For those who slept through the more-than-two-hour wedding ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle—now Duke and Duchess of Sussex, you have missed out a lot on all the great fashion choices at the Royal Wedding. Here are the recaps of what families, friends, and celebrities wore to the long-awaited wedding:
Let's start with the groom. Prince Harry decided to wear his Blue ceremonial uniform of the Royal Marines to the wedding rather than a tuxedo or a suit. His military service meant a lot to him as he served in the Army for 10 years, rose to the rank of captain and undertook two tours of Afghanistan, according to his profile on the Royal’s website. The Telegraph noticed that his choice of attire also is a mark of respect to the regiment he took over as Captain General from his grandfather. Prince Harry left the service in 2015.
His brother, the Duke of Cambridge arrived as his best man in the same ensemble. Prince William served with the Royal Air Force from 2006 to 2013. Harry got the permission from the Queen to get married in his uniform.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex depart Windsor Castle for a reception hosted by The Prince of Wales at Frogmore House, in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. This vehicle was originally manufactured in 1968, and has since been converted to electric power #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/hRrxEUlFlJ— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
Moving on to the bride, Meghan Markle’s wedding dress was designed by the acclaimed British designer Clare Waight Kelle. Last year, she became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy. The two worked very closely to produce a dress that echoes the codes of elegant minimalism of the house while showcasing some expert craftsmanship.
The pure lines of the dress are achieved using six meticulously placed seams, true to the heritage of Givenchy. The focus of the dress is the open bateau neckline. The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows, cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim sleeves add a note of refined modernity to the timeless look. Another modern touch to the dress has to be its fabric. The double bonded silk Cady was chosen for its soft matte texture and its pure white color. The dress gave a throwback to the image of Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1957)—whose look was also designed by the house of Givenchy.
Meghan’s veil was something else to talk about. The floras of the 53 countries of the Commonwealth have assembled silk threads and organza to the 5-meter silk tulle veil. Aside from those, Meghan also chose Wintersweet flower—which grows in the ground of Kensington Palace and the California Poppy, the state flower of her birthplace. Crops of wheat were also hand-embroidered to symbolize love and charity.
Her veil was held in place with a diamond bandeau tiara which previously belonged to Queen Mary.
For the evening reception, Prince Harry opted for a classic black and white tux with a bow tie. Meghan chose a high-neck white gown in silk crepe by designer Stella McCartney. She also wore Princess Diana's ring.
Then there was Queen Elizabeth. She is known for her monochromatic colorful looks, especially at wedding ceremonies. Bright colors symbolize joy and happiness. For this occasion, The Queen wore designs by Stuart Parvin: a silk tweed coat in lime green hue and a silk dress came with complementary shades such as lime, lemon, purple, and grey. Her Majesty chose a lime tweed hat, decorated with an arrangement of purple flowers,as well as lace crystals and pearls by Lucy Price. Her hat was made by her personal assistant and senior dresser Angela Kelly, who is also a designer and milliner.
Meghan’s mother- Doria Ragland arrived at the ceremony in a mint dress and a matching day coat by Oscar de la Renta. She chose a hat made by Stephen Jones. She wore classic accessories such as pearl earrings and silver necklace. But, she also added a touch of her originality with a small diamond nose stud.
Prince’s Harry step-mother- The Duchess of Cornwall wore an ice-pink asymmetric design by Anna Valentine. Her hat looked stunning with a matching-color feathered Philip Treacy hat. She also had a statement necklace made of pearls and a big pink diamond.
While the Duke of Cambridge wore his uniform, The Duchess-Kate Middleton made her post-pregnancy appearance in a classic look that she wore to two previous occasions: Princess Charlotte's christening and to Queen Elizabeth II's birthday party. The outfit was a primrose yellow wool silk tailored coat by Alexander McQueen. She topped it with a hat by Philip Treacy and shoes by Jimmy Choo. The outfit represented Kate's sophisticated style, at the same time not taking all the attention from the bride. Kate helped tend to the under-10-year-old bridesmaids and wedding page boys.
The event was a star-studded ceremony. And as expected from a British formal occasion, the show of fascinators and hats was on-point. Here are some highlights:
Actress Amal Clooney arrived with her partner George in a stunning honey yellow midi dress with a side tie detail in silk Cady designed by Stella McCartney. She paired it with a co-coordinating veiled Stephen Jones hat.
Stella also created Oprah Winfrey’s blush pink double tiered dress with lace trim made of sustainable viscose. Oprah wore a vintage hat from Philip Treacy from 2005- adjusted with new feathers for this occasion.
Princess Diana’s younger brother- Charles Spencer, arrived at the wedding with his wife Karen. She stood out in a violet purple ensemble and a matching purple fascinator.
Lady Kitty Spencer, daughter of Charles Spencer arrived in a green floral gown by Dolce & Gabbana, with orange heels and a green old-Hollywood style fascinator.
Chelsy Davy was one of Harry’s ex-girlfriends who attended the Prince’s wedding. She wore a navy Alaia dress, a navy cape, and a matching feathered fascinator.
Obviously, with such a high profile event, so everyone was dressed to the nines. Good job everyone!