Love it or hate it! You were either in category A: the group that was anticipating and loving all the hype of the royal wedding, or category B: the minority of not giving two hoots about the royal wedding or royal family whatsoever. I, for one, was certainly in category A, but I didn’t host an all-you-can-eat charcuterie board of assorted deli meats and cheeses with my friends or get dolled up to the nines dusting off my Melbourne cup fascinator. Instead, I watched it with my in-laws in my trackies and uggs eating store-bought spring rolls and my mother in law’s homemade tabouli. And who could resist watching the lavish ceremony and the star-studded event? Of course, we all wanted was to see THAT dress. The dress that everyone was talking about, the one that was rumoured that an Australian designer was going to design but in actual fact, it was designed by Clare Waight Kellar for Givenchy, the first-ever head female artistic director. It was the best-kept secret leading up to the wedding. Many were not a fan of the dress, but I suppose that resonates with Meghan’s style; simplicity, grace, class and elegance.
I actually had a wager with my sister-in-law about Meghan’s hair, as she said that she would wear her hair down but I thought she would wear her hair up as her hair is always usually down. Voila! Yours truly was right; she wore her hair up. What we could see in the shots it seems is a big but low woven chignon sitting loosely and snugly at the bottom of her nape with a centre part and her fringe framing her face neatly tucked away behind her ears to give it a casual feel. And on top of her hair sat the bedazzling English tiara. The tiara was lent to her by the Queen; titled the ‘Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau’ made in 1932. Stunningly, the tiara is structured as a flexible bandeau with 11 sections and features an attachable brooch as its centrepiece made up of ten diamonds dating as far back as 1893. The tiara features diamonds that are interlaced ovals and pavé set with large and small brilliant shaped diamonds set in platinum. Meghan’s five-metre silk tulle veil had a significant part not only in the wedding but in her royal duties, too. The featured trimming of the veil had hand embroidered flowers of each of the 53 countries in the Commonwealth hand sewn into it. For a personal touch, she also added in the Wintersweet flower which grows in the grounds of Kensington Palace and the California Poppy as it represents the state flower of California of where she was born.
In a day and age of heavy contouring, excessive baking, the blinding highlight, the plumping and overlining of the lips flooding the market and social media (which I love as much as the next person), her makeup was very understated and demure, which I admired. I appreciated the dewy foundation where her freckles peaked through and face was simply glowing. Her makeup looked like skin and it was finished off with a soft brown smokey eye and a soft pink lipstick. This is a makeup look that she has always showcased on her face, the ever so effortless, “Oh, I just threw this on” makeup look is definitely Meghan’s style and something I knew she would do and not go over-the-top with.
The setting of the royal wedding took place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor. Not only were all eyes on Meghan and her dress, but also on the who is who of the 600 attendee guest list, too. Here are some of the looks on the day.
Amal Clooney, in my opinion, was the show-stopper and best-dressed guest. She looked like every inch the epitome of spring. Chic, super fresh and eye-catching in her custom-made Stella McCartney number that was brightly coloured in a honey yellow hue. Her matching side tipped hat designed by Stephen Jones that featured a veil front with scattered ochre coloured crystals sat atop her cascading brown wavy locks. She teamed that look with rosy flushed cheeks and matching rose-tinted lips.
Victoria Beckham wore a navy blue dress once again to this royal wedding. This dress was the same colour as the maternity dress she wore to Will and Kate’s wedding while pregnant with her daughter Harper, however, this dress was slimmer fitting and had a slit cut down the middle of the chest for a hint of sexy chic. Both dresses were designed by her from her fashion label. Her hair was in a ponytail once again, but a low ponytail this time and with two loose fringes to frame her face. She placed a tulle pillbox style hat of the same navy designed by Stephen Jones and she added a smokey eye and soft nude lips to complete the look.
Who to walk down next would have been none other than new mother and dominating world tennis champion Serena Williams looking pretty in pink in her Versace ensemble and gold accessories. She wore her beautiful dark hair in long braided cornrows and Senegalese twists all pulled up together in a high ponytail. The length of her hair went impressively past her hip. I do believe she wanted to make her hair a statement piece and not so much the fascinator. To match with her outfit she opted for pink blushing undertoned hues to finish her makeup look.
Abigail Spencer, Meghan’s friend and castmate on the popular TV show where she became a household name in Suits, wore her hair up in a wild dishevelled but fun updo. The tousled curls and waves were pinned at the back of her head to give her hair some life, body and movement. Her fringe was parted to sweep across her forehead and away from her face. To match her blue and white polka dot Alexander Rich dress, she wore a matching fascinator also with a netting front. Her bold red lip, porcelain skin, rosy cheek and groomed eyebrows were all that was needed to not take away too much from her outfit and hair.
Lady Kitty Spencer, model, Princess Diana’s niece and Harry’s cousin was a stunner in her exquisite Forest Green Dolce and Gabbana number that had a hand-painted Alta Moda (floral design). Call me old-fashioned, but I loved it on her. Her blonde hair was pulled back in a tight low textured bun to keep any flyaways away from her face. She went to none other than Irish milliner to royalty, nobility and celebs alike Phillip Treacy as her go-to milliner to match with her green dress.
This time round Princess sisters Beatrice and Eugenie wore very understated and simple headpieces, I think to not get ridiculed for a second time at their cousin’s wedding and become turned into harsh memes all over the internet. Beatrice looked quite pious and simple with her teal coloured headband by Fiona Graham, maybe taking inspiration from her recent invite to the MET Gala ball a few weeks back wearing dyed silk organza dress made by designer Roksanda Vola. Eugenia may have taken a leaf out of Jackie O’s book and going for a cute mod theme with maybe a too high hem for court’s liking powder-blue tweed dress by Gainsbourg and a conservative white pillbox hat by milliner Stephen Jones.
Gina Torres friend and fellow castmate of Meghan’s on Suits wore her hair up in a low textured bun swept to the side to fit her casual chic beige Fedora. She paired her beige fedora with a coral and white embroidered tulle dress from Costarellos. Her makeup was feminine and flirty with a soft smokey purple eye and a pretty coral on her full lips to compliment her dress.
Sarah Rafferty, another cast member from Suits and friend to Meghan, wore a navy blue dress by French fashion house, Lanvin. Her effortless straight blow dry showed off her flaming auburn hair underneath a fascinator with a netted front designed by Phillip Treacy in the same navy blue colour. Sarah kept her makeup simple and elegant to show off her gorgeous porcelain skin.
Jessica Mulroney is Meghan’s best friend and unofficial wedding planner. Jessica has a side business with PR and Bridal event planning. She wore a royal blue ensemble by Antoinette De Carlo and had her hair up in a very chic, elegant and soft half-up style. Her brown hair fell down to the middle of her back with soft waves and the half up hair was done with a simple overlapping tuck. She kept her makeup dewy, glowy and feminine. Jessica’s children were in the bridal party; her youngest being a flower girl and her twin boys were the two to carry Meghan’s veil.
Princess Charlotte, the cutie patootie would, of course, have been a shoe-in to be a flower girl. She was after all a flower girl for her aunt Pippa’s wedding and now she would be for her uncle Harry’s wedding. Her sweet shoulder length bob looked picture-perfect with her white flower crown that included her late grandmother, Princess Diana’s favourite flower, the Forget Me Not. This was quintessentially added in all the bouquets, too.