Prince Harry of England and Meghan Markle were married on May 19, 2018 in the Chapel of St. George, a church intimately linked to the history of the British monarchy.
A place of eternal repose for kings and queens, and the epicenter of English chivalry, the church of Windsor Castle – royal residence a little over an hour west of London – has seen numerous royal weddings and official ceremonies.
Inspired by the knights of the round table of King Arthur, Edward III founded in 1348 the Most Noble Order of the Garter, the most prestigious in the country.
The king chose the Chapel of Windsor as the mother church of the order and dedicated it to the patron of England, St. George.
The chapel was rebuilt between 1475 and 1528 in the Gothic style that today is its sign.
The current Duchess of Succex chose for her big day a creation of Clare Waight Keller, creative director of Givenchy.
This couture dress was made with white silk, boat neckline, thin three-quarter sleeves, which added a note of refined modernity, little volume and a tail not very long, following the naturalness of the suit.
The lines of the dress extended towards the back in soft round folds cushioned by a petticoat in triple silk organza.
Simplicity and minimalist elegance in its purest form.
This great design protagonist, who wrapped the bride in an aura of magic and light, was embroidered by hand (her lace) with silk and organza thread.
Waight Keller designed a veil that represented the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country,(organization composed of 53 independent and semi-independent sovereign countries that, with the exception of Mozambique and Rwanda, share historical ties with the United Kingdom. Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is the head of the organization), united in a spectacular floral composition.
Frontal view of the veil:
Entry into the church:
Out of the temple:
Each flower of the veil was worked flat, in three dimensions to create a unique and delicate design. It is said that workers spent hundreds of hours meticulously stitching and washing their hands every thirty minutes to keep the tulle and threads pristine.
In addition to the flora of the Commonwealth, Meghan also selected two flowers: Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox), which grows on the grounds of Kensington Palace in front of Nottingham Cottage, and California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), the flower of her home state.
Here we can see some beautiful photos of the veil of five meters:
They were a satin silk personalization on a model from the Spring-Summer 2018 collection by Givenchy.
The lace of the veil, together with the precious jewels, were the notes of life in this creation.
The tiara ‘Filigree‘ of Queen Mary, of incalculable value, was chosen by Meghan for this magical day. The tiara is also known as Maria de Teck’s tiara (the name of the queen before marriage), grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II and wife of King George V of Great Britain and Ireland.
It was a loan from Queen Elizabeth II, and had not been seen in public since 1953. The two pieces, the tiara and the brooch, were a gift that Queen Elizabeth II received from her grandmother.
The tiara “bandeau”, of English design, made with diamonds and platinum, forms a flexible band divided into perforated sections with interlaced ovals and pavé with brilliant cut diamonds of different sizes.
The central piece, the oldest, is formed by a removable diamond brooch that the princess then received in 1893 from Lincoln County on the occasion of her marriage to Prince George, Duke of York.
In relation to the other jewels, Meghan opted for Cartier, with earrings of white gold and diamonds, the ‘Galanterie’:
The earrings had a brilliant cut center diamond available in 0.18 to 0.22 carats or 0.40 to 0.44 carats, paved with brilliant cut diamonds.
We had already seen Meghan wearing those same earrings at the reception of the Invictus Games held in Australia last April and at the memorial service to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence, for what we assume are the “something used” chosen by Meghan for her wedding day.
The bracelet was made to measure for Meghan, and belongs to the Reflection collection, also by Cartier. It was made of 18 carat white gold, set with 104 brilliant-cut diamonds for a total of 4.50 carats, and with 52 baguette-cut diamonds totaling 5.61 carats.
Meghan’s wedding band was a simple band made in Welsh yellow gold. Prince Harry broke the tradition by wearing a wedding ring, since male members of the royal family usually do not and chose a platinum band with a textured finish. Both of the royal jewelers Cleave and Company:
The Meghan engagement ring, designed by Prince Harry, had three diamonds set, which were selected from the Princess Diana collection and were co-designed by Prince Harry and the Cleave and Company jewelers as well:
It is known that the center diamond of the engagement ring comes from Botswana, and it is estimated that its value is around € 137,000.
Designed by the florist Philippa Craddock with some of the flowers specially collected by Prince Harry himself from his garden.
White and radiant forget-me-nots (favorite flowers of Princess Diana of Wales), lilies of the valley, astilbes, jasmines, astrantias and, as mandated by another century-old tradition, also twigs of myrtle, symbol of purity and fidelity.
This bouquet was deposited in the Abbey of Westminster, place where the wedding of the Dukes of Cambridge was celebrated. The bouquet is an offering in the tomb of the unknown soldier, which is in that imposing London church.
That tradition was initiated by Queen Elizabeth I, the great-grandmother of Harry and William, who deposited her wedding bouquet with King George VI in tribute to his brother, Fergus, who was assassinated in 1915 at the Battle of Loos during the First World War. World.
As a note to add, all the flowers that were used in the flower arrangements of the wedding, also created by Craddock, were donated to the Saint Joseph Hospice, which takes care of people with serious illnesses and elderly. Each of its residents received a bouquet made with flowers.
For the reception, Meghan wore a dress made to measure, in silk crepe of high neck, style “halter” in white color, of Stella McCartney.
It carried a beautiful emerald-cut aquamarine ring that belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales, and who had not seen herself since 1997 when Diana lost her life. It is said that it was a jewel that she acquired herself after her marriage with Prince Charles came to an end.
It was a way in which Princess Diana replaced her engagement ring. It is said that he then acquired it for $ 75,000 and is surrounded by diamonds.
The look was completed with precious long diamonds and white gold earrings, the “Reflection” design by Cartier, in 18 carat white gold, each with 19 brilliant cut diamonds for a total of 0.81 carats, and with 10 baguette cut diamonds totaling 1.08 carats:
Markle’s shoes for this dinner were Aquazzura with light blue soles: A lovely detail!
All the happiness of the world to this new couple!