Meghan Markle's wedding dress is on display and she has added the final personal touch by presenting it herself!
When Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding dresses are on display for the first time at the "Royal Wedding: The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex" exhibit at Windsor Castle, visitors will hear the couple talk about each stage of the Planning your wedding through the audio guide of the exhibition (a real first!).
In addition to seeing Meghan's bespoke bridal gown and veil created by British designer Clare Waight Keller, Givenchy's artist director, visitors will also be able to see the brilliant plateau diamond and platinum headband borrowed from Meghan by Harry's grandmother , Queen Elizabeth, for the royal wedding held previously. This year on May 19.
Also on display is the groom's outfit, Harry's uniform of the Domestic Cavalry (Blues and Royals) made by Dege & Skinner on Savile Row in London.
Seen from behind a glass box in the Grand Reception Hall of the castle (where the queen organized the wedding reception for the couple!), Meghan explains to the visitors exactly why she chose the French fashion house Givenchy.
"I wanted a female designer, that was very important, I wanted a British designer because she wanted to embrace my new home that way," Meghan says in the audio recording as she spoke with the exhibition curator Caroline de Guitaut, adding, "I wanted to something that felt a reflection of the world in some way. "
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While Harry's uniform might not be the exact one used to walk down the aisle in St. George's Chapel, it's the closest thing to him.
"He made a new one, but as it is required during the life of the exhibition, he has allowed us to show his other," De Guitaut explains, adding: "They are identical in all aspects."
Sketches of Meghan's dress and notes of Maison Lesage, the Parisian embroidery house that worked on the bride's 16-foot-long silk tulle veil, embroidered with flowers from 53 Commonwealth countries are also on display.
"In general, the entire veil and the dress took 3,900 hours to complete and 50 people worked on it between the Givenchy workshop and the Lesage workshop," reveals De Guitaut, adding that workers had to wash their hands every 20 minutes. to maintain the delicate veil. pristine.
The adorable wedding dresses of Prince George and Princess Charlotte are also on display. With an exact replica of Harry's uniform, George has his initials "GC" for George Cambridge embroidered in gold thread on the epaulettes, which Meghan reveals was Harry's idea. "A memory so beautiful for them," she says.
Princess Charlotte, who wore a ivory Givenchy dress with shoes from Meghan's shoe designer, Aquazurra, also had a personal touch on her outfit: the soles of her shoes are embroidered with her initials and the date of the wedding.
"We had 10 bridesmaids and children under 7, and they all say it's impossible for them to behave, but they did!" Harry said laughing at the recording, while Meghan agreed: "It was a miracle ! "
While the couple guides the guests from one room to another, they talk animatedly about everything from music choices to flowers, and also how important it is to gather their loved ones and members of the public for their happy occasion.
"It was a somewhat global wedding, but being able to try and make everyone feel inclusive was really very important to us," Harry reveals, while Meghan agreed: "In making decisions that were truly personal and meaningful, The whole experience feels intimate, although it was a very big wedding. "
Organized by The Royal Collection Trust that manages the public opening of all the official residences of the Queen, the unique exhibition will be held from October 26 to January 6, 2019 and will be transferred to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the residence of the Queen in Edinburgh , Scotland, on June 14. , 2019.