Everyone here at the Wedding Shoppe is excited for the upcoming royal wedding! American actress Meghan Markle will marry Prince Harry on May 19th at Windsor Castle. There’s plenty of buzz building around the royal wedding, but one big reveal has us all on our toes: what will Ms. Markle’s royal wedding dress look like? Meghan is a unique and ground-breaking bride for the royals in many ways. Does this mean she’ll branch out from the typical royal wedding dress styles, or will she go for a bolder approach? Here’s what we know about royal wedding gowns: they’re typically chic and classic. These are the hallmark styles of royal gowns.
- Long trains. Not every royal bride has matched Princess Diana’s iconic 24-foot train, but long trains are common among royal wedding dresses. Some royals opt for floor-length gowns, like Princess Elizabeth. Still, she attached a silk tulle train at the shoulders to give her 13 feet of trailing fabric. When you’re walking down an aisle somewhere as majestic as Westminster Abbey, the elegance of a trailing dress is hard to pass up!
- Long sleeves. Diana’s big puffed sleeves aligned with true 80s fashion. Kate’s body-formed lace above a sweetheart neckline met the modern styles of her day. While the styles change, royals all seem to agree on one thing: we don't show shoulders.
- V-necks. What did Princess Margaret, Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and even Camilla Parker Bowles have in common? All of these royal brides opted to have a v-neck design on their dresses.
- Beading. Princess Diana’s gown featured 10,000 pearls. Queen Elizabeth’s features similar numbers of intense hand-beading work. Detail is an important part of all royal wedding dresses.
- Natural waistline. The skirt styles range from giant ballgown to simpler A-line. However, most typical royal wedding dresses feature a natural waistline.