Visitors to Windsor Castle can see a special exhibition with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding outfits on display for a limited time.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recorded a video, especially for visitors to the exhibition, discussing their plans for the wedding, including the choice of outfits, music and flowers.
A great level of detail went into the planning of our wedding day. We knew how large the scale of the event would be, so in making choices that were really personal and meaningful, it could make the whole experience feel intimate.
French fashion house Givenchy’s Artistic Director and British designer Clare Waight Keller designed the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding gown made from an exclusive double-bonded silk cady with a boat-necking bodice.
The gown’s graceful lines were achieved by using six meticulously placed seams which extend towards the back, from where the train flows in soft round folds, cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza.
The Duchess’s five-metre veil is made of silk tulle and embroidered with the flowers of the Commonwealth’s 53 countries, including the Australian wattle, and two of her favourite flowers. Wintersweet grows outside Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace and the California Poppy, the state flower of Meghan’s birthplace.
Embroidered ears of wheat, symbolising love and charity, were placed symmetrically at the veil’s front, with embroidered organza flowers.
The team of embroiderers took hundreds of hours to create the design and washed their hands every 20 minutes to keep the tulle and threads clean.
For something borrowed, the Duchess wore a diamond and platinum bandeau tiara, lent by Queen Elizabeth for Meghan’s special day.
The bandeau once belonged to Queen Mary, George V’s wife, which was bequeathed to her granddaughter Queen Elizabeth, following her death, in 1953.
The tiara is formed as a flexible band of eleven sections, pave set with large and small brilliant diamonds in a geometric pattern. A detachable brooch of ten brilliant diamonds forms the centrepiece.
The tiara will be on display for the first time.
A replica of Meghan’s bouquet was made from artificial flowers for the exhibition. Philippa Craddock designed the Duchess’s bouquet, which included sweet pea, forget-me-nots (Diana Princess of Wales’ favourite flower) and myrtle from a shrub at Osborne House.
The Duke of Sussex loaned an identical copy of his former regiment’s frock coat uniform, the Household Cavalry (the Blues and Royals), especially made by Savile Row tailors, Dege and Skinner.
The four pages, including Prince George, wore a miniature version of the Blues and Royals frock coat. Prince George’s initials were embroidered in gold thread on the shoulder straps.
His sister Princess Charlotte, one of six bridesmaids, wore a high-waisted ivory silk dress, designed by Clare Waight Keller, with short puff sleeves and a double silk ribbon around the waist and tied in a bow at the back.
Aquazurra designed the Princess’s white leather shoes and embroidered her initials and the wedding date.
A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be included during visits to Windsor Castle from Friday, 26 October 2018 until Sunday, 6 January 2019 in the Grand Reception Room.
For tickets or visitor information, visit www.rct.uk or phone +44 (0) 303 123 7304.
The exhibition will be open from Friday, 14 June to Sunday, 6 October 2019, with tickets available from 1 November 2019.
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