Meghan Markle captivated the world as she walked down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel in a radiant white silk Givenchy dress designed by British designer, Clare Waight Keller, the company’s first female artistic director. She completed the Duchess of Sussex’s simple yet elegant dress with matching pointed-toe pumps made from white silk duchess satin. See how her dress compare to these 18 iconic royal wedding dress photos throughout history.
The royal bride accessorized her beautiful updo with the Queen Mary diamond bandeau tiara—Meghan’s “something borrowed” lent to her by Queen Elizabeth II. Kensington Palace states the tiara once belonged to Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth II’s grandmother, and was made in 1932. But the brooch dates back to 1893. Meghan opted for a diamond as the tiara’s center stone, but other royals have donned the headpiece with a sapphire in the past.
Of course, no bridal ensemble is complete without her wedding veil. Meghan’s dramatic monarch-length veil measures in at 16.4 feet long. If you think that’s long, Princess Diana’s train was a whopping 25 feet, which gave her the record for longest train in royal wedding history. The floral-embroidered veil was Meghan’s nod to her new royal status as Duchess of Sussex; each flower represents the distinctive flora from the 53 countries of the Commonwealth. It took creators hundreds of hours to sew the veil’s intricate design. They even had to wash their hands every 30 minutes to ensure the veil remained free of dust and dirt. She also remained true to her roots and added a few of her own personal touches to the veil’s design like the California poppy, her birthplace’s state flower.
Meghan embodied the elegance and regality of a royal from head to toe on her special day. Congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan! Next, check out these 17 tiny details you probably missed at the couple’s wedding.