As the sound of discord over the royal wedding finally subsides, the decision that will today see Prince Charles (right) escort his daughter-in-law down the aisle of St George's Chapel, Windsor, will be viewed as successfully pouring oil on troubled waters.
Prince Harry was unable to contain his excitement as he met crowds in Windsor on Friday - just hours before he marries Meghan Markle.
Smiling widely as he greeted adoring royal watchers, the prince joked that instead of going to spend time with his future wife, he was actually heading to the pub - ironically called the Horse and Groom.
Ever since Meghan's father began his will-he, won't-he routine about turning up from his Mexican bolthole, palace officials have been on red alert over who would take his place to give the bride away.
Two teachers and four students among the 10 people killed when a crazed gunman stormed a Texas school on Friday have been named and pictured.
The prince quipped: 'I'm not getting much sleep - but I'm sure it will get better,' before being called over to greet more of the gleeful crowd.' The old maxim that 'it's not where you come from that counts, it's where you're going' could have been written for Meghan Markle.
But in a way, as she and Harry stand together before the altar today, the moment will mark the crowning work of two other lives - those of their mothers. Many people would say, however, that the two things they did have in common were more significant than their differences.
Confronting video shows the chaotic scene around the crash site of flight DMJ 0972, which crashed on Friday afternoon not long after it took off from Havana.
As smoke pours from parts of the shattered aircraft people are seen yelling and running as they try to find survivors and pull bodies from the wreckage.
Although the ceremony in the gothic surrounds of Windsor Castle's chapel is deeply religious, the service will use the words from the more up to date Marriage Service from Common Worship (2000), which features modern language, such as 'you' rather than 'thee' or 'thou'.