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It was no doubt an extremely emotional day for Prince Harry yesterday, as he wed American actress Meghan Markle.
On the one hand, he was marrying the love of his life on a lovely, sunny Spring day; on the other, he was remembering a special someone who couldn't join him - his mum, the late Princess Diana.
In a tribute to his mother, Harry and Meghan chose to include the hymn 'Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer', which was not only a favourite of Diana's but also the song performed at her funeral 20 years ago.
While Harry seemed to remain composed throughout the emotional song, he was seen shedding a tear and wiping it away as the closing bars of the hymn were played.
That wasn't the only nods towards the Princess on Harry and Meghan's big day, as there was even an empty seat next to the Duke of Cambridge - the closest to the altar - which many people believed was reserved for Diana in a touching way to involve her in the service.
CNN also reports that the bride's train on her dress is just as long as Diana's when she married Charles in 1981, while the bouquet she was holding was filled with forget-me-nots and the chapel was decorated with a bunch of white roses - two of Diana's favourite flowers.
"The couple specifically chose them to be included in Ms. Markle's bouquet to honour the memory of the late Princess on this special day," a spokesperson for Kensington Palace explained.
And don't forget that Prince Harry also used a few of his mum's diamonds to create the engagement ring that he gave Meghan. After the jewels' origins were revealed, Harry said: "It's so important to me to know that she's a part of this with us."
Princess Diana died a little more than two decades ago when the car she was travelling in smashed into a cement pylon in a Parisian tunnel.
Harry was just 12 years old when his mum died, and he's spoken openly about how long it's taken for him to come to terms it.
In a video for Heads Together - a mental health initiative spearheaded by Harry and William - the brothers admitted that in the past they hadn't talked to each other enough about their mother's death.
Harry said: "We've never really talked about losing a mum at such a young age.
"I always thought, what's the point of bringing up something that's only going to make you sad. It ain't going to change it. It ain't going to bring her back."
Prince Harry has also spoken in the past about how he thinks his late mum and his new wife would have got on well.
He told the BBC: "Oh, they'd be thick as thieves, without question. I think she would be over the moon, jumping up and down, you know, so excited for me."
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