How Princess Eugenie’s wedding gown will compare to Meghan Markle’s

By Meaghan Wray

From the guest list to the gown, there’s plenty to look forward to at Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding to Jack Brooksbank– especially now that she’s making a bigger-than-ever splash in the fashion world. All eyes will be on the 28-year-old when she becomes the second royal bride to walk down the aisle this year, following Meghan Markle’s footsteps at St George’s Chapel on Oct. 12. Naturally, royal watchers are already dreaming of what her wedding dress will look like and how it will compare to the newly minted Duchess of Sussex’s Givenchy by Clare Waight Keller creation. Here’s everything we know about Eugenie’s bridal look…

THE DESIGNER

For Prince Andrew’s daughter, family is everything – it’s plain to see in the way she interacts with her sister, Princess Beatrice , and mom, Sarah Ferguson . And when it comes to her wedding day, she’ll be wearing a designer that pays homage to her heritage. Eugenie has revealed that she’ll be taking after Meghan by choosing a British designer – that one was a no-brainer, she told British Vogue: “I’m not telling anyone who is making it, but I can say it is a British-based designer. [The dress] is the one thing that I was really decisive about,” she explained. “As soon as we announced the wedding, I knew the designer, and the look, straight away. I never thought I’d be the one who knew exactly what I like, but I’ve been pretty on top of it.”

In addition to being a thoughtful nod to her home country, it also follows perfectly in line with her most recent string of fashion-forward outfits by English designers, like the amazing Osman dress she wore at the Royal Ascot and the floral Erdem design she donned when making her official engagement announcement. In fact, Canadian-raised Erdem Moralioglu, a favourite of Eugenie’s cousin Duchess Kate, is at the top of betting fashionistas’ lists for the royal bride’s big day.

Eugenie favours high-fashion brands like Osman and Erdem. Photo: © Getty Images

THE CUT

The princess has been donning some very chic and retro looks as of late, suggesting that she might opt for a very classic cut for her wedding gown. She may well opt for timeless elegance in the style of Meghan’s boat-necked Givenchy design but with her own twist – a cap sleeve like her engagement dress or a three-quarter-length sleeve, similar to the Kelly-green dress she wore at Trooping the Colour. A higher neckline might even be in the picture, not unlike the stunning Jackie O style dress by Gainsbourg that she wore for Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding day.

On the other hand, the Queen’s granddaughter has been known to take fashion risks, recently stunning in a printed asymmetrical dress by Roland Mouret worn over black pants and booties at the Serpentine Summer party. “I love trying new looks,” she told Harper’s BAZAARin 2016. “I don't want to be pigeonholed.” So perhaps a cold shoulder or one shoulder look is in the cards? The October chill is a factor, too, so if she dares to bare she’ll likely need a chic shrug or cardigan to keep warm (Kate opted for a fuzzy angora sweater for her reception look).

The princess stunned in a Jackie O-inspired dress for Meghan and Harry's wedding. Photo: © Getty Images

THE VEIL

Throughout royal wedding history, the brides’ veils have always made quite a statement, even though the details are incredibly subtle. The Duchess of Sussex’s wedding veil featured 53 embroidered flowers representing countries in the Commonwealth – as well as other blooms paying tribute to her home state and her new home of England – and we’re willing to bet that the bride-to-be’s topper will be just as meaningful. So meaningful, in fact, that it may also take after her mother’s vision . For Sarah’s wedding to Prince Andrew in 1986, the veil featured an embroidered ‘A’ and ‘S’ for the couple’s initials.

Eugenie's veil will likely be as symbolic as Sarah and Meghan's were. Photo: © Getty Images

THE RECEPTION DRESS

It’s clearly become a royal trend to have two separate wedding dresses for their big day. Just like Duchess Kate and Duchess Meghan, who both showed off their unique personalities with their reception dresses, Eugenie is very likely to follow suit – and a unique neckline could definitely be in the cards. Meghan went from boatneck to halter for her post-wedding party. If Eugenie chooses to make this fun swap, we’ll be putting our money on a one-shoulder look, just like that edgy tunic she wore to the Serpentine Ball in June.

Meghan stunned in a halter-neck dress by Stella McCartney for her reception. Photo: © Getty Images

THE JEWELS

The pièce de résistance is always the tiara, and like every other aspect of her big day, it’s likely that the one Eugenie chooses will be both stunning and significant. The duchess wore the filigree tiara, borrowed from Her Majesty, which was originally made for Queen Mary. Royal watchers are placing their bets on the princess dusting off the York Diamond Tiara – a stunning Garrard confection given to her mom by the Queen for her wedding day, which hasn’t been worn since.

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