Art Today were lucky enough to be included in the LIVE reporting of the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle in Windsor today…
Meghan’s Wedding Dress and Evening Attire:-
After much speculation about which fashion house would be chosen to design the dress, and what style she would opt for, the day finally came when the world would get to see what exactly Meghan Markle had chosen.
In the preceeding weeks before today’s Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle, British brand Ralph and Russo had been odds-on favourites to design the special gown, but as Meghan arrived at St George’s Chapel, Windsor at just before noon today, Kensington Palace revealed that it was in fact Givenchy which had been given that privilege this time. Everything made sense when it was then specified that it was the exceptionally-talented Clare Waight Keller (the first British designer to be appointed Artistic Director at the classic French fashion house) who had taken ownership of the design. Meghan chose her earlier this year to head-up the task, defying everyone’s designer predictions.
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The dress itself was absolutely perfect for the occasion. A simple, chic, architectural design, with sculpted, boat-neck detailing and tailored waist. Contrasting with previous Royal-Wedding dresses, it proved a timeless classic worthy of someone as style-adept as Ms Markle. Made of double-bonded silk cady, structured with 6 linear seams, it was almost a no-nonsense, confident gesture of Meghan’s intent to be a strident royal.
It was a pleasant surprise to see that she had opted for a long veil and shorter train to her dress, rather than a hubristically-long, solid dress train. This softly alluded to the prominence of her wedding and new-found position in the British court, but also showed her deference to other, more-noble brides that had gone before. (The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress was slightly-more embellished, with lace neckline and sleeves.). It also reflected well her soft, kind and giving personality expressed by her involvement in the United Nations and several charities.
Her post-wedding reception gown (for Frogmore House) was again a floor-length, plain white creation, this time by Stella McCartney. The halter neck was a perfect choice for a balmy, Spring day, discreetly showing off Meghan’s toned shoulders. Her shoes were designed by Aquazzura – with pale blue soles – perfectly matching Princess Diana’s aquamarine ring which Harry has gifted to her, and also the silver-blue, E-Type Jaguar in which the couple departed.
The Duke of Sussex’s Outfit of Choice:-
Another subject of speculation before the wedding was whether or not Harry would wear his regiment uniform. The Queen did infact grant permission for him to do so. It would have been impossible to imagine such a fervent supporter of the military – with his charity Invictus – wearing anything else. A sweet detail was the pageboys’ nod to the uniform with miniature versions of their own, which they proudly sported. Prince George looked especially smart and cute in his outfit.
For the reception – looking every inch a classy Brit, and also slightly James Bond! – Harry sported black tie eveningwear. Leaving The Queen’s afternoon reception party at Frogmore House, the couple looked like they were stepping out of the Grande Casino, Monte Carlo, after an uber-stylish evening of cocktails and conversation.
Guests – The Pinks and The Blues:-
Aside from the vibrant choices of Amal Clooney, Lady Kitty Spencer and her younger sister Lady Eliza, along with their mother Victoria Aitken – who wore ochre and shades of green respectively – most of the guests and the couple’s close family chose to wear shades of pink or blue.
On the pink team were the Duchess of Cornwall – resplendent in feathered, wide-brimmed hat – Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, most of the female members of the gospel choir, and many of the guests in general congregation (including Elton John and his pink shades).
Notable members of Team Blue, meanwhile, were Prince Charles, Sophie (Countess of Wessex), Carole Middleton (who wore pale blue again – as she did to daughter Kate’s wedding to Prince William), Victoria Beckham (who also wore the same navy as she did to William and Kate’s nuptials), Zara Phillips (dark, petrol blue), Meghan’s stylist – Jessica Mulroney, and Princesses Beatrice (teal blue) and Eugenie (chalk blue), as well as most of the male members of the gospel choir.
The Queen and Doria Ragland:-
There must have been some conferring on outfit colours before the day between The Queen’s advisors and Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland. They both chose a light green shade for the wedding ceremony, The Queen’s being a brighter lime than Doria’s soft apple colour. The Queen went a step further with violet hat adornment and top – was this a nod to emblematic Suffragette colours? (See our article on June’s upcoming PROCESSION art installation here: https://arttodaymagazine.com/advertisement/2359/processions-2018-sign-up-now). The Queen has previously been known to support causes via her outfit palette.
Pippa Middleton also donned pale green – embellished with floral accents – glowing through her pregnancy.
Duchess of Cambridge:-
The Duchess of Cambridge must be applauded for choosing to wear a plain but elegant, recycled outfit to her brother-in-law’s wedding – and therefore avoiding upstaging the bride. The Duchess chose a pale yellow coat dress by Alexander McQueen that she had previously worn to her daughter Princess Charlotte’s Christening in 2015; Trooping the Colour in 2016 and then at the Passchendaele commemoration service last year.
She looked vivacious and energetic – especially as it is just 3 weeks since she gave birth to Prince Louis – her 3rd child. The coat dress was noticeably not waisted – perhaps a more comfortable option when in recovery from childbirth.
Of course, Harry’s much-loved late mother, the legendary Princess Diana had to be symbolically included in his wedding celebrations. As well as the aquamarine ring Harry gave Meghan to wear at their wedding reception, he also hand-picked her favourite flowers – touchingly ‘Forget-Me-Nots’ – in the Kensington Palace gardens for his bride’s bouquet, the day before their wedding.
Other flowers in the off-white bouquet included: Astilbe (patience), Lily of the Valley (sweetness/happiness), Astrantia (strength/courage/protection), Myrtle (royal wedding flower) and Sweet Peas (delicate/blissful pleasure).
Further traditional floral headdresses were worn by the bridesmaids, along with dainty calf-length ivory silk dresses.
Art Today wishes the newly-bestowed Duke and Duchess of Sussex a long, prosperous and happy married life together…
[Credits: Feature Image – The newly-appointed Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) leave St George’s Chapel, Windsor, following their nuptials; On-the-day images by Frida & Shio, Art Today Magazine; Kensington Palace Press Office; marie-claire.fr; eonline.com; nytimes.com; dailymail.co.uk]