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Black culture shines at 'most diverse Royal Wedding ever'

JUST MARRIED: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

COMMENTATORS HAVE hailed HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding as the most diverse royal wedding ever.

The Duchess of Sussex - who's the daughter of an African-American mother and a white father - seemed to embrace aspects of her heritage as the marriage ceremony threaded black culture throughout.

Central to the day was a passionate address by The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, the presiding bishop of the American Episcopal Church and its first African-American leader.

He quoted the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and touched on themes of universal love and slavery with a cadence that is steeped in an African-American religious oratorical tradition that is familiar to many.

Next up was an all black, female led choir led by Karen Gibson and The Kingdom Choir’s rendition of “Stand by Me,” a song first popularised by the soul singer Ben. E. King.

According to the New York Times, It was likely the first gospel performance at a wedding of anyone in the line of succession to the British throne. In addition, 19-year-old Sheku Kanneh-Mason, a black Briton, performed a cello solo, in a chapel, where few people of African heritage have performed.

The attendees were also ore diverse than we've seen before at a British Royal Wedding, with the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Idris Elba, Karl Lokko, Priyanka Chopra and more present.

Read some of the reactions below:

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