A queen and three fu­ture kings watch a prince in love

FOUR GEN­ER­A­TIONS OF BRI­TISH ROY­ALTY, FROM MOD­ERN BLUE BLOODS TO A HISTORYMAKING MONARCH FILLED THE ST GE­ORGE’S CHAPEL PEWS, RE­PORTS ANNETTE SHARP

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - HARRY & MEGHAN -

WHILE the bride’s frac­tured Amer­i­can fam­ily were con­spic­u­ous by their ab­sence in­side the cramped con­fines of St Ge­orge’s Chapel, the groom’s blue­blood Wind­sor clan filled row af­ter row of pews.

Four gen­er­a­tions of royals at­tended the wed­ding of the sixth in line to the Bri­tish throne, presided over by the old­est and longest reign­ing Bri­tish monarch, 92-year-old Queen El­iz­a­beth and hus­band Prince Philip, 96.

As ex­pected, the fu­ture King of Eng­land, Prince Charles du­ti­fully es­corted the bride down the aisle af­ter her fa­ther, Thomas Markle, pulled out at the last minute due to poor health.

Among those in the groom’s ex­tended fam­ily were Princess Anne and her hus­band Vice Ad­mi­ral Ti­mothy Lau­rence, a Royal Navy com­man­der, and the princess’s two children from her first mar­riage to Cap­tain Mark Phillips; Peter Phillips — with wife Au­tumn — and the heav­ily preg­nant Zara Tin­dall, on the arm of her re­tired English rugby player hus­band Mike Tin­dall.

The Queen’s rarely sighted youngest child, Prince Ed­ward, and his wife So­phie, Count­ess of Wes­sex, and their two children Lady Louise Wind­sor and James, Vis­count Sev­ern re­ceived a warm welcome from rev­ellers.

Despite re­ports she would be snubbed, Sarah Fer­gu­son, Duchess of York, at­tended the cer­e­mony though she was not in­vited to ar­rive along with the royal party, which in­cluded her ex-hus­band Prince An­drew and daugh­ters Beatrice, 29, and Eu­ge­nie, 28.

The groom’s mother Princess Diana’s fam­ily were rep­re­sented by her brother Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, his wife Count­ess Karen and their daugh­ter Lady Kitty Spencer. The late princess’s two sis­ters, Lady Sarah McCorquo­dale and Lady Jane Fel­lowes, were also present.

Charles’ wife Camilla’s children from her first mar­riage to An­drew Parker Bowles, Tom Parker Bowles and his sis­ter Laura Lopes, joined guests.

Kate Mid­dle­ton’s par­ents, Ca­role and Michael Mid­dle­ton, and sis­ter Pippa, with hus­band James Matthews, also cel­e­brated the union.

Kate was happy to take a back seat while the next king af­ter Charles, Wil­liam, was in the spot­light as best man and his son, Prince Ge­orge, the king to fol­low him, was a page­boy.

And among the princes and dukes and duchesses was the only mem­ber of Meghan’s fam­ily to at­tend; her de­voted mum, 61-year-old social worker and yoga in­struc­tor Do­ria Ragland.

The groom’s blue­blood Wind­sor clan filled row af­ter row of pews. Four

gen­er­a­tions of royals at­tended the wed­ding of the sixth in line to the Bri­tish throne, presided over by

the old­est and longest reign­ing Bri­tish monarch, Queen El­iz­a­beth and hus­band Prince Philip.

Kate was happy to take a back seat while the next king af­ter Charles, Wil­liam, was in the spot­light as best man and his son, Prince Ge­orge, the king to fol­low him, was a page­boy.

MUM’S THE WORD Mother of the bride Do­ria Ragland was a great sup­port to her daugh­ter in the tu­mul­tuous lead-up to the wed­ding. She looked el­e­gant in an em­broi­dered light-green dress and coat.

I’LL BE NEXT In six months Princess Eu­ge­nie (cen­tre) will have her turn walk­ing down the aisle, to marry Jack Brooks­bank (right). Princess Beatrice (left) is ex­pected to be a great sup­port for her sis­ter.

FAM­ILY TIES The Mid­dle­ton fam­ily of Cather­ine, Duchess of York, were in­vited, in­clud­ing her sis­ter Pippa and hus­band James Matthews.

PROUD DAD Prince Charles, who walked Meghan down the aisle, and his wife Camilla shared a joke dur­ing the cer­e­mony.

FUN IN THE SUN Mike and heav­ily preg­nant Zara Tin­dall en­joy a laugh at the joy­ous event. Pic­tures: Getty, AFP and AP

Harry’s grand­par­ents the Queen and Prince Philip at the chapel. LIFE IS GRAND

DIANA’S FAM­ILY Diana’s brother Earl Spencer and wife Karen were thrilled to at­tend their nephew’s nup­tials.

MUMMY AND ME Cather­ine, who gave birth to third son Louis less than four weeks ago, with flow­er­girl Princess Char­lotte.

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