When Meghan Markle exited her car in front of St. George’s Chapel, royal watchers worldwide were taken aback at the reveal of her stunning Givenchy by Clare Waight Keller . Hours later, the newly minted Duchess of Sussex debuted her reception gown – a stunning halter-neck Stella McCartney creation – and made jaws drop once again. While Meghan’s first dress will be on display at Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex exhibition will sadly not feature her second white creation.
While the news may sadden some, who counted on seeing her fun party dress up close and personal, the reason it won’t be included is simple. A spokesperson for the Royal Collection Trust toldHELLO! that the dress cannot be viewed in person, as the duke and duchess’s wedding reception at Frogmore House was private.
But the story behind the gown’s creation was shared by the designer herself, who sung high praises for the 37-year-old royal. Speaking to Elle about the gown – which reportedly cost around CA$100,000 – the British designer said: “I think Meghan chose me for reasons other than just a beautiful dress – plenty of people can do that. She is not a difficult client to make look beautiful. Amal called me and asked me to do it, as did Oprah,” she explained. “I look at that Amal dress, and it is made of sustainable viscose that took us three years to develop. And I think, obviously I am a British designer, but I think being a woman and being a women’s woman played a part. They are all women’s women. It’s a big deal.”
The duchess, who has slipped seamlessly into royal life, has made it clear that not a detail goes missed when she chooses what to wear. During a string of engagements after she and Prince Harry announced their wedding plans, Meghan’s fashion savvy was on full display. From donning classic Burberry tartan in Scotland to putting Canadian designers on the map , what she wears is more than just clothing – it’s a statement.
And that is especially true of her bridal look, from the intricately embroidered veil to her borrowed bandeau tiara. Though her evening look will be absent, royal watchers will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s wedding day ensembles over the next year. The garments 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.