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A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Release date: Friday, 14 June 2019

From today (Friday, 14 June), a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse will include the special exhibition A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, a display of Their Royal Highnesses’ wedding outfits, and the page and bridesmaid outfits of His Royal Highness Prince George and Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte.

In a recording made for visitors to the exhibition, The Duke and Duchess (known as the Earl and Countess of Dumbarton in Scotland) discuss their plans for the wedding, including the choice of outfits, music and flowers. The Duchess says, ‘A great level of detail went into the planning of our wedding day. We knew how large the scale of the event would be, so in making choices that were really personal and meaningful, it could make the whole experience feel intimate.’

The Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress with a boat-neckline bodice was created by the British designer Clare Waight Keller, Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy. It is made from an exclusive double-bonded silk cady, and its graceful lines were achieved using six meticulously placed seams. The seams extend towards the back of the dress, from where the train flows in soft round folds, cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza.

The Duchess’s five-metre-long veil is made from silk tulle and embroidered with the flora of the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, including a thistle to represent Scotland, a reference to an important part of The Duke and Duchess's official work following His Royal Highness’s appointment as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.

The Duke of Sussex's wedding outfit was the frockcoat uniform of the Household Cavalry (the Blues and Royals), specially commissioned for the occasion and made by tailors at Dege & Skinner on Savile Row. His Royal Highness has loaned an identical uniform to the exhibition.

As one of four pages, Prince George wore a miniature version of the Blues and Royals frockcoat by Dege & Skinner, with His Royal Highness’s initials embroidered in gold thread on the shoulder straps. Princess Charlotte, one of six bridesmaids, wore a high-waisted ivory silk dress designed by Clare Waight Keller. It has short puff sleeves and a double silk ribbon at the waist, tied in a bow at the back. Princess Charlotte’s white leather shoes were made by Aquazurra and embroidered with her initials and the wedding date.

A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex is part of a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse from 14 June to 6 October 2019.

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