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So Last Season

Wedding winners as Harry and Meghan tie the knot

Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018 5:08pm

I really can’t have a column this week and not at least mention the gigantic wedding that took place last weekend.

Also, I feel like I’ve never mentioned the royals so much in my column before, but to be fair, they’ve been very busy with births and marriages recently, so it’s hard not to take notice of what they’ve been up to.

You would have to have been living under a rock not to have seen at least a tiny bit of coverage of Prince Harry and American actress Megan Markle tying the knot in a super lavish affair at Windsor Castle on Saturday.

I unfortunately spent all of Saturday in bed with a stomach bug, so didn’t get to watch all the action unfold live, but in between trips to the bathroom, I managed to check out what was happening online.

It felt like the whole of social media had been taken over by coverage of the wedding and the image of Megan in her Clare Waight Keller-designed Givenchy gown will forever be burned into my retinas I’ve seen it that much on Instastories.

Now initially I was slightly underwhelmed by the whole thing, but then there’s probably so much royal protocol dictating what a bride can wear that we were never going to have anything wildly groundbreaking, so I had to view it from a different angle and the more I saw of it, the more I grew to like it.

It was very simple, classic and elegant and made a refreshing change to the lace numbers we’ve come to expect. What really stole the show for me was the Queen Mary diamond bandeau tiara.

In fact, all the jewellery she wore was amazing; did you check out the cocktail ring that graced her hand at the afters? It was her something blue borrowed from Diana and absolutely gigantic.

Imagine that your new in-laws just happen to have all this amazing priceless jewellery hanging about their castle and it’s all at your disposal. You’ve really hit the life jackpot!

Most of us will be happy with one amazing wedding dress that we love, but when you’re about to become the Duchess of Sussex one just won’t do and her second dress designed by Stella McCartney very nearly stole the show. It had a much more party frock vibe and made me envious of a person’s shoulders, which is something I didn’t think was possible or in fact even a thing.

I’m sure there were many a person in the gym Monday morning asking their trainer to help them achieve a sculpted shoulder.

One of the most interesting aspects of the whole thing was watching the guests arrive, and if you’ve got a few summer weddings coming up, it was the perfect place to get inspiration for that. I noticed a few stand out trends which I quite liked, including head to toe colour blocking as seen on Amal Clooney with her sunshine yellow and Victoria Beckhan wearing chic navy.

I also very much enjoyed Lady Kitty Spencer representing the summer wedding favourite florals in a beautiful midi dress from Dolce & Gabbana and hat by Philip Treacy. However, she keeps being pictured next to a woman who just happens to be pulling a very sombre face and has a slightly boring outfit and who never gets her outfit commented on, so let that be a lesson to us all not to get photographed by Kitty at the next royal wedding.

However, my absolute favourite guest outfit must go to a woman named Abigail Spencer who I had never heard of before, but who I think is an actress and wore the most amazing vintage-inspired navy polka dot dress with white heels and a simple navy rose headpiece.

Finally my incessant purchasing of polka dot has been validated and I shall be wearing the print to every wedding I attend this year!

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