On Saturday the 19th of May 2018, The Duchess of Cambridge attended Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. (Watch the highlights video below to see Kate singing along to the first hymn during the service.)
Let’s have a quick look at the beautiful bride.
Meghan’s dress was designed by British designer Claire Waight Keller.
Ms. Waight Keller is the first female designer of French haute couture fashion house, Givenchy.
Ms. Waight Keller created Meghan’s stunning five-meter long veil too. The designer trimmed the veil with hand-embroidered flowers. Each flower represented one of the 53 Commonwealth Nations in a nod to Prince Harry’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. The designer also included the California Poppy to represent Meghan’s home state in the USA.
(If you’d like to read more about Meghan’s wedding dress, veil and accessories, see my article at meghanstyle.org.)
Two of Kate’s children had very special roles in the ceremony.
Princess Charlotte was a bridesmaid and Prince George was a page boy.
The youngsters joined some of Harry and Meghan’s friends’ children and godchildren. If you’d like to learn more about who is who, you can read the press release on the Royal website.
The page boys wore miniature versions of the Blues and Royals frockcoats worn by Princes Harry and William at the wedding. As a special memento, each page boy had their initials embroidered in gold on the shoulder straps.
The bridesmaids wore white dresses also designed by Clare Waight Keller. They were made from an ivory silk radzimir fabric. Each dress was designed to have the same “timeless purity” as Meghan’s dress. Each bridesmaid was given a pair of monogrammed shoes as a keepsake. Finally, the bridesmaids wore flower crowns featuring flowers found in Meghan’s bouquet.
The Palace released details on Kate’s outfit for the Royal Wedding. They explained that the Duchess wore a “primrose yellow wool silk coat by Alexander McQueen“.
Lots of people questioned if Kate’s coat was indeed “primrose yellow” as per the press release. They thought Kate was re-wearing the cream coat from Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2015. The two pieces do look near-identical.
However, after extensive research carried out by fashion detectives on Twitter, we now know it’s not the same coat. Kate’s newer coat has four buttons on the cuff (which Kate’s christening coat didn’t). There are some other slight differences too, including more pronounced pockets on the older coat, plus the darts on the bust are spaced differently. Friend-of-the-blog Michelle has lots of evidence on her Twitter page
I also think the yellow colour looked lighter on photographs on the day due to the bright sunshine overhead. On the official photographs released after the wedding, Kate’s coat does look slightly more yellow when compared to Charlotte’s white dress.
Kate’s hat is by Philip Treacy. Again, many assumed this was a ‘repeated piece’ and it isn’t. It does look very similar to the hat Kate wore to Mike and Zara’s wedding in 2011. Side-by-side images show the differences between the two pieces:
Kate debuted a new pair of shoes to the Royal Wedding. They’re the Jimmy Choo ROMY style. I believe Kate is wearing the 100mm / 4inch heel height, though it is hard to tell from photographs. It’s possible she’s wearing the 85mm / 3.5inch height.
Eagle-eyed Kate fans will have noticed she’s wearing a yellow ring. Unfortunately, I am not able to licence a clearer photograph of the ring. You can just see it in the photo below (on the hand Charlotte is holding).
The Duchess has owned the piece of jewellery for at least ten years. She has been photographed wearing the ring on a number of occasions in the past (including her birthday in January 2008, pictured below):
A close up of the ring: