If you didn’t make it to Windsor to see the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex tie the knot earlier this year, you can still tap into royal wedding fever. After all, the dress and frockcoat uniform worn by the couple are on display at Windsor Castle until January 6th.
Meghan and Harry’s wedding outfits form the centre of a new exhibition at the castle’s Grand Reception Room, where the official wedding photos were taken. Irresistibly, the little outfits worn by pageboy Prince George and bridesmaid Princess Charlotte are also on display.
The Duchess’s wedding dress was made by Clare Waight Keller of the Givenchy fashion house out of double-bonded silk cady and accompanied by a triple silk organza underskirt. The silk cady is a fabric that was developed by the designer herself and made to shine opulently on the big day.
Just six seams hold the entire dress together, but they are so precise that they produce the clean lines the House of Givenchy has become renowned for. It is instantly recognisable as Meghan’s dress due to the boat neckline and exquisite train.
Of course, on the day, it was the five-metre long silk tulle veil that added to the look and fans of the royal couple will be pleased to know it is also on display. Visitors can get a better view of its intricate embroidery, which is made up of flowers from the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.
These are accompanied by depictions of wintersweet blooms, which flower at Kensington Palace, and California poppy, which is the official flower of the state where the Duchess was born. The team of embroiderers washed their hands every 30 minutes during the hundreds of hours they spent sewing the decoration.
Harry chose the frockcoat uniform of the Household Cavalry, which is referred to as the Blues and Royals, for his wedding day. It was made by Dege & Skinner on Savile Row and since the Duke has retained the uniform for future use, the one on display is an exact copy by the same tailoring house.
Make a day of it by hiring a coach and gathering a group of friends together to visit Windsor. A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex is included in the standard price of visiting the castle, so you can enjoy the rest of the venue with more than nine centuries of royal history while you’re there. Group discounts for parties of more than 15 apply.
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