On 19 May 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wowed Windsor – as well as the 29 million television viewers across the world – with their magnificent wedding. The couple made their way separately to St George’s Chapel on the Windsor Castle grounds in the morning for the ceremony that started at midday. Following the nuptials, the newlywed royal couple – and newly named Duke and Duchess of Sussex – embarked on an open carriage ride. The route took them through some of Windsor’s most iconic streets, and finished on the stunning Long Walk that took the couple back to Windsor Castle.
Only some lucky well-wishers got to wave to the couple on their special day, but now Harry and Meghan’s wedding outfits are on display at a special Windsor Castle exhibition, giving more people the chance to get a feeling of their wedding day. The display is being held in the Grand Reception Room – one of Windsor Castle’s most impressive rooms that was painstakingly restored after a fire in 1992.
Alongside Harry’s frockcoat uniform – made by the tailors Dege & Skinner on Savile Row – is Meghan’s wedding dress – which was the subject of much speculation in the months leading up to the wedding day. Although many thought Meghan Markle would choose one of her fashion designer friends to create her wedding dress, she opted for a Givenchy design, created by Clare Waight Keller for the fashion giant. The dress with a boat neckline bodice was made from a double-bonded silk cady, sourced after an exhaustive search of fabric mills across Europe. The elegant flow of the dress stays true to Givenchy’s signature style and is achieved using just six perfectly placed seams.
Also on display is the veil worn by the Duchess of Sussex on her wedding day. It’s an amazing five metres long and is made from silk tulle – embroidered with flower designs from the 53 countries of the Commonwealth. Apparently it took a team of embroiderers hundreds of hours to complete the embroidery – and they had to wash their hands every half an hour to keep all the materials pristine!
The exhibition also features the outfits of two special pint-sized participants of Harry and Meghan’s wedding. The wedding outfits worn by Prince William and Kate’s children – Prince George and Princess Charlotte – can also be seen. Also designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, Princess Charlotte wore an ivory silk dress with puff sleeves and a double silk ribbon. Prince George wore a miniature version of the frockcoat worn by the Duke of Sussex.