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!
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.
The invitations follow many years of Royal tradition and have been made by @BarnardWestwood. They feature the Three-Feathered Badge of the Prince of Wales printed in gold ink. pic.twitter.com/cd7LBmRJxO— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 22, 2018
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”.
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.
Today at Buckingham Palace, The Queen also received and held an audience with the Ambassador from the French Republic, Mr Jean-Pierre Jouyet. Mrs Brigitte Taittinger-Jouyet was also received by Her Majesty. The Ambassador from the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Mr Omar Barakat Mnawer Al Nahar, was also received in audience by The Queen today. Mrs Al Nahar was also present. ??PA
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.
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!
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.
Today Her Majesty The Queen was in Plymouth to attend the decommissioning ceremony for the @RoyalNavy ship, HMS Ocean. The Queen, who is the ship’s Lady Sponsor said a few words at the end of the ceremony, before meeting families and the ship’s personnel on board. There’s more by following the link in bio.
Today at Buckingham Palace, The Queen received His Excellency Mr. Ellison Greenslade on his appointment as High Commissioner for the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Mrs. Greenslade was also received by Her Majesty. Throughout the year, The Queen holds many Audiences, which allow her to maintain close ties with officials from the UK, the Commonwealth, and across the world. ??PA
Princess Alexandra has visited HMS Warrior to mark the 30th anniversary of the Victorian Battleship's return to Portsmouth. HRH is Patron of the HMS Warrior Preservation Trust and previously visited in 2015 to formally open the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) restoration project. The project will allow vital repair works that will secure the future of the ship, which is one of the most influential warships ever built. HMS Warrior has a longstanding Royal connection – in 1863 Warrior escorted the Royal yacht that brought Princess Alexandra's great-grandmother, Princess Alexandra of Denmark, to Britain to marry The Prince of Wales (later Edward VII).