Royal wedding: The story of the day

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot at St George's Chapel in Windsor at midday on Saturday, 19 May 2018.

Catch up on the morning's events below.

2:45pm - That's all from us for today, folks!

The wedding is done, the crowds have waved and cheered as the procession has gone past, and for the rest of the day, the royal couple will be celebrating their wedding more privately.

Guests will enjoy a special lunchtime reception hosted by the Queen, before a private celebration later in the evening for just 200 guests, which is being hosted by Prince Charles, who walked Meghan up the aisle earlier today.

You can catch up on Hayley's reports here or tune into Newsround tomorrow morning at about 10:30am to relive all the action from today!

And we shall leave you with some of the best dressed dogs at the royal wedding because... well, why not?

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Time for a rest, Hayley!
2:00pm - Newlyweds greet the crowds!

The couple have been greeted by cheering crowds as they tour around Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage.

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Hayley gets a glimpse of the newlyweds
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1:00pm - The crowds wait to see the newlyweds!

Prince Harry and Meghan are officially husband and wife!

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Harry and Meghan say "I do"

Now, the crowds are waiting to see them as they will be doing a carriage tour around Windsor.

While we're waiting for that to happen, you had some pretty great advice for how they can have a happy marriage...

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These kids have got some BRILLIANT advice for Harry and Meghan to have a happy marriage
12:30pm - The look of love

A reporter inside the chapel says: "As they sing, the bride and groom keep looking at each other... Prince Harry delighting in his role as the bridegroom."

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Prince Harry and Meghan keep smiling at each other at the altar

The royal couple have now taken their vows, and there were lots of smiles as they said: "I will".

When Prince Harry said it, there were cheers from outside the chapel!

12:40pm - They are husband and wife!

Congratulations, Prince Harry and Meghan! They are officially husband and wife.

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12:00pm - The wedding has begun

...and we've finally got our first look at the beautiful bride as she walked into St George's Chapel in Windsor to marry her prince.

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11:50am - Prince Harry has arrived

We are moments away from the wedding of the year! Prince Harry has arrived and is waiting for his bride.

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Prince Harry and his best man - and big brother - Prince William are waiting in the chapel
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Meghan is on her way
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...and the bridesmaids are arriving too!
11:30am - Meghan's on her way!

We can now reveal that Meghan Markle has left her hotel with her mum Doria Ragland, to travel to Windsor Castle.

While we're waiting for her to arrive, here are lots of you enjoying your morning!

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Royal wedding: Crowds enjoy the morning
10:50am - Just over one hour to go!

With just over one hour to go until the service begins, send us your messages for the royal couple here!

Eight-year-old Ariana from Folkstone has written this brilliant poem for Harry and Meghan with her Grandpop.

ArianaAimee Spicer

On one day, the 19th of May,

Something wowza is going to happen,

Ring a ding ding from the Church bell,

Harry and Meghan both looking well,

Now getting married on this fine day,

Let's just hope the weather stays that way,

People come from far and wide,

To see Prince Harry and his beautiful bride,

The streets are lined 10 people deep,

Waving their flags and smiling sweet,

Prince Harry and Meghan I'd love to meet,

But I haven't booked me and Grandpop a seat!

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And just because the wedding is finally here, let's enjoy their first interview after their engagement was announced again. We bet they can't believe today's the day!
10:00am - Not long to go now!

We've got a sneak peek at the order of service for the wedding ceremony today. Take a look...

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Here's a picture of the order of service to be used for the ceremony today

We also now know what their wedding rings are going to be!

Meghan's has been made from a piece of Welsh gold that was given to her by the Queen. It's a royal tradition dating back more than 90 years for Welsh gold to be used.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry's ring will be a platinum band with a textured finish.

Prince William - who is best man - will bring the rings to the chapel shortly as he is the best man.

As everyone waits excitedly for the ceremony, we're loving some of the costumes in the crowd too! Is it just us or are we seeing double below!?

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9:45am - Guests are arriving!

Prince Harry and Meghan have invited 1,200 members of the public to the grounds of Windsor Castle for their wedding, and they've been arriving over the past few hours.

A selection of charity workers, school children, royal household members and people who live in Windsor are all on the guest list. We're not at all envious - honest!?

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Naz went to meet Reuben who is on the guest list for the wedding today

Earlier this morning, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were officially given the titles the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Harry becomes the Duke of Sussex immediately and Meghan will become the Duchess of Sussex once they are married.

A statement from Buckingham Palace said: "Prince Harry thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms. Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex."

The announcement made earlier this morningTwitter/@royalfamily

Excited crowds are continuing to gather outside Windsor Castle. While we're waiting for the main event to get started, you can find out EVERYTHING you need to know about the big day here - the cake, the flowers, who's going to be there...

And we want your messages for the royal couple - send them in to us here!

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Crowds are continuing to gather outside of Windsor Castle
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Check out these animals who have been gripped by royal wedding fever too!
9:00am - Is it too early to be thinking about cake? No.

While we're sat here waiting for things to get fully under way, our minds are already on one of the most important elements of the day - of course, we mean the cake! Who isn't thinking about cake first thing in the morning?!

For a royal wedding, it is traditional to have a fruit cake, but we know that Prince Harry and Meghan are mixing things up a bit by having a lemon and elderflower cake for their big day!

We've already had a sneak peek at the cake being made, but we can't wait to see pictures of what the final cake looks like!

While we're waiting to get our first glimpse of the happy couple, who's going to bring us some cake to Newsround HQ, please?

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Fancy making your very own royal wedding cupcakes? Have a go!
8:00am - And we're here!
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Royal wedding: Key times for the big day

The day has finally arrived when Prince Harry will be marring Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel in Windsor.

To find out everything you need to know about the big day, click here on our handy guide.

We'll be bringing you all the latest, so keep your eyes peeled here for more royal wedding fun and festivities throughout the day!

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