In a fairytale wedding that captured millions of hearts across the globe, American actor Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, on May 19, took their royal woes. Meghan, as we know it, has now become the new patron of British fashion. She chose to defy expectations by wearing a wedding gown for her royal wedding designed by Claire Waight Keller. Not long before, she catapulted to fame in a Ralph & Russo gown for her official engagement photos.
And now, for those mapping her latest style choices have seen her favour significant brands such as Burberry and Jigsaw. Without further ado, here’s an inside track on designer bling, footwear, fragrances and couture brands worn by the crème de la crème 600 guests to the royal wedding at St. George’s Chapel.
Meghan and Harry: An Imperial Fashion
The newlywed Duke and Duchess of Sussex tied the knot in a grand spectacle at Windsor Castle. Prince Harry donned the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals regiment of the British Army with permission from the Queen. He also sported the pilots’ wings badge that he earned whence he flew helicopters in the army.
Keller, 47, the first female British artistic director at the Givenchy couture house, strategically created for Meghan -- no-fuss heavy silk, pure white long-sleeved gown with a five-meter long veil that flowed into a full train. While the bateau neckline gracefully framed her face, Meghan’s look was completed with a diamond tiara from Queen Elizabeth, a Cartier bracelet and earrings, and a pair of silk duchess satin shoes.
Meghan’s silk tulle veil was a real work of art with trimmed hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads, a tribute to the 53 countries of the UK Commonwealth, with each of the flowers representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country. Her personal favourites from the design of the veil were the wintersweet (it grows in front of Nottingham Cottage, where the royal couple lives), and California poppy, the state flower of California, Meghan’s birthplace.
The Royal Clan’s Style Statement
Queen Elizabeth II looked stately in a floral Stuart Parvin dress with a lime green coat and an Angela Kelly hat adorned with handmade lace crystals, pearls, and royal purple flowers. She chose three strings of beads, matching earrings and a brooch as the jewellery. Her grandson Prince William mirrored Harry with the frockcoat uniform as the best man at the royal wedding. While Kate Middleton chose simplicity, with a primrose yellow silk Alexander McQueen dress by Sarah Burton, she teamed it with a Philip Treacy hat and nude Jimmy Choo pumps. She chose to recycle her graceful look by allowing her new sister-in-law to steal the show instead.
Kate’s sister, Pippa, wore a sage green ‘Hepburn’ midi-dress by The Fold, London with pink flowers and a floral pink fascinator. Nude Jimmy Choo heels completed her look! The bride’s mother wore an Oscar de la Renta dress with a bespoke green dress with a side perched silver hat. Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland carried a matching clutch wearing pearl earrings, a silver nose ring, and Aquazzura shoes.
Meghan’s father-in-law Prince Charles picked out a light charcoal morning suit while Camilla Parker Bowles donned an Anna Valentine silk asymmetrical coat in ice pink. A matching Philip Treacy hat and five-strand pearl necklace had her looking grand. The real showstopper, however, was Princess Charlotte, daughter of Prince William and Kate. As a bridesmaid, she wore a high-waist dress by British designer Claire Waight Keller, graced with short puff sleeves made of ivory silk.
Princess Eugene of York wore a baby blue Gainsbourg dress, matching Valentino shoes and a Fiona Graham pillbox hat while the Duchess of York was dressed in a navy dress with a matching jacket from Emma Louise Design. A veil and headpiece from Jess Collett finished the ensemble. Among the extended clan, it was Lady Kitty Spencer who dazzled in her Dolce and Gabbana teal floral midi and a matching Philip Treacy fascinator and diamonds!
Tinsel Town’s A-Listers Dazzle in Designer Wear
Posing for the shutterbugs, Victoria Beckham wore a self-designed navy midi sheath dress. Complete with cape detailing and a matching pillbox hat, she pulled off an elegantly chic look. Bright-coloured pumps added a natty glam quotient to her garb. He husband, David on the other hand, opted for a classic morning suit designed by Kim Jones for Dior Homme.
Next, came the Clooneys with Amal exuding radiance in a marigold yellow Stella McCartney midi. She looked flawless, in a stunning yellow hat by the same designer and Gianvito Rossi pumps. George Clooney charmed everyone in a light gray suit and striped tie. This brings us to television royalty with none other than Oprah Winfrey! She wore a blush pink tiered Stella McCartney dress with dainty lace trim. Teamed with a sizeable flowery ivory hat and a stylish Gabriela Hearst handbag, she looked modish with a pair of sunglasses.
Another favourite designer among the wedding guests was Vivienne Westwood! Indian actress Priyanka Chopra sported a lilac dress by Westwood with a Philip Treacy hat. Suits’ co-star Abigail Spencer zeroed in on an Alessandra Rich dress for Markle’s wedding. Tennis legend Serena Williams also chose pastel shades with a pale pink Atelier Versace dress. Long sleeved, the dress sported folds at the front and an asymmetrical fascinator. Paired with matching heels and Bulgari jewels, Serena looked like a million bucks! ‘
With the who’s who of Hollywood joining British nobility for the nuptials, guests flaunted a myriad of hues and prints. Their hats and fascinators were decorated with netting, feathers, and flowers. While none succeeded in stealing the spotlight from the royal couple, many came quite close!