On May 19 were you transfixed by the Royal Wedding, eagerly anticipating Meghan’s wedding dress, and generally gushing over every little detail of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s big day? Well, Windsor Castle have a treat for you, a special exhibition featuring the very wedding outfits that we all adored, including Meghan’s wedding dress designed by Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy, Prince Harry’s dapper military uniform, as well as the cute mini-me outfits worn by Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
There is a long-standing tradition of royal wedding gowns going on display and I was lucky enough to get a press preview to the A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex exhibition, to see Meghan’s timeless Givenchy Couture gown up close in the castle’s Grand Reception Room, the very room where the Queen hosted an afternoon reception for the 600 wedding guests, including George Clooney, Oprah and the Beckhams, following the St George’s Chapel wedding ceremony.
The exhibition is part of the official tour around Windsor Castle and takes you through a number of incredible state rooms, the chandeliers are gorgeous, including where the official wedding pictures were taken, and I wouldn’t normally recommend an audio guide, I normally love just roaming around an exhibition, but this one is extra special as there is an exclusive interview with Harry and Meghan on planning the Royal Wedding, why she went for the wedding dress she did, details about the veil, as well as their meeting with the Queen to choose a headpiece, which Meghan describes in the audio recording as a “completely surreal day”.
The diamond and platinum bandeau tiara that Meghan wore, on loan from the Queen, is on public display for the first time as part of the exhibition, along with the bride’s incredibly crafted five metre-long veil, embroidered with flora from all 53 countries in the Commonwealth, as well as two of Meghan’s favourite flowers, the wintersweet flower, which grows in front of Nottingham Cottage where she and Prince Harry live, and the California poppy from her home state in the US.
Of her “dream” wedding dress, the duchess said in the exhibition commentary: “I had a very clear vision of what I wanted for the day, and what I wanted the dress to look like.”
Adding that she knew she wanted her gown to have a “timeless, classic feeling” with a bateau neckline and cropped sleeves, as well as wedding dress that respected the environment of the chapel by being “modest”.
Inside the A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex exhibition at Windsor Castle
The Duchess’ wedding gown really is gorgeous, even more beautiful up close and you can really see the luminosity and pristine white finish of the double-bonded silk cady fabric, which was created exclusively for the royal wedding gown, as well as the elegance of the simple architectural design, which was achieved using just six placed seams, as well as the shape of the neckline, and the floating hemline.
Alongside the Duchess’ wedding gown is the Duke’s Household Cavalry frockcoat uniform made by Savile Row tailors, Dege and Skinner, which features a single-breasted blue doeskin jacket with intricate figured braiding of the Regimental pattern on the stand-up collar and sleeves, and was chosen by the Duke as it is one of his favourites.
You can also see the two adorable outfits as worn by Prince George and Princess Charlotte, with George’s pageboy look being a miniature version of Harry’s, while Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress, also designed by Clare Waight Keller, features short puff sleeves and a double silk ribbon at the waist, and is alongside her white leather shoes by Aquazurra, embroidered with her initials and the wedding date.
If like me you loved the Royal Wedding, gorgeous wedding dresses, and the regal beauty of a castle, you will love a trip to Windsor to see this exhibition. Just trust me, get the audio guide, and make sure you book as the queues for entry are always long.
Will you be going to see the Royal Wedding exhibition at Windsor Castle?