Meghan and Harry: Royal Wedding Fashion

I’m not crying, YOU ARE. 

The Ceremony

MEGHAN MARKLE
gown by Givenchy

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Designed by Givenchy’s British Artistic Director, Clare Waight Keller, Meghan Markle looked absolutely perfect. A minimalist sheath gown, clean and fresh and modern, paired with a five-meter-long veil to make sure we all remembered that despite the American bride, this was still a royal wedding.

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That stunning veil included embroidery of 53 flowers representing each British commonwealth country, which is very meaningful, in a colonial superpower sort of way.

PRINCE HARRY and MEGHAN MARKLE

Photo: Tom and Lorenzo

It was a joy to see a royal bride and groom so deeply in love with each other. Whispering jokes at the altar, holding hands throughout the ceremony, Harry biting his lip…

I don’t care how basic this makes me. I get weak in the knees at that gif. Sorry, what was I talking about? Oh, right. Fashion.

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I adored Meghan’s tiara, purchased by Queen Mary in 1925 from a London jeweler. It’s got old-world glamour mixed with art-deco design, and it suits her shining, freckled face beautifully.

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Seriously, that veil went on for EVER.

Photo: Tom and Lorenzo

She plays this so well, paying homage to royal traditions without being swept up in them entirely. No mile-long trains, but the delicateness of that sheer veil stretching down the aisle is so incredibly lovely.

Photo: Tom and Lorenzo

The boat neckline on this gown might be my favorite thing about it. A modern Audrey Hepburn moment.

PRINCE WILLIAMDUCHESS CATHERINEPRINCE GEORGE and PRINCESS CHARLOTTE
Kate’s dress by Alexander McQueen, hat by Philip Treacy, shoes by Jimmy Choo

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Kate has a newborn at home, so I won’t judge her for wearing something she’s worn before, just because she already knows it works on her. Let’s get a close-up of the ladies:

Photo: Red Carpet Fashion Awards

Gorgeous. And in case you thought little Princess Charlotte couldn’t get any cuter…

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She might be fourth in line to the throne, but she’s still just a lil’ 3-year-old muffin. And I love that.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II
coat by Stewart Parvin, hat by Angela Kelly

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love how much color and brightness and fun and life QEII brought to the party. Everything about the ensemble is traditional, but the electric mint shade with ever-so-royal purple trimmings? This is a queen who came to fuckin’ party.

Photo: Tom and Lorenzo

Love the print of the dress underneath her coat.

DORIA RAGLAND
coat and dress by Oscar de la Renta, hat by Stephen Jones, shoes by Aquazzura

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Meghan’s mother Doria could not have looked more beautiful. She was just beaming with joy from the moment the cameras snapped her in the car with Meghan, en route to the ceremony.

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The close-up is even better. The hair, the hat, the purse, the stud in her nose – such an incredible pairing of classic British beauty, and something the royalty have never experienced before.

PRINCE CHARLES and DUCHESS CAMILLA PARKER BOWLES
hat by Philip Treacy

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There is nothing more “Camilla at a royal wedding” than that cotton candy crown.

PRINCESS BEATRICE
dress and purse by Roksanda, hat by Stephen Jones, shoes by Gianvitto Rossi

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It’s a great color on her, and all the pieces are pretty, but I expected to see some more fascinating headgear from the girl who wore this to Will and Kate’s wedding.

PRINCESS EUGENIE
dress by Gainsbourg, hat by Fiona Graham, shoes by Valentino

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The Jackie O moment is a cute nod to the American bride, but this doesn’t feel quite special enough for the ninth in line to the throne at a royal wedding.

KITTY SPENCER
dress by Dolce & Gabbana, jewelry by Bulgari

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Princess Di’s niece was by FAR the best dressed attendee at this entire wedding. That absolute stunner of a hat, matching perfectly to that gorgeous dress, the pops of orange in her accessories reflecting the florals on the dress, and of course, that perfect diamond necklace. Nobody looked more sensational than Kitty, save for the bride herself.

CHARLES SPENCER and KAREN SPENCER
dress by Pamella Roland, hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan

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You can see where Kitty gets the glam from. Mama Spencer is not fucking around, with that gorgeous little capelet and statement fascinator.

PIPPA MIDDLETON and JAMES MATTHEWS
dress by The Fold, purse and shoes by Jimmy Choo

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The memes will compare her to an Arizona iced tea, but I thought she looked demure and delightful.

CAROLE MIDDLETON and MICHAEL MIDDLETON
dress by Catherine Walker

Photo: Tom and Lorenzo

Pippa and Kate’s parents looked – well, pretty much the same as they did at Kate’s wedding. But if it ain’t broke…

AMAL CLOONEY and GEORGE CLOONEY
dress by Stella McCartney, hat by Stephen Jones, jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz, shoes by Aquazzura

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These two couldn’t have looked better, serving summertime wedding perfection. I’m already googling knock-off versions so I can rock this shit during wedding season.

ABIGAIL SPENCER and PRIYANKA CHOPRA
Abigail’s dress by Alessandra Rich
Priyanka’s suit by Vivienne Westwood, hat by Philip Treacy, jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz

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You gotta admit, it’s fun as hell to have some Hollywood types at a Royal Wedding. It’s fun to see who looks like an adorably overeager American cosplaying as a young Queen Elizabeth (Abigail) and who looks almost so natural in her pastel suit and matching hat, you’d think this was her twentieth royal wedding (Priyanka).

CAREY MULLIGAN and MARCUS MUMFORD
dress by Erdem

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Best Carey’s looked in ages, though I’d have loved to see her opt for a hat.

SERENA WILLIAMS and ALEXIS OHANIAN
dress by Atelier Versace, jewelry by Bulgari

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Gorgeous. A handful of the Americans, the actresses, and actors’ spouses opted for neutral pinks. It was a respectful, “I’m aware that today isn’t about me” move that still feels elegant and aesthetically pleasing. Love Serena’s hat too, and her beaming smile.

OPRAH WINFREY
dress by Stella McCartney, purse by Gabriela Hearst

Photo: Ian West/PA

Oprah went along the same lines as Serena, keeping things appropriately under-the-radar. Kudos to her for walking around in those skinny little heels.

PATRICK J. ADAMS and TROIAN BELLISARIO
Patrick’s suit by Canali
Troian’s dress by Temperley London, purse by Tyler Ellis, shoes by Sophia Webster

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Patrick is one of Meghan’s Suits co-stars and Troian was on Pretty Little Liars. Just think about a PLL cast member making small talk in the ladies’ room with like, the 13th person in line for the throne. That makes my whole soul happy. Also, these two look lovely and unobtrusive.

JULIA CAREY and JAMES CORDEN

Photo: Tom and Lorenzo

He might be Hollywood-famous, but they’re still Brits who know how to dress for royalty.

GINA TORRES
dress by Costarellos

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The dress is springtime perfection, but I’m having a little more trouble accepting the accessories.

SABRINA DHOWRE and IDRIS ELBA
Sabrina’s jacket, dress, and purse by Gucci
Idris’s suit by Givenchy

Photo: Ian West/PA

I think the sporty, athletic quality to her outfit feels a little underdressed, but her hat and her man help make this feel a little more formal.

JACINDA BARRETT and GABRIEL MACHT
dress by Emilia Wickstead

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Aw, I like that they coordinated her dress and his tie. That’s some cute shit.

SARAH RAFFERTY
dress by Lanvin

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Navy? At the ceremony for a summer royal wedding between Hollywood Harry and his American bride? It just feels so dark and heavy for the season, the atmosphere, the event. Even the QUEEN is practically in neon! Live a little, Sarah!

DAVID BECKHAM and VICTORIA BECKHAM
David’s coat by Dior
Victoria’s dress by Victoria Beckham

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Again, I’d love to have seen this in a lighter color. These two already take themselves far too seriously; it would have been nice to see them have a little fun.

The Reception

MEGHAN MARKLE and PRINCE HARRY
gown by Stella McCartney, shoes by Aquazzura

Photo: Tom and Lorenzo

Lots of fashion people guessed Meghan would opt for Stella McCartney on her big day (though Givenchy ended up being the sleeper winner for the ceremony). Stella is a modern British designer, beloved by American celebrities, so this is pretty damn on-brand. I loved the clean lines and simple elegance of this halter gown, which was a perfect transition from Meghan’s boat-necked, three-quarter-sleeved, demure number from the ceremony. And Harry, my God. He has never looked sexier.

Photo: Tom and Lorenzo

She’s wearing one of Princess Diana’s old rings, in case you thought you were done crying over this beautiful magical wedding.

PRIYANKA CHOPRA
gown by Christian Dior

Photo: Tom and Lorenzo

The royals kept the cameras far away from the reception, but we did get a glimpse of two stars at the party. Meghan’s good friend and fashion icon Priyanka Chopra served us Cannes Filim Festival glamour. It felt more red carpet than royal wedding, but I guess that’s to be expected at the reception.

Photo: Tom and Lorenzo

Yeah, this is awesome.

SERENA WILLIAMS
gown by Valentino

Photo: Tom and Lorenzo

Amber Heard wore the same dress this week at Cannes (though hers had a plunging neckline), and I think I love it just as much on Serena.

Happy Wedding, my loyal, royal subjects. Your Diva will be back soon with a shit-ton of Cannes coverage!


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2 responses to Meghan and Harry: Royal Wedding Fashion

  1. I will always love Troian Bellisario because very early on in PLL’s run she did an interview with some morning news talk show where the hosts were essentially rehashing the show’s perspective, which was that her character was some kind of boyfriend stealer, and she was like, “ok, but [the character] is actually 16 and these ‘boyfriends’ are both actually adult men and why are we not talking about that???” and the very fact that SHE got it, even if the show didn’t seem to… just.. I LOVE HER.

    All of which is to say that in a sea of gorgeous dresses (my god Kitty Spencer) the real joy to me is seeing Troian Bellisario getting to attend this thing.

    • Karen

      Troian has always been my favorite of that bunch, for stuff like that and because I think she’s legit talented. Also, she and Patrick Adams just seem like a really sweet couple, so it was nice to see them there.

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