The Rumors Aren’t True: Meghan Markle Didn’t Wear Ralph & Russo To Her Wedding—It Was Givenchy!
At last, after a long wait, Meghan Markle’s gorgeous white wedding dress has been revealed.
For months, royal fans and fashion enthusiasts have speculated on the exact dress the Duchess of Sussex would wear at the royal wedding. Online commentators fueled the rumor that she would be coming in Ralph & Russo—but to everyone’s (pleasant) surprise, she walked the aisle in Givenchy!
Meghan Markle ascends the steps of St. George’s Chapel in a sublime @givenchyofficial couture dress with a large veil and the Order of Splendor tiara. The piece was the first bridal moment for Givenchy under the direction of Clare Waight Keller, the first female artistic director at the house. Tap the link in our bio for all details on her #royalwedding look.
The bride arrives, and the secret’s out—#MeghanMarkle, accompanied by her little pageboys and flower girls, is wearing #Givenchy (@givenchyofficial) by #ClaireWaightKeller (@clarewaightkeller)! Her veil has been revealed to be held by #QueenMary’s diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Meghan by #QueenElizabethII. (?? via @harpersbazaarus) • #RoyalWeddingOnMetroDotStyle #RoyalWedding2018 #RoyalWedding #PrinceHarry #MeghanMarkle #wellstyledlife #lifestyled #lifegoals #inspiredliving
The simple yet sublime creation was a couture masterpiece by British designer Clare Waight Keller, Givenchy's first female artistic director. According to the royal family's official website, "After meeting... in early 2018, [Meghan Markle] chose to work with her for her timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour." The result of their collaboration was a minimal, uncomplicated dress that was nothing but timeless elegance—an epitome of European romance.
She accessorized her modest but stunning look with classic diamond pieces from Cartier.
An interesting fact: the Duchess' five-meter veil features hand-embroidered flowers representing all 53 countries of The Commonwealth. The Royal's website explains, "each flower was worked flat, in three dimensions to create a unique and delicate design. The workers spent hundreds of hours meticulously sewing and washing their hands every thirty minutes to keep the tulle and threads pristine."
In addition to the flora of The Commonwealth, Meghan Markle also included Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) to represent the Kensington Palance, and the California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) to symbolize her birth place.
Finally, Meghan topped off her look with something borrowed: a tiara from The Queen herself. The diamond bandeau tiara was made in 1932, while its centre brooch dates way back to 1893.
Congrtulations to the beautiful newly weds!
Lead photo from The Royal Family