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Harry and Meghan’s wedding exhibition opens at Windsor

The wedding dress of the Duchess of Sussex is now on display at Windsor Castle. The gown chosen by Meghan for her marriage at St George’s Chapel at the castle is part of an exhibition on the big day which also features uniform worn by the Duke of Sussex.

The bridesmaid and pageboy outfits worn by Princess Charlotte and Prince George are on display, too, but the star attraction is undoubtedly Meghan’s wedding dress. Designed by Claire Waight Keller for Givenchy, it’s already one of the most famous gowns in the world and visitors will get a chance to see it up close and personal at the exhibition. The dress, made of bonded silk cady, features a bateau neckline, fitted bodice and a full-length skirt which flares into a small train.

The gown, along with the famous veil decorated with the flowers of all 53 Commonwealth countries, is shown on a mannequin as is a copy of the frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals chosen by Harry for his wedding day. The Duke of Sussex is still using the actual uniform he wore at his marriage, so an identical version made for him several years earlier features in this display.

Harry’s uniform was created by Dege and Skinner who were also responsible for the pageboy outfits. Prince George’s mini uniform, with GC embroidered on it, stands alongside the white dress with puff sleeves worn by Princess Charlotte and, like the other bridesmaid’s dresses, designed by Claire Waight Keller to match Meghan’s gown.

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The outfits are in a long glass display case which allows viewers to see the delicate work involved in making the wedding dress which features just six seams and which was widely praised for its elegance and simplicity.

Also on show is the Queen Mary Bandeau Tiara which Meghan wore for her wedding. It’s the first time that this diamond and platinum diadem has been on public display. And as part of the exhibition, the royal couple have shared some behind the scenes details of their big day including the news that Harry helped his bride choose the tiara she wore.

Meanwhile, the veil, which Meghan had such a big say in designing herself, is arranged so that all the floral symbols can be clearly seen. Speaking ahead of the exhibition, on the ITV programme ‘Queen of the World’, the Duchess said she hoped that visitors from around the world would be able to find their flower when they visited the exhibition.

The wedding exhibition is in the Grand Reception Room of Windsor Castle and visitors will be able to tour it as part of their regular visit with admission included in the usual ticket price. The display will be at Windsor Castle until January 6th 2019.

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