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May192018

Read what Prince Harry and Meghan Markle said in their wedding vows

Nick Edwards/WPA Pool/Gety Images(WINDSOR, England) -- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot in a spectacular wedding Saturday at St. George's Chapel.

The couple recited the Church of England's modernized vows, which omitted the word "obey," during their wedding ceremony.

"I, Harry, take you, Meghan, to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to Gods' holy law, in the presence of God, I make this vow," Harry said.

Meghan said: "I, Meghan, take you, Harry, to be my husband to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part, according to God's holy law in the presence of God, I make this vow."

Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana, omitted "obey" when she said her vows to Harry’s father, Prince Charles, in 1981.

Markle’s new sister-in-law, Duchess Kate, also followed in Diana’s footsteps by omitting "obey" from her vows to Prince William during their 2011 wedding ceremony.

Markle became a member of the Church of England after being baptized and confirmed in March by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

Markle wore a white wedding dress designed by Clare Waight Keller, the first female artistic director at French fashion house Givenchy, according to Kensington Palace.

Markle's new father-in-law, Prince Charles, walked Markle from the quire, the area of St. George’s Chapel where the clergy and choir sit, to Harry. The procession in the nave, the central part of the church, included the Dean of Windsor and Markle’s bridesmaids and page boys.

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Saturday
May192018

Read Bishop Curry's royal wedding sermon: 'Imagine a world where love is the way'

Owen Humphreys/WPA Pool/Getty Images(WINDSOR, England) -- The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry flew across the pond from Chicago to Windsor, England, to deliver an impassioned sermon at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on Saturday.

Curry, the head of the Episcopal Church, spoke in his royal wedding address about the power of love and, at one point, quoted American civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Curry's sermon visibly moved guests inside St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle and also drew notice from some watching around the world, including King's youngest child.

"Your life, teachings and words still matter so much, Daddy. Congrats, Harry and Meghan!" Bernice King tweeted Saturday. "Bless you, Bishop Michael Curry."

Here's the full transcript of Curry's sermon:

And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

From the song of Solomon in the Bible: 'Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm. For love is as strong as death. Passion, fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love. Neither can floods drown it out.'

The late Dr. Martin Luther King once said, and I quote: 'We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world. For love, love is the only way.'

There’s power in love. Don't underestimate it. Don't even over-sentimentalize it. There's power, power in love. If you don't believe me, think about a time when you first fell in love. The whole world seemed to center around you and your beloved. Well there's power, power in love. Not just in its romantic forms, but any form, any shape of love. There's a certain sense in which, when you are loved and you know it, when someone cares for you and you know it, when you love and you show it, it actually feels right. There's something right about it, and there's a reason for it. The reason has to do with the source. We were made by a power of love, and our lives were meant and are meant to be lived in that love. That's why we are here. Ultimately, the source of love is God himself. The source of all of our lies.

There's an old medieval poem that says: 'Where true love is found, God himself is there.'

The New Testament says it this way: 'Beloved, let us love one another because love is of God, and those who love are born of God and know God. Those who do not love do not know God. Why? For God is love.'

There’s power in love. There's power in love to help and heal when nothing else can. There's power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will. There's power in love to show us the way to live. Set me as a seal on your heart, a seal on your arm, for love is as strong as death.

But love is not only about a young couple. Now the power of love is demonstrated by the fact that we're all here. Two young people fell in love and we all showed up. But it's not just for and about a young couple for whom we rejoice with. It's more than that.

Jesus of Nazareth on one occasion was asked by a lawyer to sum up the essence of the teachings of Moses. And he went back and reached back into the Hebrew scriptures to Deuteronomy and Leviticus, and Jesus said: 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength.' This is the first and great commandment, and the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

And then in Matthew's version, he added, he said: 'On these two, love of God and love of neighbor, hang all the law, all the prophets, everything that Moses wrote, everything in the holy prophets, everything in the scriptures, everything that God has been trying to tell the world. Love God, love your neighbors. And while you're at it, love yourself.'

Someone once said that Jesus began the most revolutionary movement in all of human history. A movement grounded in the unconditional love of God for the world, and a movement mandating people to live that love. And in so doing, to change not only their lives but the very life of the world itself. I'm talking about some power. Real power. Power to change the world.

If you don't believe me, well, there was some old slaves in America's antebellum South who explained the dynamic power of love and why it has the power to transform. They explained it this way, they sang a spiritual, even in the midst of their captivity. It's one that says: 'There is a balm in Gilead.' A healing balm, something that can make things right. 'There is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole. There is a balm in Gilead, to heal the sin-sick soul.' And one of the stanzas actually explains why. They said: 'If you cannot preach like Peter, and you cannot pray like Paul, you just tell the love of Jesus, how he died to save us all. That's the balm in Gilead.'

This way of love, it is the way of life. They got it. He died to save us all. He didn't die for anything he could get out of it. Jesus did not get an honorary doctorate for dying. He wasn't getting anything out of it. He gave up his life, he sacrificed his life for the good of others, for the good of the other, for the well-being of the world for us. That's what love is. Love is not selfish and self-centered. Love can be sacrificial and, in so doing, becomes redemptive.

And that way of unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive love changes lives, and it can change this world. If you don't believe me, just stop and think or imagine. Think and imagine. Well, think and imagine a world where love is the way. Imagine our homes and families when love is the way. Imagine neighborhoods and communities where love is the way. Imagine governments and nations where love is the way. Imagine business and commerce when love is the way. Imagine this tired, old world when love is the way.

When love is the way -- unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive -- when love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook. When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary. When love is the way, we will lay down our swords and shields down by the riverside to study war no more. When love is the way, there's plenty good room, plenty good room for all of God's children.

Because when love is the way, we actually treat each other, well, like we are actually family. When love is the way, we know that God is the source of us all, and we are brothers and sisters, children of God. Brothers and sisters; that's a new heaven, a new earth, a new world, a new human family. And let me tell you something, ole Solomon was right in the Old Testament; that's fire.

Teilhard de Chardin -- and with this, I will sit down. We got to get you all married. French Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin was arguably one of the great minds, great spirits of the 20th century. A Jesuit, Roman Catholic priest, scientist, a scholar, a mystic. In some of his writings, he said, from his scientific background as well as his theological one -- in some of his writings, he said, as others have, that the discovery or invention or harnessing of fire was one of the great scientific and technological discoveries in all of human history. Fire, to a great extent, made human civilization possible. Fire made it possible to cook food and to provide sanitary ways of eating, which reduced the spread of disease in its time. Fire made it possible to heat warm environments, and thereby made human migration around the world a possibility, even into colder climates. Fire made it possible. There was no Bronze Age without fire, no Iron Age without fire, no Industrial Revolution without fire. The advances of science and technology are greatly dependent on the human ability and capacity to take fire and use it for human good.

Anyone get here in a car today? An automobile? Nod your heads if you did, I'm guessing. I know there were some carriages. But those of us who came in cars, fire -- the controlled, harnessed fire -- made that possible. I know that the Bible says, and I believe it, that Jesus walked on the water. But I have to tell you, I didn't walk across the Atlantic Ocean to get here. Controlled fire in that plane got me here. Fire makes it possible for us to text and tweet and email and Instagram and Facebook, and socially be dysfunctional with each other. Fire makes all of that possible, and Teilhard de Chardin said fire was one of the greatest discoveries in all of human history. And he then went on to say that if humanity ever harnesses the energy of fire again, if humanity ever captures the love, it will be the second time in history that we have discovered fire. Dr. King was right: 'We must discover love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world, a new world.'

Our brother, my sister, God love you, God bless you. And may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love.

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Saturday
May192018

How Harry and Meghan honored the late Princess Diana at the royal wedding

Anwar Hussein/WireImage(WINDSOR, England) -- The late Princess Diana was honored and there in spirit at the wedding of her son Harry and his bride, Meghan Markle, in St. George's Chapel on Saturday.

Harry handpicked several flowers on Friday from the private garden at Kensington Palace, including forget-me-nots, which were his late mother's favorite flower.

The couple specifically chose them to be included in Markle’s bouquet to honor Diana's memory, according to Buckingham Palace.

Diana, a humanitarian known to the world as the "People's Princess," died in a car crash in 1997 when she was 36 years old. She left behind a rich legacy of humanitarian and advocacy work and is widely admired for alleviating the stigma surrounding AIDS when photos of her shaking hands with AIDS patients were seen worldwide.

The influence of Diana was also felt Saturday at the wedding ceremony when her sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, delivered the reading.

Harry has previously said he thinks his late mother would have gotten along well with Markle.

"Oh, they'd be thick as thieves, without question. I think she would be over the moon," Harry said in an interview with the BBC shortly after the couple announced their engagement.

He added that he thinks his mom "would have probably been best friends" with Markle.

Markle added, "She's with us."

Moreover, the couple paid tribute to Diana with Markle's wedding ring, which includes diamonds from the late princess' jewelry collection.
 
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Saturday
May192018

All the details of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding rings

Jonathan Brady/WPA Pool/Getty Images(WINDSOR, England) -- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will add new pieces of jewelry to their collections on Saturday.

The soon-to-be married couple will exchange wedding rings crafted in the Cleave workshop, the same company called upon last year to create Markle's engagement ring.

As is the royal tradition, the bride-to-be's ring has been created from a piece of Welsh gold, and was a gift from Queen Elizabeth II.

Prince Harry, 33, and Meghan Markle, 36, will wed Saturday morning at St. George's Chapel in Windsor.

Celebrity guests include the likes of Oprah Winfrey, George and Amal Clooney, and Victoria and David Beckham. Several members of the royal family will also attend, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte, with Prince William having been tapped as best man. He will be responsible for carrying the rings to the ceremony.

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Saturday
May192018

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle seal their wedding with a kiss

Andrew Matthews/WPA Pool/Getty Images(WINDSOR, England) -- Meghan Markle, now Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex, has married her prince.

Markle, 36, wore a white wedding dress designed by Clare Waight Keller, the first female artistic director at French fashion house Givenchy, at her wedding to Prince Harry, the sixth in line to the British throne.

She was escorted up the steps of St. George’s Chapel by two of the page boys -- Brian and John Mulroney, the 7-year-old twins of Markle’s close friend, Jessica Mulroney, and her husband, Ben Mulroney.

Markle's new father-in-law, Prince Charles, walked Markle from the quire -- the area of St. George’s Chapel where the clergy and choir sit -- to Harry. The procession in the nave, the central part of the church, included the Dean of Windsor, Markle’s bridesmaids and page boys.

Harry, 33, dressed in military uniform, held the hand of his bride, whose face was at first covered by a veil held in place by Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Markle by Queen Elizabeth.

Harry arrived at St. George's Chapel with his brother, Prince William, who also served as best man.

Markle arrived at Windsor Castle with her mother, Doria Ragland, 61, who wore a mint green dress. The mother and daughter traveled to Windsor Castle in a chauffeured Rolls Royce.

Ragland, seated near the Mulroneys and Charlie van Straubenzee, one of Harry's best friends, was seen tearing up as she watched her daughter at the altar.

Absent from the wedding service was Markle's father, Thomas Markle Sr. Markle confirmed in a statement that her dad, who lives in Mexico, would not attend the wedding due to health concerns.

Harry's royal relatives -- including Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Princess Kate -- were seated near the altar.

The influence of Harry's late mother, Princess Diana, was felt when her sister, Lady Jane Fellowes, delivered the reading.

Harry also handpicked several flowers on Friday from the private garden at Kensington Palace, including forget-me-nots, which were Diana's favorite flower. The couple specifically chose them to be included in Markle’s bouquet to honor Diana's memory, according to Buckingham Palace.

Prince William and Princess Kate's children -- Prince George and Princess Charlotte -- were among the bridesmaids and page boys who surrounded Markle and Harry on their wedding day.

Joining Charlotte and George in the wedding party were Ivy Mulroney, the 4-year-old sister of Brian and John Mulroney.

Jasper Dyer, the 6-year-old son of Harry's mentor and close friend, Capt. Mark Dyer, was the fourth page boy.

The page boys wore a miniature version of the Blues and Royals frockcoat.

"The uniform draws its insignia from the Blues and Royals, which is an old Regiment of The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry," according to Buckingham Palace. "Both are also wearing Blues and Royals frockcoats for the wedding day."

Two of Harry's goddaughters -- 3-year-old Florence van Cutsem and 2-year-old Zalie Warren -- and two of Markle's goddaughters -- 7-year-old Rylan Litt and her 6-year-old sister, Remi Litt -- were also bridesmaids.

The bridesmaids' dresses were also designed by Clare Waight Keller in the Givenchy Haute Couture Atelier in Paris, according to Buckingham Palace. Their white leather Aquazurra shoes are each monogrammed with their initials and the wedding date, a gift from Markle as a "keepsake of the special day."

Markle and Harry said their wedding vows in front of around 600 guests, including Oprah Winfrey, Elton John, Serena Williams, Idris Elba, James Corden, James Blunt, George and Amal Clooney, and David and Victoria Beckham.

The Right Rev. David Conner, the dean of Windsor, conducted the wedding service. The Most Rev. Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, who baptized and confirmed Markle, officiated the couple's marriage vows.

The U.S.-based Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, delivered a soul-stirring wedding address that quoted Martin Luther King Jr.

It was announced before the wedding that Henry would be conferred a dukedom by the queen, officially taking on the title Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Markle's official title will be Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.

The last American to marry into Britain’s royal family was Wallis Simpson, who married the Duke of Windsor in 1937.

Markle and Harry have made their wedding their own, choosing to fill St. George’s Chapel with floral displays of white garden roses, foxgloves and peonies -- Markle’s favorite bloom -- as well as local branches of beech, birch, and hornbeam, designed by florist Philippa Craddock.

Markle personally asked a 19-year-old cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, to provide music for the service, along with an organist and trumpet players, a full orchestra and a soprano. A U.K.-based gospel choir, the Kingdom Choir, led by Karen Gibson, sang Stand By Me.

Following the hourlong wedding service, Harry and Markle left St. George's Chapel in a carriage procession that left Windsor Castle via Castle Hill and continued along High Street through Windsor Town before returning to Windsor Castle on a route called the Long Walk.

Harry and Markle invited 2,640 people onto the grounds of Windsor Castle to see the wedding carriage procession as it departed.

Members of the public were selected from different regions of the U.K. with a special emphasis on those who have served their community.

The couple also invited 100 students from two local schools in Windsor that have a strong affiliation with Windsor Castle, as well as 200 individuals who take part in charities and organizations for which Harry serves as royal patron.

A royal love story

Harry proposed to Markle in November at Nottingham Cottage, the two-bedroom home the couple shares at Kensington Palace.

The couple made their first public appearance as an engaged couple on Nov. 27, 2017, the day their engagement was formally announced.

Markle is a divorcee whose first marriage -- to film producer Trevor Engelson -- ended in 2013. This is the first time Harry is getting married.

The couple were introduced in the summer of 2016 by a mutual friend who set them up on a blind date.

Just four weeks after their first date, Harry and Markle spent five days camping out "under the stars" in Botswana, they said in their first post-engagement interview.

Their relationship crisscrossed the globe, with Markle visiting Harry in London and Harry traveling to visit Markle in Toronto, where she filmed the TV drama Suits.

Four months into the relationship, Harry's communication secretary issued a statement to condemn the “wave of abuse and harassment” the palace said Markle had been subjected to in the press.

The statement noted the “racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”

Markle is biracial -- the daughter of a white father and African-American mother. She was raised by both parents, who are divorced, in the Los Angeles area.

Markle went on to an acting career, with her most notable role in Suits. She has said her marriage marks a "new chapter" in her life where she'll be working with Harry "as a team," and no longer acting.

In the months following their engagement, Harry and Markle embarked on a tour of the United Kingdom, introducing Markle to her new home and the charities that Harry supports.

Markle, who was known for her humanitarian work prior to meeting Harry, will join him, Prince William and Princess Kate as a patron of the Royal Foundation.

"We're a fantastic team," Harry said in November of his relationship with Markle. "We know we are, and we hope to over time try and have as much impact for all the things that we care about as much as possible."

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Saturday
May192018

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle get new royal titles from Queen Elizabeth

Jonathan Brady/WPA Pool/Getty Images(WINDSOR, England) -- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle received not only wedding rings on Saturday, but also new titles.

Queen Elizabeth has conferred a dukedom on Harry, the sixth in line to the British throne.

The title is considered a gift from Queen Elizabeth, Harry's grandmother.

When Harry's older brother, Prince William, the second in line to the throne, married Kate Middleton in 2011, the couple became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

On their children's birth certificates, William identified his occupation and Kate's as the Prince of the United Kingdom and the Princess of the United Kingdom, respectively, so Kate is also called Princess Kate.

If Prince Charles -- William and Harry's father -- becomes king, William will then become the Prince of Wales.

Harry, sixth in line to the throne, is more likely to keep his dukedom, leaving Markle as a duchess in Britain's royal family.

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Saturday
May192018

All about Meghan Markle's wedding dress

Richard Heathcote/Getty Images(WINDSOR, England) -- Meghan Markle was a vision in white as she walked down the aisle to Prince Harry.

As the bride walked into St. George's Chapel on Saturday, in front of more than 2,000 guests and millions watching around the world, she wore Queen Mary's tiara -- lent to Markle by Queen Elizabeth -- complete with a veil. The actual tiara, which features a diamond bandeau, was crafted in 1932.

Her signature messy bun was polished into a low chignon, and Markle had short nude-polished nails as she waved to crowds while entering the chapel.

The three-quarter-length wedding gown, designed by Clare Waight Keller, featured a scoop neck and an A-line silhouette. Keller, 47, became the first-female artistic director to head the house of Givenchy.

Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, who walked in ahead of the bride, wrote mint green, with a silver hat that complimented the look.

Queen Elizabeth also wore the color green, opting instead for a lime green suit with matching hat that featured a royal purple ascent.

Previously, it was rumored that British design duo Ralph & Russo would have the honor of designing Markle's wedding dress. She selected the Australian-born designers, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, to wear for her engagement photos to Prince Harry last December.

That floor-length gown was semi-sheer with hints of gold leaves, creating a winsome look. The top is paired with a feathered semi-sheer skit.

Other designs rumored to be in the running to design Markle's dress have included Christopher Bailey, the man behind the iconic British brand Burberry; British designer Stella McCartney; Canadian designer Erdem Moralioglu; and Roland Mouret, a close friend of the former actress.

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Saturday
May192018

Extraordinary discovery of the archaeological site of Pompeii

Sanp Pompeii Handout/EPA/Shutterstock(POMPEII, Italy) -- Mt. Vesuvius, near the city of Pompeii, Italy, erupted in 79 A.D., wiping out an entire town. Hundreds of years later, archaeologists found a perfectly preserved city buried in ash and frozen in time.

Just recently, an extraordinary discovery was unearthed in a large villa that stood just outside the walls of Pompeii, far from the known archaeological area, during a joint operation of the Carabinieri of the Cultural Heritage Protection Center and Pompeii archaeological superintendence.

Archaeologists working at the site uncovered buildings with big balconies, Pompeian red colors and geometric decorations of flowers and animals. They named it the Vicolo dei Balconi (Alley of Balconies). The area was previously unexcavated.

As the work continues, another previously discovered area, The Domus delle Nozze d' Argento, will be viewable once again. The most precious domus (dwelling) of the ancient Roman city in Pompeii, discovered and restored between 1893 and 1910, has been closed to the public for decades. The director of the archaeological park of Pompeii, Massimo Osanna, announced the restorations of the Domus will start, which will "finally allow" the reopening the site to the public in fall 2019.

The Domus has a huge and sumptuous atrium with four Corinthian columns more than 26 feet high, multicolored frescoes, refined floors and a small private spa decorated with mosaics and frescoes depicting lions, wild boars and panthers.

Almost 2,000 years after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and decades of excavation, the newly restored areas will be on view to tourists who want a deeper insight into Roman life from years long gone.

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Friday
May182018

Eight dead, dozens injured from explosions at Afghanistan cricket tournament 

FilmColoratStudio/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Three explosions targeted a cricket tournament in Afghanistan Friday, leaving eight people dead and dozens injured, according to a government official.

The explosions took place in the eastern Jalalabad province and reportedly targeted the Naya Nazimabad Ramzan Cup cricket tournament.

Nangarhar governor's spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said Friday that eight people were killed in the blasts and 42 others were injured.

Khogyani said that the organizer of the cricket game, Hidayatullah Zaheer, and at least one child were among the eight fatalities.

No further information was disclosed about the types of explosions or what caused the blasts.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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Friday
May182018

Former spy Sergei Skripal released from UK hospital after March nerve agent attack

Pablo_K/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Sergei Skripal, the former Russian spy who was the target of a nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom earlier this year, was released from the hospital on Friday.

Skripal was admitted to Salisbury District Hospital on March 4, along with his daughter Yulia and a police officer named Nick Bailey. All three have now been discharged.

Salisbury District Hospital CEO Cara Charles-Barks called Skripal's discharge "fantastic news" in a statement.

"That he, Yulia and DS Bailey have been able to leave us so soon after coming into contact with this nerve agent is thanks to the hard work, skill and professionalism of our clinicians, who provide outstanding care to all our patients, day in and day out."

The hospital's Director of Nursing, Lorna Wilkinson, said Skripal will continue his recovery away from the hospital.

The 66-year-old Skripal was found slumped on a park bench with his daughter on March 4. Yulia Skripal was released from the hospital on April 9.

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