Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s pageboy and bridesmaid outfits go on display alongside Meghan’s wedding dress in Windsor Castle exhibition
Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s royal wedding outfits go on display
The pageboy and bridesmaid ensembles will be shown at Windsor Castle
Royal exhibition also features the Duchess of Sussex’s Givenchy wedding dress
Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s royal wedding outfits go on display today as part of a new Windsor Castle exhibition celebrating the nuptials of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Pageboy George, five, sported a miniature version of the Blues and Royals frockcoat worn by his uncle Harry, 34, while Charlotte, three, donned an ivory bridesmaid dress by Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller, who designed Meghan’s £20,000 dress.
The ensembles will be on show alongside the duchess’ wedding gown and veil, which form the centrepiece of the exhibition.
It will be accompanied by an identical uniform to that worn by Prince Harry, on loan from the royal himself.
A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex opens at Windsor Castle today and runs until January.
In a recording made for visitors to the exhibition, The Duke and Duchess discuss their plans for the May 19 wedding, including the choice of outfits, music and flowers.
The duchess says: ‘A great level of detail went into the planning of our wedding day. 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.’
The duke adds, ‘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.’
Members of the public will be given a closer view of George’s mini version of the coat, created by Savile Row tailors Dege & Skinner, which has his initials embroidered in gold thread on the shoulder straps.
Meanwhile Charlotte’s dress features short puff sleeves and a double silk ribbon at the waist, tied in a bow at the back. Here white leather shoes were made by Aquazzura and embroidered with her initials and the wedding date.
Meghan’s dress, which will be displayed on a mannequin, was made from an exclusive double-bonded silk, developed by Clare Waight Keller especially for the royal wedding, featuring what has become Meghan’s ‘signature’ boat neckline.
A highlight will be the bride’s 16ft-long veil, embroidered with the flowers of all 53 countries of the Commonwealth.
The delicate embroidery could not be properly appreciated on the TV broadcast of the wedding and so this will be a unique opportunity for royal fans.
The Duchess’s veil was held in place by the Queen’s tiara, on display for the first time, which is set with large and small brilliant diamonds in a geometric design.
It was made in 1932 for the Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary, and specifically designed to accommodate the centre brooch, which was given to her on her marriage to Prince George, Duke of York, the future King George V, in 1893.
The bandeau and the brooch were bequeathed to the Queen by her grandmother in 1953.
A replica of The Duchess of Sussex’s bridal bouquet made from artificial flowers has been created for the exhibition. The bouquet was designed by florist Philippa Craddock and included sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia, sprigs of myrtle and forget-me-nots, the favourite flower of Diana, Princess of Wales.
A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will then move to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, where it will open in June next year.
Following the displays, Royal Collection Trust will make a donation to the Royal Foundation, the charitable organisation set up by William, Kate and Harry of which Meghan is now also a patron.
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