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Two years on: The sweetest details of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding

In yet another wild case of "I can't believe it's been that long already?!", the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will celebrate their second wedding anniversary next week.

May 19, 2020 marks two years since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged vows at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle with the world watching on. Suffice to say, the couple's lives have changed dramatically since then.

In honour of Harry and Meghan's 'cotton' anniversary, 9Honey is looking back on their royal wedding — starting today with the sweetest details and most personal touches.

Harry helped create Meghan's bouquet

Florist Philippa Craddock created some truly spectacular arrangements for the 2018 royal wedding — and when it came to Meghan's bridal bouquet, she had a helping hand (quite literally) from the groom.

Harry hand-picked some of the flowers from the private gardens of Kensington Palace, where the couple lived at the time. They included his mother Princess Diana's favourite flower, Forget-Me-Nots.

"The couple specifically chose them to be included in Ms. Markle's bouquet to honour the memory of the late Princess on this special day," a palace statement explained.

The bouquet also included sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia, and a sprig of myrtle, as per a royal tradition that began with Queen Victoria's eldest daughter.

The bridal party's outfits included special mementos

Though Harry and Meghan were the focus of the wedding day, the bridal party, including Prince George and Princess Charlotte, also commanded plenty of attention.

The bride and groom later revealed they'd added personal touches to the outfits their 10 page boys and bridesmaids wore as a special memento.

The page boys, also including the twin sons of Meghan's best friend Jessica Mulroney, had their initials embroidered in gold on the shoulder straps of their coats.

As for Princess Charlotte and her fellow bridesmaids, their initials and the date of the wedding were embroidered on the soles of their shoes.

The nod to their US/UK heritage

At the evening reception, Harry and Meghan found a simple way to acknowledge the countries and cultures they grew up in.

Actress Janina Gavankar, a close friend of the Duchess, said the tables at the evening soiree were named for foods pronounced differently in the UK and the US, including tomato and oregano.

"It was so sweet. There were so many nods to the beautiful mash-up of two cultures," Gavankar told Town & Country.

Wedding date on a license plate

Rather than the classic 'Just Married', Harry and Meghan opted to include their wedding date on the licence plate of the car they drove to their evening reception at Frogmore House: E190518.

The newlyweds had only rented the silver blue 1968 Jaguar for the day, but because they were driving on private property and not public roads, the customised plate was no issue.

Nods to Princess Diana

Like Prince William and Kate Middleton did at their 2011 wedding, Harry and Meghan were conscious to honour the memory of Princess Diana on their big day.

Along with including her favourite flowers in Meghan's bouquet, the Duchess also wore a special item from Diana's jewellery collection to the evening reception.

The emerald-cut aquamarine ring is one the late Princess of Wales wore regularly.

The Sussexes' official wedding portraits with their bridal party and family also included a nod to Diana — the same green lounge that featured in photos from Harry's christening, including a beloved photo of the baby prince with his mother.

Meghan's romantic 'something blue'

On the day, many assumed Princess Diana's aquamarine ring served as the "something blue" aspect of Meghan's wedding outfit.

However, the Duchess later revealed she honoured that bridal ritual in a far more subtle way, having a small piece of blue material stitched into her veil.

"It's fabric from the dress that I wore on our first date," she explained in the documentary Queen of the World.

Meghan also revealed she had motifs representing the signature flower of each Commonwealth country embroidered into the veil, a surprise for her husband.

"[Harry was] really over the moon to find out that I would make this choice for our day together," she said.

Since their wedding, Harry and Meghan have explained that the personal touches included in their big day were a way for them to make it feel intimate.

"A great level of detail went into the planning of our wedding day," the Duchess explained in the audio guide of an exhibit showcasing their wedding outfits.

"We knew how large the scale of the event would be. So, in making choices that were really personal and meaningful, it could make the whole experience feel intimate."

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