensington Palace on behalf of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on May 21, 2018 shows

A picture released by Kensington Palace on behalf of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on May 21, 2018 shows Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (CL) and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, (CR) posing for an official wedding photograph with (L-R back row) Master Brian Mulroney, Miss Remi Litt, Miss Rylan Litt, Master Jasper Dyer, Prince George of Cambridge, Miss Ivy Mulroney, Master John Mulroney and (L-R front row) Miss Zalie Warren, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Miss Florence van Cutsem in the Green Drawing Room, Windsor Castle, in Windsor on May 19, 2018. PHOTO: Alexi Lubomirski / KENSINGTON PALACE / AFP

 

Newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan thanked everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday, as their Kensington Palace residence published three official wedding photographs.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday,” the palace said in a statement.

“They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world,” it said.

Some 100,000 people came for the ceremony in Windsor, west of London and it was watched live globally, including by 29 million people in the US alone.

The two said they were “delighted” with the official portraits taken by Alexi Lubomirski and thanked the public for their “generous members of support”.

One photo shows the couple with Harry’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, her husband Prince Philip, and their son Prince Charles, the heir to the throne.

In another, the newlyweds pose with all the page boys and bridesmaids who took part in the wedding, including Prince George, who is third in line to the throne.

The third shows the couple alone in black and white.

As a member of the royal family, Meghan now has her own page on the official royal.uk website which carries a short biography focusing on her support for social justice and women’s empowerment causes.

“I am proud to be a woman and a feminist,” Meghan, now the Duchess of Sussex, said on the site.

The description prompted press speculation that Meghan may challenge the royal family’s tradition of not getting involved in politically sensitive subjects.

The Daily Mail said Meghan would “take the royals in a striking new direction” but also voiced caution.

“She must be careful that her enthusiasm for these causes doesn’t allow her to be pulled into the political fray. To survive, the monarchy must remain scrupulously neutral,” it said in an editorial.

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The Official Portraits From The #RoyalWedding Will Get You All Mushy

In case you thought we were finally over the Royal Wedding well, we’re not!  How beautiful are these official portraits

In case you thought we were finally over the Royal Wedding well, we’re not! 

How beautiful are these official portraits from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s big day?

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Meghan Markle to get royal James Bond driving instruction

Subscribe Meghan Markle sped into the lifestyle of British royalty Saturday when Prince Harry whisked her to the wedding reception

Meghan Markle sped into the lifestyle of British royalty Saturday when Prince Harry whisked her to the wedding reception
in a gorgeous electric Jaguar E-Type Zero. Next up: a little James Bond-type evasive driving instruction.

CBS News reports the newly crowned Duchess of Sussex is due to receive special training in how to evade attack or kidnapping attempts. She'll learn escape and evasion techniques including J-turns and Y-turns to handle overzealous fans, creepers, criminals or terrorists. And while we figure the 36-year-old Los Angeles native and Northwestern University graduate can handle those routine maneuvers, Special Forces are even brought in to drill members of the royal family on how to handle worst-case scenarios. Princess Diana and Prince Charles even underwent anti-hostage training at a secretive facility called “The Killing House.” So we're guessing the duchess will be in for a lot more training than the royal security team is letting on.

Markle may well never need to execute any evasive maneuvers herself, since she'll be assigned a personal driver as part of her royal protection detail. But she's also an American who's presumably accustomed to a certain amount of autonomy.

”Certainly within the younger members of the royal family, they are very much used to being independent — independent within a security bubble,” Simon
Morgan, a former close-protection officer to Queen Elizabeth II, tells
CBS News. “And driving does afford them a degree of independence.”

There is precedent for such training. Prince Charles and Camilla in 2010 were attacked in
London after their claret-colored 1977
Rolls-Royce Phantom VI drove into a riot, with protesters hurling bottles and rubbish, badly damaging the car. And in 1974, Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth's only daughter,
survived a kidnapping attempt after an armed, unemployed laborer shot the security-detail officer assigned to her.

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Over 29 Million Watched Royal Wedding In U.S.

AFP   More than 29 million people watched on television in the United States as Britain’s Prince Harry married American

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More than 29 million people watched on television in the United States as Britain’s Prince Harry married American actress Megan Markle, according to Nielsen ratings released Sunday.

The estimated 29.2 million viewers for Saturday’s ceremony exceed the number for the 2011 wedding of Harry’s brother Prince William to Kate Middleton, which was watched by 22.8 million people.

Harry and Meghan tied the knot in a ceremony at Windsor Castle, where they were greeted by around 100,000 people lining the streets.

The couple will not be taking a honeymoon immediately, as they are due to attend a charity garden party for Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

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Royal Wedding: Meghan and Harry Remains the Talk of the World

Details have emerged from the star-studded evening reception to celebrate the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The

Details have emerged from the star-studded evening reception to celebrate the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The world watched as Harry and Meghan tied the knot at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in front of guests including the Queen, more than 30 royals and Hollywood royalty including Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, the Clooneys and the Beckhams.

More than 100,000 people turned out to see the couple ride through Windsor in an open-top carriage before a lunchtime reception with 600 guests in St George’s Hall hosted by the Queen, which included a performance by Sir Elton John.

Later, the couple changed for an evening reception with 200 guests at nearby Frogmore House hosted by Prince Charles.

For the black-tie do, Meghan changed from wedding gown designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, to a lily white halter neck by Stella McCartney.

She was spotted wearing an emerald cut aquamarine ring which belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales – believed to be a poignant wedding day gift from Harry.

Harry drove his new wife from Windsor Castle in a silver blue classic convertible Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero with a number plate bearing the date of the wedding – E190518.

The car was originally manufactured in 1968 and has been converted to electric power.

The newlyweds were joined by 200 guests at the glamorous reception, reportedly compered by James Corden.

The evening reportedly included a speech by Prince Charles in which he spoke about feeding Harry a bottle and changing his nappy, before culminating in a huge firework display that lit up the sky.

On Sunday morning, the Queen left Windsor Castle to go to church.

Earlier, the Royal family thanked all those who had enjoyed the wedding, tweeting: “Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world today. Congratulations once again to the newly-married Duke and Duchess of Sussex. #royalwedding.”

Meghan’s friends Jessica Mulroney and Priyanka Chopra sent touching messages to the bride after the big day.

Mulroney, whose seven-year-old twins were the page boys who carried Meghan’s veil into St George’s Chapel, posted a picture of the bride walking up the steps of St George’s Chapel with her sons, saying: “Proud friend. Proud mom.”

And Chopra said the wedding “stood for change and hope.”

Describing her friend as “the epitome of grace, love and beauty”, she wrote: “Every choice made at this wedding by you both will go down in history, not just because it was your wedding but because this incredible wedding stood for change and hope. Both things that the world needs desperately.”

It’s thought the couple won’t immediately leave for their honeymoon but will stay in the UK for a while, though it is rumoured they may spend a few days in Ireland.
On Tuesday they will join Charles and Camilla on the lawns of Buckingham Palace for a Prince of Wales 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration.

(Yahoo News UK)

Money Matters with Nimi Akinkugbe: Don’t Plan for a Royal Wedding If You Can’t Afford One

What a wonderful weekend I’ve had watching every last detail of The Royal Wedding. The dress, the music, the pipe

What a wonderful weekend I’ve had watching every last detail of The Royal Wedding. The dress, the music, the pipe organ, the choir and orchestra, the flowers, the pomp and pageantry!

If you grew up on Grimm’s Fairy Tales, you were conditioned to dream of a fairy tale wedding perhaps to a real prince. Parents are often under a lot of pressure to give their children the ‘perfect’ wedding; this can be extremely expensive. To avoid getting overwhelmed by all the expenses, look carefully at the cost implications and prioritize right from the start.

Many couples get carried away with the idea of the wedding and do not stop to contemplate the actual marriage. Sit down with your fiancé and talk about your goals and what you would like to achieve in the next year, five years and beyond, such as starting a family, buying a new car or paying a deposit on your first home. Write these goals down and keep them in view as you discuss the wedding plans. This should help you keep things in check as you prepare for life’s journey together.

Prepare a budget
A good first step to keeping costs under control is to prepare a budget. Make a list of everything you can think of; include pre-wedding events, the traditional and religious wedding ceremonies, the wedding reception and the honeymoon. What matters most? Build in a contingency fund for unplanned expenses; there will always be some.

Costs will usually include invitations, the wedding dress, hair and make up, outfits for bridesmaids and groomsmen, church fees for choir and musicians, DJ, band, reception venue, caterer, wedding cake,
photographs, videographer, florist, guest favours, hotel, transportation, pre-wedding entertainment, honeymoon etc. An event planner takes so much off you and they are usually able to negotiate with a network of vendors for significant discounts, extras or to waive certain fees.

In Africa, a marriage is much more than a union between two people; it is a marriage of two extensive, extended families. One of the biggest cost factors is likely to be the number of guests that will attend,
often without formal invitation. If your average cost per person for food, drink, and rentals is N10,000, removing thirty people from your guest list will save you N300,000.

A buffet menu tends to be cheaper than a plated one. Guests have come to expect and enjoy a good selection of mouth watering “small chops” that are filling and are reasonably priced at between N600 – N2,000 per head depending on the menu.

Drinks are a major cost, particularly if spirits, fine wines and champagne are on the list. Even where you bring your own drinks, corkage rates can be prohibitive. A way to limit bar costs is to provide guests with basic drinks including water, fruit juices and soft drinks and drink tickets specifically for alcoholic drinks; after using their tickets, guests can purchase additional drinks with cash should they wish to do so. This is fairly common in other societies, but may be sniffed at here!

Guest favours need not be expensive; a small meaningful memento of sentimental value will do. Large wedding cakes are a huge waste as desert is usually served at the wedding. A wedding planner mentioned that about 50% of the wedding cake goes to waste as half the guests have left before it has even been cut and shared! Apparently, you can still achieve the glorious look of the multi-tiered wedding cake billed to impress, if you replace some of the tiers with “dummy” cakes!

What is most important to you? The ring, which you will wear, hopefully for decades, your wedding dress, or the photographs and video that capture the memories? You can buy an inexpensive yet beautiful ring, and then upgrade as a sentimental gesture on a future anniversary and as you refine preferences. Bridegrooms and groomsmen routinely rent their outfits, but most brides will gasp at the thought of renting the dress of your dreams at a fraction of the cost of a new dress!

Start early and plan ahead
In an ideal world, parents should have been setting aside funds for family weddings as with other major goals such as funding your child’s education. Once you have passed the education funding hurdle, this is
likely to be the next big spend.

Invest according to your time horizon. For a wedding that’s just less than a year away, funds should be placed in a bank fixed deposit or a money market mutual fund. If the expected marriage is still over five
years away, you might invest in a portfolio of blue chip stocks or property for the prospect of long-term capital growth. An equity fund offers flexibility, diversification and professional management. Remember that investing comes with risk so be sure to seek professional advice.

Who pays for what?
In the past, the bride’s family was expected to cover most of the costs. Nowadays both families tend to play a role and the division of costs is largely dependent on each family’s financial standing and of the bride and groom themselves. It is less about protocol, but rather, about circumstances and common sense, that should dictate who pays for what. Determine what the budget is and try to stick to it.

Attempting to split the bill between two families can be complicated so there must be absolutely clarity about how much each is willing and able to support. The couple and their families should meet for a frank discussion as early as possible. Don’t feel bad if you are the brides’ parents and can’t afford to pay for the entire wedding. Don’t be railroaded into wiping out your retirement savings just to keep up appearances.

Sometimes the family that is contributing more might feel entitled to more control and make the others feel like the poorer relations. Avoid strained relationships ahead of the wedding. Be sensitive, as money
conversations can be awkward.

For late in life marriages, as the couple might have been working for many years, they should be able to finance their wedding themselves. As often this can come with “baggage,” discussions should include,
health insurance and even prenuptial agreements.

Here are some things to avoid.

Don’t jeopardize your retirement plans
It is nice to always want to put your children first, but you can’t afford to sacrifice your retirement to fund your children’s weddings.

Avoid borrowing to finance a wedding
It is never wise to begin a marriage carrying significant debt. Try to avoid going into debt unless there is an expected inflow.

Downsize
You don’t have to invite everyone you know; invite only those people who are most important to you. You will upset some people.

Yewande Zacchaeus, CEO of Eventful Ltd, a leading Nigerian event planning company says, “Most of the weddings we organize range from 1,000 to 2,000 guests. Our African heritage of large circles of family and friends, who simply must be invited to the event, does make weddings extremely expensive. We now recommend a small engagement and a larger wedding or a large engagement and a small intimate wedding, as a practical way of reducing costs. We keep telling our clients, there is life after the wedding day!

It is about the marriage and not the wedding.

Financial concerns are a leading source of tension in relationships and have some part in most divorces, yet most couples go into marriage without ever broaching money matters. It may not be romantic, but it is important. Don’t let the wedding ruin your marriage.

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Harry And Meghan To Delay Honeymoon For Royal Duties

Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) opens the passenger door of an E-Type Jaguar car for his wife Meghan

Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, (L) opens the passenger door of an E-Type Jaguar car for his wife Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, (R) as they leave Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 19, 2018 after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House.

PHOTO: Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP

 

Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan began married life on Sunday after their spectacular, rule-breaking wedding, but will be delaying a honeymoon as they turn immediately to royal duties.

The newly ennobled Duke and Duchess of Sussex staged a huge party after the ceremony on Saturday at Windsor Castle, where they were greeted by around 100,000 people lining the streets and watched by millions around the world.

The beaming couple were seen driving to the evening bash in a vintage Jaguar, Meghan having changed from her sweeping Givenchy wedding gown into a sleek Stella McCartney halterneck dress, with Harry switching his military frockcoat for black tie.

On the bride’s finger was a large aquamarine ring, which belonged to Harry’s beloved late mother, Diana.

Details of the bash, hosted by Harry’s father Prince Charles in a house on the castle grounds for 200 close friends and family, were a top secret although fireworks were seen over Windsor late in the evening.

Some of the celebrities who attended the earlier service, including George Clooney and tennis star Serena Williams, were also spotted heading in.

The wedding was like no other the royal family has ever staged, a mix of the pageantry that Britain does so well, with celebrity razzmatazz and African-American culture.

In a ceremony filled with laughs and not a few tears, the couple held hands, and the prince was visibly emotional as he greeted his bride at the altar saying: “You look amazing.”

A gospel choir sang “Stand By Me” and US pastor Michael Curry delivered a passionate, lengthy address about the power of love, referencing slavery.

Meghan, a mixed-race television actress, also made her mark by walking up the aisle partly on her own and giving a speech at the evening reception.

“Kisstory: Harry & Meg’s historic change for the monarchy,” headlined The Sun on Sunday, with a photograph of the couple kissing on the steps of St George’s Chapel.

“If ever there was a wedding to symbolise modern, multi-cultural, multi-racial Britain, yesterday’s was it,” the Sunday Mirror wrote in an editorial.

“Disney could not have come up with a better princess,” said the Sunday Telegraph, while The Mail on Sunday simply said: “Harry ever after!”

Back to work

After staying at Windsor overnight, Harry and Meghan were due to return to their home at Kensington Palace in London at some point on Sunday afternoon.

They will not be taking a honeymoon immediately, as they are due to attend a charity garden party for Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.

Meghan and Charles have reportedly forged a strong bond, and he stepped in to escort her to the altar at the wedding after her own father pulled out following a media furore and subsequent heart surgery.

Charles also invited Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland, the only member of the Markle family to attend the wedding, for tea before the big day and chatted to her in the church.

Windsor was transformed into a sea of Union Jack flags for the wedding, with the world’s media mixing with thousands of well-wishers, many of whom camped out for days.

“Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world,” the royal family tweeted.

As a member of the monarchy, Meghan now has her own section of the royal. UK website, which highlights her charity work — and plays down her acting career.

The section “About the Duchess of Sussex” notes her activism from an early age, as well as her work with UN Women, One Young World and World Vision, with only a passing reference to “filming in Toronto”.

The biography section offers a few more details about Meghan’s near 15-year career as an actress, including in hit US television series “Suits”, shot in Toronto.

It also references her lifestyle blog, The Tig — which, like her acting, she has given up to join the House of Windsor.

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Meet Bishop Michael Curry, The African-American Preacher From Chicago Who Delivered That Powerful #RoyalWedding Sermon

Bishop Michael Curry ‘There is power in love’! That is the core message from the sermon delivered by African-American Anglican

Bishop Michael Curry

‘There is power in love’! That is the core message from the sermon delivered by African-American Anglican bishop Michael Curry from Illinois, Chicago and president of the US Episcopal Church.

Running at nearly fifteen minutes, the Bishop’s sermon which emphasized the power of love, wasn’t the traditional kind of sermon you’d hear or the romantic love you might express at a wedding. No, it was none of that. Rather, Curry was drawing on the rhetoric of liberation theology — a 20th century theological tradition inspired by Marxist thought — to characterize love as a necessary, chaotic, and political force.

The newlyweds had personally asked Bishop Curry to give an address in front of their 600 guests at the St. George’s Chapel. Curry was articulate, charismatic, fiery, enthusiastic, passionate about the message that he came to deliver. He spoke in the style of black American preachers, quoting respected speakers like Martin Luther King Jr.

“’We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love,’” he said as he quoted Dr King. “‘And when we do that, we will make of this whole world a new world. But love, love is the only way.’”

Who is Michael Curry?

For those who may be wondering who this exceptional preacher is, here are 5 quick things you need to know about him.

  • He was ordained as a priest in 1978, is the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church and has spoken on issues including social justice, immigration policy and marriage equality.
  • Bishop Curry defended the Episcopal Church’s move to allow same-sex couples to marry in a church in 2015, which caused some churches to cut ties.
  • He most recently campaigned for the creation of family day care providers, educational centres and investment in inner-city neighbourhoods in all three of his parish ministries – North Carolina, Ohio, and Maryland.
  • The US Episcopal Church is one of only two Anglican churches worldwide that allow gay marriage in church – the other being the Scottish Episcopal Church.
  • In North Carolina, he helped to refocus the church’s development goals to fund malaria nets to save more than 100,000 lives.

Watch his full sermon below:

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