Meghan Markle’s stunning wedding dress and her tiara are going on display, palace heritage bosses confirmed.
Meghan’s Givenchy gown will be shown to visitors at Windsor Castle, where she tied the knot, and Holyroodhouse, in Edinburgh, Scotland.
And, as a bonus, royal fans will also get to see her glittering tiara that held her 15ft long flowing veil in place as she wed Prince Harry on May 19, the Royal Collection says. It will be the first time the diamond and platinum bandeau tiara, lent to Meghan, 37, by Queen Elizabeth, 92, will be on public display. Featuring diamonds set in platinum, it was made in 1932 for the Queen’s grandmother Queen Mary and features a center detachable brooch made of ten diamonds dating back to 1893.
The gown will go on show at Windsor on October 26, and will head to Edinburgh next summer.
Alongside Meghan’s outfit, visitors will also be able to see Harry’s frockcoat uniform of the Household Cavalry. The one on show will be an exact copy of the prince’s uniform that was made by tailors at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row, London.
But it is Meghan’s outfit that is likely to receive the most attention. Created by the British designer Clare Waight Keller at Givenchy, it was made from an exclusive double-bonded silk cady, developed by Waight Keller following extensive research in fabric mills throughout Europe, the Royal Collection says.
The veil was embroidered with image of the flora of the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, underlining the important part the family of nations linked to the U.K. will play in the royal couple’s official work. Meghan, who became the Duchess of Sussex on her wedding day, added two flowers to the decoration: Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox), which grows in front of Nottingham Cottage, at Kensington Palace where she and Harry, 33, live, and the California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), which is the state flower of California, her place of birth.
The Royal Collection Trust is encouraging visitors to book tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment on the day.
“The outfits will remain the personal property of the duke and duchess,” de Guitaut explains. “After the exhibition, they will go back into their wardrobes, so to speak. The whole ensemble looked so wonderful on the day when you see it in the flesh, it’s really beautiful. I hope we do it justice.”