It's the ultimate Meghan Markle Wore a Thing: On Saturday, Meghan Markle arrived for her wedding to Prince Harry at Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel wearing Givenchy — a French house, yes, but courtesy of British designer Clare Waight Keller. The gown — which no doubt will become a highlight in the history books in its own right — comes complete with an elegant, boatneck neckline, long sleeves and a full, sheer veil secured by Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara, on loan from Queen Elizabeth.
The elegant, sophisticated gown provided a contrast to Kate Middleton's exquisite lace Alexander McQueen dress for her 2011 nuptials to Prince William; in its simplicity, Markle's Givenchy look almost had more in common with American royalty Carolyn Bessette Kennedy's iconic Narciso Rodriguez slip dress in her 1996 wedding to John F. Kennedy Jr.
The gown also holds particular significance in that Waight Keller is a Givenchy's very first female artistic director, drawing attention to Markle's long history of feminist activism and advocacy.
According to Kensington Palace, Markle "expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony," represented on the veil which pictures the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one floral composition.
Previously, it had been widely speculated that Markle would wear London-based design house Ralph & Russo, with bookies placing the couture label in the frontrunner's seat for weeks. Other speculations included, again, Alexander McQueen, Roland Mouret (which London's The Times speculated will be designing her evening reception look), Stewart Parvin and Jenny Packham — as well as Burberry (either Christopher Bailey, in one of his last designs for the heritage house, or Riccardo Tisci, in one of his first), Amanda Wakeley and Emilia Wickstead.
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