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Breaking Royal: Meghan Markle’s Bridal Look

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The Duke & Duchess of Sussex depart their wedding chapel as husband & wife

Ok, brace yourselves as we’re about to discuss what should have been the highlight of the day. The bride! There are so many details to break down, particularly when it’s a royal bride so let’s get to it.

The Dress

Let’s just say if you woke up early just to see the royal wedding, you probably got a big disappointment as the bride seemed to be missing! Meghan Markle walked down the aisle, in a white Givenchy gown and veil. I know some brides like minimalist dresses, but does this even count as a dress?! I get that minimalist is in, and a lot of brides & designers are excluding embellishments from their dresses, but even the fabric and cut missed the mark by miles!

In my opinion, British designer Clare Waight Keller has let the royal family and the house of Givenchy down with this one. There have been many royals who’ve gone minimalist, no embellishment or lace, just lux fabric and a fine artistic cut. She could have taken a cue from any of these famous and exquisitely beautiful examples such as Princess Margaret who’s sheer, silk dress was the dawn of minimalist sensation,

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon in 1960

Princess Anne who let the sleeves do all the talking,

Princess Anne’s wedding in 1973

or my personal favourite Countess Sophie.

HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Countess Sophie Rhys-Jones in 1999

The Veil & Hair

A veil with a secret!

While the dress was a miss in many books, the 5-meter long veil was quite romantic and symbolic. You can count on the Royals to throw in a hidden secret that only the embroiderer would have known if it weren’t for twitter! The floral embroidery contains a floral symbol from each of the 53 Commonwealth countries [yes, we could have been one of them but then Nasser had to be obstinate], a gesture to Prince Harry’s great efforts in the commonwealth. It, however, was not complemented by unflatteringly split down the middle, and the very tacky bun with all the flyaways, it looked like it was a last minute effort.

The Makeup

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Another let down was the makeup. I get that Meghan would want to go minimalist with the makeup. Kate herself decided to go with a look that was very like her everyday face, as she wanted William to recognise her as she walked down the aisle. Meghan, however, was not recognisable! Her face was fresh, but not her! Tip if you are planning a look with much less makeup than your usual routine on your wedding day, then start wearing less makeup before the event! You had enough time to plan this, don’t suddenly pop up from under the veil with a whole new face!

The Tiara

Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau circa 1932

Failing fashion & beauty aside, the highlight of the look was the Diamond Bandeau Tiara which was a gift to the Queen’s grandmother, Queen Mary, on her wedding day and was passed on to her granddaughter upon her death. The diamond bandeau contains a detachable diamond brooch in the middle which can be worn alone or with the tiara. One has to appreciate the fine work on this masterpiece, Meghan is still one smart girl to have chosen this piece from the royal collection to wear on her wedding day.

What do you think?

Did you like the dress? Any aspects of the bridal look that you liked or disliked? Let us know in the comments below!

About Mariem El Tagoury

I am a graduate from German University Cairo. Reading novels is my passion and writing is my release. My guilty pleasures include fashion & playing around with my make-up kit. A couple of years back when I was introduced to the online world, back in 2007; I was quite surprised that in spite of the presence of thousands of young Egyptians who follow the online sphere daily, there wasn’t one site that represented us or our lifestyle. [Later we’d come to see the rise of the political, religion, social-elite, and foodie websites, but still the voice of the average Cairene youth was missing.] I was glad to find out that I wasn’t the only one who had the feeling of the outsider on the internet, that’s why I decided to gather a team to fill a gap & finally find our place online and give Cairo’s youth a real voice that reflects its true culture. I hope you find our site interesting with a new view of life. Besides running the magazine & editing, I write the “Sans Sugarcoating” column, pardon my french, and a couple of other stuff around here! If you want to contact me, my email is mariem.eltagoury@cairocontra.com; you can also use our contact form or email directly to admin@cairocontra.com

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