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We finally saw her. Former actress and model Meghan Markle arrived for her much anticipated fairy tale wedding to Prince Harry at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. The bride, radiant and smiling ll through the ceremony, wore a wedding gown designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy.

Meghan’s wedding gown has been the subject of much speculation since her engagement to Prince Harry. The white silk gown fit for a princess is made from gorgeous triple silk organza with a collarbone baring boat neck style also known as a Bateau neckline, one that falls to the shoulder line as it lightly caresses the neck. It then flares out into a fuller skirt with an underskirt. The fabric was extensively researched all across textile mills in Europe where a one-of-a-kind silk cady was created.

In a press release published on Twitter Kensington Palace details it thus.

“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. Ms. Markle and Ms. Waight Keller worked closely together on the design. The dress epitomises a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy and showcasing the expert craftsmanship of its world-renowned Parisian couture atelier founded in 1952.” The bride wore shoes by Givenchy and was walked down the aisle by Prince Charles, her now father-in-law.

Her stunning veil is naturally very princess-like, attached as it is to the Filigree Tiara, one that is presently speculated as the Lozenge Bandeau belonging  to Queen Mary. Made in 1932, it has a corresponding entre brooch dating back to 1893. It was last spotted on Princess Margaret in 1965. Both Diana, Princess of Wales and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, wore tiaras on their wedding day.

Princess Diana chose the Spencer Tiara, which still belongs to her family, while Kate wore the Cartier Halo Tiara. Meghan was expected to select from Queen Elizabeth’s selection or have a tiara custom-made for her. She went with the Bandeau, on loan from the Queen. 

Princess Diana’s Spencer Tiara

 

Kate Middleton’s Cartier Halo Tiara

There is however an interesting detail Meghan communicated as stated by Kensington Palace on Twitter. Her veil acknowledges the 53 Commonwealth countries.

Her ring along with her new husband have been “fashioned from a piece of Welsh Gold, gifted by Her Majesty The Queen.” His will be a platinum band, the Palace says, with a textured finish. The pair chose Cleave and Company to make their rings.