Princess Eugenie and the Duchess of Sussex said "I do" just a few months apart at the same venue, St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, and the two royal weddings were by far the most exciting events of the year. Much of the excitement on these historic days comes down to the brides' ensembles, which feature fairytale gowns, tiaras and beauty looks perfectly befitting that happily ever after. And while Eugenie and Meghan Markle had completely different nuptials at different times of year, we're taking a look at the similarities and differences where their breathtaking wedding looks are concerned.
While Meghan opted for a design by Clare Waight Keller for the French fashion house Givenchy, Eugenie gave her home country a nod by going for British designer, Peter Pilotto. The princess said that her choice was a no-brainer, telling British Vogue: "[The dress] is the one thing that I was really decisive about. 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."
The duchess's choice of designer was also partly a nod to her new home, as designer Clare is British. Since her big day, we've seen the 37-year-old in many Givenchy ensembles, from special engagements to tours and major milestones. Much like Alexander McQueen for Duchess Kate, Meghan has definitely made the label her go-to.
THE DRESS CUT
The cut of Meghan and Eugenie's wedding gowns are on the similar side, though differ slightly when it comes to the neckline and the fullness of the skirt. Both brides chose to go with elegant long sleeves and a neckline that shows off their shoulders – however, Meghan went with a a boatneck, while Jack's wife chose a sailor style featuring fabric draping over the shoulders and an open back. Meghan counts the boatneck as one of her favoured necklines, which she has worn on various occasions since her wedding to Prince Harry.
The veil is a very special part of any royal bride's look, but Eugenie chose to forgo a veil entirely, instead featuring meaningful symbols on the fabric of her gown. In British royal brides' past, the accessory – lifted by their husband-to-be at the altar – has been used to pay tribute to important aspects of the royal's life. For Meghan, her beautiful veil was an opportunity to include all 53 Commonwealth countries – she had all the national flowers embroidered onto the fabric – to show her dedication to her new role as the Duchess of Sussex.
Meghan borrowed her glittering filigree tiara from the Queen, a piece of crown jewelry originally made for Queen Mary, the Princess of Teck that boasts a detachable brooch at its centre. Eugenie also borrowed a stunning piece from Her Majesty, the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, which features pave diamonds and large emeralds.
Keeping her skin fresh and natural – and letting her sweet freckles shine through – the duchess and makeup artist Daniel Martin opted for long lashes, black liner, a subtle bronzed glow with a natural pink lip on her wedding day. Eugenie was totally aglow as well, with the help of Bobbi Brown's Hannah Martin, putting the focus on her rosy cheeks and glossy lip plus full lashes and black liner.
Eugenie took a page out of Meghan's book with her wedding hairstyle! Rocking her newly reddened hair in a low chignon with some loose tresses, she was definitely inspired by the Duchess of Sussex, who fashioned her brunette locks in a similarly relaxed style at the nape of her neck, keeping her trademark tresses framing the side of her face, too.
Just like Meghan's bouquet, Eugenie's also had myrtle, which represents love and is a traditional fixture in any royal bride's flower arrangement. Her blooms were arranged by Rob Van Helden's sister, Patrice Van Helden Oakes, and also included Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, baby blue thistles, white spray roses and trailing ivy. Meghan's included a nod to Princess Diana by carrying her favourite flower, the Forget-Met-Not. Her arrangement also featured sweet peas, Lily of the Valley, astilbe, jasmine and astrantia.