Who else enjoyed watching the Royal Wedding this weekend? Many congratulations to the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex. While we are still enjoying the celebrations, we took a look at the very British and international elements the royal wedding had to offer.
British Wedding Traditions
The wedding cake
Historically, royal couples have favoured fruitcake underneath intricate confectionary designs for centuries. With changing modern times, however, Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle’s wedding cake incorporated the spring flavour of elderflower, with the syrup made from the Queen's residence in Sandringham. Created by Claire Ptak of Violet Cakes, the extravagant wedding cake was filled with lemon curd and topped with 150 fresh peonies and roses.
The royal couple incorporated ecological pollinator-friendly plants and flowers that are naturally blooming to save the bees - supplied from the Crown Estates and Royal Parks. For generations, royal brides have chosen to carry sprigs of Myrtle in their bouquets as the plant species is said to represent love, fertility and innocence. The tradition, dating back to Queen Victoria when Prince Albert’s grandmother gave Victoria a nosegay containing myrtle. That same year Victoria bought Osborne House on the Isle of Wight and planted a spring of myrtle in the grounds, which is where the stems in Meghan’s bouquet came from.
Prince Harry also picked blooms from the couple’s private garden in Kensington palace to be added to Meghan’s bespoke bridal bouquet, including forget-me-nots, his mother Diana’s favourite flowers.
One of the most anticipated moments was the reveal of Meghan’s dress. The pure white, boat neck silk Givenchy gown was crafted by British designer Clare Waight Keller - a nod to Meghan’s feminist credentials given that Clare is the first woman to hold the position of artistic director at the fashion house. While the dress was simple in that it had no lace or embellishments, the silk tulle veil was 16ft and featured 53 flowers of the Commonwealth.
The Queen kindly lent Meghan a diamond bandeau tiara which belonged to Queen Mary and dates back to 1932.
Meghan’s second dress was a sure surprise as nobody knew she was having an outfit change. Worn to the evening reception at Frogmore House, female British designer Stella McCartney designed a high halter neck and open backed gown.
Meghan accessorised her second wedding dress with Princess Diana’s aquamarine ring, which Prince Harry gave to his new wife as her wedding day present – a something borrowed and something blue in one.
The newlyweds broke tradition with Prince Harry choosing to wear a wedding ring, a platinum band with a textured finish. Meghan’s wedding ring was made of Welsh gold by Cleave & Co, who also created her engagement ring.
Born in LA and residing in Canada for much of her acting career, Meghan is a truly international bride. Working with World Vision she supported the charity’s clean water campaign in Rwanda and has visited Delhi and Mumbai tackling period poverty.
While the rings did follow some British traditions, they also had lots of international elements. Botswana is the world’s largest producer of diamonds, and a place Prince Harry has frequently visited. The royal couple have shared time together there, and this is reflected in the central stone of Meghan’s engagement ring which hails from Botswana. Two further diamonds adjoin, belonging to the late Diana, Princess of Wales.
While the exclusive guest list featured prominent British celebrities, such as Elton John, the Beckhams and many extended members of the royal family, the wedding was an international affair with attendees flocking from all corners of the world to watch the ceremony. Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Priyankra Chopra and the cast of Suits flew in especially to see the happy couple exchange vows.
Bishop Michael Curry’s rousing address quoting Martin Luther King and referencing slavery packed a punch – much to the delight, surprise and even shock of the guests. His message of power and love preaching of Moses and Jesus of Nazareth had never been seen in the Anglican establishment and was something to behold and will live long in everyone’s memories.
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