The day Meghan Markle and Prince Harry say "I do" will be a day for royal watchers to remember, if not for the romance and the star-studded guest list, for her stunning wedding gown. The Los Angeles native, who will walk down the aisle in Windsor on May 19, will likely pull out all the stops to make sure her gown is fit for a princess.
Easily one of the most famous dress of all is the one Princess Diana wore, a breathtaking design by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, followed by Duchess Kate's striking Alexander McQueen lace number. Here's everything we know about Meghan's dress already...
According to reports, Meghan had her first wedding dress fitting at Kensington Palace in January. She flew her close friend and stylist, Jessica Mulroney, from Canada to London to help her decide which gown to wear for the big day. Following the fitting, Jessica reportedly stayed at the palace for four nights, during which time she helped Meghan pick out other outfits for future engagements.
Who is the designer?
The custom-designed gown will be this year's most sought after commission amongst the fashion elite. British fashion house Ralph and Russo are currently tipped to be the dress designer - the same brand who famously created Meghan's stunning engagement gown. Fashion insiders tell HELLO! that word is that the British haute couture fashion house has won the style war. The speculation comes after bookmakers revealed in February that they've had to stop taking bets on another British designer, Alexander McQueen, as punters rushed to try their luck.
Another rumoured contender to land the coveted role is London designer Antonio Berardi. Meghan was worn the fashion house before, most poignantly in May 2017 when she cheered on Harry at the polo. It was the very first time the couple were snapped together at a public event. Her navy dress was fashion-forward, modern and feminine, featuring an elegant, double-breasted cut, a ruffled asymmetrical skirt and statement button detail.
Victoria Beckham is not the designer
Last month, the Spice Girls star shut down rumours that she was designing the dress - despite Meghan wearing a beautiful knitted jumper by VB in her engagement photo shoot. "She looked absolutely beautiful in my jumper. I’m sure it will be a really fun wedding," Victoria told the Guardian. "But no, she hasn’t asked me to do the dress."
Not one but two gowns
It's believed that the American beauty will change into a second dress for her reception, and it will likely be more informal. "The wedding will be split into two, much like William and Kate's," an insider told Us Weekly. "So both Meghan and Harry will have second outfits." For her 2011 wedding to Prince William, Kate slipped into a stunning sweetheart-neckline satin creation, which was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
Meghan's dream wedding dress
In 2016, the former actress opened up about her ideal bridal gown during the filming of her wedding scene in Suits. "Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist," she told Glamour. "I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic. Delphine Manivet and Christos Costarellos are faves of mine for their uniqueness and beauty. And I will always be a fan of Ellie Saab. J. Mendel is spectacular as well, especially for more structural designs."