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Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has been designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller. Markle chose to work with her for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour. Markle and Keller worked closely together on the design. The dress epitomises a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy and showcasing the expert craftsmanship of its world-renowned Parisian couture atelier founded in 1952.
True to the heritage of the house, the pure lines of the dress are achieved using six meticulously placed seams. The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasises the slender sculpted waist. The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity.
The palace revealed that Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. With that, Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition. In addition to the flora of the Commonwealth, Ms. Markle also selected two personal favourites: Wintersweet which grows in the grounds of Kensington Palace in front of Nottingham Cottage, and the California Poppy the State flower from Ms. Markle’s place of birth, California.
Symmetrically placed at the very front of the veil, crops of wheat are delicately embroidered and blend into the flora, to symbolise love and charity.
Markle also had Princess Diana’s spirit with her as she incorporated a special symbolism into her bouquet as a remembrance.
“The spring blooms include Forget-Me-Nots which were Diana, Princess of Wales’ favourite flower,” the statement read. “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.”
The veil is held in place by Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Ms. Markle by The Queen. The diamond bandeau is English and was made in 1932, with the centre brooch dating from 1893.
The bandeau, which is made of diamonds and platinum, is formed as a flexible band of eleven sections, pierced with interlaced ovals and pavé set with large and small brilliant diamonds. The centre is set with a detachable brooch of ten brilliant diamonds.
After the ceremony, Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, made a glamorous entrance to her and Prince Harry’s second, more intimate wedding reception on Saturday evening. The Duchess slipped into a more flirty—yet stunning—interpretation of modern bridal wear by Stella McCartney.
The evening gown featured a bespoke, lily white high neck and was made of silk crepe. She wore matching white pumps from Aquazurra made in silky satin, with nude mesh and baby blue soles.
Prince Harry changed from his traditional military uniform into a classic tuxedo.
Approximately 600 wedding guests descended upon St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle to witness Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding. Following the pair’s carriage procession, Queen Elizabeth II hosted a breakfast luncheon at St. George’s Hall. Elton John delivered a special performance.
Prince Charles hosted the royal wedding’s final gathering at Frogmore House on the grounds of Windsor Castle. 200 of their closest family and friends were invited to the after-party, which featured plenty of star sightings, fireworks and performances.