Saturday, 19 May 2018

It's a Family Affair for Harry & Meghan's Windsor Wedding!

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte watched Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle in Windsor today.

Prince William was by his brother's side as his best man. The pair spent last night at Coworth Park before arriving in their Blues and Royals uniforms this morning. Seven years ago, Harry was William's best man and William looked delighted to return the favour. The two joked and it appeared William offered gentle words of encouragement as they waited in the chapel.

True to form, Princess Charlotte was eager to get going :)

A wave from the car window.

The Duchess arrived with the mothers of the other page boys and bridesmaids including Meghan's friend Jessica Mulroney.

The Middleton family were in attendance and arrived together. I believe Carole wore Catherine Walker.

Pippa Matthews, who is expecting her first child, sported the very pretty Hepburn dress by The Fold.

It was great to see Kate's former private secretary Rebecca Deacon.

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George and Charlotte joined a bridal party of ten walking up the aisle with the bride.

The other children in the party were Prince Harry's godson Jasper Dyer, the son of his longtime mentor Mark Dyer; Harry's goddaughters Zalie Warren and Florence van Cutsem. The van Cutsems have been close friends of the princes since their schooldays. Meghan's goddaughters Remi and Rylan Litt, the daughters of close friend Benita Litt from LA, and Meghan's best friend Jessica Mulroney's twin boys John and Brian and daughter Ivy.

Meghan was escorted down the aisle by the Prince of Wales.

The happy couple.

The Royal family watched Harry and Meghan exchange their vows.

Kate sat beside the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Andrew. Below, chatting with the best man.

Singing hymns.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Afterwards, the royals gathered on the steps. 

A terrific shot of William and George in their matching uniforms. The page boys wore miniature versions of the Blues and Royals frockcoat. The uniform draws its insignia from the Blues and Royals, which is an old regiment of the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Both wore Blues and Royals frockcoats for the Wedding Day. The frockcoats are made from blue doeskin, single-breasted in style with a stand-up collar and completed with figured braiding of the regimental pattern. The figured braiding was scaled down for the pages, as otherwise it would have gone above their shoulders. As a special memento, each page had their initials embroidered in gold on their shoulder straps. The pages did not wear hats or white waist belts for practical reasons.

The bridesmaid dresses were designed to have the same timeless purity as Ms Markle's dress. Each one is sculpted in ivory silk Radzimir, is high-waisted with short puff sleeves, and hand finished with a double silk ribbon detail tied at the back in a bow. The bridesmaids’ dresses include pockets and pleated skirts to create a relaxed and luxurious silhouette. Each also wore white leather Aquazurra shoes, monogrammed with the bridesmaid's initials and the wedding date. The shoes are a gift from Meghan to the young ladies as a keepsake of the special day.

Another regal wave from the Princess.

Waving the newlyweds off as they leave for the carriage procession.

William and Kate were all smiles as they departed for the reception with the little Prince having a good look around.

These two did a wonderful  job.

Meghan looked radiant in a beautiful gown by Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller worn with Queen Mary's bandeau tiara.

For the evening reception, she changed into a sleek Stella McCartney gown and accessorised with Diana's aquamarine ring. William and Kate joined 200 other guests at Frogmore House to celebrate.

Shortly before arrivals, the Palace said the Duchess would be wearing "a primrose yellow wool silk tailored coat by Alexander McQueen". When Kate arrived it looked like she was wearing her cream McQueen fit-and-flare design. I thought there must have been a last-minute change of plan. Certainly, the styling of the look suggests plans for primrose yellow were organised. 

Kate debuted the cream coat for Charlotte's christening.

She later wore it at Trooping the Colour.

 And most recently for a 2017 visit to Belgium.

UPDATE: After looking at several close up shots, it does seem Kate did wear a new coat. It is almost identical to the piece shown above and in the majority of photos it looked the same colour (to me at least) rather than primrose lemon. Another possibility - the very similar hue has led to suggestions Kate's original coat was altered. It' A big thank you to Perth Fashion for her work on this.

Kate accessorised with a new floral Philip Treacy hat from the SS18 Collection.

The Duchess wore her Jimmy Choo Romy pumps.

Kate sported a pair of Kiki McDonough earrings.

And a citrine ring. 

I believe there's a strong possibility it's a ring Kate's had for over a decade. She was spotted wearing it for her 26th birthday celebrations.

It was an absolutely beautiful wedding. You can view the full post over at Mad About Meghan.

Thursday, 17 May 2018

William and Kate Arrive for Windsor Royal Wedding Rehearsal!

The Duchess of Cambridge has been photographed for the first time since the birth of Prince Louis over three weeks ago. Kate and William were spotted arriving in Windsor this afternoon for Harry and Meghan's wedding rehearsal.

More from the Mail Online:

'Kate was seen arriving in Windsor on Thursday alongside Prince William for the dress rehearsal of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on Saturday. The mother-of-three was last seen on the steps of the Lindo Wing on April 23 when she introduced her youngest son to the world.
Despite caring for three young children Kate showed none of the strains of motherhood looking fresh faced from the front of her husband's Landrover. Her famous brunette locks were styled to perfection and she wore a pair of chic sunnies as she sat in the passenger seat while the Duke of Cambridge was at the wheel.
The Duchess of Cambridge is still on her official maternity leave which began at the end of March. Aside from Saturday's wedding she may appear at some family occasions during the summer but is not expected to return to official duties until the autumn, according to aides, and even then her 'primary focus' will be her children.'

It's an incredibly exciting week for the family. Below, Harry and Meghan arriving for the rehearsal, there's just two days to go until the wedding.

Rehearsals for the wedding have been taking place throughout the day.

Members of the Armed Forces were among those taking part in a dress rehearsal of the carriage procession through Windsor Town and The Long Walk today.

More than 250 members of the Armed Forces will provide ceremonial support at the Royal Wedding, including regiments and units with a special relationship with Prince Harry.

The Duchess wore the very pretty MICHAEL Michael Kors Carnation Georgette Dress. The £215 piece is available at Michael Kors USMichael Kors UK and Net-A-Porter.

The multicoloured summery dress is described as "MICHAEL Michael Kors' midi dress features a colorful carnation print in shades of red, pink, navy and white. Made from lightweight crepe, it's buttoned through the front so you can customize the neckline, and has softly gathered sleeves. Knot the coordinating leather belt to define your frame."

A closer look at the print.

The Carnation print features across the board in the current collection. Below, the Ruffled Dress and phone case.

Kate's sunglasses are by Givenchy. KateMCambridge notes Pippa wore the same style (possibly the same pair) to Wimbledon in 2012.

There's additional images available of William leaving with George and Charlotte on the Mail Online.

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