It was the merest flash of mischief in what was otherwise an impressively poised performance from the youngest members of the bridal party.
As three vintage Rolls-Royces carrying the troop of six beautifully dressed bridesmaids and two of the four pageboys rolled towards St George’s Chapel, Princess Charlotte cheekily stuck her tongue out and waved at the crowd. The children appeared to take it all in their stride as they hopped out of the car and were gathered together by their mothers and herded up the steps to the chapel.
The Duchess of Cambridge took charge and – holding her daughter’s hand, and that of three-year-old Florence van Cutsem – led the way into the chapel, while Ms Markle’s best friends, Jessica Mulroney and Benita Litt, followed with their daughters Ivy, four, Remi, six, and Rylan, seven, and Zoe Warren (wife of Prince Harry’s close friend Jake Warren) brought up the rear with two-year-old Zalie.
As the bride’s car pulled up, two more little faces peered out, eager to see the crowds. Twins Brian and John Mulroney, seven, had the important job of accompanying Meghan up the aisle.
The boys, wearing frock-coats made to look like miniature versions of the Blues and Royals worn uniform by Prince Harry, proudly held a corner each of Meghan’s train, as designer Clare Waight Keller adjusted it on the steps.
Each pageboy had his initials embroidered in gold on his shoulder straps, while the bridesmaids wore ivory silk dresses with little puffed sleeves, hand finished with a double silk ribbon tied in a bow.
As a keepsake, each of the girls wore leather shoes monogrammed with their initials and the wedding date.
Once inside the church, the children were ushered aside by the Duchess of Cambridge, who then took her seat alongside the Duchess of Cornwall.
As the bride arrived at the chapel, one of the Mulroney twins couldn’t contain his awe when he saw the hundreds of people waiting for him to perform his big moment – peeking around Meghan, his mouth open wide in amazement.
The bride made her way gracefully down the aisle towards her father-in-law and one of the boys turned to the other and whispered: “We’re doing good”.
As she arrived at the altar, the twins carefully laid the train down on the floor and led the way out to a side room, where the children were kept entertained during the ceremony.
One bridesmaid had a final job to do. Meghan held her bouquet out for Ivy Mulroney, daughter of Jessica, who proudly took it and marched off. Their mothers breathed a sigh of relief. Their little darlings had pulled it off.