Well today was the big day! The Royal Wedding! As I’m sure many of you will feel the same, I’ve always loved a good wedding. The wedding dress, the flowers, the bride, the groom, and of course the party and the wedding cake afterwards!
Harry and Meghan’s engagement was announced on the 27th of November 2017. The relationship between the two started around July 2016, however it wasn’t officially announced by Kensington Palace until the 8th of November 2016, when the palace announced that Harry was in the “first few months” of a relationship with Meghan after he had issued a statement asking the press and media to stop the harassment and abuse of her and her family. The pair made their first public appearance together at the Invictus Games in Toronto in September 2017.
The engagement ring that Harry used to propose to Meghan with was made by a company in London called Cleave & Co, the ring itself consisted of 3 diamonds, one diamond was sourced by Harry in Botswana, where the couple had spent a lot of time together and the two other diamonds came from the jewellry collection belonging to his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. The wedding dress Meghan wore was designed by an acclaimed British designer, by the name of Clare Waight Keller. Ms Waight Keller has been Artistic Director at Pringle of Scotland, Chloé, and Givenchy. Her career first started as a stylist for the women’s ready-to-wear line for Calvin Klein, she then worked at Gucci from 2000 – 2004 and a year later, in 2005 she became Artistic Director at Pringle of Scotland. She left the company in 2011, moved to Paris, and became the artistic director at Chloé. She is also the first woman to hold the position of Artistic Director of haute couture and ready-to-wear for women and men at Givenchy when she was appointed there in 2017.
The veil Meghan wore had 53 distinctive flowers on it, each individual one representing the 53 Commonwealth countries. The veil was 5 metres long and was made from silk tulle. The tiara was a diamond bandeau tiara belonging to Queen Mary, and was lent to Meghan by the Queen. The centre brooch of the tiara dates back to 1893, with the tiara being made in 1932. Meghan also wore a simple diamond bracelet and diamond earring from Cartier, and pointed court shoes made from silk duchess satin from Givenchy.
Meghan became well known for her part as Rachel Zane in the hit American legal television drama series, Suits. She starred from the very beginning in 2011, and left in late 2017 at the end of season 7.
Just before the wedding, Harry was given the official title of Duke of Sussex, a title which has not been in use since 1843 upon the death of Prince Augustus Frederick. Harry now also has the titles of Earl of Dumbarton (which became extinct in 1749) and Baron Kilkeel. As a result, Meghan will have the titles Duchess of Sussex, Countess of Dumbarton and Baroness Kilkeel.
The wedding cake sounded like a rather interesting combination! Lemon and Elderflower! Layered lemon sponge decorated with a white elderflower swiss meringue buttercream on the outside and drizzled with an Elderflower syrup. In between the layers of sponge was buttercream and lemon curd. Apparently for the making of the cake, 200 lemons were used along with 500 organic eggs, 20 kgs of butter, 20 kgs of flour, 20 kgs of sugar and Elderflower cordial made using Elderflower from the Queen’s estate at Sandringham. The idea of a traditional tiered wedding cake was abandoned and the idea the couple went with certainly had a very modern twist to it!
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