The rain drops which fell over Windsor Castle on May 17, 2008 served only to christen the impending marriage of Peter Phillips, 11th in line to the throne, and his love Autumn Kelly as the Queen’s maroon Bentley bore the bride to St. George’s Chapel, a house of worship which has welcomed a number of royal brides over the years. Queen Alexandra strolled through the entrance on her way to wed King Edward VII in 1863, as did the former Sophie Rhys-Jones during her 1999 wedding to Prince Edward and The Duchess of Cornwall, who received a blessing of her union with Prince Charles inside the house of worship in 2005. On this day it was a Canadian beauty’s turn to walk up the chapel steps, her six bridesmaids attending to her Swiss silk tulle veil and the cathedral-length train of her ivory silk satin Sassi Holford gown, which was paired with a Chantilly lace shrug, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The regal strains of the Prince of Denmark’s March by Jeremiah Clarke rang out inside the chapel as the bride walked past 300 friends and family members, the light dancing on the diamond studded tiara belonging to her new mother-in-law Princess Anne as she made her way toward the altar. During the 55-minute ceremony, guests listened intently to the hymn “Now Thank We All Our God” and a reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116 by Princess Eugenie, then watched as the bride received a wedding band to accompany her three-diamond, white gold engagement ring.
Church bells peeled after the ceremony as bridesmaids in celadon-colored Vera Wang gowns and members of the royal family waved as the newlyweds were whisked away in a horse-drawn carriage to Frogmore House for the reception. The former home of Queen Victoria welcomed Prince Harry and his girlfriend Chelsey Davy, who had just made her first appearance with the Queen; Kate Middleton– who celebrated with Prince William’s family as he attended a wedding in Kenya– and 350 other guests, who dined on Cornish crab and Welsh lamb according to Hello magazine, which will feature exclusive coverage of the event.