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How Prince Harry paid tribute to Princess Diana in royal wedding portrait

Last updated on: May 22, 2018 15:14 IST

Loved seeing pics from the royal wedding? Wait until you see the family portrait!

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Photographs: Courtesy Kensington Palace/Instagram

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's -- formally known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex -- first wedding portraits are out and just like the wedding, the royal couple bucked tradition in favour of a more casual and sentimental feel.

In a wedding portrait released by the royal family, the newly weds are pictured with the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, the bride's mother Doria Ragland, Kate and Prince William, and their adorable entourage of young bridesmaids and pageboys, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte. 

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This photo of Prince Harry and Meghan with their bridesmaids and page boys was taken by photographer Alexi Lubomirski in The Green Drawing Room of Windsor Castle.

Take a closer look at this pic and you will notice that the green couch on which Prince Harry is sitting is the same gilded mahogany sofa on which late Princess Diana sat cradling newborn baby Harry in her arms for official photos from his christening in 1984. 

Meghan's bouquet also included Diana's favourite flower Forget-Me-Nots. According to a statement from Kensington Palace, 'The couple specifically chose them to be included in Ms. Markle's bouquet to honor the memory of the late Princess on this special day.' 

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Unlike Will and Kate, Meghan and Harry added a solo couple portrait, above, in black and white.

The picture, which was taken in the east terrace of the Windsor Castle, has the couple posing in a less formal look, still basking in the excitement of their wedding. 

'The Duke and Duchess of Sussex would like to thank everyone who took part in the celebrations of their wedding on Saturday,' the Kensington Palace wrote on Instagram.

'They feel so lucky to have been able to share their day with all those gathered in Windsor and also all those who watched the wedding on television across the UK, Commonwealth, and around the world #RoyalWedding.'

Photographer Alexi Lubomirski thanked the couple for giving him the 'incredible honour and privilege of documenting their inspiring journey of love, hope and family; from the engagement photos, all the way through to the official wedding and family portraits.'

'This has been a beautiful chapter in my career and life, that I will happily never forget,' he wrote on Instagram. 

Rediff Get Ahead Bureau