Royal fans will soon be able to see Princess Eugenie's two wedding dresses up close.
A Royal Wedding: HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Brooksbank is set to open at Windsor Castle's state apartments on 1 March. The exhibition will show Eugenie's stunning bridal gown, designed by Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, alongside her blush-coloured evening dress created by Zac Posen.
The emerald tiara lent to the bride by the Queen and the groom's black and grey morning suit made by Savile Row tailors, Huntsman, will also be included.
The special exhibit aims to give visitors a chance to view the detail and craftsmanship involved in the creation of the bride and groom's outfits following their nuptials on 12 October last year. And there's no doubt that Eugenie's dress, with its fitted bodice and full-pleated skirt, is the star of the show.
The fabric was created with symbols that are meaningful to the bride and groom, including the White Rose of York and ivy, representing the newlyweds home, Ivy Cottage. Eugenie also requested a low back on the portrait-neckline gown, so that the scar from surgery she underwent aged 12 to correct scoliosis could be seen.
In a recording made for visitors, Eugenie explains: "I had always wanted a low back, part of it was showing my scar. I believe scars tell a story about your past and your future and it’s a way of getting rid of a taboo. For me it’s a way of communicating with people who are going through either similar situations with scoliosis or having a scar of their own they are trying to deal with."
Of course, the display wouldn't be complete without the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara that the bride borrowed from her grandmother. Originally made in 1919, this will be the first time it has been exhibited in its history. Eugenie's diamond and emerald drop earrings, which were a gift from her new husband, will be featured alongside the impressive headpiece.
Also on show is the striking Ralph & Russo made of honour outfit worn by Princess Beatrice, plus the clothing worn by bridesmaid, Theodora Williams, and pageboy, Louis de Givenchy. Their sweet outfits were made by the London-based children’s designer Amaia Kids.
The exhibition comes after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding outfits were shown in Windsor last autumn. This display closed on 6 January, but if you missed seeing Meghan's dress, it will be open at the Palace of Holyroodhouse from 14 June to 6 October 2019.
A Royal Wedding: HRH Princess Eugenie and Mr Jack Booksbank is part of a visit to Windsor Castle from 1 March to 22 April 2019.
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