Prince Harry-Meghan Markle Wedding: How Meghan’s Bridal Gown Created History
You know a wedding dress is a success if the groom is all eyes for the bride alone so much so that the first thing he mouths to his bride-to-be at the altar is ‘you look amazing.’ Well, that’s what happened with Meghan Markle as she walked down the aisle to meet her soon-to-be-husband Prince Harry. Of course, the internet swooned over the duo’s chemistry like crazy.
Though there wouldn’t be a soul who doesn’t know this by now, but just in case you’ve been living under a rock, let us fill you in… The much-awaited royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally happened on Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Windsor, England. And all that anyone could talk about, apart, of course, from the couple’s insane chemistry that was palpable even through pics, was the utterly beautiful and unbelievably gorgeous bride and her unforgettable bridal gown. What so unforgettable about this not-so-extravagant gown? Well, a lot!
For months speculations around the royal wedding gown have kept gossip mills abuzz to the point that our imagination had started to run wild with thoughts of OTT ball gowns with extravagant trains and layers of lace and ruffles and even actual diamond adorning it. But when Meghan stepped down the car, she left us all in an awed silence that rose not from the extravagance of her attire but the simplicity of it.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
Contrary to our imagination and expectation, Meghan opted not for an over-the-top drama but for a sleek white silk gown with a slight sheen that complemented the bridal glow, a bateau neckline, flowy silhouette and a relatively subtle train. designed by Clare Waight Keller, the British-origin designer who happens to be the first female artistic director of the luxury French fashion house, Givenchy. The modest, embellishment-devoid gown made an even powerful statement, one that resonates with every contemporary bride, one that highlights the confidence of the present-day-bride without many facades.
Intervened with this minimalistic design aesthetic was a sense of political responsibility that was highlighted through the veil, which was minimal and extravagant at the same time. Crafted out of a delicate tulle silk, the five-metre-long veil featured embroidered floral motifs that represented the flora of the 53 countries of the British Commonwealth, the Kensington Palace and her home state of California, as was informed through a tweet by Kensington Palace.
The veil was held in place with a royal tiara, befitting for the occasion and the woman wearing it. Created in 1932, the diamond and platinum tiara, featuring a central brooch that dates back to 1893, belonged to Queen Mary and was loaned to the beautiful bride by her now-grandmother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II.
Prince Harry, meanwhile, looked his usual handsome self in the traditional uniform of the Blues and Royals… the frock coat. Trimmed blonde hair and his signature stubble further added to the groom’s charisma.
Reportedly, Prince Harry met with the designer during the lunch-time reception to personally thank her for Meghan’s stunning outfit. “He came straight up to me and said, ‘Oh my God, thank you. She looks absolutely stunning,’ ” Clare informed reporters at the Kensington Palace on Sunday, the day after the royal wedding.