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The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

23 May 2018

On Saturday 19 May, the UK in South Africa, through its High Commission in Pretoria and Consulate General in Cape Town, joined in the celebrations of the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

At the Pretoria event, held at the High Commissioner’s residence, guests were treated to a spectacular garden party complete with picket fences, rose flower arrangements and a display of Bentley’s dressed as wedding cars. Guests ranged from members of the diplomatic corps, SA government, including Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu, to business and NGO organisations who work with the High Commission. Guests were treated to drinks by Simonsig, Ernie Els Wines and Diageo, and canapés, while watching the ceremony on a big screen in the beautiful garden.

High Commissioner Nigel Casey said, “It’s a marriage that’s been made in the southern African skies. Harry once brought Meghan to Botswana where they fell in love and so it is symbolic that we are gathering like this today with the American embassy right next door to us. It’s a transatlantic love affair”.




He went on to elaborate about the work that Prince Harry has done in southern Africa, especially Lesotho through his Sentebale charity and his love of the region.

Meanwhile, at a simultaneous event in Cape Town, Consul General Ed Roman, hosted an exclusive viewing party for 100 guests at the High Commissioner’s Residence in Bishopscourt. The event was a chance for the British to show off their ties with South Africa’s best and brightest, while reminding everyone of the Royal Family’s ties to South Africa. Prince Harry has visited South Africa in the past – in fact, he had stayed in the very residence where the party was held.







Among the luminaries in attendance were Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille, House Chairperson Cedric Frolick, socialite Carol Bouwer, DA MP Phumzile van Damme and the IFP’s Mkhuleko Hlengwa. A dozen naval officers from the HMS Protector, a British science vessel currently docked in Cape Town, added a dash of naval class to the event in their immaculate uniforms.

The best of British brands were also on display. Pernod Ricard plied the guests with 21 year Royal Salute whiskey and Beefeater G&Ts, while Bentley ferried guests up the long drive in their latest luxury vehicles and the wedding cake was provided by the US Consulate General.

British High Commission Pretoria




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