After months of speculation, Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has finally been revealed. The 36-year-old bride is wearing a white gown by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy with the late Queen Mary’s tiara for her wedding to Prince Harry today.
We first caught a glimpse of Meghan’s cold-shoulder gown as she travelled from her hotel, Clivedon House, in vintage Rolls-Royce limousine – loaned for the day by the Queen – alongside her 61-year-old mother Doria Ragland at 11.19am this morning.
But it was when she stepped out of the car on the West Steps of St George’s Chapel that we finally saw the gown in all its glory.
Why did Meghan choose Givenchy to design her wedding dress?
Keller was named the first female artistic director at the French fashion house last year and what better way to kick-start her career for the label?
According to a statement released by Kensington Palace, Meghan first met the British designer back in early 2018 to collaborate on a ‘timeless’ and ‘elegant’ gown. In keeping with the heritage of the fashion house, the gown features an open bateau neckline which accentuates the shoulders complete with three-quarter length sleeves and train.
The wedding dress is made from double bonded silk cady and was made in a pure white hue chosen by Meghan in order to bring an air of modernity.
Meghan has undoubtedly brought a touch of Hollywood glamour to the quintessentially British event in a draping veil (which is metres longer than her train) and subtle tiara – rumoured to be Queen Mary’s Filigree Tiara – which features a glitzy stone in the centre.
It’s interesting to add that despite speculation, Meghan decided to follow royal protocol in a white gown. It was widely rumoured that she may opt for a different hue, as a consequence to having married film producer, Trevor Engelson, back in 2011.
Meghan’s wedding veil
The most stunning aspect to her bridal look is undoubtedly the veil. In a sartorial move which represent’s Meghan’s future role within the royal family, her veil includes a distinctive flora which symbolises the 53 countries of the commonwealth.
The silk tulle veil is an impressive five metres long and features hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza. Alongside the flora of the commonwealth, Meghan also requested two of her favourite flowers – Wintersweet and the California Poppy – to be stitched into the elaborate veil.
At the front of the veil, embroidered crops of wheat symbolise love and charity.
As anticipated, Meghan has worn her hair in a low bun and it is reportedly the work of Amal Clooney’s hairstylist Miguel Perez. Perez works at John Viale’s Salon Sloane in Chelsea and has been responsible for Clooney’s glossy locks for several years.
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