Long sleeves, bridal trains and fairytale gowns.
For the royal family, tradition is, of course, of the greatest importance, and it certainly wouldn’t have been a surprise if Meghan’s gown featured a number of nods to royal brides from times past. Indeed, Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen gown, with its long lace sleeves, full skirt and cinched waist, has drawn comparisons to the Norman Hartnell creation worn by her grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II on her wedding day in 1947.
So, what makes a classic royal wedding dress? Fashions may come and go (Princess Diana’s iconic Emanuel confection, which set the gold standard for ‘80s brides with its puffed sleeves and jaw-dropping train, is certainly a case in point) but a royal bride’s gown tends to follow a time-honoured formula: white or ivory satin, maybe a smattering of tulle and lace (made in a workshop in Honiton, East Devon), often with long sleeves and plenty of beaded embellishments.
Scroll through the gallery below to see the evolution of royal bridal style:
Words: Katie Rosseinsky
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This article originally appeared on Grazia.
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