Ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first anniversary on May 19, we’re remembering the highlights of their incredible royal wedding. Here take a look back at her beautiful Givenchy bridal gown.
Seeing Meghan in her classic gown was one of the most anticipated moments of the day, and photographers first captured the bride in the car on the way to St. George’s Chapel alongside her mother, Doria Ragland.
But it wasn’t until she stepped out of the car at Windsor Castle that we could see the full look. See a few photos of her dress below.
Who designed her dress?
On the day of the wedding, Kensington Palace revealed that “acclaimed British designer” Clare Waight Keller designed the dress.
“Ms. Waight Keller last year became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy,” read a statement from the Palace.
The day after the wedding, Kensington Palace released Waight Keller’s sketches for the dress.
Waight Keller was certainly not the front runner in the press leading up to the wedding. Rather, the dress was rumored to be designed by Ralph & Russo. In early May, the Royal School of Needlework, which helped craft Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, posted the below tweet, highlighting the fact that Ralph & Russo’s haute couture atelier team was visiting, fueling speculation.
Just one day before the wedding, Stella McCartney also emerged as another potential option, with the New York Post citing British bridal designer Caroline Castigliano as saying that McCartney would be the perfect fit.
Eventually, we would find out that McCartney designed Markle’s second wedding dress.
In the months before, online betting sites saw a frenzy of activity over Markle’s dress designer, with Erdem, Roland Mouret, Inbal Dror, Jenny Packham, and Alexander McQueen proving to be the favorites.
In fact, in late February, betting on McQueen has intensified so quickly that Betfair actually suspended all bets on Markle’s dress designer. Many believe that the heightened interest in McQueen was due to an information leak, but nothing has been confirmed. “We previously had Ralph and Russo as the 2/1 [favorites] and there’s also been a lot of talk of Erdem as a big front-runner,” a Betfair rep said in a statement, Harpers Bazaar reports. “However, we’ve now suspended this market after seeing some interesting betting on Alexander McQueen this morning who went from 16/1 to 8/1 in a very short space of time.”
Previously, Markle had also called out Delphine Manivet, Christos Costarellos, Ellie Saab, and J.Mendel as bridal designers she particularly liked.
How much did it cost?
“Meghan’s dress is expected to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars,” E!’s royal expert Melanie Bromley told Harper’s Bazaar.“It’s going to be featured in the history books so needs to stand the test of time.”
Prince Harry didn’t see his bride in her dress before she walked down the aisle.
“That tradition is very important to them,” a palace spokesman reportedly said,