Fans of British royalty, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, may be interested to learn that their wedding outfits will go on display at Windsor Castle in England and the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The special exhibitions, entitled ‘A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,’ will form part of visits to the two royal residences, and those visiting Windsor Castle may also catch a glimpse of Harry and Meghan’s new home.
Meghan worked on the design of the wedding dress by British designer Clare Waight Keller, artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy. The dress is made from an exclusive double-bonded silk cady, developed by the designer following extensive research in fabric mills throughout Europe, and one of its main features is the boat neckline bodice.
It took a team of embroiderers hundreds of hours to create the design of the five-metre-long veil. It’s made from silk tulle and embroidered with the flora of the 53 countries of the Commonwealth. The Duchess added two of her favourite flowers to the embroidered decoration: Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox), which grows in the grounds of Kensington Palace in front of Nottingham Cottage, and the California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), the state flower of California, her place of birth. Embroidered ears of wheat, symbolising love and charity, were placed at the front of the veil, which was edged with embroidered organza flowers.
The glittering centrepiece of Meghan’s outfit was the diamond and platinum bandeau tiara, lent to her by Queen Elizabeth. On public display for the first time, the tiara is formed as a flexible band of eleven sections, pavé set with large and small diamonds in a geometric design. The centre is set with a detachable brooch of ten diamonds. The bandeau was made in 1932 for Queen Mary, who bequeathed it to her granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth, in 1953.
The Duke of Sussex’s wedding outfit was the frockcoat uniform of the Household Cavalry (the ‘Blues and Royals’), specially commissioned for the occasion and made by tailors at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row. The uniform’s single-breasted blue doeskin jacket has figured braiding of regimental pattern on the stand-up collar and sleeves. The Duke has loaned an identical uniform to go on display for these exhibitions.
A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex is part of a visit to Windsor Castle from 26 October 2018 to 6 January 2019 and tickets can be booked here. Tickets for the exhibition as the Palace of Holyroodhouse will be available from 1 November 2018 and form part of a visit to the palace from 14 June to 6 October 2019.