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Royal Dress Code 101: What Should Guests Wear To The Royal Wedding This Weekend?

We’re counting the days ‘til the biggest, grandest, and most anticipated wedding of the year! And while everyone can't wait to see what Meghan Markle will be donning on her big day, we also can't help but wonder what—and who—their guests will be wearing! 

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According to the official invititation, the Royal Wedding will be implementing a dress code—gentlemen must wear uniforms, morning suits, or lounge suits, while ladies should wear day dresses with hats.



With that, we can expect that nobody will be entering the chapel in long, formal gowns. Surpisingly, the dress code is not that far from what people would usually wear to daytime affairs and garden weddings! But of course, given that this is a royal event, there are still some rules that should strictly be followed. Let's break down the Royal Wedding dress code, shall we?



Members of the military may wear their uniforms on the big day.


Prince Harry represented Her Majesty The Queen as the Reviewing Officer at the Sovereign’s Parade, which marks the passing out from Sandhurst of Officer Cadets who have competed the Commissioning Course. The Parade marked the completion of a year’s intensive training for officer cadets from the U.K. and overseas countries. In a speech given, HRH said: “You are now part of something much bigger than yourself, part of a new family which you have earned the right to join and will never really leave. No matter how challenging the road ahead becomes, the time you have spent in this great place has prepared you to face any test. You have learnt how to lead by example and to lift up all those around you. And you are all better people for it. Thank you for the commitment you have made; to each other, to your soldiers and to all of us”.

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Morning Suits

A morning suit, or a coat with a knee-length tail, is a traditional royal wedding attire. Gentlemen can also opt to wear a top hat with this.


Lounge Suits

More commonly known as a business suit, a dark-colored lounge suit can also be worn for a more relaxed look. This is what gentlemen usually wear to beach or garden weddings.


Day Dresses

A knee-length dress that covers one's shoulders is the perfect attire of choice for ladies attending the Royal Wedding. They can also have fun with tailored pieces in bright colors and floral patterns! As with any wedding, avoid wearing white—that color is reserved for the bride. Women are also encouraged to wear nude stockings—although everyone knows that Meghan has broken this royal fashion protocol quite a number of times! Another unofficial rule? Wearing wedges to royal events is a no-no! It's common knowledge that Queen Elizabeth does not like chunky pieces of footwear. Classic heels are the way to go!




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Hats and Fascinators

Everyone knows that no British society event is ever complete without a hat! This weekend, expect to see lots of hats and fascinators in all shapes and colors. 




Lead photos from @people and @theroyalfamily