Having just finished watching the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle this weekend. I could not help but be filled with inspiration to write a blog post. I was not alive for the famous wedding of Lady Diana. The wedding of Prince Harry’s brother William was very much a traditional Royal wedding, but this wedding would be so much more interesting, because I knew it was going to be different. Knowing that Prince Harry is 6th in line to the throne and therefore could have a less standardised Royal wedding than that of his brother. I was excited and curious to see how a Royal wedding with less restrictions would look like.
The love story of Ms. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry is what I would call a fairytale. The fact that they met on a blind date set up by friends they had in common and that she is an African American of mixed heritage with no ties to the royal family is like the classic tale of many romance novels. After seeing the wedding live on television, all I can say is that I super impressed. Their attention to details left me speechless. Here are some of my favourite highlights.
Let us start with the dress, designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller who last year became the first female Artistic Director at French fashion house Givenchy.
The dress was made of silk cady with three-quarter sleeves and a boat neck also know as a Sabrina neckline (neckline presumably created by Hubert Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn first worn during the movie Sabrina)
|Left: The Duchess of Sussex wearing Fashion House Givenchy
Right: Audrey Hepburn wearing Hubert Givenchy inspired bateau neck wedding dress in the movie Funny Face
The dress had a 5 meter long veil with embroidery representing the distinctive flora of each of the 53 Commonwealth country of which Prince Harry is the appointed Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. The veil was held in place by by a diamond bandeau tiara once worn by Queen Mary was loaned to her by reigning Queen Elizabeth II and the look was finished off with subtle Cartier diamond earrings.
I just love how the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex found small ways to incorporate things that showed their love for each other into the wedding. Like the Duchess wanting to express her gratitude for the opportunity to support the work of her husband of the Commonwealth by incorporating references to its members into the design of her wedding dress or the Duke handpicking several flowers from their private garden at Kensington Palace the day before the wedding for the wedding bouquet.
Other highlights included the wedding ceremony being inclusive by having a sermon by African American Bishop Michael Curry who even quoted Dr. Martin Luther King in his sermon and a gospel choir singing “Stand By Me” a 1951 R&B song.
The incorporation of traditionally black religious traditions showed that while it was a Royal wedding, the Duchess was allowed and involved the planning of the ceremony. Let me know in the comments if you watched the wedding and what were your favourite parts.