Royal Wedding

WATCH: Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Are Married

The British-American pair are now officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Missed the festivities? Not to worry. With the assistance of English breakfast tea and freshly made cucumber sandwiches, we live-blogged the royal wedding ceremony from this page.

According to Kensington Palace, Queen Elizabeth II will give a lunchtime reception for 600 guests at St. George’s Hall in Windsor Castle on Saturday. The wedding cake, along with a selection of canapés and “bowl food,” will be served.

It is a royal family tradition to serve fruitcake at weddings, but not this time. Instead, the cake is a light sponge cake with a filling of Amalfi lemon curd, elderflower syrup and an elderflower buttercream. The elderflower in the cake actually comes from the elderflower trees at the Queen’s residence in Sadringham. Pastry chef Claire Ptak designed the cake.

A note about Meghan, now the Duchess of Sussex: You’ve probably seen the word “biracial” used to describe her in multiple news outlets, including this one. NPR’s Leah Donnella has reported on the words we use to describe people of multiple racial and ethnic backgrounds, including the term “biracial.”

“Biracial is, of course, another widely used term. It began showing up regularly in scientific papers in the 1970s, often referring to communities with both black and white members. But because of the specificity of ‘bi,’ meaning two, some argued that ‘biracial’ was too limited a term.”

Meghan has written about her identity herself, for Elle magazine in 2015. “Being biracial paints a blurred line that is equal parts staggering and illuminating,” she said. She wrote about a time in seventh grade when she had to check a box to indicate her ethnicity. When she talked with her father about it, he told her later that she would need to make her own box. In the essay, she invoked her family history.

“In 1865 (which is so shatteringly recent), when slavery was abolished in the United States, former slaves had to choose a name. A surname, to be exact. Perhaps the closest thing to connecting me to my ever-complex family tree, my longing to know where I come from, and the commonality that links me to my bloodline, is the choice that my great-great-great grandfather made to start anew. He chose the last name Wisdom. He drew his own box.”

 

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