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The Wedding of the Duke & Duchess of Sussex

Sunday, May 20, 2018

What a royal wedding we had yesterday! The springtime green, the bright sunshine, the stately stones of St. George's Chapel juxtaposed against the medieval wood frames of the surrounding buildings--it was an absolutely idyllic location for a girl from America to become a princess. Early yesterday morning a photographer reported he'd heard the dress would be Givenchy, and sure enough, when Meghan arrived at the church and stepped out of the car, she was wearing a simple but stunning Givenchy gown.


I loved this dress for Meghan. It really, really flattered her, and was in keeping with her pared down and more modern style, while still maintaining fashion oomph. Audrey Hepburn had a very close working relationship with Givenchy, and this dress seemed in that classic style profile.



There were some remarks that it was too plain, but Meghan is not the primary royal bride of this generation. That bride was Kate, whose dress had to carry the gravitas of a gown that will be displayed for years to come as that of a future Queen. Meghan got to go simpler and it suited her to perfection. I also loved the veil, which was very visibly trimmed with floral stitching that represented all fifty-three countries in the Commonwealth. What a stunning figure she cut on the steps!


The programs were printed ahead of time, of course, and still listed Thomas Markle as Meghan's escort up the aisle. Instead, the bride walked up to the Quire solo, in a scene that was very reminiscent of Maria von Trapp's wedding in The Sound of Music. 


Meghan was met at the entrance to the Quire by Prince Charles, who escorted her to the altar. I was happy that Charles stepped in. I think the father of the groom is the pretty obvious choice if there are no other significant male figures in the bride's life, and it was a nice way to give Charles a very special moment in his son's wedding. 


Harry is absolutely besotted, which is always a good thing. ;) Some people think he said, "you look stunning," instead of, "I'm so lucky." I don't have an opinion, but his smile speaks a universal language.



I thought the ceremony was a fabulous mix of the traditional pieces you'd expect at a royal wedding (The Lord Bless You and Keep You--you have to have John Rutter!), Meghan's personal touches (Stand By Me), and pieces that have become emotionally meaningful for the couple (Guide Me, Oh Thou Great Redeemer was also performed at Diana's funeral).


Meghan wore the Queen Mary Bandeau tiara, which she had on loan from the Queen. It is a stunning piece, and I thought its art deco decadence was a nice complement to her simple dress.
For many, the cellist's solo was their favorite of the musical moments throughout the ceremony. 
My favorite is generally when everyone sings God Save the Queen. There is something special about that moment, when you are singing the National Anthem and it also happens to be paying tribute to your grandmother, or your new grandmother-in-law.
A lot of people have asked, and the couple did bow to the Queen, but the cameras cut away just at the wrong moment.

Dave Seow

The couple obviously didn't have a balcony appearance, but they did give the crowd and the world a kiss on the steps before embarking on their carriage ride:



One of our fellow royal-watchers, Haley H, got a front-row view of Harry and Meghan along their carriage ride!! Haley's aunt took her to Windsor and the two were decked out in beautiful fascinators to wave to the newest member of the BRF...who waived right back.


Of course, I was waiting with baited breath for the bride, but also for her soon-to-be sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate arrived with her little ones and stepped out of the car beaming as she helped the little attendants up the stairs to the church.


There has been intense debate over what Kate wore. Some say she was recycling her McQueen coat-dress initially worn for Charlotte's christening, and again for Trooping the Colour, and a third time in Belgium. Others are positive it is a new coat in primrose yellow. I am not sure. There are discrepancies--some of the darting is a little different and the collar does appear to be more narrow. But, for the following reasons, I think it is a recycle.


First of all, KP claimed the dress was primrose yellow, and I think that is false. It appears cream to me. McQueen primrose yellow is a more obvious yellow, and Kate's coat still looks creamy white when pictured next to Charlotte. KP has given false information in the past and I think this is one of those occasions. Whether this is a brand new coat or her initial coat reworked might end up remaining a mystery. Because I believe the color is cream and that any yellow hues are a result of the yellow flowers in the hat drawing the yellow from the cream color, and because the darting that is different is around the bust--where one would expect alteration--I think the coat was likely reworked.


I generally do not think that Kate wears clothes to deliberately deflect attention, but a recycle (or if you believe this is new, a "style recycle" certainly) to Meghan's wedding was very likely driven by a desire to stay well out of the bride's limelight. Contrary to some of the criticism I have heard, there appears to be no ban on shades of white for those attending British weddings, as there is in the United States. Given the fact that Meghan chose stark white rather than a cream color, I think Kate was doubly safe in her choice. [I love this shot where everyone is distracted by this and that, but Doria has her eyes glued on her daughter--a brand new duchess]



Kate was wearing new Kiki McDonough earrings, and a ring that looks like it matches the earrings. A note on this picture--although Kate arrived with George, Charlotte and several other children, the Cambridges departed as a family. Also, notice that George has his initials sticked on his shoulder.


Running through some of the guests, Pippa and her husband James were there. Pippa chose a Fold London dress. I heard a few weeks ago that Pippa was invited to the wedding, but not the Frogmore reception. I hope that is inaccurate, but I haven't heard confirmation one way or the other this morning.


Mike, Carole, and James Middleton were also there. Carole always hits the spot at these events. I don't know who she wore, but she likes Catherine Walker a lot, and this looks in that style profile.


Other guests included Harry's exes Cressida Bonas and Chelsy Davy, celebrities George and Amal Clooney, Oprah, the cast of Suits (obviously), and various members of the royal family. It was an eclectic mix. Some were personal connections, but I think others were obviously invited with an eye toward potential charity alliances in the future. [I am a closet Amal Clooney fan, although this ensemble disappointed me a little]


Kate fans will be pleased to see that Rebecca Deacon and her husband were invited. Remember, she got her start working for William and Harry before she became Kate's PA.


The 600 guests all had the opportunity to congratulate the couple at a reception hosted at the castle directly after the service (and Harry and Meghan's carriage ride). Harry and Meghan's stunning lemon and elderflower cake was on display in baroque gold bowels--a touch that really made the beautiful cake stand out even more.


It wasn't until later in the evening that Meghan and Harry departed to Frogmore House for their more intimate reception to which only 200 guests were invited. Meghan debuted her second wedding dress. Unlike Kate, who chose McQueen for both her ceremony gown and her evening dress, Meghan opted for a new designer, tapping Stella McCartney for this sexy halter-neck.



Meghan was also sporting a ring that belonged to Princess Diana, which appears to be Harry's gift to his new bride. Asprey London created the piece in 1997 and the company's social profilees were in overdrive last night sharing the exciting news:



Asprey's IG also shared this picture of Diana wearing the ring:



Later in the night, fireworks were seen above Frogmore House, as the couple continued to celebrate with friends late into the evening. 

It was a beautiful wedding. Perfect weather, a beautiful bride and a handsome prince, a stunning church and snazzy guests. Kate looked beautiful, but certainly didn't steal any headlines wearing an ensemble that we've seen so many times already. I am disappointed that we didn't get any picture of Kate in her evening gown, but that isn't surprising given the wedding venue was a walled castle and the reception such a private venue--tough to get a snap. If anything surfaces, I will let you know. In the meantime, congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex!




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  1. Thanks for the lovely post, Jane.

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  2. I got Sound of Music vibes as well!

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  3. I also thought Meghan looked beautiful and I loved the dress and veil. With a veil like that, you don't need a super fancy dress. Thank you for defending Kate's choice of outfit. Of course she isn't going to debue something new and amazing at her brother-in-law's wedding. Thank you also, for clearing up the fact that British royal weddings might not have the same "unwritten" rules about white that US weddings have. All in all, it was a beautiful day and I wish them every happiness.

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  4. I adored Prince William's expressions; he was moved and looked at his brother with such tenderness, affection and at a certain point, while standing at the altar, he also glanced downward if giving the couple a moment of privacy. Sylvia.

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    1. I really enjoyed watching William throughout as well! Both he and Harry were very expressive in their different ways. Enjoyed their interactions prior to the bride's arrival too.

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    2. One of the highlights of the wedding for me was watching Will. He was obviously so pleased to see his brother looking so happy. William also seemed to approve his new sister-in-law's appearance. His face is so expressive and it was fun to watch those little moments.

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    3. I think the fond glance William had immediately after Meghan reached the altar was directed just past the couple to another two--Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who arrived just behind the bride and were turning off to the side behind the bride toward an exit with their little exceedingly well-behaved group.
      Hopefully, William's expressive face made up for the poker-faced other royals who stared ahead or studied their programs. Camilla's hat conveniently hid most of her responses. Two royal spouses/partners, Sophie and Jack, were involved and smiling. If it had just been Jack, I would have said he was caught up in the newness of the event. Sophie is no newbie and knows full well how to observe royal protocol. She is also British and knows those customs.
      I am at a loss to understand this behavior which looked almost like a blanket snubbing. It was apparent from the brides entrance, so later events had nothing to do with it.
      It has also occurred to me that there was a lot of selective calling of shots going on for the camera views. Why Meghan's curtsey was not filmed, although Catherine's had actually been high-lighted.I wonder if there was a purposeful avoidance of shots showing affectionate, kindly expressions from the royals. I am trying to be fair here.

      I see I have gone off the subject again. I'll just add that , in spite of the apparent dead-pan royals, Meghan and Harry won the day with their absolutely mesmerizing chemistry--long may it continue.

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    4. I don't think it was a snubbing, I just think they are more reserved (well, until Bishop Curry came along and coaxed smiles out of some with his enthusiasm). I don't believe they were all beaming when Kate got married either. The Queen is well-known for keeping her personal feelings about things to herself. Meghan supposedly in her wedding speech said the BRF has been nothing but welcoming and that she was extremely grateful to them.

      Don't forget the Queen is extremely religious and sees church services as solemn, serious events (especially as she is the head of it, and especially as she believes marriage is a sacred institution not to be entered into lightly). She would probably deem it disrespectful to be laughing and smiling.

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    5. Anon1, I agree with you. The expressions (we saw) on the faces of the BRF during the service were anything but joyous. Downright glum in many cases (when they weren't giggling, side-eying or snickering during Bishop Curry's address.) I don't get it. They seem very welcoming of Meghan and the joy of the newlyweds is obvious, so why did so few images of the BRF convey happiness? Kate, who usually dazzles with her warm and genuine smile, looked like she wanted to be anywhere but there. Maybe being a tired new mom missing her infant back home explains the forced little smile in the official family portrait, a smile so unusual for Kate.

      The only pictures I saw where the extended BRF were smiling was when they were waving to Harry and Meghan as they drove off from the Chapel. Even the cranky Princess Royal was smiling on that shot!

      I gotta say that as lovely as Kate looked, Sophie totally won Best Dressed Royal Guest!!

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    6. I can imagine how Kate feels. 4 weeks into newborn life you are so so tired and just in survival mode. The body is healing and if you’re nursing you have the milk/discomfort issue. To then be placed in plain view up close on a world stage? She gets a total pass from me!! Look tired, rewear a style... I’m so impressed she showed up and walked those stairs in heels with all those kiddos.

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    7. Please, the RF has been nothing but gracious, welcoming and very very generous. Do you know how much this wedding cost? And who paid for it? Who lent tiara, church, castle, cars? Who hosted the reception? Who supported Meghan and her mother? Who supported Harry? Who helped with the children, 3 weeks postpartum, and whose nanny had an eye on them? I hope Meghan and Harry are very grateful for all that has been lavished on them. And those who say that the RF wasn't welcoming because of a few pictures, when the camera was mostly on the new spouses anyway, had better consider the whole picture. Nothing could be more welcoming.

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    8. You need to understand that we haven't seen thay kind of sermons in Europe until now. It's kind of weird..I wouldn't know how to react...The Queen is for Anglicanism as the Pope for Catholicism, I can't imagine that sermon in the Vatican...
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  5. Beautiful selection of photos, Jane. I thoroughly enjoyed the wedding - the music was a highlight for me! Harry & Meghan make such a lovely couple & I wish them joy & happiness in their future together.

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    1. Kiwi-I knew I could count on Jane for gorgeous photos and at least one I had not seen yet. This was the second photo she included of the Middleton family. James was smiling and Pippa looked more relaxed--and I now believe the rumors of a new little Matthews member.

      I also knew I could count on Jane for music. I set the DVR to record what was advertised as five hours of continuous wedding coverage. When I settled in to watch it the following afternoon, I saw that it was five hours of re-runs, despite the heading still being "The Royal Wedding." I had counted on that for the music so I do appreciate Jane coming through.
      I do realise there are a number of places to download the ceremony; but they all involve data plus I have seen many stills of the event and just wanted to hear the music now.

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  6. Love your post! I agree that Catherine is re-wearing her McQueen coat and her ring from when she was younger to accent the "yellow". I absolutely adore the Duchess of Sussex's veil and cannot wait for a more detailed view of the floral design...stunning!

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  7. Is that a new ring or is it the citrine ring she wore in her single days?

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  8. You would never catch me in a repeated outfit for my sibling's wedding. I think this event called for enthusiasm and joy, and that should have been embodied in the clothing. It wasn't here: to me, Kate's clothing seems like an attempt to take attention in a subtle way that can't be strictly interpreted as such. I hope something happened to the yellow dress she was meant to be wearing, and that her idea from the get-go wasn't to wear something cream and old.

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    1. I'm not sure what about Kate's ensemble lacked enthusiasm or joy. It's a beautiful coat, and frankly because it was made for Charlotte's christening, clearly an item Kate considers top-tier. Also, Kate did wear something new to her sibling's wedding. Meghan isn't Kate's sibling, and there has already been a pitting of these two women against each other in the press. She wore a striking new hat and new jewelry and a beautiful, custom made coat by the label she turns to for premiere events. She didn't debut something dazzling, but she looked appropriately festive and respectful. Given the fact that she is the primary female super-star and the future Queen, I think her choice was very thoughtful.

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    2. Wow. I couldn't disagree more. But as they say, different strokes.

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    3. Jane, I completely agree and your response was very nicely stated. My first post was in response to the original commenter. -Anon 6:25

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    4. Anonymous sounds like you got up on the wrong side of your cage. Kate would never try to take attention in any way. She is so respected and loved she has no need to do that. You just might be projecting !

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    5. I think it is very important to note that KATE GAVE BIRTH FOUR WEEKS AGO. No one in their right mind is going to invest in a brand new piece and go for fittings when they are still in recovery. For that reason I am very much in the camp that this dress is rework. She wanted something that was fitting for the occasion and something she felt confident and beautiful in while her body is recovering from birth. There were definitely other guests wearing white and cream so her color choice doesn’t bother me, and she wore a lovely new hat and accessories. Win for Kate.

      I love Meghan and I totally love her message with her dress but I can’t get over how in some spots it looks boxy on her. Givenchy is known for its impeccable tailoring but I did not see that reflected in this dress. I think Meghan’s silhouette was lost in the fitting. Lovely day for everyone, and thrilled for the new Duke and Duchess and their lives together.

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    6. There are a few reasons I wonder about the "re-work" theory, Nicole. Letting out garments---especially older garments that have been cleaned a number of times--- often can't be done but if it can be done, it requires *a lot* of skill. That kind of work is likely not something someone like Natasha could do and would also require "fittings." I don't see any difference in the bust darting myself but if there is a difference in the darting to make the bust area bigger, that's really really major re-making of a garment.If McQueen has her measurements from lots of other garments including the christening one and the dress for Pippa's wedding, it would seem she could just send new measurements along to have a new garment made as some measurements important to overall fit like back waist length don't change with pregnancy. And if too big later on after more baby weight loss, the dress likely could be made *smaller* pretty easily. (Plus, Kate isn't like us---she actually does wear some outfits only once!) When based at Amner, I read Kate usually didn't go in for fittings anyway but had designers work from her measurements so it's likely that can be done. It seems now that they live in London, having people come to her for a final fitting would be possible without much trouble. Or she could have ordered a yellow coatdress months ago for the wedding that was "forgiving" in terms of fit.

      I really think she did have a new "primrose yellow" garment made for the wedding (I use the term primrose yellow re: McQueen's idea of it, not to refer to a real flower color) but something happened to it close to the last minute. I don't think this is a major rework but represents maybe moving a few of the hidden buttons plus majorly tight undergarments like the UK version of Spanx!

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    7. I suppose Catherine could have spent mega bucks on an exciting new outfit, the pictures of which would have been circulated all over, the designer revealed and revered, including on this site. But that's exactly why she didn't do it. Because it's Harry and especially Meghan's time for those things, not hers. And that's common courtesy.

      Catherine's body is still in a transition period after giving birth. She is wearing a larger size until the baby weight is gone. So I think she picked this outfit from her post-baby clothes closet, and likely had it died yellow? If you look at the pictures from inside, that coatdress is definitely yellow. In the bright sunlight everyone's clothes look bleached out a few shades.

      Also Jane, you need to do a search on the word Bowels and change it to Bowls :-)

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    8. I thought Kate looked beautiful. Very appropriate for a May wedding and the hat with the roses was a perfect touch. To me, this color reminds me of french vanilla ice cream, so I see a hint of pale yellow in her choice of attire. I cannot believe she had her third baby less than a month ago.

      My favorite parts were Meghan walking the first part of the aisle on her own, being met by Prince Charles, Harry mouthing, "Thank you, Pa.", and Prince Charles reaching for Doria's hand before walking to the registry. There were so many sweet family moments.

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    9. Thanks for amazing photos, Jane. Everything you said is right on the mark! I’m still clinging to my contention that this was a new, pale primrose dress - as an artist, who works with colour, I saw pale yellow in every photo except those where sunlight “washed out” the hue. Anyway, I thought Catherine looked stunning and this coatdress is very flattering, elegant in such an understated way, unlike some very flashy guests. 😎

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  9. Thanks for the wonderful recap. I’m leaning toward a remake of the Christening dress, given the tiny differences (darting, buttons on sleeve, etc)...but regardless, I think it was a tasteful look that very much helped her blend into the day,

    Love Meghan’s gown. It was similar to Princess Margaret’s and Princess Anne’s in simplicity of design and lack of embellishments, which I thought fit her style perfectly.

    I hadn’t seen Rebecca Deacon was there, so thanks for that picture and info. I do miss seeing Rebecca at events in the background!

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  10. Lovely post Jane, I think everyone looked fab! What did you think of Kitty Spencer's dress? I loved it, although probably not everyone can pull it off

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    1. I loved Kitty's dress, too! It was one of my favorites from the day, and the hatted suited perfectly as well.

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    2. Lady Kitty Spencer was truly a vision. I found myself searching for more pictures of her at the wedding, what a beauty she is!

      In my search for Kitty I also encountered Viscount "Louis" Spencer, her handsome eye-candy brother. Maybe another namesake for little Prince Louis?

      Belle

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    3. I thought I saw Lady Gabriella Windsor in the back row of the royal section at the end. What I saw was very attractive. Were those Kent kin in the back-the young men? I recognised Princess Alexandra mid back row by her familiar hat. I didn't see any Gloucesters. And please tell me Princess Michael was not a guest.

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    4. The Gloucesters (only the Duke and Duchess) were behind the Queen. The young men in the back were Chattos, I believe (descended from Princess Margaret), unless you mean Viscount Severn next to Sophie Wessex? And yes, Princess Michael was there in blush pink. Not sure where she & her husband were seated in the Quire.

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    5. Thank-you, Am. No, I meant the young men in back. Was Lady Sarah there? I also thought Lady Louise looked and acted so grown-up. I hope her parents let her become involved with royal work. I think she would do a great job. Maybe it is a matter of what Charles has planned.
      By the way-I think this wedding might very well be a renaissance for Prince Charles. He did show expressions of kindness. His treatment of Meghan's Mother will not soon be forgotten. His kindness seemed completely genuine. A true gentleman, as well.

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    6. When I saw the # of seats on the grooms side of the quire it made more sense why some more distant relatives might have not been invited. They wouldn't have all fit on that side & it may have looked tacky to relegate royals to the "cheap seats"

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  11. I think it was a beautiful (& interesting) wedding. I liked the style of Meghan's gown alot & did not think it was too plain. But I did not like the fit above the waist. Perhaps she lost weight but I don't think that was it as the dress seemed to hug her body in some places. The horizontal bateau neckline was a good choice because she has a "rectangular" body shape--the wide neck drew the eye across making her waist look smaller. But because the neck was SO wide, the sleeves had to be raglan. Those always add bulk under the arm and can make the bust area look loose, maybe even kind of shapeless. (Fine in a sweater, not so hot in a wedding gown) The sleeves probably could not have been fit tighter with the type of material used. If a slightly narrower bateau neck had been used, set-in sleeves might have worked which would have changed the fit for the better, in my opinion. I know the dress was haute couture and I'm not a designer. But it seems readers on the various blogs are split 50:50 on whether the dress looked "baggy" and/or "shapeless." Not good! I also think her hair needed a net, more pins or more spray. The hairdresser now claims he intended for it to come loose near her face so she could tuck it behind her ears "the way she likes to do." I think he's trying to save face for a wedding updo that began collapsing well before the service ended! I also wish her bouquet had been a little larger (with peonies if they really are her favorite flower) but think the story about Harry picking flowers for it was sweet.

    Interesting that some say white is ok for wedding guests in the UK. I didn't see that view expressed on the UK wedding sites I googled (quickly) yesterday but did see warnings against women wearing white and shades close to white. At any rate, I don't think Kate intended to wear what she did. And like Jane says it's not the proper shade for McQueen "primrose yellow." I do think it was a repeat, was cream & was too light. A slight faux pas but hardly an unforgivable sin! In a normal family it's the sort of thing that people would laugh about when chatting years later (hey, sis, remember when you wore white to my wedding because the baby spit up/the muddy dog jumped up/you were sleep-deprived and packed the wrong dress, etc)

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    1. lizzie, I am in complete agreement about the bouquet. While the story of Harry picking flowers is very sweet, I don't know what's up with the tiny bouquets. My only complaint on Kate's oh so perfect wedding day was that her bouquet was just too small for her height and the size of the venue. Next, Pippa has the same issue. Itty bitty bouquet. Now we've got Meghan who, while very petite, still had a bouquet far too small. It's the oddest thing and I just don't get it at all. On top of it all, while the flowers surrounding the door to the chapel were stunning, they almost overpowered the door completely. Someone needs to sit down and talk with this family about flowers! One of my other complaints is that, as gorgeous as Meghan's veil was, rule of thumb is that the veil should never be longer than the train. A wedding etiquette faux pas.

      On the TV my daughter and I viewed the wedding on Kate's ensemble looked very yellow. We even commented what a pretty shade of pastel yellow she had on. She did a fantastic job of rounding up children on the day just like at Pippa's wedding. She didn't arrive all pomp and circumstance-ish, just with a bunch of other moms keeping track of the kids. I love that 'mom' is her favorite job.

      For the rest of the guests: I do think that for all of her experience with the royals, the fire engine red and the short length of RD's dress was not quite fitting the occasion. I thought Pippa and Carole looked fantastic and I thought Amal and Oprah looked like they were going to a little girl's dress up party. The York girls managed to forsake the weird hats this time - thank goodness. I thought Eugenie looked classic but wondered where Jack was. Beatrice looked like she couldn't decide on day wear or evening wear so went with something in between. Their mom, Fergie, seemed to strike the right balance and I'm so happy she was invited. Zara looked beautiful. She is exuding happiness right now and it's lovely to see. Victoria Beckham, on the other hand, always looks like she's mad at the world. I couldn't get past the sour look on her face to pay attention to what she was wearing. I'm sure it was perfect for her but a smile would go a long way.

      I was so looking forward to this wedding but I have to admit that I was underwhelmed by the fashion and overwhelmed by the odd ceremony. The cellist and church choir were fabulous. The guy from Chicago made it his big show which was off putting. A great gospel choir could have sung one of the wonderful old spirituals they do so well but they sang Motown. If you can make HM squirm in her chair you've pushed the boundaries just a little too far. Oh to have been a fly on the wall to hear the private conversations between W&K, C&C, HM&PP once they were all in their respective private moments.

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    2. Agree Robin about red dresses at weddings! I'll give Oprah a break since her dress was a last minute sub since she decided her planned dress photographed too white/light.

      I thought the veil should have been shorter also. For one thing it would have been more manageable without a maid of honor. When they went to register it looked like guests had to keep it from snagging on pews on that side of the church.

      Agree the Motown was a bit jarring. A spiritual gospel would have fit better with the other music too.

      Do you think formal pictures of the wedding party and BRF will be released? If so, when?

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    3. @Robin, couldn't agree with your assessment more! I too was "underwhelmed by the fashion and overwhelmed by the odd ceremony"! Haha very well put! Her dress was sooooo dull and not befitting a royal wedding and the ceremony...well, "off with his head" seemed to be the Queen's (and the world's) reaction to the preachers little moment. Ghastly! Didn't anyone think to check his speech? I couldn't stop cringing!

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    4. Jack was there. He greeted Fergie in the quire when she entered and was also sitting next to Eugenie during the service

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    5. Jack was shown on camera sitting next to her, just looked a bit different because he had glasses on!

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    6. I missed seeing Jack but I'm glad to know he was there. Since he didn't walk to the chapel with Eugenie, Harry must have tagged him as groomsman or usher. What are the called in the UK? It speaks well of him that he would be chosen as such. I look forward to photos from their wedding. I know we won't get the coverage of this one because Eugenie isn't the son/brother/uncle of the future monarchs but I hope we'll see some photos.

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    7. Robin, I agree with you that the dress was underwhelming, but, for me, the veil and its symbolism saved it from being a total miss. However, I did not find the ceremony odd, and I hope my comment will not be seen as being offensive or political. I thought the ceremony accurately reflected the different elements inherent in the union of Harry and Meghan and was in keeping with what they wanted. The "Motown" song was specifically chosen by the couple who met with the members of the choir several times until they got the exact sound and style they wanted. The choir was featured on a British television program on Monday morning, and they talked about the couple's involvement in the process. I know of course that not everyone liked or appreciated every aspect of the service, but it was inclusive of both sides of Meghan's heritage, and her mother appears to have appreciated Bishop Curry's fiery message and the gospel choir's rendition of "Stand by Me." So it might have made the BRF uncomfortable at times, but I think there are elements of her mixed/biracial cultural heritage that may be uncomfortable for Harry's family at times. Similarly, there may be elements of his family history/culture that may make Meghan and her mother uncomfortable. I think they will all have to learn to accommodate one another since she is now a part of Harry's life. It may not be easy; mixed race relationships can be uneasy for families at times. This couple embodies inclusiveness, which is good since they will be involved with the youth of the Commonwealth countries all of whom the BRF values and many of whom would have embraced this type of ceremony.

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  12. Thank you Jane! You really struck a great balance between the new Duke & Duchess of Sussex and the Cambridge family. I’m a long time reader but this is my first post. I think everyone involved looked happy and excited to be part of a beautiful wedding and marriage. Wishing the best to the happy couple and of course, our girl Kate!

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  13. I'm almost positive it's the same McQueen coat, but in a very pale yellow. The cream from the christening was almost white, no yellow tone at all. This one is definitely yellow. Just my 2 cents! :)

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    1. I tend to agree with you. It’s a very pale yellow. It looks closer to cream outside in the sun, but in the shots inside the car and in the chapel it’s easier to see the yellow tint. Also, in the shots where Catherine is bending to speak with Charlotte, you can see that it’s a different tone to both Charlotte’s dress and Catherine’s slip dress underneath. And she looked lovely. Less than one month post giving birth; she’s blessed to bounce back so quickly.

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      I agree - I do think this is a different coat - but made the same except for in a few place you can see the differences. It looks even more yellow in the official wedding photos. I thought it was a brilliant move by Kate - not distracting from the bride at all and in a coat style she adores.

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    3. I thought it was cream-colored until I saw a shot of Meghan at the altar in her pure white gown that included Kate in the background. I think the contrast clearly showed Kate was wearing a pale yellow outfit. The KP press pack information was about a completely different garment, fabric as well as color. I won't speculate here as to the reason for the switch/discrepancy, but I have a good idea what necessitated the change.I agree that the original McQueen could have been altered to her post baby shape. I also think it likely that more than one was made when the original was produced. There are the asymmetrical neckline red and black gowns, for example. I remember fierce discussions over the pink Emilia Wickstead first seen at a BP garden party and possibly later seen during the Australian tour post George that was thought to be the same dress, dyed blue and altered to accommodate her curves. Something about fastening placement then, too. Many thought it was not the same dress.

      I knew the chronic media/ Kate detractors would find something to latch onto to keep the Catherine-Meghan rivalry story going. They knew better than to comment on her figure. Her behavior was impeccable. I guess they could have complained about her hair, but then they would have had to complain about Meghan's, too,and she is the current media/royal writer darling. So.."Kate Detracts From The Bride" taglines. It could have been worse, I suppose; critics were limited in what they could get away with in their reporting without getting a loud outcry in response to their pickiness. The fact that she not only showed up and looking beautiful to boot but also functioning as one of the child-herders precluded most complaints.

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  14. I can’t take credit for this as I read it on the internet but Pippa’s dress sure does resemble the flowers on an Arizona Tea can.

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    1. Haha, true! Don't remember the name of the flavour but it's always been my favourite!

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    2. But those cans are so pretty it's not a bad thing!

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  15. I think Catherine was wearing a new ensemble in a slightly yellow hue, but remarkably similar to what she’s worn in the past. I’m not convinced it’s recycled though I wouldn’t care one way or the other. Loved Amal Clooney!! Didn’t care for Princess Anne’s dress but loved the Queen and Ms Ragland and Mrs Middleton and the Duchess of Cornwall. They all looked beautiful. I loved the wedding overall. It was a brilliant blend of royal and African-American traditions; neither overshadowed the other. May their marriage always reflect them both. —Elaine Replogle

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  16. Love your post Jane! I at first wasn't a fan of the Duchess of Sussex's dress, but the more I look at it after the fact, the more I really like it! I love the tribute to the commonwealth nations which I know her and the Duke will be working with now that he has been appointed as the youth ambassador for the commonwealth. Thank you for also clearing up the confusion on bowing to the Queen, I thought they had forgot to do that! My question for you is, when do you think we will get to see the official wedding portraits? I can't for the life of me remember when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released their's to the public...

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  17. Jane, I think I can explain the "primrose yellow"! People may be thinking of bright yellow evening primrose. However, this is not the same as English primrose (primula vulgaris) which, while it can be found in a bright yellow shade, is more well-known for its variety featuring very pale yellow petals. I think this explains the confusion.

    Also Jane, did you see the evening reception invitation? Quite certain it features another illustration by Kate (you probably remember the one she did for Pippa's wedding). While the original Instagram poster (Nacho Figueras) has since deleted it, the Mirror posted a screencap of it. Worth checking out!

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  18. I noticed Kate’s coat had buttons on the cuff. And is only noticeable in a couple images. The other coat she’s worn in the past does not have button cuffs. Also, who would to the extreme to rework a coat and move seams? That’s a lot of work to do that much work/changes to it. I believe it’s new. And is a creamy yellow.

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  19. Thanks for the post Jane! I know you don't have the time (and maybe not the interest) in running a blog on Meghan as well; but as I enjoying following both women equally, and love reading your thoughts on Kate, I look forward to reading them every time Meghan is involved!

    At first I was one of the ones who thought Meghan's gown too simple, but the more I look at the whole ensemble, the more I think it's the perfect look for her. If the dress were fancier, it would have taken away from the tiara and the veil. The veil was definitely the star of this look. When Meghan got out of the car and the veil was spread out behind her on the steps, I said, "Oh wow!" And when she entered the church in the natural light, with the beautiful soprano solo accompanying... what a magical moment!

    Was lovely seeing the Middletons and Cambridges out as families as well. A lovely day all around!

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  20. Perhaps it went like this..... When William gave Kate those lovely lemon Kiki earrings as a “push present” she thought “I’d love to have a coordinating dresscoat to wear with them to Harry’s wedding!” Ring Ring Ring Sarah B. “You know that coatdress I love and wore to Charlotte’s christening, etc? Can you make me another in a pale yellow shade?” “Well of course. I’ll add an extra inch of fabric as you did just give birth to charming Louis.” And here we have a near twin, call them cousin dresscoats! I’ve read that Oprah commissioned Stella McCartney to night-before wedding make her a new dress, as she determined the dress she brought photoed too “white”. It was a gorgeous sunny day, and that does lighten colors. In the Quire, the dress does look more “Yellow”. We may never know more than she looked lovely, her children were charming as attendants, and her husband the perfect best man!

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    1. Never heard of it either. Looked it up...

      A push present is a present a father gives to the mother to mark the occasion of her giving birth to their child. In practice the present may be given before or after the birth, or even in the delivery room.wikipedia.org

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    2. What the father gives the mother when she has a baby (pushes the baby out)

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    3. Can be a sweet gesture but such a tacky description

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    4. Think that sort of gift used to be called a gift to "commemorate the birth" or a gift given on "the occasion of Baby X's birth" rather than by its tacky current name.

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  21. I cannot get over how absolutely beautiful HRH Meghan Sussex looked (yes I know that is not her official title) and how fantastically perfect, non-stuffy and tear-inducing her wedding was. How I remember exactly where I was when her husband was born, and how much I related to her mum's almost-tears...from when my own child got married 5 years ago.

    Her tiara was absolutely STUNNING. Much more so than Kate's very meh curly number. (The Scroll) Not sure how and why MS ended up with the more sumptuous number but she truly did. I hope she gets to use it for all tiara occasions from now on. Wow!

    I worry about Prince George - he seems too shy and annoyed by his little life. Odd.

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    1. Margaret, I agree with everything you said including worrying about Prince George. He does look terribly shy and - you're right - possibly annoyed when he mist appear in public. I imagine he may be picking up that vibe from his father. Meanwhile Princess Charlotte seems to love the limelight. She seems to be growing into a delightful little girl.

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    2. I think a lot of it might be shyness and well, being four. It is an odd age - I have a picture of my eldest at his fourth birthday party hands firmly over his ears, crying. Apparently he didn't like the noise of everyone singing Happy Birthday.lol. I'm sure George will improve as he gets older and W&C obviously handle it pretty well (don't force him to wave etc) Poor kid - shyness can be so debilitating.

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    3. but...Princess Charlotte somehow did not pick up the vibe from their Father?

      There are too many photos of George looking impish,( behind the back wave) determined, or just plain disgusted with the carryings on of the crowd and press to label him "shy." He looks properly chastised in photos showing his Mum or Dad admonishing him, but he always manages to get his licks in. The apparent Queenly correction on the balcony and parental chidings with his hanging over the balcony or not paying proper attention-- a shy child doesn't consistently need reproving for aggressive behavior.There is a photo of him following the polo scolding showing George with a sly (not shy)little smile on his face. To me, it seemed as though he was thinking, "Convinced her I was sorry, but I have no intention of sharing my car with my silly girl cousins."
      I think he may be encouraged to hide his true feelings, which many in my generation and religious affiliation were taught. Above all, don't express anger or disapproval. The tyke is on his way to the behavioral problems that conflicting messages incubate. Charlotte is the care-free younger child we have seen repeatedly in the history of this family. If George had yelled "Pop! Pop! Pop! with the balloons in Canada, he would have been admonished. Charlotte, the little sister, received smiles. It will be interesting to follow how Louis fits into the family dynamic. As with many three year old new sisters, she is apparently entranced with this living baby doll. This infatuation with Louis may end the first time he pulls the head off one of her pretend babies.

      I do agree that Charlotte is delightful--as were Harry, Princess Margaret Rose initially, and the charismatic Edward VIII, compared to their more sober-faced older siblings. I disagree that George should be labeled a "shy" child or that William encourages unusual dislike of photographers in general. George exhibits dislike of obtrusive and/or loud crowds of photographers by avoidance or uncooperative behavior. The ones taken by single, known photographers show an uninhibited, happy child. (think of the pre first day of school photos taken on the KP steps) .

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    4. I also am not sure I would consider George shy. I actually do not have a strong sense of either his or Charlottes personalities. To my mind he is pretty typical of little boys and she of little girls. This is a real stereotype but some truth to it, my little girl was much more interested in the clothes for dress up occasions than the boys, who just found them a bother, she could sit and entertain herself much longer and much more quietly than my boys, who wanted to be moving not sitting or just standing. Those two differences alone at something like a wedding are going to make for very different expressions and reactions.

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    5. Was Edward (David) the second son?

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    6. PS There is one photo of the crowd outside that took my breath away. At first look I thought they were all giving the Nazi salute (as home movies show the Windsors doing in their garden in the 1930s)
      They were all holding one arm straight up to take camera photos..it is really bizarre.
      Crowd behavior can seem frightening to a small child with an active imagination--and to this old lady, at times.

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    7. George was frowning at crowds when still a baby. They seem unsettling to him and I don’t blame him at all. It will come with time and I’m glad will and Kate don’t force it out of him.

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    8. Here's a thought... perhaps Catherine chose which tiara she wished to wear at her wedding.

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    9. That's likely, purpledawg- I don't think HM turns brides loose in her jewel vault, but I do think her dresser selects several of various styles and appropriate history from which to choose. Catherine went for modest and simple...to the point of nearly obscuring the tiara amongst hair and veil. I can almost see the Queen setting up her own little version of a personality inventory. ;+)

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    10. I’m not sure if it was on purpose but I quite like how Kate and Meghan had very different focal points. Kate’s focus was on the dress (for obvious reasons it is gong to be a museum piece), so her modest tiara complimented but did not distract from the “main event.” In contrast, Meghan had a relatively simple gown with the dramatic focus provided by her veil & the symbolism of the commonwealth flowers embroidered on it. Having the veil as the focal point required a more substantial tiara than Kate wore in order to draw the eye & anchor the veil.

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    11. anon1 (8:39 PM comment), yes--totally! I had the same reaction to the photo. Chills, almost! The crowd looked like they were saluting H & M as the carriage went by. Reminded me of the Hunger Games salute :)

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    12. They are both small tiaras. I believe they were shown the same range of small tiaras to choose from. Kate's tiara perfectly matched the design of the lace of her dress and it would have been 'off' is she had chosen one of the Cyclops one.

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      I see your point and it is a valid one, I think. The brides each had different focal points. Meghan's focal point was likely the veil, which had tributes to the Commonwealth countries. Catherine's focal point was the dress, which had tributes to the UK. Since the Sussexes are to be working more with Commonwealth concerns and the Cambridges are to be monarchs with William head of State, it makes sense.

      What pointed out the difference in personalities to me wasn't the overall focus chosen but the fact that one chose to nearly obscure the tiara while the other put it front and center. Meghan's veil was every bit as detailed as the lace on Catherine's gown; but the elegant, simple lines of Meghan's gown held my attention more than the complicated structure of Catherine's gown-one's eyes wandered from detail to detail. However, overriding both Meghan's gown and veil as an attention-getter was that tiara.

      So I don't think the simple gown, flashy tiara versus lacy gown, modest tiara argument works for me. Catherine could have shown that tiara off if she had wished to make a point of it. I have seen photos of the tiara Kate chose on other royals and it was much more prominent as presented by them. She chose a simple tiara and then made sure it wasn't prominent.

      Their personalities are just different and are well-suited to their future roles, I think. Catherine will be secondary to William, as Phillip has been to the Queen, although I doubt Kate will walk three steps behind William. I think she will settle into this role with more ease than Phillip did--a lot may have to do with traditional gender roles, but not all. Phillip was a bit of a peacock and used to being admired and in command and was forced to assume a role that was contrary to his nature. There was apparently a constant push and pull in the relationship- at least in the earlier years.

      Then we have Meghan, whose choice of profession and major in college was drama-- a profession that requires an audience; she cultivated a wide range of acquaintances, as well as a blog following outside her biological family.

      Catherine, on the other hand, was apparently grounded in her biological family. Her chosen field, Art History, was a quiet one that did not require an audience. She is ideally suited for the secondary public role she is destined to play.
      Meghan is absolutely perfect for the role she will play as Harry's wife. I think the Queen meant for them to work as a team in the Commonwealth youth project.

      The recurring theme with Harry has been his desire for a home and family. If Harry had been born into another family, I can see him happily making home his base and being a stay at home Dad, while Meghan pursued a career outside the home . I cannot see that scenario for William and Catherine; although if necessity demanded it, I don't doubt both couples could rearrange their lives. Harry's first contact with the orphans in Africa was at a time his Father was trying desperately to re-focus his son's life from the path it had taken. I think photos of Harry there show he found the affection he looked for with those children.
      Meghan is a pragmatist; Harry a dreamer, in my opinion. With proper nurturing, it is the perfect match.
      Harry and Catherine would never have worked.
      They have each found their ideal mates and I think the future looks more hopeful because of that.

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  22. I LOVED this wedding. It even made all the news people spaz out or cry or just laugh with joy! They achieved the perfect mix of tradition with more updated things, I loved all of the prayers and the Pastor (Oh why can't I remember his name, he was so great!)from the US was really enjoyed at my house. Meghan is a confident, lovely lady, and I still see oodles of love for each other from Harry and Meghan. I loved how Prince Charles seemed to scoop Meghan & her Mom (who looked perfect too, and I wished she had a BFF there to hold her hand!) into the family. I loved watching it all and so I watched it all again. Oh and I love that no one guessed anything right about Meghan's dress! Some sites were announcing as fact that she was wearing this weird crystal covered (bedazzled? LOL) thing, and I knew no way was she going to go crazy with her dress. When you have a veil that lovely, and that gorgeous tiara, plus how lovely she is? She didn't need a busy dress. Kates will always be my fave, but Meghan was a picture and I hope she felt as beautiful as she looked. what a happy day for the newlyweds and those who love them, the good cheer was wonderful

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  23. Hehe, Jane, I don't think you are a closet Amal Clooney fan because I certainly know about it.

    Agree with you on all points of your post except Kate's dress which I think is new because the other times she wore the McQueen it looked stark white to me. This one looks to be a softer shade of white, even a cream or ivory which have yellow undertones, hence the primrose color, perhaps.

    This may become my favorite wedding gown. I love the simplicity of its clean lines in the luxurious silk fabric. It allowed the veil and tiara to shine. In many photographs, the effect is stunning.

    Most memorable for me was the music. The Handel solo to which she proceeded down the aisle was hauntingly etheral. Exquisite choice!! Also, the cellist's selections were incredibly beautiful. Meghan and Harry have sophisticated and elegant taste.

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  24. The whole wedding was lovely. Even though Meghan’s dress was a simple design it was still elegant and the veil was stunning. I was a little surprised Kate didn’t wear something more colorful but she looked great as always.

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  25. Such a joyful wedding- I enjoyed watching every minute of it! Meghan looked so beautiful- I loved the elegant simplicity of her gown and the gorgeous veil. I also loved the beautiful gown she wore to the evening reception. I’ve been very impressed with Meghan thus far and I look forward to seeing what her and Harry’s future will bring!

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  26. I'm in the camp of a new version of this coat dress in primrose yellow. There is one picture inside the chapel where Kate is in the background and Meghan in the foreground, and it looks distinctly yellow and so beautiful!

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  27. Carole looks fabulous from head to toe! I think I would have preferred Pippa's dress in a solid color.

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  28. Jane,
    You always choose such beautiful pictures, I love the photo of the children and Kate getting into the car. I think the wool tunics over wool pants were quite warm even in the cool of the church and that George is standing out of the sun as much as out of sight. He looked very happy in the car!

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  29. I'm still be-dazzled by the tiara. Here is a little snippet of information about it: http://queensjewelvault.blogspot.com.au/search?q=Queen+Mary+bandeau.
    Apparently, the diamond centre piece can be removed. There is mention of Queen Mary's sapphire bandeau, but I wonder if it is the same one worn by Meghan, except that Meghan decided to go with the diamond rather than the sapphire centre piece. Decisions decisions...

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  30. I was completely enthralled with this wedding. Generally speaking I consider myself more a fan of Kate then Meghan; however, I did not love either of Kate's wedding dresses (I know, kill me now) but I loved both of Meghan's wedding dresses. I thought Meghan's overall look was absolute perfection. The pictures of her walking (floating, it seeemed) up the stairs are beautiful. Ok, every photo of Meghan was beautiful,but the look of her dress going up the stairs just seemed like every girls dream of becoming a princess come true.

    The music was beautiful. The looks between Harry and Meghan were priceless and...Doria! I so enjoyed when the cameras showed her. I can only imagine the many thoughts that must have been going through her head! Her beautiful daughter marrying - not even some obscure prince, but a prince in the British Royal Family! Probably remembering many sweet times she and her daughter had shared, maybe remembering times when she wondered if they would be okay, being THRILLED that her son-in-law is obviously so completely in love with her daughter, on and on I could go. I think Doria deserves a LOT of credit for raising an amazing daughter in what must have been less than ideal circumstances.

    One more opinion and then I'll stop: I love the fact that Meghan, who is a beautiful woman, was able to showcase her beauty without "letting it all hang out". She is obviously very confident and I just thought she was amazingly beautiful yesterday while being very modestly dressed.

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    1. totally agree with everything you said! Although I did love Kate's actual wedding dress. The dress she wore to the reception with the fuzzy cropped white sweater I disliked intensely. The footage of Doria - and Doria herself of course - was so moving and thrilling and said so much about the entire story, and the story of the world and where we are as people, nations, women, mothers, daughters - family. So much said about love that day, it was just inspiring. Also about Meghan's style - you are spot-on. She is relaxed elegance itself, no need to show off too much, she always gets the proportions just right, and the look is always impeccable and fresh. I can't WAIT to see all of her looks over the next years! :)

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    2. I did not love the photos I saw of Kate’s evening dress (with the fuzzy shrug). But I’veoften wondered if the shrug was specifically for any photos released to meet protocol for wedding attire of a future queen. I wonder if it was really a sleeveless dress and she only took the shrug off when at the private reception. If so, I imagine it was beautiful; Kate has lovely shoulders and such beautiful posture.

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  31. I was considerably underwhelmed by both Meghan's (first dress) and Kate's outfit. I am not a fan of the very simplistic style of Meghan's dress; however, I think the aspect of her look that really ruined the look was her hair. Had she done the hairstyle she had chosen for the evening (some volume and the tiara nestled in between romantic tendrils and a bun) she would have looked gorgeous. The hair and makeup are, in my opinion, more important than the dress. If the face and hair look beautiful, everything else works. I believe that Kate should have gotten a new outfit as this is not just any wedding, it is a royal wedding. All that being said, I loved Meghan's second dress (even though it was very simple), her hair (perfection!) and her jewelry! The first dress didn't look like her – the second did!

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  32. I was considerably underwhelmed by both Meghan's (first dress) and Kate's outfit. I am not a fan of the very simplistic style of Meghan's dress; however, I think the aspect of her look that really ruined the look was her hair. Had she done the hairstyle she had chosen for the evening (some volume and the tiara nestled in between romantic tendrils and a bun) she would have looked gorgeous. The hair and makeup are, in my opinion, more important than the dress. If the face and hair look beautiful, everything else works. I believe that Kate should have gotten a new outfit as this is not just any wedding, it is a royal wedding. All that being said, I loved Meghan's second dress (even though it was very simple), her hair (perfection!) and her jewelry! The first dress didn't look like her – the second did!

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  33. I was considerably underwhelmed by both Meghan's (first dress) and Kate's outfit. I am not a fan of the very simplistic style of Meghan's dress; however, I think the aspect of her look that really ruined the look was her hair. Had she done the hairstyle she had chosen for the evening (some volume and the tiara nestled in between romantic tendrils and a bun) she would have looked gorgeous. The hair and makeup are, in my opinion, more important than the dress. If the face and hair look beautiful, everything else works. I believe that Kate should have gotten a new outfit as this is not just any wedding, it is a royal wedding. All that being said, I loved Meghan's second dress (even though it was very simple), her hair (perfection!) and her jewelry (Diana's ring)! The first dress didn't look like her – the second did! My favourite guest looks were: Lady Kitty Spencer, Amal Clooney, Janina Gavankar (in peach) and Karen, the Countess Spencer.

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  34. I was considerably underwhelmed by both Meghan's (first dress) and Kate's outfit. I am not a fan of the very simplistic style of Meghan's dress; however, I think the aspect of her look that really ruined the look was her hair. Had she done the hairstyle she had chosen for the evening (some volume and the tiara nestled in between romantic tendrils and a bun) she would have looked gorgeous. The hair and makeup are, in my opinion, more important than the dress. If the face and hair look beautiful, everything else works. I believe that Kate should have gotten a new outfit as this is not just any wedding, it is a royal wedding. All that being said, I loved Meghan's second dress (even though it was very simple), her hair (perfection!) and her jewelry (Diana's ring)! The first dress didn't look like her – the second did! My favourite guest looks were: Lady Kitty Spencer, Amal Clooney, Janina Gavankar (in peach) and Karen, the Countess Spencer.

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  35. There was a news going around (maybe a month or so ago) that said that Kate has a spare of her outfits and I remember this coat being specifically mentioned. So maybe she's got 2 and they vary slightly in colour? Also is Pippa really pregnant?
    -Soha

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  36. Thanks, Jane, for your lovely post. Meghans dress was absolutely beautiful, the minimalistic, pure, elegant and modern style was perfect for her and the whole occasion, she could not have done it better. I think Kate‘s dress is new, in bright sunlight it looks like white or cream, but compared to Charlotte‘s white dress it has a pale yellow hue. Just 3 weeks after giving birth - she still has a little bump - it is easier to rely on a favourite style than wearing something new, but she could have changed some details or used a lesser pale colour.

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  37. magnificent !!http://intelligently-fashionable.blogspot.com

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  38. Meghan looked stunning, although I agree with other posters that what showed of her hair was a miss. I am certain she had a beautiful chignon under her veil but it was never seen, and the hair that was seen was how many of us go grocery shopping. BTW, I also was disappointed in Kate’s hair on her wedding day as well. Meghan’s dress was perfect for her, and did photograph in an ethereal fashion as she moved through the church. Kate’s choice was very disappointing - certainly you do not want to upstage the bride - but that was not going to happen. No matter what she wore (Meghan owned that day ), and to wear something either recycled or so similar to an outfit she has worn several times before gave an interesting message, Not sure what the message was, as Kate is clearly a kind and good woman, but it was without a doubt, strange... it will be very interesting to watch these two women in the coming years. A glorious day for a beautiful wedding of two people very in love.

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  39. Hello thanks for your great post on the wedding Jane..just checking if Rhett are any shots of Kate's evening reception dress please? I guess maybe not, since it was a private event?
    Thanks.

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  40. Hello thanks for your great post on the wedding Jane..just checking if Rhett are any shots of Kate's evening reception dress please? I guess maybe not, since it was a private event?
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  41. Kate might be wearing a new dress, she might not be. I don't think we'll ever know for sure. But during none of the other wearings of the McQueen PC christening ceremony dress have we seen it indoors (except in one indoor formal extended family portrait taken with flash while it was mostly covered by Charlotte & her christening dress anyway.) So it's kind of apples and oranges to compare how Kate's dress looked Saturday in a car and Saturday indoors under available light from lamps and natural light filtered through stained glass to the outdoor venues where we've seen the dress (or a similar one) before. I agree the dress worn to the wedding looks very light--like cream-- outdoors. But so did the other dress! I don't think anyone has suggested the dress on Saturday was pure white like Charlotte's bridesmaid's dress nor did anyone think the dress Kate wore at the christening, the Trooping, & the memorial service in Belgium was pure white. It was cream (which is white mixed with yellow after all.)

    For an example of how light and surrounding colors can change the color of an outfit, the christening gown worn by the children is a good example.In the outdoor shot of the 4 Cambridges at Charlotte's ceremony, the gown is light-colored but appears slightly tannish. It is also quite light, but looks a bit pinkish in the photo where Kate is holding PC conversing facing the Queen (in pink) with Camilla (in blue) off to the side. In a shot at George's christening taken in the shade of the portico with Kate in a different dress (which appeared to be a more distinctly yellow cream), the christening gown looks quite yellow. It also looks quite yellow in an indoor shot of the 3 Cambridges. But I think we can be pretty sure the babies are wearing the same gown in all those photos!

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  42. Now, just a personal feeling while watching the ceremony. Prince Harry seems deeply, unreservedly, completely in love. He gave the impression it was the most important day in his life and he was giving himself to Meghan. It was very touching to see. I didn't get the same impression from Meghan perhaps because she was more collected and self-conscious, keeping her expressions smooth and looking beautiful. Which she was of course, absolutely gorgeous. I don't know what to think...it doesn't necessarily reflect on their relationship and they both seemed happy anyway. I just hope she never breaks his heart, he would be devastated.

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  43. One of the most beautiful things, let alone weddings - that I've ever seen. Sheer, joyous perfection in every way. The weather, the location, the feeling in the air, it was like nothing ever before - I was totally blown away! Fashion-wise - I LOVED Amal's ensemble, she was picture-perfect and stunning as usual. That color looked incredible on her, her make up is always classically-gorgeous, and the design of the gown was modern/vintage/cool. And I loved the short veil on her hat with sparkles! Plus George in a silver suit is a great accessory. ;) Kate's look was amazing, beautiful as usual, appropriate, etc, but...as far as stealing the limelight I think she would have gotten less coverage if she HADN'T worn something recycled. And SO recycled! A fourth time? And at Harry's wedding?! Really? That is strange to me. Also was surprised her hair was down and uncurled - just looked a bit casual imo - but she is GORGEOUS and her make-up looked amazing, and her sweet nature just shines through. The entire Cambridge family looked incredible. Also amazed by Prince Phillip's strength and endurance and vitality after all he's been through! Wonderful. Pippa looked great, I thought it unfair to compare her to an Arizona tea bottle as the memes have been doing. She doesn't always get the proportion right, but she was spot on with that beautiful dress/hat/shoes/makeup. Likewise the Middleton family - Carole looked wonderful and so did Michael who also doesn't always get the proportions right - often his jackets are too large and swallow him up a bit - but he was as elegant as could be. Also loved James' Blunt's wife/partner/guest's dress - that yellow floral with the peter pan collar was adorable! Meghan and Harry - an absolute fairy tale. When I watched the footage of them getting in that sports car and driving through the Windsor grounds with the golden evening light on the ancient stones and gothic windows, all alone in that great space with the green lawn all mowed in square patterns - so quiet, so full of magic - what a moment. It was a wonderful, wonderful day for the royal family, and for the world.

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  44. Thanks, Jane for your recap. It will take me a very long time to get used to that dress. I think Meghan is great, but she spends way too much money on clothes that don't impress. I did a little calculation and this is probably the most expensive wedding dress in royal history, adding up all the other expenses, such as fittings. Not worth it in my eyes. The veil and the tiara compensated for it a bit.

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  45. The palace released a statement sa ying Kate's outfit was yellow. So it was either yellow OR it was the repeat off white because something required a last minute change, i.e. a spill, baby vomit,... which would be very likely with an infant. Even a goodbye hug could turn kids into a whoops! Seems like a new yellow piece to me because if darting & seams were different then how can it be the same? They were totally different on upper ha of of coast dress.

    Anyway, doesn't matter. She was respectful, lovely & appropriate. Loved seeing how much they care for one another. Many families do not have this. Did you see how sweet Charles was? From walking Meghan down the aisle to taking Doria's hand as they went to the back to sign certificate to escorting her & Camilla out of the church. He was so so sweet & gentlemanly. Not at all what the press has made him out to be all these years.

    All in all a lovely wedding! Such beautiful weather for England! Just lovely! So happy for them.

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  46. Merci pour cette précision concernant la révérence. Il était en effet tout à fait étrange de ne pas les voir saluer.

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  47. The absolute genius of this beautiful wedding was the ability to convey a personal, family intimacy and simplicity, while at the very same time present a grand and royal wedding for the ages. The entire day was a feast for eyes and ears. Really beautiful couple and obviously deeply in love!

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  48. As I get older :-(, I find that less is more in clothing and that I prefer my accessories speak rather than the dress. I think that the Duchess of Sussex looked at it that way as well. Her everyday dressing is very similar, lovely fabrics with impeccable tailoring.

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  49. The official wedding photographs are out! Beautiful!

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  50. The first picture is breathtaking. I loved that Kate chose a hat with some drama to complement her understated outfit. I remember news going around about a month or so ago that Kate has a spare of some of her outfits and I remember this coat being specifically mentioned. So maybe this is the spare (hence the slight changes). Also is there any confirmation regarding Pippa being pregnant?
    -Soha

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  51. Now that we've seen the formal group pictures that include Kate, the pale color of her outfit makes sense. She blends in well with the bridesmaids and looks like part of the bridal party.

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  52. PS re: the official wedding photos--it all becomes clear. The photos were taken in the Green reception room of Windsor Castle, hence Ms. Ragland's and the Queen's color choice. Both Camilla's and Catherine's outfits blend in as light-colored; the green of HM's and Ms. Ragland's outfits picked up in the green fabric on the wall behind the group.
    It is so strange but nice to see William and Catherine on the Bride's side with George and Charlotte. Kate was not technically a member of the wedding party. It still does not compensate for Ms. Ragland's lone representation of Meghan's family. The contrast to Kate's supportive family at W&C's wedding is stark to me.


    George appears impish and is wearing a broad grin. This boy is supposed to be shy ad dislike photographers?

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    1. Ms. Ragland being the only one of Meghan's family present (and only 1 of 2 actually invited, counting Mr. Markle) is very odd and troubling. There were not even many long-term friends of Meghan's included, only people from the recent several years. IMO, this is all a glaring red flag.

      William is very lucky to have found Kate, with her steady, loving family. The support and grounding the Middleton family family provides to William, Kate and their children is hard to even calculate.

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    2. I do not see it as a big red flag she may just not make friends easily or only become good friends with a few. It shows up so starkly because her family is so small. I come from a family of 6 kids, 5 sisters, one brother, so we all have a built in group of 5 best friends. Then you add in a few close friends and few more casual friends from work and the spouses and husbands and your side of things starts looking pretty big without having a large number of personal friends yourself. She may or may not want anymore close friends but with the large Royal Family she will automatically have a large group of at least "friends"
      and because the BRF is a unique group you have that bonding that happens fairly easily, as it does with those that work together for several years. But I agree, I am sure she was happy with her life but her side of things and those friends that attended seemed a little bleak. But the BRF is really really big:):).

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    3. I guess it's possible Doria and female members of the BRF matched their outfits to the room. Unless this is the only room in the entire castle where group photos could be taken, I think it is more likely the room was chosen by the photographer after being told the colors those folks planned to wear.

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    4. The various wedding, christening, and other major family portraits are generally color-coordinated both amongst the participants and the setting. Once it was pastel blues, pinks, and cream. It is so that one person does not dominate the photo, unless that is intended, and the various participants do not clash. Also, for aesthetic reasons.I think the site was chosen first, whether by HM or the photographer. I think the Queen may have suggested the room as it worked so well with the previous photo. I don't think the use of the same room was a coincidence, other than it is at Windsor where the Queen spends most of her time now. There are some other similarities between the 90th photo and this one, whether intentional or not. Charlotte sitting on a lap, as in the first photo, for one example. The positioning/configuring of the participants, another. The inclusion of a non-wedding party member, Catherine, other than the Queen and the Duke, was interesting to me. None of the other mothers or child-herders were included. I think someone was possibly making a statement about the Monarchy and succession. It is likely also meant to be a family portrait.
      I would like to see some stats on the possibility of both women wearing a shade of green compatible with the walls without some coordination being done with the room's particular shade of yellow/lime green. It wouldn't have been sufficient to just stipulate "green."If the room was chosen to match or blend with the clothing colors, why not choose the white or yellow or even pink reception rooms--surely such rooms exist-it's a big castle. :+)
      The chances of both women turning up in those colors coincidently--which, by the way, did neither woman any favors, indicates that their outfits were likely coordinated purposefully...and matched... to what? Why that particular color? Because that was the background color in the chosen room.

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    5. Maybe. I don't agree the green garment colors weren't flattering (but hey, I liked HMTQ's Kermit green outfit from one of the Trooping too!) I do agree the garments were likely coordinated. And I know within the BRF HMTQ gets first dibs on colors. But how awful for Doria, as the mother of the bride, to be told she had to wear a certain color to match *the walls & rugs* in a certain room for a photograph! With Kate's wedding portrait the men's uniforms matched the red walls so there was no need to tell Carole what to wear, I guess.

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    6. Anglophile in OhioMay 23, 2018 at 8:31 AM

      Kate is in the photo because she is Family. Same as Camilla being in the photo.

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    7. lizzie-the pages' uniforms were red and gold, the dominant colors in the room's wall coverings. When it comes to momentous BRF photographs taken within palace/castle walls,
      I have a hunch the Queen and company pick the room as a matter of historical reference and consult with those deciding the bridal party's attire. Otherwise, the coordination probably is just amongst the participants.
      Of course, I am guessing. Surely this is all discussed in some coffee table book. ;+)

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    8. Anglophile-good point! I had forgotten about Camilla. I did mention it was also a family portrait. Charles is stationed directly behind the Queen. I don't think the significance of that positioning is lost on anyone.

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    9. Like I said, anon1, for W&K's wedding the men carried the color scheme necessary to match that room at BP. So no one had to suggest Carole, as mother of the bride, had to choose a dress to match walls or rugs at BP. (And while Carole looked lovely, her blue dress didn't match the room. It didn't clash but it didn't blend well with the room or with the other women's dresses either.) I'm sorry if Doria had to choose her dress to match the room, if that's true. Normally, the bride's mother's color choice for the ceremony is between the mom and her daughter. I'm sorry if Doria had to give up that small thing.

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    10. It wasn't just Ms. Ragland. The Queen also wore an off-shade of green. Forest or emerald green would have clashed. The room décor called for a yellow-tinged green. Kate's pale yellow outfit would have blended but both her dress and Camilla's presented as washed-out. I think the eyes tend to go to the greens even before attention goes to the bride.

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    11. I know anon1. But you've suggested HMTQ stage-managed clothes worn to the ceremony in order to match one particular room at the castle. (Gee, aren't there any other nice rooms in the entire castle? It's hardly like an ordinary house with only one formal living room!) You've also suggested the green outfits HMTQ & Doria wore weren't very flattering but had to be worn to go with the room. I think those green tones were flattering to both women (but agree with you emerald green wouldn't have gone with the room but that would have been a very odd color to wear to a spring wedding anyway!) While I think there WAS coordination (as there always is among female immediate family members in my family for weddings too) I'm not at all sure I buy "the Queen stage-managed it all" theory. But if it's true, and Doria--the mother of the bride--was told to wear something she wouldn't usually choose, a color she didn't like, a color she didn't think was flattering on her, she's the ONLY one I feel sorry for. I'd hardly feel sorry for HMTQ having to wear a particular tone of green to match the room if it was all her idea! And I don't feel sorry for Kate or Camilla. It wasn't their day & they weren't supposed to be the focus (& while her dress was fine, I still wish Kate's dress had been a touch more yellow. Wouldn't have looked washed out either.) After Meghan, it WAS Doria's day. And it's pretty traditional for the mother of the bride to have free rein to choose her color first & then the other women who are close relatives on either side choose. And choose colors that don't clash but blend with the bride's mother (assuming the bride is wearing white, of course.) Regardless, both Kate and Camilla wore colors VERY similar to colors we've seen them wear before anyway. So it's hardly likely either thought their color choice was unflattering on them. And for all we know the soft green Doria wore is her favorite color. We've not seen her in dressy "church type" clothes before after all. Personally I'm more apt to think (& hope) Doria did choose first and the other outfits and room choice followed.

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  53. Hello Jane,

    Will Meghan be granted a coat of arms? What is her royal styling now that she is Prince Harry's wife?

    I am thrilled for Prince Harry & Meghan. Congratulations to the new Duke and Duchess!

    Thank you,
    Natalie

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  54. Haven't read the above comments yet...but I will.

    The various remarks/debates, on several sites, re Kate's outfit to the wedding strike me as ludicrous; obviously, she's wearing the McQueen coat she first introduced at Charlotte's christening. It baffles me that anyone could think otherwise.

    Equally astonishing is that a mere 3.5 weeks postpartum, Kate was able to fit into this same coat. Hats off!

    Meghan's bridal gown reflected her personal leaning toward clean lines and excellent execution, which I generally like, but...I dunno...maybe this gown went a tad too far, almost boring? Nevertheless, the bride herself was very pretty and, from the pics I've seen, very happy. It would be churlish of me to wish them less than a long and happy marriage.

    JC



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    1. Maybe take a closer look JC. The darting is different as are buttons on the cuffs. It might be the same coat but it's equally possible that it's a new coat based off that original design.

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    2. I wish we could get clarification from KP or Clarence House.

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    3. We probably won't get official clarification but she might recycle which will clarify through additional photos. I for one am convinced it's a different piece. Look at: the buttons on the cuffs, the shape/height of the shoulders, the contrast against charlottes pure white dress & Kates own white dress, and the way the fabric folds/wrinkles when Kate moves. The wedding coat moves like a lighter weight fabric than the christening coat (I saw it in the arm/elbow area especially)

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  55. I just don't understand the big deal with Meghan being estranged from the majority of her family. There's clearly a reason for it. She is a grown woman who has made a conscious decision to surround herself with the people that will make her feel whole. That's not always a role one's family can fill. I think, a lot of people are trying to say that Kate has such a close knit family and that makes her a perfect royal and match for Will and because Meghan lacks that, she is unwelcome. But Kate is not Harry's wife.
    I used to really like Kate. That's how I found this blog, but in the past few years, it's clear to me that Kate doesn't have the natural passion for Royal Work. She wants to be a mom and a wife. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that, and I don't mean any offense, but it is true. I've read a lot of comments about Kate and Meghan's differences the past few days, and so many people are trying to knock Meghan down a peg. So, as I said, I used to really like Kate, and then I didn't like her so much because I wanted her to work more, to be more authentic with her royal work. I don't think Kate's philanthropy is natural, so I started to pay less attention to her, until I realized something.
    Kate has a very important role, to provide the home for the future kings that Will did not grow up with. She shines as a wife and mother and you can tell that her lifes joy is in that role. It's a thrill and a joy to see, and I admire the wife and mother Kate has become.
    With that said, Meghan's role, is quite honestly, to be Harry's partner, not the wife and mother of kings. They're on two very different paths and their purposes within the role family should be treated as such. Some of the comments on these Meghan/Kate posts are cringeworthy, but I think there can be a healthy mix of discussion about both women. I'm not saying Meghan is more authentic than Kate, I don't know enough about her, and I do think, from what I have seen recently, there's still a lot of actress in her, but I hope a lot of people stop putting Kate on a pedestal....she's not perfect you guys, she's on a different path than Meghan. Give Meghan a chance.

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    1. anon 9:05-- Actually, you did imply that Kate's royal work was less authentic. That was cringe-worthy to me and illustrates what I find objectionable in comparisons of the women. The media love to encourage comparisons because it stimulates the controversy that sells their sites...and we oblige.

      I mentioned Ms. Ragland's being by herself because I felt empathy with her not having at least one other family member with her during this joyful, yet emotional and stressful time. Having a supportive family is a gift, not a measuring tool for royals. Meghan has surrounded herself with friends and acquaintances who apparently have filled in for this family role.
      Those friends were not able to serve as family in the photograph, however. There was a substitute of Harry's family who took their places on Meghan's side to fill the space that would have been nearly empty otherwise. Harry has said he wanted to provide his wife with a supportive family and this photo is a literal,visual representation of that promise.
      I don't think Doria could have been oblivious to this and that is why I said the contrast was stark. I was putting myself in Doria's place--perhaps my thoughts did not reflect hers.

      I am not sure how anyone can look at Kate's expressions during her charity visits and say that she isn't committed and engaged--authentic and natural, if you will. Give Kate a chance.

      At some point,fortunate people make choices in what their focus in life will be. The Queen, out of necessity, chose to focus on her royal role; however, the only photos of events where I see her truly joyful or involved is when she is at horse events. There, one can see joy and involvement, naturalness and authenticity. I don't know if one would say the Queen's authenticity in her royal work is lacking because she also is also devoted to her thoroughbreds and other pets. Or that royal work is any less "natural" for HM. She may prefer to be at the racetrack or the Royal Mews, but she still shows up for duty. I imagine after 60 years the thrill of it all wears off. In her words, it is her duty. We'll see how enthusiastic Meghan is after ten years and two or three children. If she is like most humans, enthusiasm for ideals sometimes becomes diluted by daily life and new concerns; or else daily life becomes secondary to one's other pursuits. Necessarily so. That's why we see so many dedicated charity workers either young and single or empty nesters. A lot of gray hair at those charity functions. I also suspect that royal work and private philanthropy are not that comparable. For one it is a job; for the other, an avocation.

      (There was an interesting interview on CBS with Meghan's teacher who supervised the class letter-writing project and was responsible for facilitating the film and newspaper publicity of the project. I was impressed by the caliber of sources used for that program on Harry and Meghan. There was one royal correspondent--from The Sunday Times--and no tabloid reps.Unless one counts Penny Junor, who spoke only of Harry, not Charles. There was a comparison of life paths between Harry and Meghan. Many similarities that override, in my opinion, the fact that one was born royal.)


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    2. PS That CBS (Columbia not Canadian BS) program also included remarks by Meghan's drama professor at Northwestern. I had only heard of her international relations studies in promotional articles about Meghan, including quotes from her blog. A Drama major makes more sense, considering she pursued a career in television, not diplomacy. Now the other makes more sense. Actually, both studies will come in handy.

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    3. Kate seems pretty perfect to me. She does a great job both as mother and Royal duchess. She is a beautiful, lovely lady, authentic and natural. Yep - I have her on a pedestal and she is staying there - Linda

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  56. Jane your post was lovely & enjoyable as always. Loved Kate’s choice of outfit, very approiate and so On theme. I am always puzzled why people refer to her wearing an outfit a second or third time. Let’s face it we all do. When you think of time it takes to select as many outfits as Kate needs to do, one would like said outfit and of course want to wear servers Times after. It’s simple NOT recycling it’s enjoyi the clothing. Loved see the Spencer cousins, each looked so beautiful especially Lady Kitty, her dress was amazing. Carole Middleton always has a taste & choice of a dress & coat. Fabulous to see the photo of Rebecca Deacon. She looked so lovely and was so much apart of Kate’s, Williams & Harry’s life. Thank you for including the photo of her & her husband. Felt sad the critics compared Pippa Middleton Mathews Dress to an ice tea drink can. Pippa is lovely & has a fun style.
    One question.....Jane...how do the royal brides to be make a tiara selection? Thanks again Jane for your wonderful blog.
    Faithful reader

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  57. At first I thought Kate was wearing the cream outfit she's worn before but the more I look at the pictures (I love picots of Kate!) the more I think it is a new outfit done in pale yellow. I wish we knew. Has anyone asked KP or Clarence House for clarification? Either way I'm sure Meghan approved of what Kate was wearing. Kate wouldn't use Harry's (who she seems to adore and even if she didn't she was raised to be appropriate) to put a foot wrong.

    All the children behaved so well. The boys who held Meghan's veil did such a good job.

    I think Meghan is pretty and she seems to enjoy the attention. My hope is that she and Kate can be close and that she'll be a good support to Kate. No matter how you look at it Kate is the principal person in the royal family, I'd argue even more so than William or Charles, and hopefully Meghan will rally around her and be a source of support and friendship.

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  58. I don’t think it’s appropriate to say that one bride is “secondary” to another - Kate & Meghan have very difficult outlooks & styles & Meghan clearly has a more pared-down style that she prefers. Meghan is as important a bride in the royal family as Kate was, definitely bringing her own focus & opinions & some much needed diversity.

    I think it’s disrespectful to her to imply she is somehow “less” than Kate.

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    1. I am sure that Meghan is of equal value to the royals personally. Just like Charles loves William and Harry, and Harry's bride is just as exciting and welcome as Kate was. But, from an institutional perspective, Meghan is absolutely of secondary importance to Kate. Kate is the future Queen. Meghan is not. That is the rough nature of a monarchy, "the heir and the spare." Kate married the heir, Meghan married the spare. As people, no one is suggesting one woman has more or less value, but as members of an institution, Kate was the "bigger" bride.

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    2. Kate’s role and prominence in the institution clear. Wife of a future King, and future Queen herself. And mother of a future King (+ 2 spares). Much like the Queen Mother maintained a central role due to her relationship to the daughter and new Queen, even if something were to happen to William, Kate is still a central figure in the lives of the next 3 heirs. Others in the family (and not this comment isn’t just directed at Meghan....holds true for Harry, Anne and kids, Andrew and kids, Edward and kids, etc.) will move away from the center over time. But Kate’s position is at the very core and will be for her entire life.

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