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Royal wedding: Northern Ireland politicians wish happy couple best of luck

By Claire McNeilly

Arlene Foster has said she will be watching the royal wedding on television and enjoying the special day, along with so many others across the United Kingdom.

The DUP leader's sentiments were echoed by the heads of some of Northern Ireland's other political parties ahead of Harry and Meghan's nuptials today.

"A wedding is always a time of great excitement and even more so when it is a royal wedding," said Mrs Foster.

"Harry and Meghan are a young couple reflecting a new generation of the Royal Family and I know everyone will wish them a very long and happy married life together.

"Whilst it is a very personal and family occasion, it is fantastic that they will be joined by so many members of the public.

"Having been at Balmoral Show over the last few days I know how many people have been talking about the wedding and the good feeling such a national event creates.

"I'll be amongst those watching on television and enjoying this very special occasion."

Ulster Unionist Party leader, Robin Swann MLA, said it was a day for happiness and celebration.

"Today will see much excitement across the nation and the world as the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle takes place.

"I wish the couple much happiness and fulfilment, both today and in their future married life together.

US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (L) arrives with her mother Doria Ragland at Cliveden House hotel in the village of Taplow near Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of her wedding to Britain's Prince Harry.
US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (L) arrives with her mother Doria Ragland at Cliveden House hotel in the village of Taplow near Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of her wedding to Britain's Prince Harry.
Royal fans lean out of windows as they watch Britain's Prince Harry and his best man Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, greet well-wishers on the street outside Windor Castle in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of Prince Harry's royal wedding to US actress Meghan Markle. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / Adrian DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle arrives with her mother Doria Ragland (not pictured) at Cliveden House hotel in the village of Taplow near Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of her wedding to Britain's Prince Harry. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / STEVE PARSONSSTEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images
US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle arrives with her mother Doria Ragland (not pictured) at Cliveden House hotel in the village of Taplow near Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of her wedding to Britain's Prince Harry. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / STEVE PARSONSSTEVE PARSONS/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Harry greets well-wishers on the street outside Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of Prince Harry's royal wedding to US actress Meghan Markle. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Harry greets well-wishers on the street outside Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of Prince Harry's royal wedding to US actress Meghan Markle. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Meghan Markle arrives at Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust's Cliveden Estate to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry on May 18, 2018 in Berkshire, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - Pool / Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry greets well-wishers on the street outside Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of Prince Harry's royal wedding to US actress Meghan Markle. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland arrive at Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust's Cliveden Estate to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry on May 18, 2018 in Berkshire, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - Pool / Getty Images)
BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Meghan Markle arrives at Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust's Cliveden Estate to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry on May 18, 2018 in Berkshire, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - Pool / Getty Images)
BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland arrive at Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust's Cliveden Estate to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry on May 18, 2018 in Berkshire, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - Pool / Getty Images)
BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland arrive at Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust's Cliveden Estate to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry on May 18, 2018 in Berkshire, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - Pool / Getty Images)
BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland arrive at Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust's Cliveden Estate to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry on May 18, 2018 in Berkshire, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - Pool / Getty Images)
Britain's Prince Harry returns after greeting well-wishers on the street outside Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of Prince Harry's royal wedding to US actress Meghan Markle. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Harry greets well-wishers on the street outside Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of Prince Harry's royal wedding to US actress Meghan Markle. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Harry greets well-wishers on the street outside Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of Prince Harry's royal wedding to US actress Meghan Markle. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Harry greets well-wishers on the street outside Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of Prince Harry's royal wedding to US actress Meghan Markle. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland arrive at Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust's Cliveden Estate to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry on May 18, 2018 in Berkshire, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - Pool / Getty Images)
BERKSHIRE, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Meghan Markle and her mother, Doria Ragland arrive at Cliveden House Hotel on the National Trust's Cliveden Estate to spend the night before her wedding to Prince Harry on May 18, 2018 in Berkshire, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons - Pool / Getty Images)
Members of the public arrive on the Long Walk ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 19, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Peter Summers/PA Wire
Armed police patrol on the Long Walk leading to Windsor Castle ahead of the wedding and carriage procession of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor, on May 19, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Prince Harry (R) and Prince Harry's brother and best man Prince William, Duke of Cambridge greet well-wishers on the street outside Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the eve of Britain's Prince Harry's royal wedding to US actress Meghan Markle. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Jonathan BradyJONATHAN BRADY/AFP/Getty Images
Royal fans bedecked with Union flags and crowns pose along the Long Walk in Windsor the day before the Royal wedding (AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Royal fans wearing the colours of the Union flag meander along the Long Walk in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the day before the Royal wedding. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images
Royal fan Joseph Afrane, bedecked in Union flag colours, poses along the Long Walk in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the day before the Royal wedding. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images
Souvenirs in Windsor ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 18, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
American TV presenter Gayle King CBS (right) outside Windsor Castle ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday (Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)
Royal fans in Windsor ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 18, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Royal fans in Windsor ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 18, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Royal fans outside Windsor Castle ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 18, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Royal fans in Windsor ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Saturday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday May 18, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Wedding. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Pictures of Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle are seen in a box on a pavement in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the day before the Royal wedding. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Royal fans including John Laughry (C) and Terry Hutt (R) are pictured near Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the day before the Royal wedding. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images
Royal fans including John Laughry (C) and Terry Hutt (R) sing for the television in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the day before the Royal wedding. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images
A barrista poses with a 'Megharryccino', a Royal Wedding-themed coffee decorated with the faces of Britain's Prince Harryand Meghan Markle, in a coffee shop in Windsor )AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Fans spend the night in front of Windsor castle, England, Friday, May 18, 2018. Preparations continue in Windsor ahead of the royal wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Saturday May 19. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Visitors take a selfie photograph near Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the day before the Royal wedding. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images
A woman selling flags featuring Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle near Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the day before the Royal wedding. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMENTOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images
A picture shows Royal Family Top Trumps cards, a card game where you compare ratings and values to try to 'trump' and win your opponents card, showing (L-R) Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Britain's Prince Harry, hanging on a barrier in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the day before the Royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
A man with a Royal Wedding souvenir flag rides a bicycle past Windsor Castle in Windsor on May 18, 2018, the day before the Royal wedding. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - Royal fan Joseph Afrane waits near the proposed route of the carriage procession of Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle, in Windsor on May 17, 2018, two days before the Royal wedding. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Royal fans wait along the proposed route of the carriage procession of Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle, in Windsor on May 17, 2018, two days before the Royal wedding. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Royal fans wait along the proposed route of the carriage procession of Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle, in Windsor on May 17, 2018, two days before the Royal wedding. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A pedestrian walks past cut-out figures of Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle in Windsor on May 17, 2018, two days before the Royal wedding. Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 17: Military personnel take part in a dress rehearsal of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle outside Windsor Castle on May 17, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***

"This is a time for the country to come together and enjoy the day," he commented.

Alliance leader Naomi Long also wished the couple well, revealing that her own journey down the aisle was not without hitches. "In the run-up to my wedding almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong," she said.

"My dress went missing en route to the shop and only arrived a few days before the wedding. One of the tiers of my wedding cake was dropped on the way to the hotel and had to be redone - it was like something from a rom-com.

"But, just like in the movies, on the day it all fell into place and we had a ball.

"Ultimately, a wedding is just one day - the marriage afterwards is what matters."

She added: "I wish Prince Harry and Meghan a wonderful wedding day but more than that, I wish them every happiness for their future together."

The SDLP and Sinn Fein did not respond to requests for comment.

Meanwhile, in Scotland, a tiny village that shares its name with Prince Harry's bride-to-be is set to celebrate today's royal wedding in style.

Residents of Markle in East Lothian are planning an outdoor party for the locals to toast the happy couple,

Local woman Lorna Field (63) said of Harry: "I think it's really good he's got something really nice and positive in his life.

"I think they're probably going to experience more challenges because they've got to balance their own lives along with what is expected of them because of their role in the royal family.

"I think if they look after themselves and keep focused on the fact that they got together for a reason and a purpose then they'll have a really good, fruitful life."

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