Meghan Markle fans now have two opportunities to get up close and personal with her stunning Givenchy wedding gown, which will be on display in both Windsor and Edinburgh this year and next. The custom creation is the star of an exhibit called A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, which will also offer a chance to take in the royal bride's exquisitely embroidered veil and dazzling bandeau tiara. But that's not all! Just like on the couple's big day in May, Meghan will have her groom by her side as Prince Harry's uniform will also be on display.
Meghan and Harry's wedding day looks are going on display. Photo: © Yui Mok/PA
The ensembles will travel back to where all the magic happened this fall as the exhibition kicks off in Windsor Castle from Oct. 26, 2018 to Jan. 6, 2019. From there, they will make the journey to Edinburgh's Palace of Holyroodhouse, where fans can take in the matrimonial garments from June 14, 2019 to Oct. 6, 2019.
Designed by Givenchy's artistic director Clare Waight Keller, Meghan's timeless gown was the picture of elegance, impeccably tailored with three-quarter sleeves and a bateau neckline - something that has become a signature for the style icon. The British designer used just six carefully crafted seams to structure the silk cady gown over its triple silk organza underskirt.
Another site to behold will be the Duchess of Sussex's stunning accessories. Her show-stopping, five-metre veil was made from silk tulle and embroidered with the distinctive flora of 53 commonwealth countries. The trim also included two of Meghan's personal favourites - the wintersweet, which grows on the grounds of Kensington Palace, and the California Poppy, in a nod to her home state. The flowers were hand-embroidered using silk thread and organza, a task so delicate that it required workers to wash their hands every 30 minutes in order to maintain the fabric's pristine state.
While the veil was very much the bride's own, her breathtaking tiara was on loan from the Queen. Meghan complemented the quiet elegance of her dress with Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara, a piece Her Majesty inherited in 1953 that features a detachable centre brooch made from ten large diamonds. The flexible band is separated into 11 sections and interlaced with diamonds.
Prince Harry's dapper frockcoat uniform of the 'Blues and Royals' (the Household Cavalry) featured large gold embroidered crowns on the epaulettes, signifying the rank of major. It was created by Dege & Skinner on Savile Row. The Duke of Sussex has loaned an identical uniform to the exhibition as the royal has to have his on hand for official outings. The couple's adorable pageboys also wore mini versions of the uniform to the delight of fans, though those won't be on display.