The Royal wedding is just around the corner! Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are soon to be married in May. The younger son of Princess Diana and the American actress have been in a relationship for over a year and a half now and they are now getting everything ready for their big day. The 36-year-old star has quit the TV show Suits which made her famous, in order to follow correct royal protocol.
There are always countless expectations and speculation regarding a royal wedding, which is the biggest event not only in the United Kingdom, but all over the world. If we remember, Kate Middleton and Prince William‘s wedding day which took place back in 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London and think of the amazing different aspects of the day, which made it such a special event.
The dress and shoes of the bride
The Designer of the year at the 2011 British Fashion Awards, Sarah Burton was tasked with designing the wedding dress of Kate, of course this was not announced until the bride got out from her car and walked in the Westminster Abbey. The breath-taking dress combined the modern and the traditional styles which was the own request of the bride. Kate’s dress featured a fitted, ivory satin bodice with a sheer lace neckline and sleeves which was slightly padded at her hips and the classical floral motifs cut from machine-made lace. The silk tulle underskirt and 9ft train ensured a sumptuous view on the red carpet, however this was a more restrained dress than that of Princess Diana which had a 25ft train. Sarah, who is the creative director of the luxury fashion house Alexander McQueen, also designed the bridal shoes made of ivory duchesse satin with lace hand-embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. After the ceremony the footwear was displayed at the Buckingham Palace for a while.
The media publicity of the marriage
The wedding day itself was a public holiday in the United Kingdom and drew huge media attention from around the world. The ceremony was viewed live, by tens of millions around the planet, including approximately 70 million live streams on YouTube, the top video sharing site. This event with an estimated overall cost of£20 million was one of the most watched event in 2011 among the television audiences in more than 180 countries with the number of 26.3 million viewers.
The guest list and participating celebrities
Three different guest lists were sent out in the name of the Queen for more than 2800 people who were invited to the ceremony, to the luncheon reception at Buckingham Palace and to the evening dinner. More than half of the invitees were the family and the friends of the couple, but the lists also contained Commonwealth leaders, representatives of foreign royal families, high ranking members of the military and members of religious and diplomatic organisations. Just a few well-known celebrities who were present and took part in the celebration the royal couple: Sir Elton John, the famous pianist and a very close friend of Diana, the football star David Beckham and his wife Victoria, who were waiting for their baby at that time and Guy Richie, the popular film director.
The wedding cake
The extra special wedding cake was a multi-tiered traditional fruit cake decorated with cream and white icing, a masterpiece of a Leicestershire-based cake designer Fiona Cairns. Fiona had to create the cake only from British ingredients, but it wasn`t a problem for her with her more than 25 years’ experience.
The newly married couple postponed their honeymoon and instead of leaving straight after the occasion, they didn`t depart until 9th of May, 10 days after their wedding. The destination was top secret at the beginning until the spokesman announced that the couple spent a wonderful 10 days on a secluded villa on a private island in the Seychelles.
We excitedly look forward to the younger Prince and his bride`s ceremony in a few months’ time and we will obviously take notes as to all the features of the big day, which will certainly be as unforgettable as Prince William’s big day .