For months now, we have impatiently waited for the royal wedding to unfold before us. Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle’s highly anticipated union was expected to be historic in many ways.
But once the big day was upon us we were all shook from the bountiful display of blackness. Beautiful black people showed up and showed out as the world watched. Here are six of the blackest moments from Saturday’s royal wedding.
Bishop Michael Curry brought down the house
The Chicago-born bishop electrified hundreds of attendees at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Curry turned the historically white church on its head by preaching with soul and about the power of love.
“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, “ he said in his sermon.
He stood in front of the royal family with pride and grace, reminding them of the horrors of slavery while also telling the world that survivors used their love for God to withstand hell.
“I’m talking about some power. Real power,” he continued. “Power to change the world. If you don’t believe me, well, there were some old slaves in America’s antebellum South who explained the dynamic power of love and why it has the power to transform.”
A black choir sang like angels
An award-winning choir of beautiful black Brits led by director Karen Gibson filled the chapel with the sounds of a black church on Easter Sunday.
This 19-year-old cellist was the epitome of black excellence
Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason was personally invited by Markle to perform at the wedding. And, man, he did not disappoint.
Hailing from the South African nation of Lesotho, Prince Seeiso and Princess Mabereng were at the royal wedding rooting for the happy couple.
Meghan’s mom showed up looking as unapologetically black as possible
Doria Markle did not hide the things that made her black. She wore locs and a nose ring with absolute pride.
Actor Idris Elba and his partner Nayiana Garth and tennis superstar Serena Williams showed up in stunning royal attire.
Also, Oprah Winfrey was in attendance, too, because… duh!