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‘A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’ at Windsor Castle

Release date: Friday, 26 October 2018

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The special exhibition A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex has opened today, Friday 26 October. Included as part of a visit to Windsor Castle, visitors can enjoy 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.

The Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress 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 dress is displayed with The Duchess’s five-metre-long veil, which is made from silk tulle and embroidered with the flora of the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, a reference to an important part of The Duke and Duchess's official work following His Royal Highness’s appointment as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. A replica of The Duchess of Sussex’s bridal bouquet made from artificial flowers has been created for the exhibition.

On public display for the first time is the diamond and platinum bandeau tiara, lent
to Her Royal Highness by Her Majesty The Queen.  At the centre is a detachable brooch of ten brilliant diamonds.  Both the bandeau and brooch were bequeathed to Her Majesty by her grandmother Queen Mary in 1953.

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. 

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.

A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex is part of a visit to Windsor Castle from 26 October 2018 to 6 January 2019.  Tickets can be bought online here.