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What do you think of the royal wedding?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex yesterday and the world has been following the splendour of the wedding.
Britain's Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, London, Britain, November 27, 2017. (Toby Melville/Reuters)
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It's official. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The whole world was following the splendour of yesterday's royal wedding and it was quite a ceremony. A dress featuring a veil that went on and on and on, a tiara sparkling with jewels and — like no other royal wedding before — a gospel choir.

Host of Cross Country Checkup, Duncan McCue. (Kevin Van Paassen)
Did you follow the events? What drew you to the pomp and pageantry?

We can't talk about the royal wedding without talking fashion: Markle's dress, Harry's military attire and all those fascinators. What was the biggest style highlight for you?

The Queen is Canada's constitutional head of state, so Canadians have a special connection to the goings-on in the palaces of British royals. Will excitement over the wedding boost support for the monarchy?

Some say our royal connection is anachronistic — that we in Canada can govern ourselves, thank you very much. Is it time for Canada to sever ties with the monarchy?

Much has been made of Meghan Markle's African-American heritage. She's referred to herself as a "strong, confident mixed-race woman." How will her addition to the royal family change an institution so widely seen as a bastion of white privilege — and change the conversation about race?

Many Canadians didn't bother to wake up at 4 a.m. to watch. Boasting a wedding cake that cost $70,000 and a wedding dress reported to carry a half-million dollar price tag, some say it was all self-indulgent extravagance.

What do you think? Was the wedding an outdated fairy tale princess storyline or a welcome respite from the darkness of world affairs. A chance, for a brief moment, to celebrate love?


Rosalind Miles, author of Who Cooked the Last Supper: A Woman's History of The World

Robin Givhan, Washington Post fashion critic

Yves Boisvert, La Presse columnist

Drew Hayden Taylor, novelist and filmmaker from Curve Lake First Nation in Ontario

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