Royal wedding dress ‘secrets’ revealed ahead of Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry
MEGHAN Markle’s wedding dress details are being closely kept under wraps by Kensington Palace in one of the biggest secrets since the royal wedding of Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge.
Ahead of Meghan and Prince Harry ’s big day royal wedding designers and embroiderers have revealed the royal traditions and protocols the former US actress is likely to follow.
Elizabeth Emmanuel, 64, who was Diana’s wedding dress designer with her then-husband David, said they had to keep every “scrap” of fabric a secret.
Speaking on the ITV documentary Invitation to a Royal Wedding, Ms Emmanuel added: “I kept every scrap and we had to be very careful not to let any scraps fall on the floor because we didn’t want them to end up in the rubbish.
“We had a lot of journalists going through the rubbish to see what colour the dress was so I kept them pretty much as they were on the cutting table.
“Every thread was important as far as I was concerned.”
Meanwhile for Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, everyone from the factory workers in Nottinghamshire who provided the lace, to those doing the embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace were sworn to secrecy.
Embroiderer Margaret Dier did not find out they would be stitching the design on Kate’s wedding dress until they were asked to sign a confidentiality contract.
They had to work hidden away behind closed doors and curtains were drawn, not able to tell anyone.
And even then she and fellow embroiderer Gemma Murray did not know who the designer of the wedding dress was until the morning of the wedding when it was revealed as Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen
Ms Murray added: “It was hard keeping it a secret, but my fiance had no idea and my parents had no idea.
“When Catherine stepped out of the car and I saw the dress for the first time, I cried a lot of happy tears. I sort of turned to my fiance and said, ‘So you know I’ve not been seeing very much of you recently? I’ve been a bit busy. That’s the reason why.’”
Kate’s wedding was covered in symbolic flowers from “all corners of the United Kingdom from shamrocks to roses”.
Ms Dier said: “We had to cut out hundreds and hundreds of tiny pieces of the motif from different types of lace and apply them to a net backing and then stitch it on with tiny stitches.
“And we had a template to follow, so we knew exactly where each piece was to the millimetre.”
Ms Murray added: “We were washing our hands every 30 minutes just to make sure that the threads were pristine, that the work itself was pristine.”
ITV reporter Julie Etchingham said: “The one thing we know for sure is that by tradition, the dress remains under wraps until the very moment we get to see the bride.”
Meghan’s wedding dress is likely to be white, according to a tradition set by Queen Victoria.
Historian professor Kate Williams said: “The tradition of the white wedding dress is really very recent and it comes from Queen Victoria – previous to her, brides would wear any colour.
“When Victoria got married, she was in pure white, which signalled to the world that she was this innocent girl and so different to the debauched monarchs who’d gone before.
“And there is still this convention across the board, even the most fashion-forward, the most celebrity of brides, everyone still wears white.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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