Public Library brings the Royal Wedding to Port Washington


Meghan Markle and Prince Harry seal the deal at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at noon on May 19 the same time that the Port Washington Public Library hosted its viewing event.

Priya Chainani, Contributing Writer

Wedding bells rang in the air on May 19, when Prince Harry married American actress, Meghan Markle.  While the royal wedding was conducted at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, many across the world tuned in to watch the highly publicized event.  The fairytale wedding was viewed by over 29 million people across 15 different broadcasts and cable networks. 

Meanwhile, a local viewing party took place at the Port Washington Public Library as well.  

Those who attended viewed the livestream on Youtube all day.  Appropriate refreshments suited for the day included biscuits, shortbread cookies, tea, and orange marmalade.

“With all the food and drinks, I actually felt like I could be at the wedding,” said sophomore Ella Penson.  “It was so well done!”

 Back in England, many famous friends arrived as guests of the royal couple, including Priyanka Chopra, Serena Williams, David and Victoria Beckham, Oprah, and more.  Everyone was dressed to the nines with their very elegant and appropriate outfits made by the most prestigious of designers. 

Markle’s wedding gown was designed by the first female artistic director of the House of Givenchy, Clare Waight Keller.  The dress was pure white, elegant, and timeless.  All of the elements of her wedding look were planned carefully, and took hundreds of hours to complete.  Markle’s “something borrowed” was an heirloom from the late Queen Mary.  Markle sparkled as she wore the Queen’s diamond bandeau tiara, which was made in 1932. 

Many attendees of the event in the library watched the broadcast while studying and doing their school work.

“Going to the library became an excuse to watch the royal wedding as I took a break while studying,” said sophomore Jaime Levin.

This matrimony of Harry and Meghan was unconventional, as a royal prince was marrying an actress of no royal blood.  Additionally, guests shared that the bride gave a speech, which was another stray from the royal protocol.  

Her speech included a two-minute poem which caused many to shed tears for the happy couple.  Harry publicized that he was smitten with his wife since “the very first time we met.”

Meghan Markle is an actress most known for her role in the T.V. drama, “Suits.”  She has also established a platform as a proud feminist. 

“I was so excited to watch Harry and Meghan’s wedding, especially because I was so young when Kate and William’s wedding aired on television,” said sophomore Katie Mazzei.

In many ways, Meghan differs from Kate Middleton, who is currently married to Prince William.

“Meghan has many sacrifices she has to make to be married to a royal, and I don’t know if I’d be able to adjust to such changes,” said sophomore Sarah Tartell.

These changes include deleting all forms of social media, leaving her role on “Suits,” and becoming a legal citizen of the United Kingdom. 

The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex are currently on the “Royal Retreat” for their honeymoon.  They are planned to stay in Alberta, Canada where they will reside in a luxury cabin, a tradition created following Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth II’s weddings. 

“I felt like a part of the community as we all joined to watch the royal wedding that people all around the world were watching,” said freshman Sophie Penson.

The royal wedding was truly a spectacle and many tuned in to catch a glimpse of history in the making.