Ten’s Royal Wedding Lowdown
Meghan Markle is already giving the people what they want. As all you Tenners know by now (if you don’t, we have nothing to say to you) Ms Meghan Markle chose Givenchy Haute Couture as The Dress to become Duchess of Sussex in, designed by the brand’s Artistic Director Clare Waight Keller aka fellow Brit aka first woman to head up the House of Givenchy. Boom. That was the vibe at the Royal Wedding – can we say vibe? Do people vibe at a Royal wedding? We think so, the crowd was cool (the Beckhams, Tom Hardy, Serena Williams, George Clooney, James Corden etc). So yes, the mood was filled with love, determination and firsts. We love a woman who breaks traditions. Of course, the tradition breaking began when she travelled to the wedding with her mother in her car and then when she walked herself down the aisle, part solo, part with Prince Charles to meet Prince Harry at the altar. We may or may not have been slightly sobbing at this. Turns out we are suckers for the Royals. Back to the dress. It was a clever nod to Audrey Hepburn, an acknowledgement to Hepburn’s work as an actress and her UNICEF ambassadorial work that came after her acting career. Sound familiar? The dress was so elegant in it’s double bonded silk cady that shone with each step. Classic. A five meter long veil was made from silk tulle, embroidered with the flowers of all 53 Commonwealth nations along the edge and held in place by Queen Mary’s diamond and platinum tiara made in 1932, loaned to Meghan by the Queen. Great hand-me-downs. It was strong, yet Meghan in all her gracefulness glided down that aisle. Born to be royal.
For the evening reception she changed into a Stella McCartney high necked silk crepe gown that was So Hot Right Now, championing an ethical, sustainable designer. It was a Bond-esque moment when the Duke, suited up flawlessly, and the Duchess swaggered into their 1968 E Type Jaguar. All about iconic designs. This was the dress. Girl’s got the shoulders and if you’ve got it flaunt it. Flaunt it she did in satin baby blue soled Aquazarra shoes paired perfectly with the emerald-cut aquamarine ring that belonged to Princess Diana, very much there in spirit throughout the day. Meghan was glowing, the perfect low-key hair and makeup for a princess (sounds better than duchess) who is completely confident in herself and ready to lead us (in looks and good doings). The best part? The photo that went viral of her sitting outside Buckingham palace at age 14. We’re calling it the most legendary glow up of all time. We will now go and sit outside all our dream men’s houses and do as Meghan does. Bring on a new era of Royals.