A Wedding in Windsor – Meghan & Harry’s Special Day
Say hello to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The new titles were announced this morning. Prince Harry is the Duke of Sussex, as well as Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel, and Meghan is now officially HRH Duchess of Sussex. A note about titles from The NY Times:
A duke is the highest ranking member of the English nobility, or peerage. Dukes outrank marquesses. (And marquesses outrank earls, who outrank viscounts, who outrank relatively lowly barons.)
It was a perfect day for a wedding in Windsor.
The crowds grew overnight and throughout the morning.
Those on hand to watch or be part of the events seemed to be in good spirits.
More than 250 military personnel took part in today’s events. Below, the Band of the Irish Guards.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 19, 2018
There were many notable names at the wedding. Here you see one of Meghan’s close friends, Serena Williams, with her husband, Alexis Ohanian.
Amal and George Clooney.
Actress Carey Mulligan and musician Marcus Mumford.
In this group photo you can see entertainer James Corden in the center with his wife, Julia Carey. On the far right, Priyanka Chopra wears a lavender Vivienne Westwood suit; just to the left is actress Abigail Spencer in navy Alessandra Rich.
Below (left to right) the Duchess of Cambridge’s brother James Middleton, Pippa Middleton Matthews, and her husband Jame Matthews.
As guests were arriving at the Chapel a convoy left Coworth bringing Harry and William to Windsor.
And members of the royal family started arriving. Below, Sophie Wessex in Suzannah, accompanied by Princess Anne and her husband, Sir Tim Laurence.
From left to right: Princess Eugenie wearing a Gainsbourg dress, Fiona Graham hat and Valentino heels; Prince Andrew in the center; Princess Beatrice is wearing a Roksanda hand-dyed silk organza dress with a Stephen Jones hat and Gianvito Rossi heels.
Harry with his best man and big brother as they walked to the Chapel.
The last of the royals to arrive: HM and Prince Philip. This was the Duke’s first public function as he continues recovering from hip replacement surgery. The Queen wore a flared dress in lime, lemon, purple and grey printed silk, while her coat is crafted of lime silk tweed; both pieces are by Stewart Parvin. HM’s hat is in the same silk tweed,and it was made by Angela Kelly.
Then we had our first glimpse of the bride, riding with her mother, Doria Ragland.
When they arrived at St George’s Chapel, Ms. Ragland was escorted inside.
Meghan’s mother wore Oscar de la Renta with Rosée du Matin earrings by Canadian jeweler Birks, who also made her Snowflake Starry Night pendant.
Prince Harry and Prince William awaiting the arrival of the bride. Both wore the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals, tailored at Dege and Skinner on Savile Row.
Meghan followed not long after.
The video shows the special handling needed for the 16-foot train. You can also see how the dress moves as Meghan moves up the steps. At about :22 there is a lovely look at William and Harry’s reaction to the crowds cheering Meghan.
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The scene inside the Chapel.
This is a terrific piece of video. At about :40 seconds you will see the gaggle of young attendants, including Prince George holding the hand of Jasper Dyer, age 6. And when Prince Charles gives Meghan’s hand to Prince Harry at roughly 1:43 you can see Harry tell his father, “Thank you, Pa.”
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Another view of the bridesmaids and page boys.
You hear Welsh soprano Elin Manahan Thomas in this brief video.
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Meghan’s helpers getting seated.
From The Mirror’s coverage:
The couple had smiled throughout a memorable service which saw Meghan arrive at Harry’s side and greet him with one word: “Hi.”
The prince was left open-mouthed by his stunning bride and told her: “You look amazing.” She replied: “Thank you.”
This was a lovely moment.
It was a two ring ceremony; Meghan’s ring was made from a piece of Welsh gold, gifted by the Queen. Harry’s is a textured platinum band.
Both rings were made by Cleave and Company, the same firm that made Meghan’s engagement ring.
Meghan’s dress was designed by Clare Waight Keller.
This shows the 16-foot train.
From the Washington Post’s Robin Givhan:
The sleek white gown, with its six strategically placed seams, was stitched from a heavy silk with a subtle sheen. A simple bateau neckline gracefully framed her face. The body of the dress subtly outlined her waist and flowed into a full train.
Back to the Post piece:
But what was most noticeable were all the things that the dress was not. It was not a Hollywood red-carpet statement. It was not a Disney-princess fantasy. It was not a mountain of camouflaging tulle and chiffon.
Clare Waight Keller is British. Earlier in her career she worked at Calvin Klein and Gucci; she was also creative director at Pringle of Scotland, and spent six years at Chloé. Last year Ms. Waight Keller became the first female artistic director at storied French fashion house Givenchy.
Background on how Ms. Waight Keller was selected to the dress comes via a Palace news release.
After meeting Ms. Waight Keller in early 2018, Ms. Markle chose to work with her for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour. Ms. Markle also wanted to highlight the success of a leading British talent who has now served as the creative head of three globally influential fashion houses – Pringle of Scotland, Chloé, and now Givenchy.
The news release notes say that Meghan and the designer worked closely together on the dress.The company proudly noted the royal wedding gown connection on its home page, Instagram and other social media sites.
Meghan’s veil incorporated a flower from each of the 53 Commonwealth countries.
Now, about that tiara. Meghan wore Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau, lent to her by the Queen.
It was made for Queen Mary in 1932. More from The Telegraph’s coverage:
And what a tiara it is: a beautifully detailed, perfectly sized art deco-style platinum and diamond headpiece that previously belonged to Prince Harry’s great-great grandmother, Queen Mary, and was lent to the bride by the Queen.
From the news release: The bandeau is formed as a flexible band of eleven sections, pierced with interlaced ovals and pave set with large and small brilliant diamonds.
As ever, the Royal Order of Splendor has outstanding information on the glittering, shiny, shimmering things.
The piece was constructed specifically to accommodate the detachable brooch in the center, set with ten brilliant diamonds.
The bandeau and the brooch were bequeathed by Queen Mary to The Queen in 1953.
This was not a tiara any of us expected to see, at least among a group of friends who are royal experts and fashion bloggers. It looked perfect on Meghan.
On Meghan’s wrist, the Reflection de Cartier Bracelet in 18k white gold and diamonds.
From the bracelet’s product description:
Large model Reflection de Cartier bracelet, 18K white gold, set with 166 baguette-cut diamonds totaling 12.96 carats, 30 princess-cut diamonds totaling 4.23 carats and 2 troidia-cut diamonds totaling 0.81 carats.”
Some recognized her earrings immediately; they are from the Galanterie de Cartier collection and were first worn to an Invictus reception during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings in April.
Meghan’s shoes were “based on a Givenchy refined pointed couture design made of a silk duchess satin.” For more on the shoes, please see our detailed post here.
Meghan’s bouquet by florist Philippa Craddock was “…a petite design, pulled together in a gentle, ethereal, relaxed style with delicate blooms also including scented sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine and astrantia, and sprigs of myrtle all bound with a naturally dyed, raw silk ribbon.” Arguably the nicest touch in the bouquet: Prince Harry handpicked several flowers for the bouquet from their private garden at Kensington Palace.
For tonight’s reception Meghan was in a bespoke dress by Stella McCartney.
You see the Duke and Duchess in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. The vehicle was made in 1968, but has since been converted to electric power.
Meghan’s shoes by Aquazurra, crafted in satin with nude mesh. The soles of the heels were painted baby blue.
In this photo you might spot a cocktail ring Meghan on Meghan’s right hand.
Most think that is Princess Diana’s much loved aquamarine ring.
Tonight Meghan wore new earrings, they are part of Cartier’s Reflection de Cartier collection.
From the product description.
Reflection de Cartier earrings, large model, 18K white gold, each set with 19 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 0.81 carats, and with 10 baguette-cut diamonds totaling 1.08 carats.”
One more look at St. George’s this afternoon.
UPDATE: In keeping with the tradition started in 1923 by the Queen Mother, Meghan’s bouquet was placed on the tomb of the unknown soldier at Westminster Abbey.
More from The Abbey:
The Duchess of Sussex has sent the bouquet she carried during her wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, to Westminster Abbey to rest on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.
We’ll leave you with this video from The Telegraph.
The most romantic moments of the royal wedding pic.twitter.com/9VsUH3jkGe
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) May 19, 2018