It wasn’t long after the Seattle Seahawks put the finishing touches on their 43-8 Super Bowl rout of the Denver Broncos that media people began throwing around the d-word, dynasty, as they peered into the franchise’s future.Of course, this happens with just about every Super Bowl winner; squint hard enough, and even the most obvious one-and-done champ looks like a perennial powerhouse. (In some ways, talk of that nature gets even more far-fetched with each passing season — we haven’t seen a repeat Super Bowl winner since the 2004 New England Patriots.) But in Seattle’s case, it might not be totally implausible to expect an elevated probability of a full-blown dynasty.Historically, teams that have won a title find themselves surprisingly well-positioned to win more of them. Since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, 55.9 percent of Super Bowl winners won at least one more championship within the following 10 seasons. Even within that club, though, Seattle is starting from a better spot than most. Its schedule-adjusted pythagorean winning percentage during the 2013 regular season ranked sixth among all Super Bowl champions since the merger, trailing only the 1985 Chicago Bears, 1991 Washington Redskins, 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996 Green Bay Packers and 1973 Miami Dolphins.More importantly, the Seattle’s core is incredibly young for an NFL champion. Weighted by the Approximate Value produced by each player on the roster, the Seahawks’ average age (26.0) was the second-youngest in the league a season ago and ranked third-youngest among Super Bowl winners since the merger. The two champs who had lower average ages? The 1974 Steelers and 1981 San Francisco 49ers, each of whom would go on to win three more Super Bowls apiece in their next decade of play. (Seattle also ranks as slightly younger than the 1992 Dallas Cowboys, who won two additional rings in a dynastic run.)Looking at all Super Bowl winners from 1970 to 2003 (for which we have a “next decade” worth of data), there’s a relationship between the team’s AV-weighted age in its championship season and its chances of winning additional titles.Among the aforementioned 55.9 percent of all Super Bowl champions who won another before a decade was up, a disproportionate number are clustered among the youngest teams on the list. Eleven of the 12 youngest champions in our 1970-2003 group went on to win at least one more Super Bowl in the following decade, while only four of the 12 oldest champs would go on to win another title.Usually, talk of dynasty potential among freshly christened champions isn’t very predictive. But because of their youth, these Seahawks are in a situation where the odds of winning another championship are particularly heightened.
The Arizona Cardinals won 11 games this year — the long-suffering franchise’s highest single-season win total since 1975. But Arizona went 2-4 down the stretch of the regular season, then were handled rather easily by the Carolina Panthers in a playoff contest where the Cardinals’ win probability broke 50 percent for just three plays.There was a certain injustice to a team like Arizona (the runner-up in what our Elo ratings consider far and away the best division in football), having to travel to Carolina for a playoff game against the Panthers, winners of one of the worst divisions in NFL history and only the second team ever to qualify for the playoffs with a losing record (excluding strike seasons). But the Cardinals also squandered their chances to avoid such a scenario during the regular season.Going into Week 12, Arizona was an NFL-best 9-1 and had a 71 percent probability of winning the NFC West, which would have guaranteed it home-field advantage in its opening playoff game. (There was also a 66 percent chance the Cardinals wouldn’t even have to play a divisional-round game, because the top two seeds in each conference are awarded first-round playoff byes.)However, starting quarterback Carson Palmer had also been lost for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee shortly before. And while Palmer’s understudy, Drew Stanton, played admirably in his stead, he, too, was sidelined indefinitely several games later. That left third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley to close out the team’s regular season in poor form, then post one of the worst QB performances in playoff history as the Cardinals lost in Carolina on Saturday.So, what might have been for the Cardinals had Palmer not been injured?They certainly might have fared better against Carolina with their No. 1 quarterback under center. Lindley’s -0.59 adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A) in Saturday’s game was 6.44 below that of Cam Newton, his counterpart on the Panthers, and there’s a definite relationship between ANY/A differential and winning football games. Based on a logistic regression model for all games since the league opened up the passing attack with major rule changes in 1978, there’s just a 3.7 percent chance that a team would have a -6.44 ANY/A differential in a game and somehow find a way to win.For Palmer’s part, his career ANY/A index is 104 (where average is 100, and every 15 units represents one standard deviation in performance), which would translate against the 2014 Panthers’ defense to an expected ANY/A of +0.23 relative to Newton’s performance. That differential would buy a team the win about 53 percent of the time. But in fairness, Saturday’s terrible game was something of an outlier for Lindley as well; although his career ANY/A index of 58 is rather ghastly, if he had even played to that norm, the Cardinals could expect to steal a win nearly 20 percent of the time. That means Palmer’s absence may have cost the team something like a third of a win.Back when Palmer was last healthy, Elo graded Arizona as the fourth-best team in football, with the league’s second-highest probability of winning the Super Bowl (narrowly trailing New England). But on the other hand, those Super Bowl chances were still just 19 percent at their peak, while the betting markets were nowhere near as high on the Cardinals as Elo was (largely because statistics say a chunk of their success was the product of unusually good luck).We’ll never know how high the Cardinals might have soared if not for their epic spate of QB injuries, though — and that’s a shame for a franchise that almost never has seasons as magical as 2014 was shaping up to be.
Photo by AAron Ontiveroz / The Denver Post via Getty Images; Chart by Allison McCann Packers72127137.620528.4 Seahawks65814021.320731.5 Cardinals71231344.022431.5 Broncos79431439.5%27334.4% Photo by AAron Ontiveroz / The Denver Post via Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann Photo by Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann Texans64320832.318929.4 Falcons60013722.813823.0 Browns55814225.414125.3 Panthers84823627.824829.2 Now here’s a slope chart, with the left column being Newton’s QBR on unmolested attempts, and the right his QBR when pressured: Bengals74714219.021829.2 Chiefs76618524.221728.3 This may be compelling evidence that Carolina simply stumbled in the big one, having just clubbed the second- and third-best pressure defenses in back-to-back playoff games. But Seattle and Arizona are both hugely different defenses from Denver. The Seahawks are a low-blitz team that relies on a killer secondary. The Cardinals also relied more on coverage before free safety Tyrann Mathieu went down for the year, but they also leaned heavily on blitz packages; their one-on-one pass-rushing was so anemic that 35-year-old Dwight Freeney led the team with eight sacks — and no other Cardinal had more than five.As you saw Sunday, that is not at all how the Broncos play defense. Raiders70023934.118125.9 This is a pie chart: Photo by Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann Vikings65517226.320431.1 Redskins65914421.915523.5 Giants67817626.017826.3 Buccaneers58516428.015426.3 Photo by John Leyba / The Denver Post via Getty Images; chart by Allison McCann TEAMDROPBACKSBLITZESBLITZ RATEPRESSURESPRESSURE RATE Titans56624443.115226.9 Ravens60717629.015625.7 Bears58212221.015326.3 To illustrate this, I’ve created a series of charts and graphs. Here’s a simple line chart showing various opponents’ pressure against Newton over the course of the game: Colts64024137.718328.6 Eagles68917124.817926.0 Chargers56117831.714425.7 Lions59319933.615526.1 For regular season and playoffsSource: TruMedia On the first fumble of the game, the one that set things spinning, Von Miller wheeled around the edge, sized up right tackle Mike Remmers like he was riding down on a quintain, and crashed past him and into Newton, knocking the ball out and into the end zone, all within something like two-and-a-half-Mississippi.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dk0KqS2Pb4Miller circled back around on Remmers often enough to run up 2.5 sacks, 2 more hits and a half-dozen more near-thumpings. We have stats that can reflect what a player does in a game, but not as much what he does to it. The old Bill James line is that baseball stats can acquire the powers of language, telling a story or calling a game all on their own. Those Broncos numbers are burly enough to carry luggage, but they don’t quite have the powers to tell you how different the game looks when the pocket collapses before the snap finds the center’s ass.This works the other way around as well. Cam’s numbers aren’t getting any prettier no matter how you slice them. But at least twice Sunday he carried a defender on his back as he wound up and got a throw off toward the sticks — incomplete pass, but not a sack. They were hand-to-God some of the most impressive feats of strength I’ve witnessed. There aren’t stats for that, at least not in the ESPN database, as there aren’t any for something like whispering a third-quarter pass 30 yards in the air, over the shoulder of the defender and into Jerricho Cotchery’s breadbasket at the 5-yard line, only for the defender — a linebacker sprinting 25 yards downfield — to close at the last second and knock it out. It was just Cotchery’s third drop of the season; it also happened to be his third drop of the game. The streaking ‘backer was Miller, naturally, who was named the game’s MVP.After the game, receiver Devin Funchess was one of the few Panthers to serve up more than platitudes — if just barely — about preparing for Miller and the rest of Denver’s defense. “You can’t do that in practice,” he said, asked about preparing for the rush versus actually having to play against it. “Our guys can’t mimic that.”It’s true of the stats just as much as it is of the players. Other teams may have pressure numbers that resemble what this Denver defense put together this season, but only because our tools of observation remain imperfect. Near as we can tell, the Broncos are the best defense the Panthers faced in a postseason flush with top units. But for really unusual teams, our best guesses can often be far enough out that we can’t fully appreciate what it is that we’re watching without accepting that greatness affects the game in ways we can’t yet fully capture.Or, as Madden might tell you just as easily, When you have great players playing great, well, that’s great football.4An actual Maddenism. Denver’s defense was a force of nature Steelers77526133.719825.5 Dolphins58612721.715326.1 SAN FRANCISCO — If there’s one thing years of quarterback data have taught us, it’s that QBs do poorly under pressure.1ESPN Stats & Info defines a “pressure” as any instance in which a QB is sacked, hit, forced from the pocket, forced to alter his throwing motion, forced to move within the pocket or otherwise hassled by a defender in his line of sight. In about a quarter of all dropbacks, the QB is under pressure, according to ESPN Stats & Info, and in those cases, their QBR is 7.9.2Since 2010, one of the first years for which “pressure” data is reliable. QBR is ESPN’s measurement of quarterback performance. Some of you will never warm to QBR, which is fine. I’m falling back to it here for two reasons. First, it’s the best we have for big-bucket quarterback stats. Second, the ancillary stuff QBR picks up — rushing, fumbles, bad throws, lousy decisions — are precisely the sort of things we want to see when we’re talking about QBs escaping the rush. This is very bad. It is, to shine a little point of reference, JaMarcus Russell on an off day, and helps reverse engineer a John Madden quote: When a quarterback is being harassed, he doesn’t have much of a chance.3Not a real Maddenism, but it sounds like one. Great.As it happens, Cam Newton did not have much of a chance in Super Bowl 50. Stats & Info has him down for 48 dropbacks, of which 21 were pressured. His QBR on those 21 plays was 2.6; for the game, it was 16.9 — just a hair over his 15.6 mark on pressured plays for the season. He was sacked six times, hit 15 times (five on plays that didn’t generate a “pressure”) and blitzed 25 times. He threw an interception, and a few other balls sailed high, and he gave up two fumbles in his own red zone that would result in 15 points for the Broncos. It was, as our MaddenBot might say, a very bad day for Cam Newton.(Peyton Manning was pressured on 11 of 28 dropbacks, and had a similarly miserable 2.5 QBR on those plays.)Days like Sunday didn’t happen to Newton very often this season. Through the league championship, he was pressured 179 times in 654 dropbacks, or 27.4 percent. (His QBR on those plays was 15.6.) Going by pressures per dropback, the Panthers played only four top-10 pressure defenses this season. During the regular season, the Texans, Seahawks and Colts each played the Panthers tight and held Cam under 50 QBR (and under 80 in the traditional passer rating), but the Panthers defense and general mediocrity of those teams carried Carolina on through. In the divisional round rematch against the Seahawks, defensive end Cliff Avril — one of Seattle’s best pass rushers — left the game in the second quarter and didn’t return. The Seahawks pressured Cam just twice all game. The Cardinals brought pressure six times in the conference championship, a season-low for them. A histogram showing the distribution of pressure plays by scoring margin: Jaguars65418227.815123.1 Saints59816026.814023.4 49ers60016327.216928.2 Rams66825538.219128.6 As the data shows, Newton was well and truly, uh, accounted for. Cowboys55911720.915026.8 Patriots75914318.820026.4 Jets66729243.819929.8 Bills63819831.015223.8 This one is a stacked bar chart, in two segments:
Ashley Harris with child on Africa trip.Three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tommie Harris lost his wife suddenly in February to a brain aneurysm. But even in his grief, Harris knew Ashley Harris would want him to continue their passion.And so, the San Diego Charger is honoring her memory by creating schools in African countries. The facilities — starting in Sudan — will serve girls who have been abused or enslaved by Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. He will name it the Ashley Harris Sunshine School, and he hopes to build many more across the continent.Harris and Ashley, who was just 29, took two trips to Africa through Pros for Africa, a non-profit organization that describes its mission, “connecting professionals of all fields with the children of Africa.” Ashley Harris was moved by the people she met in Tanzania and Uganda. The organization appreciated her commitment so much that it dedicated to her this year’s medical expedition through northern Uganda and South Sudan.Tommie Harris has called on his NFL comrades to support his ambition. Matt Forte, who played with Harris with the Chicago Bears, already has signed on as a donor. Considering the large NFL contingent that reached out to Harris after his wife’s death, and his many fans in Chicago and San Diego, Harris has a strong base to achieve his mission — and honor his wife.
Shady ethics have been a part of college sports for a long time now. It’s the stuff that, if focused on, can sully the pageantry and magnificence of the games. Questions abound frequently in whispers about how an academically challenged student got accepted to a particular college. What’s happening at Auburn right now might shed some light on how.Tiger freshman running back Jovon Robinson is being held out of practice while the NCAA investigates allegations that his high school transcript was fake.Athletic department spokesman Kirk Sampson said Friday that Robinson’s academic status is being reviewed.Memphis City Schools said in a statement that NCAA officials contacted the school district Tuesday regarding allegations involving a former Wooddale High School athlete. The statement said schools superintendent Kriner Cash ordered an immediate investigation and that a school guidance counselor resigned after admitting to creating the falsified transcript.The Memphis Commercial Appeal first reported the allegations Friday.The statement did not identify the counselor or the student, but the fact that Robinson, from Memphis, is being held out while his “academic status” is under review makes it pretty clear it is Robinson.“Know that the District has clear and strict policies and procedures regarding student transcripts,” the school district statement said. “Academic fraud is not and will not be tolerated and will be dealt with swiftly and accordingly.”Robinson was one of Auburn’s top prospects, and had a chance to contribute in a backfield trying to replace starter Mike Dyer. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder is easily the biggest of Auburn’s tailbacks and would bring a physical presence to the backfield if he’s eligible.Messages left by The Associated Press at the school were not returned.Emails sent to guidance counselors, head coach Keith Spann, assistant football coach Michael Collins and the school principal, Michael Kyle, were not returned. A phone number listed for Spann was disconnected.Potentially ugly stuff – but not unusual. Happens all the time. Just not all the time exposed.
Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 22, 2018), we’re taking the All-Star Game back into The Lab. In the aftermath of a pretty successful Team Steph vs. Team LeBron showdown, Neil and Kyle dive into our best listener suggestions for how to improve the game even more. Next, we’re joined by our ESPN colleague Brian Windhorst to discuss NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s latest comments about potentially switching up the playoff structure. Plus, a significant digit on the Toronto Raptors’ amazing bench.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.In case you missed it, check out last week’s brainstorm with FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver on how to fix the All-Star Game.ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz writes that this year’s All-Star Game got the shake-up it needed.Guest Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported on Adam Silver’s possible playoffs compromise.According to Basketball-Reference.com, Toronto’s second unit is the best lineup in the league. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine and Kyle Wagner
The streak is over. The Ohio State men’s ice hockey team defeated Western Michigan Saturday night, 4-3, and with the win the No. 15-ranked Buckeyes ended their 11-game winless streak. OSU (15-11-5, 11-10-5-1 CCHA) was 0-7-4 in 2012 coming into Saturday night’s contest, after losing to the No. 18-ranked Broncos (15-12-5, 12-9-3-3 CCHA) Friday night, 3-2, in the first game of the two-game set. On Saturday, with the Buckeyes trailing 2-2, OSU junior forward Alex Carlson scored twice in the final 5:24 of the third period to give OSU the win. Buckeye freshman forwards Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel also tallied in the victory. After falling behind, 1-0, in the second period on Friday, the Buckeyes got out to a fast start Saturday. Midway through the first period, McCormick scored a power-play goal at 9:14 with assists from Dzingel and freshman defenseman Ben Gallacher. Following the tally, the Broncos committed another penalty 25 seconds later, and the Buckeyes converted with a goal from Dzingel at 10:23 in the opening period. OSU’s power play had been struggling coming into this weekend. The Buckeyes were 0-14 with a man advantage in two losses to Michigan State in Columbus last weekend. OSU got back on track this weekend, scoring four power-play goals. WMU responded to OSU’s two power-play goals in the first period Saturday with three straight scores. At 17:58 in the first period, the Broncos cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 2-1 with a score from WMU sophomore forward Chase Balisy. Following a scoreless second period, WMU took the lead with two quick goals. At 7:23, freshman forward Will Kessel backhanded a shot past OSU senior goalie Cal Heeter during a 4-on-4. Just 52 seconds later, WMU junior defenseman Matt Tennyson tallied to give the Broncos a 3-2 lead with a little more than 10 minutes remaining. Carlson regained the lead for the Buckeyes for good with two late goals. The first came on the power play at 14:36 after OSU freshman forward Darik Angeli’s shot was blocked, but Carlson was there for the rebound score to tie the game 3-3. The second came at 16:36 when Carlson buried home a puck that was just outside the crease. Heeter made 21 saves in net for the Buckeyes in the victory. With the win, OSU is now alone in fourth place in the CCHA with 39 points, two points back of third-place Michigan and one point ahead of Michigan State and Lake Superior State, which are tied for fifth place. WMU is in second place with 42 points, five points back of first-place Ferris State. The Buckeyes have this weekend off before playing their final series of the regular season on Feb. 24 and 25 against Miami (Ohio). The two teams will play in Oxford, Ohio, at 6:05 p.m. Friday and in Columbus at 7:05 p.m. Saturday.
If you want to watch Buckeye football in high definition this fall, it doesn’t mean you have to sell your tickets. Stretching 124 feet wide and standing 42 feet tall, Ohio Stadium’s monstrous new scoreboard offers fans a whole new experience in the Horseshoe. The HD Panasonic jumbotron sits atop the south end zone, replacing the 30 feet by 90 feet scoreboard that has been in use for the past 11 seasons. The televisions at concession stands have also been replaced with HD monitors. The new scoreboard is grouped with a new sound system as well, with 25 speakers flanking each side of the scoreboard. In total, the renovations come with a price tag of more than $7 million, according to an athletic department release. Don Patko, associate athletic director of Facilities Management, said the improvements were necessary and well worth the cost. “It was time for the video board to be replaced,” Patko said. “The usual life for a scoreboard is 12 to 15 years, and the last one was 12 years old.” Prior to installing the new system, the athletic department researched similar projects at other stadiums such as the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field. Patko said that by researching other projects, and understanding the shortcomings of the old scoreboard, they were able to put together the best possible game day experience with the new system. “Everybody that has an HDTV at home knows that it provides better clarity,” Patko said. “The new board also allows you to have better viewing angles. The entire industry is moving toward HD, and we feel that we have one of the best systems out there.” Newly enrolled OSU freshmen had an early glimpse at the stadium’s improvements Aug. 20 during convocation, as they walked through Ohio Stadium and saw themselves on the big screen. “It was my first time in the stadium, so I didn’t even know it was new,” said Michael Gross, a first-year in health professionals exploration. “But it was something you noticed the moment you walked into the stadium, just the size of it was really impressive.” Benjamin Sokobin, a first-year in business, didn’t even have to enter the stadium to notice the scoreboard. “It was one of the first things my family noticed when I moved in,” said Sokobin, who lives in Lincoln Tower. “Ohio Stadium is known as one of the best venues in college football, and I think it’s great that they are making it even better.”
The University of Maryland is now part of Big Ten country. For Ohio State’s part, OSU athletic director Gene Smith said he is happy with the addition. Maryland’s Board of Regents voted “overwhelmingly” to approve the university’s application to the Big Ten Conference, prompting current Big Ten presidents to assemble for a Monday teleconference where the school’s admittance was approved unanimously. Maryland athletics, which bears the nickname “Terrapins,” a kind of turtle, will abandon the Atlantic Coast Conference after nearly six decades of membership. Maryland is expected to negotiate down the ACC’s $50 million exit fee to help facilitate the conference switch. Maryland’s move to the Big Ten will take effect July 1, 2014. Maryland President Dr. Wallace D. Loh said talks about the school’s move to the Big Ten began to heat up about two weeks ago. The move to the conference rooted traditionally in Midwestern universities, Loh said, was motivated by the need to stabilize its athletic department’s finances. “This is, today, a watershed moment for Maryland,” Loh said during a Monday press conference at the university’s student union in College Park, Md. “Membership in the Big Ten is in the strategic interest in the University of Maryland. As member … we will be able to ensure the financial stability of (Maryland athletics) for decades to come.” As Loh spoke, he was joined on an elevated platform by coaches from 15 of the university’s 20 athletics teams, as well athletic director Kevin Anderson, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany and university Chancellor William E. “Brit” Kirwan, a former OSU president. Smith welcomed Maryland, the 13th team in the Big Ten, and Terrapins fans during a Monday press conference at the Fawcett Center. “I just wanted to take this opportunity to extend to Maryland and its constituency and its fans, all the people who work at the University of Maryland, a warm welcome on behalf of Ohio State University and Buckeye Nation,” Smith said. “We look forward to having you as a member of our family and embracing your rich tradition and everything that you mean to higher education and intercollegiate athletics. “It’s a great move for our conference. When you think about where the landscape is today (and) what is happening in intercollegiate athletics, there is going to be, and, I think, as we move toward the future and years out, there will continue to be some change. Maryland is a great addition to our conference, so we’re looking forward to getting down to the details of trying to deal with the scheduling issues.” Rutgers is expected to be added as the Big Ten’s 14th team Tuesday, according to multiple reports, but Smith did not comment on that possibility, saying instead, “today is about Maryland.” Delany also declined to comment on the possibility of a Rutgers addition during the press conference in College Park.
Ohio State has named its next women’s basketball coach. The school announced Tuesday that Washington’s Kevin McGuff will be the next coach of the Buckeye program. “We are excited with the opportunity for Kevin to lead our women’s basketball program,” said OSU athletic director Gene Smith in a released statement. “He is a proven leader and has done a marvelous job everywhere he has been. We welcome him back to his home, Ohio.” The move comes less than a month after splitting ways with former coach Jim Foster on March 19. Foster spent 11 seasons in Columbus and garnered a 279-82 record. McGuff, who spent nine seasons at Xavier (214-73) in Cincinnati before jumping ship to Washington in 2011, led the Huskies to a 21-12 finish that ended in a loss to Pacific in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament second round this year. “I am extremely excited and humbled to be the next women’s basketball coach at Ohio State,” McGuff said in a released statement. “This is an amazing opportunity for my family and me to come back to the state of Ohio. I would like to thank Gene, Miechelle Willis (executive associate athletic director) and President (E. Gordon) Gee for putting their faith in me to be their next head coach. As someone who is from the state of Ohio, I know how special of a place this is and my goal is to have Ohio State competing at the highest level of women’s college basketball.” McGuff, who was 41-26 in two seasons with Washington, signed a contract extension on March 26 through 2020, according to a press release. An OSU spokesman said the terms of McGuff’s contract will be made available at a press conference Wednesday.
Peter Wood, Phillip Potter and Matthew Gordon at Bristol Crown Court on various chargesCredit:Elizabeth Cook/PA Wire I accept that neither of you intended death or injury or even brake failure. But the fact is that a lorry as heavy as this is likely to cause serious injury and death to members of the public unless properly maintainedMr Justice Langstaff “I know that in the immediate aftermath I woke up on the roadside and my concerns were that I couldn’t get up and go to Mitzi,” she said.”I was also anxious about being unable to pick up my other grandchildren who we had been on our way to collect.”The vehicle crushed a Volvo carrying Stephen Vaughan, 34, of Swansea, and Philip Allen, 52, and Robert Parker, 59, both of Cwmbran, who all died at the scene.The heavily loaded Scania truck, carrying aggregate, had almost 450,000 miles on the clock and long-standing defects with its braking system. Mr Justice Langstaff jailed Matthew Gordon, 30, of Dauntsey, Wiltshire, for seven and a half years and Peter Wood, 55, of Brinkworth, Wiltshire, for five years and three months.They were convicted of four counts of manslaughter following a trial at Bristol Crown Court. The truck’s driver, 20-year-old Phillip Potter, was cleared of all charges.Victim impact statements were read to the court by the families of the victims, who described the crash as “a tragedy that should never have happened”.The judge said Gordon, the boss of Grittenham Haulage, and mechanic Wood had a “cavalier” attitude to vehicle safety and flouted rules.”I accept that neither of you intended death or injury or even brake failure,” the judge said. “But the fact is that a lorry as heavy as this is likely to cause serious injury and death to members of the public unless properly maintained.”The brakes are critical. You know this. You knew that being casual about the safety risked the lives of others. Your failures are inexplicable. The grandmother of a girl who died when a 32-tonne truck with faulty brakes crashed and killed four people has described the horrific moment before a haulage boss and a mechanic were jailed over the tragedy.Margaret Rogers was holding hands with her four-year-old granddaughter Mitzi Steady to cross the road when the truck careered down the “very steep” hill of Lansdown Lane in Bath, Somerset, hitting them before killing three men in a car.She said she had a “clear memory of the day itself, taking Mitzi on the bus, getting off the bus and going to the pedestrian crossing” – but no recollection of what hit her. The wreckage of the tipper truck is taken away from the scene on Lansdown Lane, BathCredit:Alastair Johnstone/SWNS.com Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “If they were one-off failures that would be bad enough, but they are not. They were part and parcel of the way you approached your responsibilities.”Signs before Lansdown Lane indicate it is unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles and there is a 6ft width restriction, meaning the 8.5ft wide lorry should not have been on it.On February 9 2015, two Grittenham Haulage lorries, one driven by Mr Potter and the other by Gordon, used Lansdown Lane as a short-cut.Mr Potter was following Gordon down the lane when the brakes on his 11-year-old truck, which had not been tested, failed. Six of the eight brakes had major defects.”It was an accident waiting to happen,” the judge said. Mr Potter and another driver had alerted Gordon to problems with the brakes but he told them to continue driving, the court heard.After the accident, Gordon told Mr Potter not to mention that an ABS warning light – indicating problems with the braking system – had been on.”You exposed Mr Potter, a young driver, to the horror of unavoidably killing a young child,” the judge told him. “You showed no immediate remorse for what happened.”Braking defects on the lorry would have been “staring” Wood in the face as he inspected the vehicle every six weeks, while there was a “botched repair” on one brake and Wood had no qualifications as a mechanic, the judge said.Speaking after the case, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Ocone, of Avon and Somerset Police, said the lorry’s brakes had an overall efficiency of just 28 per cent.
Understood to have lived alone, Palmer-Tomkinson had previously spoken of her flat as a sanctuary from which she took two conference calls a day and had kept a pet squirrel.Once photographed at every society event in an array of eye-catching outfits, she became a tabloid darling who used her own newspaper column to share secrets of her glamorous life.She visited rehab in 1999 for cocaine addiction and suffered the collapse of her septum, admitting she had once overdosed before entering recovery. Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, socialite – obituaryThe original It Girl: Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, in picturesRemember her winning performance on Celebrity Fame Academy?One of her final interviews: Why she was more than just an It girlTara Palmer-Tomkinson, the socialite and self-confessed ‘It girl’ of her generation, had not been seen for nearly a week before she was found dead in her home at the age of 45, her neighbours have claimed.Palmer-Tomkinson, who lived alone in West London, was pronounced dead in her own home after a long period of ill-health, months after she disclosed she had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.Friends said they had feared for her in recent weeks after she appeared frail and out of contact, as police confirmed they were treating the death as unexplained but not suspicious.An ambulance had been called to the address at 1.40pm, before police were alerted. She had previously spoken frankly about her former addiction to drugs, rehabilitation, loneliness and anxiety.In recent interviews, she had spoken of her distress at speculation she had fallen off the wagon, revealing her frail appearance was down to the extended period of ill health.In November, she told a newspaper she had been “terribly frightened” after being diagnosed with a non-malignant brain tumour which had affected the production of hormone prolactin, leaving her exhausted. In 2014, she was cautioned by police at Heathrow airport after a disturbance after being seen sobbing, swearing and tearing out her hair in an episode she explained as a panic attack.In the same year, she dropped out of Channel 4 show The Jump, saying she had become a “recluse” after suffering a breakdown.In 2016, she told an interviewer her party lifestyle had come at a health cost, and that she now hoped to build a more “conventional” life. The coroner is now investigating cause of death, with shocked friends and family learning of it on Wednesday afternoon.Friends of Palmer-Tomkinson said they had grown worried for her, after she lost weight and appeared frail. Brain tumourAround 16,000 people are, like Palmer-Tomkinson, diagnosed with brain tumours every year across the UK.The Brain Tumour Research charity said that less than 20% of patients survive beyond five years. And it warned deaths from the disease were increasing, with the number of brain tumour deaths up 27% from 2002.There are more than 120 different types of brain tumour, with the most common developing from cells that support the nerve cells of the brain.These are called glial cells and a tumour of glial cells is called a giloma.TV personality Palmer-Tomkinson had been battling the tumour since January last year.Sarah Lindsell, chief executive of The Brain Tumour Charity, praised Palmer-Tomkinson for raising awareness of the disease.”Our hearts go out to all of Tara Palmer-Tomkinson’s family and friends.”Three months ago, Tara was brave enough to speak out about her brain tumour diagnosis and the impact it had on her life.”Her honesty helped to raise awareness of the disease and it was welcomed by the many thousands of people in the UK and around the world who cope with the impact of a brain tumour.”Tara helped to show why we must do all we can to defeat this devastating disease, which is the biggest cancer killer of children and young people in the UK.” In 1998 outside Tramp nightclub celebrating her birthdayCredit:REX OMG. REST IN PEACE TARA. https://t.co/r9EStcXBYv— Duncan Bannatyne (@DuncanBannatyne) February 8, 2017 The Prince of Wales is greeted by Tara Palmer-Tomkinson during a reception at Clarence House in 2003 Neighbours and local shopkeepers said they had not seen her in the week before her death.An emotional Santa Montefiore, her sister, said the family did not wish to comment.News of Palmer-Tomkinson’s death came just three months after she disclosed she had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and auto-immune disease.She had struggled with her health, a lack of energy and weight loss for 18 months before embarking on the right treatment. Prince Charles Prince of Wales and Prince Harry on a ski lift in Klosters with Tara Palmer Tomkinson and Santa Palmer TomkinsonCredit:Ian Jones Palmer-Tomkinson with Her mother, Patti Palmer-Tomkinson, and sister, Santa She told Kyle: “I went back to rehab two years ago but nobody actually knows why I went back.”The reasons I went were private, the reasons I went were that I believed that I was having a nervous breakdown because I was so frightened of this British press, of these paparazzi who went through my rubbish, who led me to believe that every chimney sound or thunderstorm was a paparazzi attack and I couldn’t deal with it and I still can’t deal with it.”Most people think that when you relapse that you have to take a substance. I have seen a therapist every single week for the last 11 years of my life, I don’t need to relapse on a substance. I can relapse and it just means my brain is overdosing into a way that I just can’t cope and you know what, I may not be perfect but parts of me are awesome!”Recalling her lowest point during her battle with cocaine addiction, she said: “I remember timing my heart because I knew it was going to stop and I remember my telephone was [a few metres away]… I remember crawling on my hands and knees to pick up the phone and call… and then I woke up in hospital.””I think that was the night I had an overdose. I have never attempted suicide… I think it was a cry for help.”Heathrow disturbance.She was arrested and cautioned in December 2014 by officers following her reaction to being refused access to a first-class airport lounge, reports said.Video footage filmed by a witness showed her sobbing, swearing and tearing out her hair extensions during the incident, The Sun reported.Following her arrest, she told she told the newspaper that a panic attack triggered her behaviour.During an interview with the Press Association last year, while promoting her fashion line Desiderata, she spoke about having regrets.She said: “I definitely have regrets. I wish I had never touched half the stuff… But in the same way, I’m not going to sit there and feel ashamed for what I did, because I have had a life! I might be 44, but I was at so many different parties in so many different countries, I haven’t slept for 20 years!”The things that mattered to me a long time ago don’t matter any more. What matters to me now is health. Because I’ve paid a price for my health, and I wish I had given up cigarettes a long time ago… I’ve always been very health-conscious, but when you’re 44, you don’t wake up looking the same way.” So sad to say goodbye to Tara Palmer Tomkinson – she risked the first Fame Academy for @rednoseday – and was kind, generous and funny.— emma freud (@emmafreud) February 8, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. TV highlightsOne of the most shared videos that went viral following her death is her gutsy performance of These Boots Are Made For Walking for the BBC’s Comic Relief Does Fame Academy in 2007.The show – a spin-off of the BBC’s singing contest raising funds for Comic Relief – saw her competing against celebrities including Miranda Hart, Tim Vine, Linda Robson and Shaun Williamson. Tara beat out all competition with a string of fabulous performances – but the most fondly remembered is her brilliantly idiosyncratic rendition of the Nancy Sinatra classic: RIP Tara Palmer Tomkinson, 45.A fun, feisty woman who battled many demons. Very sad news. pic.twitter.com/IxwOLfUyFW— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 8, 2017 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson photographed in 2000 In 2001, launching her own websiteCredit:PA On I’m a Celebrity in 2002 She was often photographed with members of the Royal family, enjoying skiing holidays together, and attending at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.Neighbours spoke of her as “living life to the full”, driving “fast and furious” around the streets and joining the residents’ association.She is survived by her parents, Charles and Patricia, brother James and sister Santa. Blue singer and soap actor Duncan James, a close friend of Palmer-Tomkinson, tweeted: “Heartbroken and numb I have lost one of my oldest and dearest friends.”I’m going to miss ur laughter the most shmooey . Rip sweetheart (sic).”Boy George, the singer, said: “Sorry we have lost Tara. R.I.P. She was a sweet complicated soul!”Friends and fans post social media tributes OMG don’t believe it ! Poor Tara we hung out a lot in the 90 s again very troubled but such a great character full of life and fun ! So sad https://t.co/zxa7BqUTVH— Michelle Collins (@missmcollins) February 8, 2017 Such sad news 🌹RIP Tara Palmer-Tomkinson 💔 On screen her beauty, smile & laugh truly shone thru 💕 #RIPTPT #ripTaraPalmerTomkinson 🌟 pic.twitter.com/0Im5pZAWl4— Tina ❄️ (@Tinapeg2) February 8, 2017 Tara Palmer-Tompkinson was the first person I ever heard described as an “it girl” and by jove she earned the title.— Philip Ellis (@Philip_Ellis) February 8, 2017 She was nuts and I adored her pic.twitter.com/JtqtMgtG44— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) February 8, 2017 Tara Palmer Tomkinson, who has previously battled drug problemsCredit:David M. Benett Tara Palmer-Tomkinson attending the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge She believed it under control with medication, saying then: “I actually feel very lucky.”Dr David Jenkinson, the Chief Scientific Officer with The Brain Tumour Charity, said a benign pituitary tumour, if diagnosed and treated could be successfully contained and would not necessarily prove fatal. Feel so very sad at the Tara news. Truly one of a kind. Delicate, ferocious, shockingly funny and an exceedingly good person. #RIPTPT 😞— deanpiper (@deanpiper) February 8, 2017 The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who were close family friends of the socialite, paid tribute, saying they are “deeply saddened and our thoughts are so much with the family”.The Duchess of York, whose mother was Palmer-Tomkinson’s godmother, added her family were “so shocked by this tragic news of the magnificent, beautifully energetic soul of Tara”. Show more “At this early stage, the death is being treated as unexplained.”We are not treating this death as suspicious. The coroner has been informed and the next of kin has been informed.”‘Heartbroken and numb’Socialite and reality TV star Tamara Beckwith, one of her friends, said in a statement: “The terribly sad news of my old friend Tara PT’s passing has come as quite a shock.”She was a shining light and I have nothing but very fond memories of the times we had together. She was most definitely one of life’s true characters.”My thoughts are naturally with her family.” Palmer-Tomkinson’s body was removed from her home on a trolley into a private ambulance on Wednesday evening and driven away.A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service at approximately 13:40hrs on Wednesday February 8 to an address in Bramham Gardens, SW5.”A woman, aged in her 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Other notable appearances include:Being was one of the 12 celebrities set to appear in the first series of Channel 4 show The Jump in 2014.But she dropped out shortly after telling Radio Times that she felt “under a lot of pressure” and was “not comfortable” with being the favourite to win.Her father, Charles, is a former British Olympic skier who instructed the Prince of Wales.She turned heads when she announced she was launching a pop career in 2011.The former “It girl” said she had secretly recorded a dance album and confessed she was “a rock chick at heart”.The album, Flawed, was released in 2012, but a performance of her single on ITV’s Loose Women attracted fierce criticism.In 2014, she gave an emotional interview during ITV’s Jeremy Kyle: The Celebrity Specials.She told Kyle about nearly dying from an overdose and spoke about rehab, explaining why she had made a return visit, even though she had been drug-free for some 11 years. So sad to hear of TPT passing away. So young…— Gok Wan (@therealgokwan) February 8, 2017 Palmer-Tomkinson photographed at her birthday party in 1998
The Queen will undertake a dressed-down State Opening of Parliament for the first time in more than 40 years, as ceremonial plans suffer major disruption because of the general election. The Queen will not wear her Imperial State Crown or robes for this year’s State Opening, with the annual service of the Order of the Garter also cancelled for the first time since 1984. The changes to the Royal schedule, announced by Buckingham Palace today, will see the State Opening of Parliament take place on June 19, with the Order of the Garter service previously in the diary for the same day now cancelled. It is the first time since March 1974 that such a scaled-back ceremony has taken place, with the only other occasion following Labour leader Harold Wilson defeating Edward Heath in a snap election. The changes, sources said, were down only to timing, with the Trooping of the Colour now falling on June 17 just two days before the State Opening of Parliament. Some observers were quick to note that the timing would allow the Queen to attend Royal Ascot, which runs from June 20th to 24th.Sources said the 19th was the first suitable date after the election, with a quick turnaround of 11 days agreed to maintain continuity. But Royal sources insisted this year’s decisions were merely down to logistics, with a return to business as usual planned for next year. The Duke of Edinburgh will accompany the Queen wearing a morning coat rather than full naval uniform. The Queen’s procession to the Chamber of the House of Lords, where she takes the throne and delivers her speech, will also be reduced, with no heralds present. Members of both houses of parliament fill the Chamber of the House of Lords for the 2012 State Opening The Opening Of Parliament 1974 The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrive for the Order of the Garter Service 2016 For only the second time in her reign, the Queen will wear “day dress” and a hat for the State Opening of Parliament, abandoning the traditional Robes of State. She will travel in car rather than by carriage, with her heavy crown being carried by an officer of state along with the Sword of State and Cap of Maintenance, symbols of her power and authority. It is understood that postponing or rearranging the day was not considered possible, due to the number of dignitaries expected to attend. The annual event staged at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle usually attracts hundreds of well-wishers who gather to watch the colourful spectacle of Garter Knights processing to the service.The announcement immediately led to speculation that the changes would suit the Queen, who at 91 would have to endure wearing the famously heavy 2.5lb crown. Last year, the Queen used a House of Lords lift for the first time, avoiding 26 stairs, in what was seen by many as a concession to her age. March 1974 — the last time a “dressed down” Queen attended the State Opening of Parliament pic.twitter.com/Mbh0LQUC4z— Peter Hunt (@BBCPeterHunt) April 27, 2017 Both events usually feature a Sovereign’s Escort from the Household Cavalry Regiment, with the Queen’s route flanked by hundreds of servicemen acting as street liners.The proximity of the two major events would make the logistics of a normal State Opening too difficult, it is claimed, leaving too little time for rehearsal for an event of that scale. The Order of the Garter annual service will be cancelled entirely; the third time it has happened in the Queen’s reign following a rail strike in 1955 and a 1984 date where there was no vacancy for a new knight to be appointed. Trooping the Colour 2016 A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: “To allow Her Majesty to attend in support of the parliamentary and constitutional process, The Queen’s programme of engagements has been revised. “As a result, the annual service for the Order of the Garter, which had been due to take place on 19th June, has been cancelled. Knights of the Garter and others due to attend have been informed. “Additionally, owing to the revised calendar, the State Opening of Parliament will take place with reduced ceremonial elements.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Since then, advances in treatment mean young people with HIV now have near normal life expectancy, while game-changing preventive drugs reduce the chance of transmission by 90 per cent.But the rise in unprotected sex has left increasing numbers exposed to other sexually transmitted infections, experts warn.In April NHS officials said dating apps such as Tinder and Grindr should advertise handouts of free condoms to prevent a surge in sexually transmitted infections.Dr Michael Brady, medical director at sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust, said rates of infections were “unacceptably high” and said cuts to public health budgets were fuelling a “sexual health crisis”. Websites which help people find local sexual partners may be fuelling a rise in unprotected sex Syphilis is a bacterial infection that’s usually caught by having sex with someone who’s infected.It can usually be treated with a short course of antibiotics, but if left untreated can cause serious long term problems.Last year officials warned of increasing outbreaks after a historical decline in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the spectre of HIV pandemic encouraged safer sex. Syphilis cases have reached the highest level since 1949 following a rise in unsafe sex as fears about HIV have faded, new figures suggest.The official data shows the number of diagnoses has doubled in five years, with most cases occuring in gay and bisexual men.It follows warnings from health officials that risky sexual behaviours – including unprotected activity, “chem sex,” the use of “hookup” apps such as Grindr – and “poz” parties where HIV positive men select sexual partners – are fuelling the rise.The figures from Public Health England show 5,920 syphilis diagnoses in 2016 – a rise of 12 per cent in one year, and a near doubling from 3,001 cases in 2012.PHE said that the cases were mostly associated with transmission in gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
It comes just days after he was released from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where he underwent an operation to correct the damage done two years earlier at a different hospital.He was photograph leaving the hospital with his knee heavily bandaged on Tuesday.He will spend the next six weeks in a wheelchair, and doctors have reportedly told him there is a danger his knee will one day collapse, leaving him crippled. McPartlin attends the funeral of Caron KeatingCredit:Stephen Lock McPartlin is made an OBE by the Prince of Wales at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, February 2017Credit:Jonathan Brady A friend told the newspaper: “The boys love a drink together. But in recent months, after they went to the pub, Ant would go home and carry on drinking alone.“Part of it was that the alcohol helped numb the physical pain he has been enduring. Britain’s Got Talent presenter Ant McPartlin has checked into rehab after admitting problems with substance abuse.The star, 41, is reported to have wept as he told his wife Lisa and long-time presenting partner Declan Donnelly of his addiction to prescription drugs and alcohol. The pair in their younger daysCredit:PA “I’ve spoken out because I think it’s important that people ask for help if they’re going through a rough time and get the proper treatment to help their recovery.”McPartlin, who confessed that his marriage is ‘strained’, attributable in part to their failure to have children, will spend at least two months receiving treatment in a specialist clinic.However he and Lisa remain “devoted” to one another, a close friend of the couple insisted. Treatment is expected to involve a mixture of group counselling and one-to-one therapy sessions. The duo present I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here in ITVCredit:Nigel Wright/ITV McPartlin – said to be worth £60million – became hooked on the Class C opiate-based painkiller Tramadol, which is commonly prescribed for people suffering from serious pain.Friends are said to have raised their concerns at McPartlin, who lives in Chiswick, West London, combining the drug with alcohol following nights out.He and best friend Donnelly have been described as “regulars” at bars and pubs in the area. Ant McPartlin and Lisa Armstrong after their wedding at St.Nicholas Church in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, 2006Credit:Ian West/PA Former child actor McPartlin apologised to friends and family, and said “I feel like I’ve let people down”, after depression and chronic pain from a ‘botched’ knee operation two years ago left him in physical and mental “agony”.He told the Sun on Sunday: “I feel like I have let a lot of people down and for that I am truly sorry.“I want to thank my wife, family and closest friends for helping me through this really difficult time. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Ant McPartlin watches the races at Royal Ascot, 2015Credit:Heathcliff O’Malley “During the finals of BGT Ant’s appearance was the subject of discussion among the backstage crew. It was clear he was really struggling behind the scenes.” “He is no longer as fit as he was and is less able to cope with the rigours of filming.
West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Jim Munro confirmed that police are not looking for anyone in connection with the deaths.A neighbour who asked not to be named said: “One of the children was running in the road crying that her mummy was bleeding.“She must’ve been about seven or eight knocked on the neighbour’s door. There’s a small baby and another child who live there and were all taken out.””I left the house about 1.30pm and came back at 4pm and there were police cars everywhere and forensics.”The family always kept themselves to themselves so we didn’t see them very much. It’s a shock and it’s scary but you don’t know what going on behind closed doors.A neighbour alerted police at around 2pm on Saturday heard the cries of three children all under eight in their Oldbury home, West Mids. “The whole estate is full of families mainly.” A girl burst out of her family home in tears after suspected murder-suicide in family home.A 26-year-old woman who died of head injuries and the body of her 30-year-old husband in another room were found on Saturday 5.Police were called out to the family home after a concerned neighbour heard the cries of the two young children and a small baby at the address. He said: “This is a truly tragic incident: it’s understood the woman was violently attacked before the offender took his own life.“The timeline of exactly what happened is unclear but we believe the two people died during the morning.”There were three children, including a small baby, present at the address when officers made the discovery − they are being looked after by loved ones and will receive specialist support.”A post mortem examination is due to take place on the bodies later today.Police and at least three ambulances rushed to the semi-detached house, home to what neighbours described as as an Eastern European couple, on Saturday afternoon.The property is thought to belong to a housing association.Another neighbour said: “It’s such a shock, I can’t believe it. Nothing usually happens here, it’s really quiet.”I just feel for the kids, you know, because they’ve lost their mum and their dad.”Two police officers guarded the property on a new cul-de-sac popular with young families, in an unmarked car parked on the drive.The curtains in the front room of the house where the two bodies were found and a trampoline was left in the back garden next to a child’s ride-along car could be seen. Sarah Cooper, 29, who has lived in the road for four years, said: “The first I knew that anything had happened was on Sunday morning when I saw two police officers down that end of the road, and that was it.”This morning there was a police van, too.“This tends to be a very quiet road and people keep themselves to themselves. We say hello to people as we are passing but that is about it.“To hear what has happened is shocking and surprising. It is an awful thing which has happened and it makes you wonder if there were problems going on in the family.”Lee Ogleby, 38, a resident of five years, said: “Over the weekend there were police, ambulance crews and forensic teams.“It is a bit shocking to hear this has gone on. It is normally a really nice road and there is never nothing going on. This is just shocking.”Another resident, who asked not to be named, said: “Now that I know what it all was I am really worried.“You might get a party every now or then in this road but generally it is a really quiet kind of area. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Prince Harry’s former girlfriend Chelsy Davy has arrived at St George’s Chapel. She arrived accompanied by two page boys who held up her train as she made her way up the chapel’s steps alone.She was wearing a simple, long-sleeved white dress, with veil covering her face. A royal kiss: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss after their wedding ceremonyCredit:AP The Order of Service Credit:Toby Melville /PA Tens of thousands of royal fans are expected to descend on the Berkshire town to catch a glimpse of the bride and groom, as police effectively create a ring of steel around the castle in a massive security operation.Weather forecasters are expecting wall-to-wall sunshine, meaning the newlywed couple will be able to ride through Windsor town centre in the open top Ascot landau for their carriage procession. Meghan Markle will give a speech at the evening reception hosted by the Prince of Wales at Frogmore House in Windsor. Thomas Markle would have traditionally been the one to address guests at the event, to which 200 selected attendees have been invited.But after a tumultuous week, it emerged the father-of-the-bride would not be attending Saturday’s service having undergone emergency heart surgery. Kensington Palace had earlier announced that Ms Markle would speak at the afternoon reception hosted by the Queen, but later issued a correction to state she would be talking at the evening do. 6:19PMCelebrated preacher says royal wedding diversity was ‘joyful’ We are not expecting to see the bride and groom again until they depart Windsor Castle for the 7pm reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. “Fantastic news that we have a Duke and Duchess of Sussex again after a gap of just 175 years – double celebrations today for Meghan and Prince Harry and all of Sussex,” said Tim Loughton, Tory MP for East Worthing and Shoreham. Congrats, Meghan and Harry! Keep doing things your way. Britain will never be the same – and that’s a good thing. https://t.co/4UYiOCaarN— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) May 19, 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George’s ChapelCredit:Andrew Matthews /PA 11:43AMShe’s on her way: First pictures of Meghan heading to Windsor with her mother Huge crowds line the streets of WindsorCredit:EMMANUEL DUNAND /AFP Prince Harry and Meghan Markle exchanged vows in front of 600 guests including the Queen, more than 30 royals and famous faces such as Oprah Winfrey, tennis champion Serena Williams, actor George Clooney and his barrister wife Amal Clooney, Sir Elton John, David and Victoria Beckham and actor Idris Elba.Sir Elton, who sang at the funeral service for Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, performed at the lunchtime reception.An estimated 100,000 people turned out to see the couple as they sat in an open-top Ascot Landau for a carriage procession through Windsor.The royal family expressed gratitude to all those who enjoyed the wedding, saying on the official Twitter account: “Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world today. Congratulations once again to the newly-married Duke and Duchess of Sussex. #royalwedding.” Asked whether it was planned or off-the-cuff, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, interjected, joking: “Let’s have an honest answer.””It was planned and I thought it was going to be six minutes,” Mr Curry said. “It was a little longer than that because there were pauses in there,” he added to laughter from Mr Welby. The Archbishop of Canterbury, who will marry Prince Harry and Ms Markle, has spoken of the strong bond the couple share.”There’s profound affection between them which is wonderful and a deep understanding and mutual support,” he said.”You see in the way they respond to each other, caring for each other, which is something you see in many couples but not always. But it’s very evident and that’s wonderful.”As the Order of Service was published on the morning of the wedding, it revealed Prince Harry will wear a ring – not a given for royal men – and Ms Markle will not promise to obey her husband in the vows. The Duchess of Cambridge used the same model for her trip to Westminster Abbey for her wedding in 2011. 1:26AMAdele in message to the newlyweds Despite not being invited to the Windsor Castle wedding, the Hello singer donned a fascinator and veil for the big occasion and toasted the happy couple from her home with a glass of champagne.Adele remembered Diana, Princess of Wales in a poignant message to the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day. Just as Harry and Meghan were officially married, the horse-drawn carriage in which they will depart from St George’s Chapel was brought into Horseshoe Cloister. During the procession of the bride and groom to the outside world the following music is played:Symphony no. 1 in B-flat – Allegro William Boyce (1711-1779)Amen/This little light of mine – Etta James Jester Hairston (1901-2000) and Harry Dixon Loes (1892-1965) While the gospel classic Amen/This Little Light Of Mine was sung as the newlyweds left the church, even some of the crowds listening to the outside broadcast of the wedding service clapped along.Ms Gibson added: “We want people to get involved, tap their feet, sing along, that’s what gospel music is, it’s all embracing and inviting.”Speaking about how the music performed at the wedding mirrored modern culture, she said: “We live in a multi-cultural society, so we had classical music, contemporary classical music as well and gospel music, because you’ve got many cultures living here so it’s reflective of what society looks like today.” Our reporters in Windsor report the thud of loud music could be heard from the grounds of Windsor Castle as Harry and Meghan’s guests dance the night away at Frogmore House.Soul classics and dance floor-fillers are filling the night’s air as revellers continue to celebrations late into the night. The wedding was forecast to attract a global audience of 1.9 billion people. This is how it was reported around the world. The couple travelled from Windsor Castle to Frogmore House in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero, which was originally manufactured in 1968 and has since been converted to electric power.Prince Harry was in the driver’s seat and his new wife waved at photographers as they made their way to the evening reception.The bride’s evening dress is designed by Stella McCartney and is a bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe. VIDEO: Fireworks over Frogmore?! Lovely lights over Windsor Great Park #royalwedding #harryandmeghan pic.twitter.com/PC3FJc4Ihx— Emily Nash (@emynash) May 19, 2018 The bride’s evening dress is designed by Stella McCartney and is a bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe.Ms Markle wore shoes from Aquazurra made in silky satin, with nude mesh, with soles painted in baby blue. Ms. Markle’s hair has been styled for the Evening Reception by George Northwood. Royal fans enjoy the post wedding celebrations and atmosphere in WindsorCredit:John Nguyen Huge crowds lined the Long Walk to Windsor Castle as the Rolls-Royce made its way escorted by three Range Rovers.Well-wishers cheered and waved flags as the car passed, before making its way through the gates on its way to the chapel. The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has said that more than 100,000 people are estimated to have lined the route of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding procession route in Windsor. 4:44PMUnion Jack hats and flags aloft: Street parties across Britain Meghan “was the strength” of her wedding ceremony to Prince Harry, as her body language showed she was constantly reassuring him, an expert said.Despite the whole experience being completely new for Meghan she did not display a single sign of anxiety or nervousness – while her new husband, the Duke of Sussex, “was so patently nervous”.Judi James, a body language expert, said Harry performed about 12 self-touching body checks, like pulling at his gloves and wringing his hands, within a few paces of getting out his car after arriving at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. 2:24AMSuits actor congratulates his co-star 11:20AMMembers of the Royal family start to arrive Some 250 members of the armed forces will take part in the pomp and ceremony of the celebrations, with regiments closely connected to former soldier Prince Harry lining the streets.Ms Markle will emerge from the hour long televised ceremony, which begins at noon, as an HRH and a member of the British royal family after saying her vows. Women react during a royal wedding party at the Cat and Fiddle pubCredit:LUCY NICHOLSON /Reuters Royal fans in their sleeping bags to hold a spot at the front of barriers for the carriage procession outside Windsor Castle,Credit:Frank Augstein /AP Pippa is wearing a Hepburn dress by British brand The Fold – made of pure Italian silk, it is patterned with a delicate floral print inspired by chinoiserie. Some 250 members of the Armed Forces were on parade in Windsor today to help celebrate the Royal Wedding, with The Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force are all providing ceremonial support to mark the occasion.Many of the troops involved served alongside Prince Harry during his ten years in the Army.Captain William Calder, who commanded a Half Company of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps lining the streets during the carriage procession, said:It’s an honour for us to be on parade in Windsor today, helping the man we knew as Captain Wales celebrate an important day for him and his family. I hope the ceremonies we take part in today will help the whole country celebrate this happy occasion. The royal couple start their procession Credit:Ian West /PA According to a list of the hats designed by milliner Philip Treacy, Winfrey is wearing a natural sweeping brimmed hat with artisan sculpted flower.A host of other celebrities are expected to attend the star-studded ceremony. Click here for more today’s guest list. Those in the Quire stand as Her Majesty is conducted to her place in the Quire. A fanfare sounds and all stand as the choir and clergy move in procession to the Quire. 12:34PMAll together now: it’s Ben E King’s Stand By Me Crowds around 30 deep jostle for a view of the couple’s processionCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph 11:26PMFireworks over Frogmore House When Meghan Markle enters St George’s Chapel to begin the last steps in her journey to join the Royal family, the state trumpeters will sound a fanfare that has accompanied its brides for generations, reports The Telegraph’s Royal Correspondent Hannah Furness.Before long, as she says her vows to Prince Harry, that time-honoured tradition will give way to striking modernity, with the soaring voices of a gospel choir singing music from Ben E King and Etta James.Saturday’s Royal wedding ceremony, with each detail chosen by the couple, will blend the best-loved elements of British pageantry with a modern outlook that reflects the Prince and Ms Markle, in a service designed to capture the best of each of their heritage.From the music of Sir Charles Hubert Parry and a reading from the Bible to a procession of a newlyweds accompanied by a rendition of This Little Light of Mine, their choices go to the heart of their relationship: English customs blended with an American influence, offset by an overriding message of joy. The Archbishop of Canterbury speaksCredit:Owen Humphreys /PA The Duke of Cambridge, in his role as best man, stepped forward to hand over the rings.Prince Harry now places the wedding ring on the fourth finger of Ms Markle’s left hand and, holding it there, says: “I give you this ring as a sign of our marriage. With my body I honour you, all that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you, within the love of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”Ms Markle now does the same before the Archbishop of Canterbury addresses the congregation. The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex – Prince Harry and Meghan MarkleCredit:Steve Parsons/PA As the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex left Windsor Castle to travel to their evening reception The new Duchess wore a sizeable blue cocktail ring on her right hand, nicely matched by the blue soles of her white Aquazurra shoes.Eagle-eyed wedding watchers were quick to point out that the ring looks like the emerald-cut aquamarine ring owned by the groom’s late mother, Princess Diana. Many reports state that it is the same ring, which the Duke gave to his new bride as a wedding gift. Read more from our fashion team here: The Prince and Ms Markle thrilled fans as they left Windsor Castle in a horse-drawn carriage. Meghan Markle commissioned a series of special bracelets for her close female friends, including the Duchess of Cambridge, to thank them for supporting her.Lisette Polny, Los Angeles-based founder of Zofia Day, produced six solid gold disc bracelets, which she named Kensington. It is now on sale for $450 (£330).“It’s an overwhelming honour to be part of history and for my pieces to be given as a keepsake for this momentous occasion,” said Ms Polny, in a statement to People magazine. The bespoke design in yellow gold was made specifically for the royal wedding and approved by Ms Markle herself, she said. The special piece is now available to buy for $450.“It’s a really simple, elegant piece that’s just very true to her personal style,” she added.Aside from the duchess, recipients included Ms Markle’s friend Benita Litt, who was seated next to Ms Markle’s mother Doria Ragland at the wedding, and Jessica Mulroney, her stylist friend that she has been leaning on in the run up to the wedding.Ms Polny also created two necklaces for Ms Litt’s daughters, Rylan and Remi.“I have always wanted to create a petite line, and my daughter loves to wear my designs.“So I decided to make Benita’s girls some special pieces for their special day.”Ms Markle has long been a fan of the California-based brand, wearing their earrings and rings in magazine shoots. BBC presenters Dermot O’Leary and Kirsty Young Harry, who drove Meghan through the Windsor Great Park in the early evening sunshine, was dressed in black tie.Royal bride Meghan had changed into a second dress – a white halter neck – for the glamorous evening reception.Meghan’s hair was in a relaxed up do, and she tucked loose strands behind her ears amid the breeze as they headed to Frogmore House. All remain seated while the choir of St George’s Chapel sing If Ye Love Me, by Thomas Tallis.View of Telegraph’s classical music critic Ivan Hewett: Beautifully simple – which it had to be, because Tallis’s ultimate boss – Archbishop Cranmer, one of the architects of the English Reformation – said the old Latin church music had got too complicated and the words could no longer be heard, and composers now had to write simpler, audible pieces in English – without being plain and dull. Tallis pulls it off brilliantly. The wedding cake is to be served at the Reception. It was designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence in Sandringham from the estate’s own elderflower trees, as well as a light sponge cake uniquely formulated for the couple. #royalwedding pic.twitter.com/kt5lE4tEn9— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018 The grand finale of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is underway as 200 of their nearest and dearest gather for the first dance. The private affair at Frogmore House in Windsor will allow the selected guests to relax and celebrate with the happy couple. 12:01PMAnd here she is! Meghan arrives at Chapel’s west steps 2:31PMMore than 100,000 people lined streets around 30 deep The official 10 Downing Street Twitter account posted a message to the couple from Theresa May, saying: Charlynne Moyer, 60, reacts as she watches a television screeningCredit:LUCY NICHOLSON /Reuters Thank you Pierpaolo for making me look special on this special evening. @MaisonValentino pic.twitter.com/w2m6lEMyST— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) May 19, 2018 Joe Shute reports from Windsor: While the Royals and their inner circle celebrate at Frogmore House their fans are continuing the party on the streets of Windsor.Outside the newly-named “Prince Harry” pub on the High Street (until this week formerly The Three Tuns) revellers in Royal family masks are drinking toasts to the happy couple.Nicola Glimmerveen, 32, of Sunningdale, her partner Simon Jones and friend Elizabeth Cartmell came dressed as the Duke of Edinburgh and the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex.While they bought the Harry and Meghan masks in a shop, Glimmerveen admits she found the Prince Philip one abandoned on the pavement.Drinking Pimm’s and pints of Windsor Knot, a specially-brewed beer to celebrate the wedding, Glimmerveen says they plan to stay up all night in the town celebrating.“It’s been such a fun day,” she says. Tom Nicholson, a 35-year farmer from Surrey, had sailed his pleasure craft, Jarni, down the River Thames to Windsor for the day and rigged the boat in Harry and Meghan bunting.Dressed in a blue suit and straw boater he admitted he had been enjoying “a couple of jars” to celebrate the day. Despite the bulk of the 100,000 strong crowd departing from Windsor following the wedding many of its pubs and restaurants are still doing a roaring trade as well-wishers keep partying on.At one stage at Meat At the Parish, a steak and lobster restaurant on the High Street, the entire room broke out into an impromptu rendition of the hymn, Jerusalem. Castle Hill and Windsor High Street are packed with excited well wishers already, many of whom have camped overnight, or arrived at the crack of dawn to get a spot, reports Eleanor Steafel in Windsor.Jules Arrowsmith, 58, has been in Windsor since 4am. Mrs Arrowsmith, from Cheshire, said this was the first royal wedding she has come out to watch.“It’s been on my bucket list for ages. I wanted to come and see one while I still can. And I love Meghan and Harry. I can’t wait to see what Meghan is going to wear, but she looks beautiful in everything.” Daniel Zhang, who is turning 21 today, has travelled all the way from China to be here today.“I travelled 16,927 kilometres to be here. I got here this morning around 7am. I’m most looking forward to seeing the Queen. She is such an amazing symbol, I can’t wait to see her.”Laury Lesueurs, 21, from Auvergne, France, said she had always loved the royal family and didn’t want to miss out on the chance to see Meghan and Harry go past in their carriage. “Since I was little I’ve been obsessed with the royal family and England. “I’m so excited to see Meghan and Harry. I can’t wait to see her dress, it’s going to be amazing.”John Budge, 67, has been invited to come and watch the wedding from inside the castle for his long service to the RNLI in Orkney.He said: “I’ve been a volunteer for the RNLI for 50 years so the lord lieutenant asked if I wanted to come to Windsor to watch the wedding. It’s a real honour.” Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.Prince Harry’s wedding day has arrived as he prepares to marry his American bride Meghan Markle in a glittering ceremony, watched around the world by millions.The Queen’s grandson, who is sixth in line to the throne, will pledge to love, comfort, honour and protect the former actress as they become husband and wife in the historic surrounds of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The Queen’s grandson and the American former actress, who is now an HRH and a member of the British royal family, said their vows in front of 600 guests including the monarch and more than 30 members of the Royal family.Ms Markle wore a stunning elegant white gown – with a white veil and boat neck – was created by British designer Clare Waight Keller, the first female Artistic Director at French fashion house Givenchy. Prince Harry and his best man the Duke of Cambridge are both wearing the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals. As they met at the altar, Prince Harry told his bride “you look amazing”, to which Meghan replied “thank you”. The couple tenderly held hands and exchanged smiles during the wedding ceremony. Prince Harry has been made the Duke of Sussex on his wedding day by his grandmother the Queen, Buckingham Palace has announced. Meghan Markle will become the Duchess of Sussex on marriage, the palace said. Harry was also given Scottish and Northern Irish titles, becoming the Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales.”His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Prince Harry thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.” Prince Harry salutes members of the Royal familyCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA The uplifting gospel music that transfixed the congregation during the royal wedding ceremony was the idea of the Prince of Wales.Karen Gibson, founder and director of the Kingdom Choir which performed during the wedding, said Charles’ office first approached her about the group of singers taking part in the wedding.Ms Gibson said: “The couple didn’t actually ring us at first, the call came from Clarence House. I understand that Prince Charles really likes gospel music.”The couple were very intentional about what they wanted sung and how they wanted it sung, but the actual idea came from Prince Charles – although they were very happy to have gospel music.”She said about the arrangement of Stand By Me, which was played after the rousing address by US bishop Michael Curry: “It was more reflective, more personal – and even though its a secular song, it’s inspired by a spiritual.” Meghan travelled in a Rolls Royce with her mother 1:05PMNewly married couple now set for Windsor procession Members of the Royal family have begun to arrive and enter via the Galilee Porch, some on foot and others by car.They included the Duke and Duchess of Kent; Princess Anne, the Princess Royal and Mike and Zara Tindall. Sir Elton John, who has arrived for the ceremony with husband David Furnish, was seen warmly embracing David and Victoria Beckham, as well as singer James Blunt. 1:43PMRoyal couple join their guests for lunchtime reception 1:52PMMeghan: ‘Do we kiss? Harry: ‘Yeah’ But in a video he posted on Instagram, he defended himself, saying whoever was sat to his right had bad breath, and that was the reason for the face. In the video, he appeared to be sat in a hotel lobby wearing a New York Giants baseball cap. The ring given to Meghan Markle as a wedding giftCredit:Steve Parsons/PA Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are holding hands as the wedding ceremony begins. 4:05PMElton John performs ‘Circle of Life and Tiny Dancer’ at wedding reception There appeared to be a moment of uncertainty before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left St George’s ChapelCredit:Ben Birchall /PA Dean Stott, a friend of Prince Harry who last Saturday completed his cycle ride of the 14,000 mile Pan-American Highway in a record 99 days, was among the guests.He told The Telegraph’s Patrick Sawer: “It was a really lovely occasion, a beautiful day. It was lovely to be able to make it back in time and it was an honour and a privilege to be there.” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George’s Chapel Credit:Andrew Matthews /PA Imperial College student Max Botheras, 24, described his trek to Windsor as “participating in history”. Meghan, he felt, was a wonderful addition to the royal family.“My partner is a black person and it’s really great seeing someone mixed race join the House of Windsor. Fairytales really do come true.”For Canadian Charmaine Goodman, 51, from Ottowa, resplendent in smart red day dress and extravagant fascinator, there was no question of missing Harry and Meghan’s big day.“I was here for Wiliam and Catherine’s wedding so I just had to be here for Harry,” the HR manager said. “I went to Windsor yesterday to do a recce and check out the route of the procession. The festivities are less dispersed than London, Windsor has a cosier feel; we met so many people just when we were walking around.” The display has been carefully crafted by floral designer Philippa Craddock.Video: St George’s Chapel adorned with flowers 11:45PMMusic booms from the evening festivities 5:14AMSussex pride 12:39PMGiving of the rings: They’re nearly married 2:06PM’I’m ready for a drink now’: What Harry said to Meghan (according to a lip reader) However Meghan, the latest member of the royal family, maintained complete calm throughout the ceremony to “help Harry through it”.Ms James said: “Meghan was amazing. Walking up the aisle by herself, I looked for every smallest sign of suppressed anxiety and nervousness – there was absolutely nothing.”I think she probably saw it as her role to help Harry through it rather than the other way round. She sat with her hand over his for quite a bit of the service as though she was reassuring him.”To me, she was the strength when it came to the day and the actual performance.” Not long now until they walk down the aisle. A marriage made in heaven. The world will be watching. Not everyone is invited to the event itself, of course, but you’ll get the next best seats. Join us for the Romance of the FA Cup. Chelsea v Manchester United on @BBCOne at 16.10.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 19, 2018 11:48AMFifteen minutes until ceremony starts: The music inside the chapel Preacher Michael Curry, who has been celebrated for his rousing royal wedding speech, said it was “a real joyful thing” to bring diversity to the ceremony.The Most Rev Bishop Michael Curry, the first black presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, said: “It was a real joyful thing because there was a sense in which you had the fullness of the church represented in many respects.”He said the event had brought everybody together: “That happened today, in different ways, different songs, different perspectives, different worlds and all of it came together and gave God thanks.”The speech was a lengthy one, with Mr Curry appearing to tell himself to bring it to a close towards the end. Le Dauphiné (Grenoble) Meghan Markle listens during her wedding ceremony Credit:Sky News/AP 12:54PMYoung cellist from Nottingham plays during signing of the register Here comes the bride! Meghan Markle has arrived at the Chapel’s West Steps by car. She will now walk through the Nave on her own followed by her bridesmaids and pageboys, who include Princess Charlotte and Prince George, before being accompanied by Charles down the aisle of the Quire.Her dress is by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy. Prince Harry too will be thinking of his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in car crash when he was 12.He has invited her three siblings, Earl Spencer, Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Lady Jane Fellowes, as a way of honouring her. Lady Jane is giving a reading.Ms Markle will leave her country hotel with her mother to be driven to Windsor Castle, giving the first glimpse of the bride in her wedding gown.She will walk through the Nave of the stunning chapel on her own, followed by a procession of bridesmaids and pageboys, before meeting Charles at the start of the Quire.Prince William, whose children Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be among the young helpers, will be supporting his younger brother Harry at the altar. 12:35PMTime for the vows: It’s nearly official As Ms Markle entered the chapel, a fanfare was played. The bride, having been greeted by the Dean of Windsor, then moved in procession through the Nave where she was joined by the Prince of Wales – in place of her father, Thomas Markle, to the High Altar. The bridegroom and his best man await. Claudia Chick, 22, is originally from London – but now lives in Los Angeles. She said: “The wedding was amazing, I was tearing up. Everyone was dressed beautifully, the ceremony was very passionate and it was different, which is great to see.”The atmosphere here was great, everyone was glued to the screen, everyone was laughing together, everyone was crying together.”Hannah Lucchesi, 22, is from Los Angeles. She said: “I loved it, it was amazing, it was beautiful, I loved Meghan’s dress and all of the flowers, it was amazing. The highlight for me was Prince George, just because he is my favourite.”The bar was so fun, I love that there are so many people, even out in LA, that care about it and everyone seemed to be really enjoying it and there were lots of cheers.”Video: Meghan’s former school watches wedding Tennis champion Serena Williams has arrived with her husband Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, at St George’s Chapel. Ms Markle’s mother Doria Ragland arrives at the Galilee Porch and is received by the Dean of Windsor. The Queen is now hosting a lunchtime reception at St George’s Hall in Windsor Castle for around 600 guests drawn from the wedding service congregation.Guests will be served a selection of canapés, including:Scottish Langoustines wrapped in Smoked Salmon with Citrus Crème FraicheGrilled English Asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian HamGarden Pea Panna Cotta with Quail Eggs and Lemon VerbenaHeritage Tomato and Basil Tartare with Balsamic PearlsPoached Free Range Chicken bound in a Lightly Spiced Yoghurt with Roasted ApricotCroquette of Confit Windsor Lamb, Roasted Vegetables and Shallot JamWarm Asparagus Spears with Mozzarella and Sun-Blush TomatoesGuests will also be served a selection of bowl food, including:Fricassee of Free Range Chicken with Morel Mushrooms and Young LeeksPea and Mint Risotto with Pea Shoots, Truffle Oil and Parmesan CrispsTen Hour Slow Roasted Windsor Pork Belly with Apple Compote and CracklingSweet canapés will also be served, including:Champagne and Pistachio MacaroonsOrange Crème Brûlée TartletsMiniature Rhubarb Crumble TartletsClick here for more about what’s happening at the reception. 5:39PMMeghan to give speech at evening reception Prince Charles and Meghan Markle’s mother Doria RaglandCredit:Getty 8:41PMHarry gave Meghan her Diana’s ring as wedding gift After that effusive sermon, next up Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir are singing Stand By Me, Ben E King’s 1960 pop song.View of Telegraph’s classical music critic Ivan Hewett: It’s not a sacred piece, but the words have the just the right sentiment. It’s all about standing by your loved one in testing times, and it was inspired by the spiritual “Stand by me Father” – which itself refers to Psalm 46. The Performers are Kingdom Choir – 20 singers based in South-East London directed by Karen Gibson. The website says “They are a unique group of dedicated men and women, who blend Choral discipline with the raw Gospel spiritual sound – drawn from an inner experience. Here, the Prince of Wales described how emotional he felt watching his youngest son, whom he still remembers so clearly as a baby, marrying the love of his life.As he addressed 600 guests gathered at the reception St George’s Hall, there was barely a dry eye as he spoke so warmly about his “darling old Harry” and the man he had grown into.The Prince described how moving it was, at this point in his life, to watch his little boy move on. A little boy, whom he had winded so often as a baby and whom, he joked, might still have a bit of wind today.Guests described how warmly he welcomed Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, to Windsor and into his family. Frequently, throughout the course of the reception, he was spotted with his arm around Mrs Ragland. Meghan Markle’s father Thomas, unable to attend the wedding after undergoing emergency heart surgery, was believed to be watching in California, unperturbed by the 4am start, reports Rozina Sabur.”My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy,” he said.The 71-year-old told US site TMZ he was “emotional and joyful” as he watched the ceremony.”I wish I was there and I wish them all my love and happiness,” he added. My very best wishes to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day. To all of those joining the national celebration with street parties and other events, have a wonderful day. #RoyalWedding— Theresa May (@theresa_may) May 19, 2018 The crowd applauded throughout the ceremony – but the biggest cheer of the morning came for the newlyweds’ first kiss outside Windsor Castle.As the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex left the castle, many in the bar embraced each other while wiping away tears.Alana Hutchinson, 24, came dressed in her pyjamas and joked: “I loved it – except for the fact that Harry is now off the market, so my dreams are crushed!”She added: “It was beautiful. The highlight for me was when Charles walked her down the aisle. I cried a little bit, it was really precious because I know that was such a big deal with her family, so to see her mom out there was really amazing.” Princess Diana wearing the ring in Sydney, Australia in 1996Credit: Julian Parker/Getty 11:52AMHuge crowds as Meghan’s car arrives in Windsor Ms Markle’s delicate veil was five metres (16ft) long and made from silk tulle, with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads, with two of her page boys carrying the ends as she made her way up the steps.Her hair was styled in an up do and she wore the glittering Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau tiara, loaned to her by the Queen.The Duke of Cambridge, in his role as best man, stepped forward to deliver the rings, with the couple smiling as they placed the bands on each other’s hands.Unlike his brother, Prince Harry has chosen to wear a wedding ring. 5:17PMWedding revellers face two-hour waits to board train MIke and Zara TindallCredit:Gareth Fuller /PA Prince Harry and Ms Markle gazed into each other’s eyes as they exchanged vows.Loud cheers could be heard from outside St George’s Chapel as the Archbishop of Canterbury proclaimed the couple husband and wife.Prince George and Princess Charlotte did not follow directly behind Harry and Meghan as they made their way back up the aisle, like the other bridesmaids and page boys.Instead, the youngsters held the hand of their parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as they made their way out of the chapel. The night-time festivities has retained the international flavour of the day with Royal enthusiasts from all over the world staying out on the streets. Karen Otis, a 51-year-old New Yorker and her friend Marcy Polanco, 36, were promenading past the castle having sampled their first ever glass of Pimm’s.“It has been amazing,” says Otis. “I feel as if I am channeling my inner Duchess.”Annika Bauer, 18, and Franziska Speckle, 20, both German au pairs living in London, came in matching “Marry me Harry” t-shirts and cardboard crowns. “It’s like a fairytale to be here,” says Bauer. 9:41AMAfter royal wedding… it’s the FA Cup final! Close-up of the bride’s ringCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA There was something distinctly unusual about the 05.18 train from Paddington this morning, reports Judith Woods.The fancy frocks, the Union flags, and the air of excited merriment set the service to Windsor & Eton Central apart.Strangers not only made eye contact, they chatted animatedly, someone whistled a wedding march and there was talk of nothing but Harry and Meghan’s nuptials.“I’ve been up since midnight,” said Laurie Walls, 33, a bookseller and librarian from Indiana, who took two weeks off work to travel to Britain for the wedding. “I was too hyped up to sleep. I’ve always been fascinated by the royals and ever since I watched William and Harry at Diana’s funeral I’ve followed them avidly from afar.” 9:19AMMood in Windsor grows more festive as chill gives way to sunshine As she arrived at Windsor Castle, she was followed by three cars carrying page boys, bridesmaids and their mothers: the Duchess of Cambridge, Jessica Mulroney and Benita Litt. As Ms Markle arrived at the West Steps, she was accompanied by Brian and John Mulroney, the seven-year-old twin page boys. Harry looked relaxed as he walked down to the chapel with his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, to loud cheers from the waiting crowd.The pair smiled and waved to well-wishers during the short walk. 12:06PM’You look amazing’: Harry’s whispers to Meghan at the altar Prince Harry’s mentor, former Welsh Guards officer Mark Dyer, has also arrived ready to take his seat. Oprah WinfreyCredit:Ian West /PA 7:56PMMeghan’s friends got bespoke bracelets as wedding favours Early morning royal fans gather in WindsorCredit:Jeff Gilbert for The Telegraph 10:05AMWedding rings will be made of platinum and Welsh gold Mr Stott, who attended the wedding with his wife Alana, added: “We wish them all the best. I’m afraid I can’t comment at all on what was in the speeches.”Several other guests left saying they did not want to divulge the content of the speeches given at the reception. Flags are handed out to wedding spectators in WindsorCredit:BENOIT TESSIER /Reuters 8:07AMFirst look at the flowers inside St George’s Chapel According to lip reader Tina Lannin, when the newly-wed couple stopped mid-way down the West Steps there was a moment of uncertainty over their first kiss as husband and wife.Meghan discreetly asked Harry: “Do we kiss?”To which Harry quietly replied: “Yeah”. The Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex have also taken their seats inside the Quire of St George’s Chapel. Were you watching the ceremony on television at home? The Telegraph’s Michael Hogan watched all the main shows so you didn’t have to. Click here to read his review of the coverage. 8:31PMMeghan’s Stella dress Sarah Ferguson was also pictured arriving. Chelsy Davy, centre, arrivesCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph 6:14PMThomas Markle: ‘I pray all my relatives will just shut up about everything’ Royal wedding fever is mounting, but it is not the only big event of the day – it is also FA Cup final day.Prince William, president of the Football Association, is missing the FA Cup final in favour of the wedding celebrations.Click here to find everything you need to know about the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Chelsea. They are heading to St George’s Hall for a lunchtime reception hosted by the Queen. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Read the full report from Victoria Ward here. Below is an extract of what happened as the Prince of Wales moved guests to tears.The Prince of Wales described how emotional he felt watching his youngest son, whom he still remembers so clearly as a baby, marrying the love of his life.As he addressed 600 guests gathered at the reception St George’s Hall, there was barely a dry eye as he spoke so warmly about his “darling old Harry” and the man he had grown into.The Prince described how moving it was, at this point in his life, to watch his little boy move on. A little boy, whom he had winded so often as a baby and whom, he joked, might still have a bit of wind today. The Most Rev Bishop Michael Curry, the first African-American presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, gave an address titled the Power of Love at the service in St George’s Chapel.He opened his speech with the words of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, who said: “We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.”The bishop then added: “There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over-sentimentalise. There is power, power in love.” Scout leader Tom Moss (left) and mother Vickie (right) pose as they arrive for the weddingCredit:CHRIS RADBURN /AFP 9:44PMNew York Mayor tweets his support Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hold hands as they are declared married Credit:Dominic Lipinski /PA 3:28PM’Take your time’, spectators warned in mass Windsor exodus Prince Harry and Ms Markle are being met with a wall of cheering and flag-waving as the procession makes its way through the streets of Windsor.The pair smiled and waved to well-wishers during the journey in the lunchtime sunshine. At the High Altar, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is now beginning the declarations. The Archbishop says to the bridegroom: “Harry, will you take Meghan to be your wife? Will you love her, comfort her, honour and protect her, and, forsaking all others, be faithful to her as long as you both shall live?”There is laughter in the chapel as Prince Harry answers: “I will.” Prince Harry and his best man the Duke of Cambridge have arrived at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle, for his wedding to Meghan Markle.Both Harry and the Duke of Cambridge are wearing the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals. Stella McCartney is a well-known name on the global fashion scene.But what do we know about the British designer behind the Duchess of Sussex’s evening reception dress?The 46-year-old who has established herself as a major force in the fashion industry is the daughter of Sir Paul McCartney and his first wife Linda.She graduated from Central Saint Martins College in 1995.Her final show as a student saw her designs modelled by famous friends including Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell to a soundtrack which included a new song written in her honour by her father. Harry appears to have given his bride a poignant wedding day gift – an impressive, emerald cut aquamarine ring which belonged to his late, beloved mother.Meghan wore the large gem on her right hand as the couple made their way to their evening reception. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George’s ChapelCredit:Ben Birchall /PA Meghan Markle will make a speech at her reception instead of her father who could not attend the wedding, Kensington Palace has confirmed.The royal bride is one of three people to speak at the lunchtime reception, hosted by the Queen. The others are her new husband, Prince Harry, and the Prince of Wales.The Duke of Cambridge, Harry’s best man, will act as compere.The reception will also include the cutting of the wedding cake, which was designed by Claire Ptak and features elderflower syrup made at The Queen’s residence in Sandringham. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle beam with joy in St George’s ChapelCredit:Owen Humphreys /PA The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince HarryCredit:Steve Parsons/PA 5:01PMView from the sofa: Gleeful gossip, Alan Partridge moments and a scene-stealing horse 11:53AMMeghan’s mother Doria arrives at chapel Just after 1.30pm, the carriage returned to Windsor Castle, disappearing under an arch within the grounds.The couple’s guests could also be seen arriving for the lunchtime reception at St George’s Hall hosted by the Queen.Video: Couple delight crowds in Windsor Prince Harry is expected to be given a title, most likely a dukedom, by his grandmother the Queen in the morning, meaning Ms Markle would become a duchess on marriage.A relaxed-looking Prince Harry said he felt “great” as he greeted well-wishers in a surprise walkabout with best man the Duke of Cambridge outside Windsor Castle on Friday evening.The pair then headed to exclusive Coworth Park country house hotel in Ascot, where the prince was spending his last night as a single man away from his bride as is tradition. Meanwhile 15 miles away, Ms Markle gave a radiant smile and said she was feeling “wonderful” as she arrived with her mother Doria Ragland at the luxury Cliveden House Hotel in Taplow, Berkshire.Around 30 members of the royal family including the Queen and the 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh, who is well enough to attend after undergoing a recent hip operation, will gather in the 600-strong congregation. 12:19PMAddress by The Most Reverend Michael Curry The Most Rev Bishop Michael CurryCredit:Owen Humphreys /PA Prince Harry’s wedding ring will be a platinum band with a textured finish and Meghan Markle’s ring has been fashioned from a piece of Welsh gold, Kensington Palace announced. The rings will be made by Cleave and Company. 12:17PMIf Ye Love Me, by Thomas Tallis 12:15PMReading by Princess Diana’s sister, Lady Jane Fellowes Serena Williams with her husband Alexis OhanianCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph 1:40PMMeghan’s father: ‘My baby looks beautiful and very happy’ 11:39AMCrowds greet Prince Harry with loud cheers As the carriage pulled away from the crowds into the gated grounds of Windsor Castle, Ms Markle seemed to be in awe of the scenes, lifting her hand to her chest and saying “wow”.Harry also seemed to need some help… according to lip reader Tina Lannin, he said to his bride: “I’m ready for a drink now.” 5:51PMGospel version of Stand By Me ‘was Prince Charles’ idea’ 12:46PMPrayers in St George’s Chapel Sir Elton John waves as he leaves St George’s Chapel Credit:Chris Jackson /PA Two large arrangements also sit either side of the High Altar in the Windsor Castle chapel.The display, which also features foxgloves with branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, also extends to outside the chapel, lining the West Steps and surrounding the West Door through which Meghan will enter the church. With just 15 minutes until the bride arrives, here’s what music is being played inside St George’s Chapel. A folky/antique theme dominates in this sequence of pieces.EDWARD ELGAR SALUT D’AMOURElgar’s first published piece. Originally written in 1888 as a gift for his future wife Carice. He sold the rights to the publisher for two guineas, which was a really bad move. It became massively popular and could have earned him a fortune.GUSTAV HOLST: ST PAUL’S SUITE, 4 TH MOVTHolst taught at St Paul’s School for Girls and composed this in 1912 for the school orchestra. This movement based on 16 th century English balladSIR CHARLES HUBERT HASTINGS PARRY movts 2,3,5 Parry, a leading light of the so-called ‘English Renaissance’ who was the first director of the Royal College of Music in 1883. He wrote his Lady Radnor’s suite in 1894 for the all-women orchestra conducted by Helen, Countess of Radnor. It’s a kind of Baroque Suite in Victorian dress.PETER WARLOCK: CAPRIOL SUITE Set of dances based on a book of Renaissance dances composed by Peter Warlock (gifted composer who died in 1930 aged 36).RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: FANTASIA ON GREENSLEEVESVaughan Williams was a collector of folk-song, and wrote many pieces based on the songs he found. This one is especially beloved, it’s always in Classic FM’s Hall of Fame. More famous and well-known than the tune it’s based on.ELGAR SERENADE FOR STRINGSElgar’s first really successful work, completed in 1893. It remained one of his favourite works right to the end of his life. He liked it because it was ‘really stringy’ – weird phrase but a musician knows What he means – it completely suits a string orchestra, you couldn’t arrange it for something else.ELGAR CHANSON DE MATIN In his early days, Elgar was always complaining about having no money, and wrote this delicious piece in 1899 as a deliberate money-spinner for his publisher Novello. It worked. As Ms Markle approached the altar, Prince Harry mouthed the words: “You look amazing.” Jonny Wilkinson and Shelley Jenkins Credit:Ian West /PA Meghan Markle has left the Cliveden House Hotel in a vintage Rolls-Royce limousine to travel to Windsor Castle for her wedding to Prince Harry. Ms Markle sat in the rear of the Phantom IV car with mother, Doria Ragland.Wearing a white veil and white dress with a boat neck, she waved to onlookers as the car departed at 11.19am. Dean Stott arrives for the wedding ceremony with his wife AlanaCredit:CHRIS JACKSON /AFP 10:26AMHere come the Middletons! Parents, James and Pippa arrive Her friend, a teacher from Jamaica, declined to speak as she was pulling a sickie. But who could blame her? “Today will be the most amazing party on the planet,” asserted Fiona Coulter, 40, from Nottinghamshire, a rolled up Union Jack in her hand.“Harry is marrying an American – if that’s not reason for a global celebration what is?” Guests described how warmly he welcomed Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland, to Windsor and into his family. Frequently, throughout the course of the reception, he was spotted with his arm around Mrs Ragland.Prince Harry, looking like “the cat that got the cream,” then gave a heartfelt, “off the cuff” speech in which he made it clear he was the happiest man in the world.He too, was effusive about how beautiful his new wife looked, and prompted laughs as he reminded the guests were they were and told them not to be too raucous and disturb the neighbours when they left the castle.He raised hearty guffaws as he promised that the Americans would not steal the swords.Veronica German, who runs the charity Dolen Cymru Wales Lesotho Link, said: “He couldn’t get very far as every time he said ‘my wife’ everyone cheered and he had to go back to the beginning. It was very funny.” As he finished his speech, Prince Harry jokingly asked whether anyone present could play the piano before introducing Sir Elton John, who belted out hits including Tiny Dancer, which he dedicated to Ms Markle, Your Song and Circle of Life. Meghan Markle arrives in St George’s ChapelCredit:pixel GRG 10:24AMChelsy Davy: Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend The organ is now playing as those who are signing the registers move from the Quire to the North Quire Aisle.During the signing of the register, the following is played by Sheku Kanneh-Mason, a young cellist, plus the orchestra. He hails from Nottingham and comes from an astonishingly gifted family. He won BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2016.View of Telegraph’s classical music critic Ivan Hewett: MARIA THERESIA VON PARADIS: SICILIENNEVon Paradis was a notable 18th century Viennese pianist and composer. Mozart probably wrote his Piano Concerto no 18 for her. She became blind at an early age but that didn’t stop her musical career. This piece probably isn’t by her – it was probably by the 20 th century violinist Samuel Dushkin. GABRIEL FAURÉ: APRÈS UN RÊVEThis song has been endlessly re-arranged. It’s the single most popular song by this late 19th – early 20th century composer. FRANZ SCHUBERT: AVE MARIAIt sounds like a piece of Latin church music, but in fact it’s one a set of songs Schubert composed in 1825, all based on poems in Sir Walter Scott’s epic ‘The Lady of the Lake’. This one is based on a prayer uttered by Ellen in front of the Virgin Mary, asking for forgiveness for her father’s sins. 7:34PMRick Hoffman defends ‘pulling faces’ Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from around the UK, the Commonwealth, and the world today. Congratulations once again to the newly-married Duke and Duchess of Sussex. #royalwedding pic.twitter.com/SQWQg5ZsOq— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 19, 2018 Idris Elba and Sabrina DhowreCredit:Ian West /PA Bishop Curry told the service: “There’s power in love. Love can help and heal when nothing else can. There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will.”Such power could be seen in the service, he continued, saying: “Two young people fell in love and we all showed up.”The Episcopal Church is the US offshoot of the Church of England and forms part of the broader Anglican Communion. Meghan was baptised into the Anglican Church, which is headed by Harry’s grandmother. The Duke of Edinburgh in St George’s ChapeCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA 7:13AMOrder of service revealed: British pageantry, soul music and gospel Prince Charles, who will walk Ms Markle down the aisle, has arrived with his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.Meanwhile, Prince Harry has taken his place in St George’s Chapel, sitting with his brother the Duke of Cambridge. The pair sat on chairs at the top of the altar.At one point, Harry turned to talk to guests, and let out a sigh as he waited for his royal bride to arrive. The Archbishop says: “In the presence of God, and before this congregation, Harry and Meghan have given their consent and made their marriage vows to each other. They have declared their marriage by the joining of hands and by the giving and receiving of rings. I therefore proclaim that they are husband and wife.”The Archbishop joins their right hands together and says: “Those whom God has joined together let no-one put asunder.”The couple are now officially married! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle before they say their vowsCredit:Sky/AP Next, the congregation will head to St George’s Hall for a lunchtime reception hosted by the Queen. Crowds gather outside Windsor CastleCredit:ODD ANDERSEN /AFP/Getty Prince Harry looks at his bride, Meghan Markle, as she arrives accompanied by the Prince of WalesCredit:Jonathan Brady/Reuters 2:23PMMeghan Markle to make speech at wedding reception Crowds gather early in WindsorCredit:David Rose Many fans of the Royal family came out in bright sunshine to watch proceedings while dressed in Union Jack hats and waving flags. Here’s a round-up video of some of the best across Britain.Video: Street parties held across UK Actor Tom Hardy and former rugby union player Jonny Wilkinson are among the other guests to arrive at St George’s Chapel. Others include musician Marcus Mumford, actress Carey Mulligan and singer Joss Stone. The moving, soul classic Stand By Me by Ben E King will be performed by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir, with the gospel singers also delivering Etta James’ uplifting version of Amen/This Little Light of Mine – a favourite in African-American churches.The presiding bishop of the American Episcopal Church Bishop, Michael Curry will give the address.Celebrities including Meghan’s former Suits co-stars Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht are expected to be among the guests, along with the couple’s trusted inner circle of friends.The Prince of Wales will take on the role of the absent father of the bride Thomas Markle, and walk his future daughter-in-law through the Quire up the altar to meet her groom.There will be sadness amid the joy for Ms Markle with her father missing her big day.The reclusive former TV lighting director will be thousands of miles away in Mexico after pulling out of attending on medical advice with just two days to go after undergoing heart surgery. Doria Ragland arrives at St George’s Chapel Credit:Gareth Fuller /PA Thomas Markle said he deeply regretted not being at the royal wedding, but that he sent his daughter a text message saying he loved her.”The service was beautiful and it’s history,” he told TMZ. “I will always regret not being able to be there and not being able to hold my daughter’s hand. My baby girl is a duchess and I love her so much.”He said that watching the ceremony made him nostalgic, adding: “When you watch your child get married, every thought goes through your mind, every memory from the first day she was born, the first time I held her.”He said he was yet to choose a wedding gift for the couple, but hoped to do so soon, when his health recovered.And he made a plea for his raucous relatives to leave the newlyweds alone. “Now I pray that Harry and Meghan can go on a nice honeymoon and rest and relax, and all of my relatives will just shut up about everything.” 12:05PMService begins: Prince Charles walks Meghan down the aisle The Sun-Herald (Sydney) Sir Elton John performed at the lunchtime reception which followed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony, Kensington Palace has said.The statement said: “Prince Harry asked Sir Elton to perform at the reception which was hosted by Her Majesty The Queen at St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle.”Sir Elton performed for the newly married couple in recognition of the close connection he has with Prince Harry and his family.”He previously sang at the funeral service for Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.One guest told The Telegraph the pop icon sang Circle of Life – made famous by the 1994 Disney film The Lion King – and Tiny Dancer. Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, leave Windsor CastleCredit:Dan Kitwood /Getty Ms Markle gazes at Prince HarryCredit:Dominic Lipinski /PA 11:20AMHere comes the bride: Meghan Markle leaves hotel The Duchess of Cambridge’s family, including her parents Michael and Carole, brother James and sister Pippa, have arrived at St George’s Chapel for the royal wedding. Meghan Markle leaving the Cliveden House Hotel 8:57PMGeorge Clooney among the evening reception guests 5:42PMToday’s the day! World awaits royal wedding Shopkeeper Roshan Sang outside his store on Windsor High StreetCredit:Jeff Gilbert for The Telegraph Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George’s ChapelCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria, on their way to WindsorCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley for The Telegraph 5:11PMPrince Harry’s friend: It was a really lovely occasion, a beautiful day Meghan Markle meets Prince Harry at the altarCredit:Dominic Lipinski /PA 10:07PMArmed forces proud to take part in fellow soldier’s big day The newlyweds emerged from St George’s Chapel to loud cheers from the crowd. Thousands of spectators line the Royal Mile in WindsorCredit:pixel 3:06PMAdoring fans pack into Los Angeles bar to watch royal wedding Meanwhile, among those providing the wedding with an injection of Hollywood glamour are the cast of Suits, writes Ed Power.The stars of the legal drama in which Markle achieved fame as plucky litigator Rachel Zane have been arriving in the UK all week and celebrated a “last supper” in their former colleague’s honour at a restaurant near Windsor Friday night. Patrick J Adams, who plays Markle’s onscreen love interest (and lately husband) Mike Ross, is attending the knot-tying today, along with co-stars Gabriel Macht, Sarah Rafferty, Rick Hoffman, Abigail Spencer, Gina Torres and Amanda Schull. 9:46AMTheresa May sends her ‘best wishes’ to couple 7:55PMHarry and Meghan’s change of outfit for the evening do Throughout the morning, hundreds of members of the public gathered on the grass alongside St George’s Chapel, reports Victoria Ward.Dressed in their finery, they laid out picnic rugs and folding chairs and settled down to watch the only show in town.From their ringside seats, the crowds, some 1,200 of whom had been invited in recognition of the work they have done for their communities, watched the steady stream of guests arrive at the chapel.Penned in behind rope but just a stone’s throw away, they grew increasingly animated as people began to arrive, walking right past them, the length of the chapel from the Round Tower to the Galilee Porch.Many waved flags and cheered as familiar faces walked by, including Idris Elba and Oprah Winfrey.“Oh there goes James Blunt, and James Blunt wants everyone to make sure they’ve seen James Blunt,” laughed one, as the singer paused to wave to the spectators. Follow Sunday’s live updates as Meghan and Harry start married life hereNewlyweds greeted by 100,000 on tour of WindsorHarry and Meghan get a chance to party at evening receptionPrince Charles reduces guests to tears with speech”Do we kiss?” “Yeah”Dress: British Givenchy designer behind gownRoyal cuties: Princess Charlotte sticks tongue outBishop: US wedding preacher who stole showGuests: Worlds collide as LA glitterati meet WindsorsView from sofa: Gleeful gossip and Partridge momentsThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex begin their first day as a married couple following an emotional ceremony that captivated the nation and a night spent partying with close family and friends. They are expected to travel home to take up their royal duties following a day that saw them exchange rings, process through Windsor in a carriage and listen to an emotional speech made by Prince Charles.The celebrations culminated in a black-tie wedding dinner staged at Frogmore House and hosted by Charles for 200 of the couple’s closest friends and family. James Corden reportedly acted as compere.The married couple arrived at the evening reception in ultimate style – riding in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero, which was originally manufactured in 1968 and has since been converted to electric power to Frogmore House in Windsor.The car’s number plate bore the date of the wedding – E190518 – and Prince Harry proved he was the perfect gentleman as he opened the door of a vintage car to let his bride step in, as he drove her to their private evening reception in a scene akin to a James Bond film.Earlier, at the top of the vast West Steps, where the West Door was decorated with hundreds of cream and white flowers and green foliage, Harry and his bride stopped and kissed to the delight of cheering onlookers. Revellers have begun the weary slog back home with current waits of around two hours to board a train back to London from Windsor, reports Joe Shute.Despite the long queues, the festive atmosphere endures. Leila Souza, 61, and Adela Welch, 63, of Tampa Bay, Florida, are waiting in line still waving their custom-made placard celebrating “our American Princess”.”We don’t mind waiting,” says Souza who is wearing a pair of sunglasses shaped like champagne flutes. “It has been a wonderful day and we would do it all over again.”Rail staff are handing out free bottles of water to passengers waiting in the heat. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Cheers and applause erupted at the West Door as the pair arrived. The bridegroom and his best man were met by the Dean of Windsor.They stopped for a few moments and had a brief conversation, before walking inside. Harry, looking dapper in his frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals, walked up the aisle with his best man and was seen acknowledging a guest in the congregation with a nod. 11:05AMSerena Williams and Meghan’s Suits co-stars As they left the chapel they paused on the steps where a smiling Ms Markle looked up at her new husband and asked: “Do we kiss?” Harry replied with a discreet: “Yeah.”The new Duke and Duchess travelled in the Ascot Landau waving to the thousands of royal fans lining the streets and up the Long Walk, with Ms Markle exclaiming “wow” at their rapturous welcome. As the horse-drawn carriage returned to Windsor Castle ready for a lunchtime reception in the magnificent St George’s Hall, Prince Harry quipped: “I’m ready for a drink now.”Ms Markle has become the first mixed race person in modern history to marry a British senior royal. She found fame in the US legal drama Suits playing the character Rachel Zane, and a number of her former co-stars, including Patrick J Adams and Gabriel Macht, were there for her big day. The Queen has arrived at St George’s Chapel with the Duke of Edinburgh – and the monarch is wearing a lime-green dress by Stewart Parvin.Following protocol, the Queen is the last member of the Royal family to arrive for the wedding service. All stand for the next hymn: Guide me, O thou great RedeemerView of Telegraph’s classical music critic Ivan Hewett: Notable not only for striking a Welsh note (appropriate for the wedding of the son of the Prince of Wales) but for its family resonances. It was sung at both Kate and William’s wedding and Diana’s funeral and so its inclusion may well be among the ceremony’s most poignant notes. Most of the ceremony will see the Prince and Ms Markle referred to simply as “Harry and Meghan”, eschewing the full repetition of their names: Prince Henry Charles Albert David and Rachel Meghan Markle.The decision will ensure neither endures the test faced by the Prince’s parents, where the then Lady Diana Spencer muddled her words to get Prince Charles’ middle names the wrong way around.Hymns will also honour the Prince’s mother, with Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer, otherwise known as Bread of Heaven, remembered both for being played at her funeral and as a Welsh rugby anthem sung regularly by Prince Harry.As the service continues, A gospel choir will perform Ben E King’s Stand By Me, later followed by Etta James’ uplifting version of Amen/This Little Light of Mine – a joyous childhood favourite. Click here to read the full story. 12:08AMMeghan Markle’s cousin says “she’ll make a great wife” Amal and George Clooney Credit:Gareth Fuller /PA 12:50PMHymn: Guide Me Oh Thou Great Redeemer 12:40PM’I therefore proclaim that they are husband and wife’ 11:55AMPrince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive Jessica Mulroney – one of Meghan Markle’s best friends – has posted of her pride of being involved in the royal wedding. Ms Mulroney runs a bridal store in Toronto, where Meghan used to film Suits, and is said to have helped the bride choose her wedding gown.The two became friends and she is married to Benedict Mulroney, the son of former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney.The family were photographed arriving at Heathrow Airport with her family on Tuesday night.The fraternal twin sons of Jessica and Ben are seven years old – and helped carry Ms Markle’s huge train today. She posted a picture of them on Instagram with the caption simply reading: “Proud friend. Proud mom.” 10:56AMSir Elton John and David Furnish arrive 1:10PMCarriage procession through Windsor begins 8:57AM’Strangers not only made eye contact, they chatted animatedly’: On board the first train to Windsor Pippa Middleton Credit:Danny Lawson /PA Meghan waves to photographers as she leaves her hotelCredit:DARREN STAPLES /Reuters 6:40AMThe key timings Some have been camped out near the castle walls for days, while others arrived as early as 4am to secure a good spot. Prince Harry and the Duke of CambridgeCredit:Eddie Mulholland for The Telegraph 5:21PMRoyal wedding body language expert: Meghan Markle was ‘strength of ceremony’ Flags aloft in WindsorCredit:Jeff Gilbert for The Telegraph 3:03AMFront pages from around the world 9:47AMOprah Winfrey, Idris Elba and Earl Spencer: Guests start to arrive Guests including Oprah Winfrey, actor Idris Elba and Earl Spencer, the brother of Diana, Princess of Wales, are among the guests who have arrived at St George’s Chapel. After the newlyweds emerged at the West Steps of the Chapel, the couple were waved off and watched by members of the Royal family as they left in an open-top Ascot Landau for a carriage procession through Windsor. They cheered and screamed as the newlyweds passed by. Rachael Carter-Eagleton said: “She looked amazing. She shone like a diamond.”Video: Young royals wave off royal newlyweds Prince Harry and the Duke of CambridgeCredit:Gareth Fuller /PA Patrick J. Adams and wife Troian BellisarioCredit:Ian West /PA 5:45PMJessica Mulroney posts of her royal wedding pride Earl Spencer, the brother of Diana, Princess of WalesCredit:Stephen Lock / i-Images The Duchess of YorkCredit:Gareth Fuller /PA Prince Harry places the wedding ring on his bride’s fingerCredit:Jonathan Brady /PA Flowers and foliage surround the West Door and steps of St George’s Chapel Credit:Danny Lawson/PA Wire The Queen gave her permission for her grandson to get married in his uniform, Kensington Palace said.Both uniforms were tailored at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row. Actor George Clooney and his barrister wife Amal have arrived at St George’s Chapel, followed closely by David and Victoria Beckham. The Queen arrivesCredit:Gareth Fuller /PA As the morning chill gave way to sunshine, the mood in the Windsor crowd grew ever more festive, reports Judith Woods.Free cardboard crowns and commemorative brochures were handed out and a sea of red white and blue stretched the two-and-a-half mile length of the town’s tree-lined Long Walk.Food stalls delivered breakfast baps to wellwishers on blankets and the pop of every prosecco cork was met with a cheer. 12:11PMCouple hold hands as ceremony begins Royal fans keep warm in sleeping bags early on SaturdayCredit:Geoff Pugh for the Telegraph 11:56AMThe Queen arrives – and she’s in lime-green Next is a reading from the Song of Solomon read by The Lady Jane Fellowes (Princess Diana’s sister) from the Nave. Here, Tristram Saunders examines the significance of the reading.The ceremony is being played through loudspeakers hanging on the side of Windsor Castle, so the crowds gathered on the streets outside can hear but not see proceedings. Ms Markle’s cousin, Noel Rasmussen, the 19-year-old daughter of Samantha Markle, was not invited to the ceremony, but made a deal with a tabloid newspaper to travel from her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and be in London for the day.“Meghan looked so beautiful. I’m thrilled by how popular she is here,” she said. Miss Rasmussen, an anthropology student, lives with her grandmother Rosalyn Markle and is estranged from her mother. She said she was embarrassed by her mother’s behaviour, and that of her uncle Thomas, Ms Markle’s half-brother. “We’re just regular people – then all of a sudden Meghan began dating Prince Harry and it has been crazy ever since,” she told The Mirror.“They’re just really feeling hurt and they don’t know how to deal with it. I’m OK with not having been invited, I just want her to be happy. “She’ll be a great wife and a great ambassador for America.” The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been congratulated on their wedding by one of Meghan’s former Suits co-stars.Gabriel Macht, who plays the lead role of Harvey Specter on the show, posted a picture to Instagram of him and his wife Jacinda Barrett, who accompanied him to the wedding. Flowers adorn the front of the organ loft inside St George’s ChapelCredit:Danny Lawson /PA 7:36PMHarry and Meghan leave for their evening reception 10:48AMHundreds of ‘golden ticket’ holders gather outside chapel Now the Archbishop of Canterbury, is leading the vows.As Prince Harry and Ms Markle face each other and join hands, the bridegroom says:”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 God’s holy law. In the presence of God I make this vow.” After the ceremony, the estimated 100,000-strong crowd began to head for the railway station, causing long queues.Repeated loudspeaker announcements warned well-wishers that the Cambridge Gate and the route to the station was very congested and urged: “Take your time.”Attendees were asked to take the longer route to the station by walking the length of the Long Walk away from the castle.Many families opted to enjoy the afternoon on the grass while the crowds departed, while hundreds of litter pickers set to work cleaning up any mess.An announcement on the Long Walk said the railway station remained very crowded and there was a wait for services. People were asked to consider looking at what else Windsor has to offer. Video: View from the crowd during carriage tour Mr Budge, who now works as the operations manager at Longhope lifeboat station, brought his daughter Helen with him.Helen, 30, said: “It’s such a privilege to be here. I’m very proud of my dad, and so excited to watch the wedding. It’s just such a special day.”Macey Kurtz, 24, has come all the way from Texas where she works as a wedding photographer. She said: “I go to weddings all the time so I had to come to the royal wedding! We got here on Wednesday so we could be here for all the build up.”Her mother Leslie, 48, said: “We wanted to come and support Meghan and be part of their special day. We’re so excited to see them come past!” To the sound of champagne corks popping and cameras clicking, the crowd, basking in the sun, provided a jovial running commentary on the guests’ outfits.Many stood to watch the steady procession while others simply sat and soaked up the atmosphere, reading newspapers and sipping prosecco.A few dipped into their “goody bags” – canvas bags inscribed with Harry and Meghan’s initials and packed with branded chocolate, shortbread, a magnet, a bottle of Windsor Castle water and a wedding programme, not to mention a voucher for 20 per cent off in the castle shop.On occasion, the crowd fell silent as they studiously watched the procession, trying to identify well-known faces and admiring the colourful parade.“Try and get to know your neighbours really well,” a member of staff yelled at them. “Make friends, sit tight, enjoy yourselves.” Two years later, she was appointed creative director of French fashion house Chloe, a move widely derided at the time, but she proved a runaway success and soon left to launch her own label.Since then, she has built up her business and now runs more than 20 stores around the world selling her designs to some 100 countries and has teamed up with brands including Adidas and H&M.In 2012 she was named Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, in part for her work designing the kit worn by Team GB and the nation’s Paralympians.In the past McCartney has dressed a host of stars including Amy Poehler, Kate Hudson, Karlie Kloss and Adele.And Meghan is no stranger to her fashion either, wearing a black coat by the designer while visiting Cardiff with Prince Harry. 10:36AMTom Hardy and Jonny Wilkinson among other VIP guests 6:55PMPrince Charles moves guests to tears with royal wedding speech Bill de Blasio, the New York Mayor tweeted his congratulations to the young couple: 1:31PMCouple met with wall of cheering and flag-waving Royal fans arrive at Windsor and Eton Riverside StationCredit:James Hardisty /PA 8:14AMThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex: Couple’s titles confirmed A huge firework display has lit up the night sky over Windsor .Crowds still celebrating in the town centre cheered as rockets flew above Frogmore House, where guests are gathered for the evening party. Rick Hoffman has responded to pictures of him looking seemingly disinterested at the wedding service of his former Suits co-star. The actor, who plays Louis Litt in the series, was mocked online for pulling a face inside St George’s Chapel. 1:06PMThe first kiss! Cheers as Harry and Meghan greet crowds on chapel steps 11:13PMFans continue the celebrations at street parties St George’s Chapel has been adorned with floral displays ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tying the knot.The first pictures from inside the historic building show foliage, white peonies, white garden roses and other white blooms adorning the front of the organ loft, towering above the seats.A central arch will serve to frame the royal couple as a congregation of family, friends and well-wishers watch them take their vows. The New York Post 2:18PMThe food being served this lunchtime An armed police officer walks past well wishersCredit:Matt Dunham /AP David and Victoria BeckhamCredit:Ian West /PA Adoring fans in Meghan Markle’s hometown of Los Angeles wept tears of joy as they packed into a bar to watch the wedding of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex.Scores of well-wishers descended on the British-themed The Cat And Fiddle pub in Hollywood from 2am local time as Prince Harry and Meghan tied the knot in Windsor Castle.Guests wore fancy dress, while staff served traditional English food and drink with the wedding showing on televisions around the bar.At the first glimpse of Prince Harry, the crowd erupted into loud cheers and continued to welcome each royal arrival in a similar way.Many wiped away tears as Meghan emerged from her car and into the sunshine wearing her pure white gown. Stopping at the top of the stone steps, the pair shared a kiss to the delight of onlookers. Now it’s Ms Markle’s turn. She repeats after Justin Welby:”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.” Crowds applaud the couple’s first kissCredit:Danny Lawson /PA Here are the timings of the main events on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day:09.00 – Members of the public who have been invited to watch the wedding day from the grounds of Windsor Castle begin to arrive.09.30-11.00 – Wedding guests arrive at the Castle’s famous Round Tower by coach and enter the chapel through the South Door and take their seats.11.20 – Members of the royal family begin to arrive and enter via the Galilee Porch, some on foot and others by car.11.40 – Harry and best man the Duke of Cambridge arrive at the chapel’s west door, received by the Dean of Windsor. They will probably arrive on foot, walking past the thousands of spectators invited into the grounds of the castle. The moment will give Harry the chance to acknowledge the 200 representatives from charities he is associated with gathered in the Horseshoe Cloister at the bottom of the steps.11.42 – Ms Markle’s mother Doria Ragland arrives at the Galilee Porch and is received by the Dean of Windsor.11.45 – The Prince of Wales arrives at the Galilee Porch.11.52 – Following protocol, the Queen will be the last member of the royal family to arrive for the wedding service.11.59 – Ms Markle arrives at the Chapel’s West Steps by car, from her overnight accommodation at the Cliveden House Hotel in Taplow, Berkshire. Ms Markle will walk through the Nave on her own followed by her bridesmaids and pageboys who include Princess Charlotte and Prince George, before being accompanied by Charles down the aisle of the Quire.12.00 – Service begins.13.00 – Service ends and the newlyweds emerge at the West Steps of the Chapel. They will be waved off on their carriage procession through Windsor by members of both families. The congregation will file out of the chapel to see the married couple leave before heading to St George’s Hall for a lunchtime reception hosted by the Queen.13.05 – The carriage procession through the streets of Windsor possibly begins around this time, taking 25 minutes.19.00 – Bride and groom depart Windsor Castle for the evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales. The best part of the #RoyalWedding is Rick Hoffman being Louis Litt. pic.twitter.com/OqUUPJ3LjH— Zahra Lyla Khalil (@ZahraLyla) May 19, 2018 10:52PMPrince Harry gives new bride his mother’s ring 10:27AMThe Clooneys and the Beckhams lead A-listers in Windsor Fans arrive along The Long Walk to watch the carriage procession after the weddingCredit:AP 11:35AMPrince Harry and William arrive – and they’re both wearing Blues and Royals frockcoat uniform George Clooney has arrived for the evening reception with his wife Amal, reports Stephen Walter from Windsor. Prince Edward and Sophie Andrew were also seen arriving at the after party having been escorted by police to the venue. Serena Williams is also one of the 200 guests who will celebrate with the happy couple away from the gaze of the cameras. The tennis star posted her thanks to the designer of her dress on Twitter: Meghan Markle’s father Thomas was forced to pull out of the wedding just two days before the ceremonyCredit:Enterprise News Missing though, was Meghan’s father Thomas Markle, who was thousands of miles away in Mexico after pulling out just days ago due to ill health.Ms Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, was there for her daughter and the Prince of Wales was asked by the bride to step in and walk her up the aisle of the Quire to meet Prince Harry.The couple joined their guests for a reception in Windsor Castle hosted by the Queen. 10:35PMThe Royal Family give thanks to all who celebrated the happy day The Archbishop then asks Ms Markle the same, and she responds: “I will.” Carol Middleton Credit:Gareth Fuller /PA The Duchess of Cambridge will be there, making her first public appearance since giving birth to her third child Prince Louis less than four weeks ago.Ms Markle, who found fame played Rachel Zane in the US legal drama Suits, is the first mixed race person in modern history to marry a senior British royal.Prince Harry, 33, and 36-year-old Ms Markle became engaged following a whirlwind 16-month romance after going on a blind date in London.The prince has told how “all the stars were aligned” when they met.”It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life,” he said when their engagement was announced last November.Ms Markle has been married before. She wed first husband film producer Trevor Engelson in 2011 but the pair divorced less than two years later.The last time a senior royal wanted to marry an American divorcee, it sparked a constitutional crisis and rocked the British monarchy to the core. King Edward VIII, Prince Harry’s great-great-uncle, abdicated over his love for Mrs Wallis Simpson in 1936. Prayers are now being led by Archbishop Angaelos and The Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin from the Nave.
Billy Bunter is set to be relaunched for the 21st century, but the new publisher of the famously rotund comic character has admitted that using images of a fat, greedy schoolboy may be too controversial for modern readers.The bulging troublemaker is among the characters in a catalogue of classic British comic titles dating back more than 130 years that are set to be relaunched by Oxford comic publisher Rebellion.The titles and characters acquired by Rebellion include comic Valiant and detective Sexton Blake, but with rising concern over levels of childhood obesity it is Frank Richards’s notorious tubby Bunter, the comedy lard-bucket of Greyfriars School, who is likely to cause most trouble.Bunter first appeared in cartoon form in the Magnet comic in February 1908. By 1940, when Magnet ceased publication due to wartime paper shortage, the nation’s favourite anti-hero had become known for his misbehaviour and had been described affectionately by George Orwell as a “fat boy” and “really first-rate character”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––But, Jason Kingsley OBE, the chief executive of Rebellion, which has acquired the rights to the character alongside around 400 other comics, has admitted that Bunter’s boisterous character makes him an “awkward” proposition for the publisher.He told the Daily Telegraph: “Billy Bunter is an awkward one. Society has moved on and basically he’s a fat, naughty school boy. He’s not very politically correct, which is one of the challenges of dealing with literature of this age. Some has aged really well and some has not aged so well. I don’t know how we are going to deal with him. It is certainly up for discussion.” Comic character Billy Bunter appeared in Magnet comic from 1908 to 1940 A sketch from the new Roy of the Rovers football comic book By the late 1960s, Bunter had disappeared from comic strips after brief appearances in Knockout and then Valiant, but the BBC made a television star out of him, running seven series of his adventures.Played first by Gerald Champion, he remained a sneak thief who would constantly creep into Fifth Former Horace Coker’s study to pinch biscuits and was often caught, stuck in the attempt to break into the school’s tuck shop, his podgy legs protruding out of the hatch, frantically flapping.Bunter’s comedy came from the playfulness of his greed, but since he dropped off the screen as a child obesity epidemic has seen the Government struggling to encourage children to be more active.The UK is now the third fattest country in Europe and around 60,000 primary school children are recorded as obese each year, prompting a Government plan to display calorie counts at restaurants and to ask every primary school to boost children’s activity with schemes such as the Daily Mile, an initiative which sees pupils run for 15 minutes a day, on top of regular PE lessons. But, Mr Kingsley is unsure about trimming Bunter down in size for the modern age or making him better behaved. “It might spoil the character… sometimes there is a place for characters that are outsiders and don’t fit the moral tropes of today. That said, I haven’t got a clue what we will do with him yet.”Rebellion’s purchase of the archive of TI Media means it now has the biggest catalogue of English language comic book titles in the world, including Look-In and the 19th Century title Comic Cuts, which was at one stage more prolific that The Dandy and is reported to have given the comic book medium its name.Rebellion recently rebooted football comic hero Roy of the Rovers, with a flash new haircut and a million pound contract.But fans were shocked to discover that the classic cartoon character, who was famously loyal to the Melchester Rovers, may leave the League Two side when the big money clubs come calling. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC told the gang: “The extent and gravity of your offending far exceeds anything which I have previously encountered. It was a very significant campaign of rape and other sexual abuse.”Children’s lives have been ruined and families profoundly affected by seeing their children, over months and years, out of control, having been groomed by you and other members of your gang.” Throughout the three trials, jurors were told how the men – who used nicknames including Beastie and Dracula – had plied their victims with drink and drugs before sexually abusing them.The girls, who were all considered vulnerable, described how they initially thought they were being shown genuine affection before the abuse began. In at least one case the victim later attempted suicide, another had an abortion and two of the victims had learning disabilities.The abuse, which took place in car parks, hotels, takeaways and snooker halls across West Yorkshire, was largely aimed at white girls.The first of the trials began in January this year and saw eight men, including Dhaliwal, convicted of a range of offences including rape and other sex offences.Dhaliwal, who has children of his own, was convicted of 54 separate counts, including 22 rapes, involving 11 girls. The second trial, which began in April this year, also saw eight defendants convicted and the third trial, featuring four defendants ended on October 8.Speaking at the conclusion of the first trial, Judge Marson said: “The way you treated these girls defies understanding; this abuse was vile and wicked.”As cases of sexual abuse with which the courts have to deal, this case comes at the top of the scale. None of you has expressed any remorse for what you did.”He added: “The sentences I pass on you are severe and are intended to be so. They are intended to deter others from behaving in this way.”The second trial, which ended in June, saw eight men given jail sentences of between five and 18 years.Four more men were found guilty of a range of offences earlier this month following the third trial and will be sentenced on November 1.The pattern of large-scale exploitation of mainly white girls by groups of men of mainly Pakistani heritage uncovered by West Yorkshire Police in Huddersfield mirrors what has happened in a number of other towns including Rotherham, Rochdale and Telford. The gang was jailed after three trials earlier this year Tommy Robinson was jailed after almost derailing one of the trials A series of trials that were almost derailed by the English Defence League founder, Tommy Robinson, have ended with 20 members of an Asian grooming gang being convicted of a catalogue of rape and abuse against girls as young as 11.The gang members, who were mainly of Pakistani heritage and came from the Huddersfield area, were convicted after a court heard how they passed victims around like “commodities” and used them for their own “sexual gratification”.Ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life earlier this year and told he must serve a minimum of 18 years in prison by a judge who described his treatment of the girls as “inhuman”.The abuse took place between 2004 and 2011 and involved victims aged between 11 and 17.Details of the case and the three trials can only now be disclosed after a judge agreed to lift reporting restrictions following a challenge from the media.But the second trial almost collapsed in May when far right campaigner, Robinson, was arrested for allegedly breaching reporting restrictions by filming outside the court. The abuse took place in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire He was jailed for contempt of court but his conviction was later quashed and the case is due to be heard again at the Old Bailey next week. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Protect yourself and your family by learning more about Global Health Security Dressed smartly each day in a check skirt, she made sure she had her “fix” before going on the street so she did not suffer drug withdrawal symptoms. It was a cool summer evening when Jenni* took her first step into prostitution on the bleak Leeds industrial estate that has become Britain’s only official red light district.Within hours, the neatly dressed mother-of-two from a comfortable background earned £150. She was hooked on the money to pay for her crack and heroin addiction. “All morals and principles went out of the window,” she says.The 36-year-old former insurance worker had turned to drugs to cope with the fallout from post-natal depression following the birth of her first child. It took her a year before she escaped the “managed red light zone” in Holbeck and started to get her life back on track after entering rehab.She is writing a book about her experiences of legalised prostitution, which critics say has sanctioned violence, exploitation and crime.Jenni tells of the constant threat of robbery, sex tourism, exploitation by traffickers, and women so desperate for drugs they sold sex for just £10.It comes as Theresa May hinted yesterday that Britain might adopt the Nordic model which decriminalises prostitutes, provides help for them to exit the profession, and makes paying for sex a criminal offence.Unlike some of the other prostitutes, Jenni focused on building a client-base of “regulars”. It meant she netted more than £2,000 a week which she spent on drugs for her and her husband. Food, tea and condoms were provided by charities working in the zone. She says other girls were dangerously erratic. “They’d turn up at odd hours. They’d come down poorly because they hadn’t saved the drugs from the day before. Some would do it all that night and then end up looking rough, looking desperate, then do things for tenners,” she adds.At least a third of the women did not use condoms despite outreach workers promoting safer sex. “The men would go round asking for girls who would do it without a condom… and pay an extra £20 for it,” says Jenni.The zone, designed to crack down on pimping, was in reality a magnet for men seeking to exploit the women by charging them for protection. “There were loads of young lads who were basically glorified pimps,” says Jenni. “There were more and more attacks before I left, of people coming into the area to rob the girls, knowing they were on their own with money. But because of the deteriorating relationship with the police, the girls didn’t report anything and just felt less and less safe.” Such was the lure of the zone that Jenni had “regulars” from the south of England. Most were married. A spokesman for Safer Leeds said the zone had led to an increase in prostitutes reporting crimes to police with some landmark convictions of offenders who would otherwise not have been brought to justice.“The Managed Approach has also led to clear improvements in the way that sex workers can access a range of services; including drug and alcohol, sexual, physical mental health, housing and other support services,” he said. He challenged evidence of men travelling significant distances to the zone. With the 2015 murder of Daria Pionko, a prostitute in the zone, Jenni carried a walkie-talkie in case she needed to call for help. Despite this, she was robbed and beaten by an acquaintance of one of her clients and she was once almost abducted.“A guy in a car approached me as I was walking down the road. I saw rope and tape on the floor. He tried pulling me in. I was wrestling to get away.“Men in cars, obviously looking for girls, stopped and chased him off.”She worked in the zone alongside 30 English women and 20 East Europeans, who, she believes, had been trafficked into the UK.“The only girls who were controlled in any way were the foreign girls. They would turn up with these men who would tip them out from a minibus,” says Jenni. “Sometimes one of them would stay and watch the girls while the others followed them about, keeping a really close eye on them. We used to say they probably came over here thinking they were going to work somewhere nice and have ended up doing this. I felt really sorry for them.” “A lot of them would come with stories like their wife had cancer and she couldn’t have sex and this was a way of not hurting her. Quite a few were just single middle-aged guys that, I think, half the time were just lonely,” she says.Some just wanted to talk rather than have sex. One bought her a phone and underwear as a Christmas present.“In a weird way, I felt I had more power than them but that was only because I had built up such a clientele that I could choose who and when and how, and even prices.Some, though not her regulars, were dangerous. “You do get some sleazy guys down there that say, ‘If I’m paying for you, then I’m paying for what you’re going to do whether you like it or not’. You do get that, maybe things their girlfriends won’t do,” she says.Not once, she says, did she have an offer to help her quit prostitution from either of the main charities working in the area. She also says the women are not safe because they often leave the area to go to dangerous secluded spots with clients.Her biggest criticism of the managed zone is the failure to offer women a route out of a world where drugs are rife. “All the girls are down there because they’re dependent on drugs. I don’t believe it’s their choice to do it,” she says. “The key is to stop the drug use and it will stop the girls having to work for drugs.” *Jenni’s name has been changed to protect her identity Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.