This afternoon (19th May 2018), the world watched as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot! The couple got married at St. George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
You can see Meghan walk down the aisle and harry lift her veil in the video below:
Meghan’s wedding dress:
Meghan chose a classic white dress by acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller.
Last year, Ms. Waight Keller became the first female Artistic Director at French design house, Givenchy.
According to the Palace, Meghan met with Ms. Waight Keller earlier this year. Meghan chose to work with the designer for her “timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour.”
The Palace also confirmed that in choosing Ms. Waight Keller, Meghan wished to highlight the success of a leading British talent.
The dress itself was simple and elegant. Here’s how Vanessa Friedman of the New York Times describes it:
It was absolutely simple: pure and sculptural, in double-bonded silk cady with a wide boatneck, long sleeves and a sweeping train.
The pure lines were achieved using six meticulously placed seams.
The focus of the dress is the open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphases the dress’s slender sculpted waist.
The back of the dress extends out into a train.
Meghan chose three-quarter length sleeves, which she felt added a note of “refined modernity”.
Ms. Waight Keller visited mills around Europe in search of the perfect fabric. This culminated in a double bonded silk cady fabric being developed exclusively for Meghan’s dress.
Perfect for the round sculptural look required, the silk cady has a soft matt lustre whilst the bonding process and pure white colour chosen by Ms. Markle and Ms. Waight Keller bring a fresh modernity to the dress. [SOURCE]
Meghan chose a five-meter-long veil, which was made from a silk tulle fabric.
The veil is embroidered with the 53 floral emblems of the Commonwealth countries along the edge.
A little more about the significance of the flowers:
Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition.
The Commonwealth family of nations – of which Her Majesty The Queen is Head –will be a central part of Prince Harry’s and Ms. Markle’s official work following His Royal Highness’s appointment as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. Ms. Markle wanted to express her gratitude for the opportunity to support the work of the Commonwealth by incorporating references to its members into the design of her wedding dress. [SOURCE]
Meghan chose Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara to hold her veil in place. The tiara has been lent to Meghan by The Queen. The diamond and platinum tiara is English and was made in 1932. The central brooch in the tiara dates back to 1983.
Meghan accessorised with a pair of earrings and bracelet by renowned French jewellers, Cartier. Meghan’s stud earrings are the Galanterie de Cartier style. The stud earrings are crafted from 18K white gold. Each earring is set with a brilliant-cut diamond (available in 0.18 to 0.22 carats and 0.40 to 0.44 carats) and pavéd with brilliant-cut diamonds.
Meghan’s bracelet is the Reflection de Cartier style. The bracelet is also made from 18K white gold. It is set with 104 brilliant-cut diamonds totalling 4.50 carats, and with 52 baguette-cut diamonds totalling 5.61 carats.
Meghan’s bouquet included several flowers handpicked by Prince Harry from the couple’s private garden at Kensington Palace.
The spring flowers included Forget-Me-Nots, which were Princess Diana’s favourites.
Meghan and Harry specifically chose the flower to honour the memory of Harry’s mother on their wedding day.
A little more about the bouquet:
The Bride’s bouquet is a petite design, pulled together in a gentle, ethereal, relaxed style with delicate blooms also including scented sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine and astrantia, and sprigs of myrtle, all bound with a naturally dyed, raw silk ribbon.
The myrtle sprigs are from stems planted at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, by Queen Victoria in 1845, and from a plant grown from the myrtle used in The Queen’s wedding bouquet of 1947.
The tradition of carrying myrtle begun after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany. In the same year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat, and a sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls, where it continues to thrive today.
The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858. [SOURCE]
Meghan’s shoes were also by Givenchy. According to the Palace, the shoes were based on a Givenchy pointed couture design. They’re made from a silk duchess satin.