Thousands of fans gathered in the English town of Windsor for the lavish royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday, a union that supporters hope will inject new life into a monarchy striving to stay relevant in the modern age.
Meghan Markle's father, Thomas, pulled out of the wedding and was reported to have undergone heart surgery this week.
Meghan Markle's father, Thomas, had been due to walk his daughter down the aisle at the glittering ceremony at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday.
Prince Harry, 33, Queen Elizabeth's grandson, and Meghan Markle, 36, will marry on Saturday at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in a ceremony that has sparked huge global media interest.
Plates, teaspoons, mugs and anything with pictures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are flying off the shelves in Los Angeles as the city's own California girl prepares to marry into Britain's royal family.
Amelia Thomas, who was among the children caught up in a deadly attack on a pop concert last year, thought it was a joke when her mother said she had been invited to Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry to his US fiancee Meghan Markle.
Thames Valley Police announced a raft of security measures already in place, including road barriers and number-plate-recognition technology ahead of the big day.