The much-anticipated Royal wedding has taken place. The event was broadcasted live all around the world for fans to get a taste of the ceremony from afar.
Meghan Markle made a beautiful bride in her understated yet stunning dress by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy.
The Cathedral-length veil Markle wore also has an inside story, as told on the Kensington Palace Twitter account.
“Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony,” the tweet read.
“Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition.”
While the couture dress and gorgeous veil drew plenty of attention on their own, one element in the ensemble set Markle apart; the tiara.
Royal brides are expected to wear tiaras, and the choice of tiara is almost as important as the wedding dress.
Prince William’s wife, Catherine Middleton, wore the Cartier Halo Tiara bought by King George VI in 1936 for his wife as a gift, and some thought that Meghan might opt for the same tiara, but it’s currently part of a display and unavailable for use.
Fans speculated about which tiara would make the final cut, and the one Markle ended up choosing went perfectly with the elegant simplicity of her wedding dress.
Markle opted for a lovely bandeau tiara that dates back to 1836. The headpiece previously belonged to Prince Harry’s great-great-grandmother, Queen Mary, and was lent to the bride by the Queen. Kensington Palace offered more details on the piece;
“The veil is held in place by Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Ms. Markle by The Queen. The diamond bandeau is English and was made in 1932, with the entre brooch dating from 1893.”
The center brooch had been a sapphire in the past, but Markle chose to go with the traditional wedding colors and set it with a diamond.
Although Markle has married a prince, which technically makes her a princess, she won’t be given the official princess title.
Before the couple exchanged their vows Saturday morning, Queen Elizabeth announced their official royal titles of the official royal titles.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be officially known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, according to the palace’s statement.
“The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince Henry of Wales. His titles will be Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel,” the statement from the palace said.
“Prince Harry thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, and Ms. Meghan Markle on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex.”