How Meghan gave the royal wedding exhibit an extra personal touch

By Meaghan Wray

Fans who didn’t get a chance to see Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s royal wedding in person on May 19 will finally have the chance to see some details up close and personal! Her wedding dress, veil and tiara, along with other details, are on display in Windsor Castle’s exhibit “A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex,” and viewers will be happily surprised by how the duchess lent her personal touch to the exhibit.

Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding day outfits are on display at Windsor Castle. Photo: © Royal Collection Trust

While walking through the stunning display in the Royal Family’s iconic residence, where all the magic happened as Meghan said “I do” to Prince Harry, viewers will hear the Suits alum’s voice in conversation with curator Caroline de Guitaut to offer special insights about her big day. The mother-to-be talks about her wedding dress and veil, as envisioned by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, and opens up about why she chose the designer! “I wanted a female designer, that was very important. I wanted a British designer because I wanted to embrace my new home in a way. I wanted something that felt reflective of the world in a way.”

The exhibit is perfectly composed inside the Grand Reception Room, which is actually where Her Majesty hosted the couple’s first wedding reception. While wandering the grand hall, peering through the glass, visitors will also get to feast their eyes on the beautiful diamond and platinum bandeau tiara, which the Queen allowed Meghan to borrow for her nuptials to her grandson, Prince Harry. Also chosen to be put on display are sketches of the LA native’s gown from Parisian embroidery house Maison Lesage, who created Meghan’s 16-foot-long veil – with all 53 Commonwealth countries embroidered on it.

Visitors can also see Meghan's beautiful veil. Photo: © Royal Collection Trust

On display beside the 37-year-old’s gorgeous gown is Prince Harry’s Blues and Royals uniform, crafted by Dege & Skinner on London’s Savile Row. The talented curator elaborated on Prince Harry’s ensemble, which isn’t actually the same one he wore to exchange vows with his wife! “He had a new one made but as it’s required during the lifetime of the exhibition, he has very kindly allowed us to display another one,” she explains in the recording. “They are identical in every respect.” And the 36-year-old shared why he wore this particular uniform, a decision influenced by the Queen. "I chose the frock coat as a uniform, with permission from my Grandmother, because I think it’s one of the smartest Household Cavalry uniforms. It’s one of my favourites, and I was very fortunate to be able to wear that on the day."

A special conversation between the Sussexes also reveals just how much went into pulling together their big day. "A great level of detail went into the planning of our wedding day,” says Meghan. “We knew how large the scale of the event would be, so in making choices that were really personal and meaningful, it could make the whole experience feel intimate."

Prince George and Princess Charlotte's adorable outfits are in the exhibit. Photo: © Royal Collection Trust

Fans of the royals will notice Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s adorable pageboy and bridesmaid outfits, too, which the couple elaborate on in the exhibit: “We had 10 bridesmaids and pageboys under the age of seven, which everybody says is impossible to have them behaving, but they did it,” Harry laughed, while Meghan said: “It was a miracle!” The display revealed a special detail on George’s coat, which was identical to Prince Harry’s – a gold embroidery of his initials on both shoulder straps. This personal touch was perfectly in line with the special detail on her bridesmaids’ Aquazzura shoes: each little girl’s initials and the wedding date.

This is clearly a must-see for any royal watcher who wants a deeper look inside the goings on of a royal wedding ­– especially one as historic and ground-breaking as this.

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