Secret message in Kate's wedding dress hinted at QUEEN status – but did Meghan copy it?
Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was made by British fashion house Alexander McQueen under the creative leadership of Sarah Burton.
The bride-to-be may have made a clever nod to her future as Queen of the United Kingdom.
Marrying the heir to the throne of Britain is no minor event, and Kate’s dress was perfectly fitting for the occasion.
It is said to have cost a rather pricey £250,000, and a part of this cost covered the stunning lace details made in Nottingham.
Kate is reported to have had a number of floral designs on her dress, which nodded to all four countries in the United Kingdom.
The lace effect was inspired by the Limerick and Carrickmacross laces of Ireland.
Roses and shamrock have been spotted on the bodice of the dress, roses representing England and Shamrocks Ireland.
Some experts have claimed the dress also sported lace daffodils and thistles, nodding to Wales and Scotland.
If this was a nod by Kate and her designers, it would certainly be fitting for the future Queen.
Meghan Markle’s enormous cathedral veil for her wedding day had a similar theme, but took the motif even further, across the globe.
It was decorated with 53 flowers from all over the Commonwealth. These included white orchids from Gambia, jasmine from Pakistan, kowhai from New Zealand and heilala from Tonga.
This design hinted at Meghan’s future role with the Royal Family, as it was announced she and Harry would represent the UK among the countries of the Commonwealth.
It was recently announced that Meghan has become vice-president of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
It is not known if Meghan was inspired by Kate’s dress to include this detail in her own gown.
Meghan Markle topped off her wedding outfit with the Queen Mary’s Lozenge Bandeau tiara.
Kensington Palace confirmed the tiara is the Queen Mary’s Lozenge Bandeau tiara, and tweeted: “The veil is held in place by Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, lent to Ms. Markle by The Queen.
“The diamond bandeau is English and was made in 1932, with the entire brooch dating from 1893.”
Kate Middleton’s wedding tiara, on the other hand, was the Cartier Halo tiara.
Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding is coming up this season. However, an expert has suggested it will be very different to Meghan and Kate’s.
Bernadette Chapman, Founder of The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners and Business Coach told Express.co.uk: “Looking at both Lady Gabriella and her fiancé it is my opinion they will opt for a very classical and understated wedding.
“I don’t see this wedding as being ostentatious, on the contrary I see the design as more a timeless affair.”
Royal weddings: Meghan, Kate, Eugenie and Diana
Who: His Royal Highness Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex)
Where: St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle
When: 19 May 2018, Berkshire
Dress: Meghan wore a dress designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy. The white dress was made of silk and had a boat neckline. The veil was an incredible 16 feet long.
Tiara: The Duchess of Sussex chose the Queen Mary diamond bandeau tiara, made in 1932, with a flower brooch in the middle from 1893.
Cake: The cake was a made by Claire Ptak, based in London. It was lemon and elderflower cake, decorated with peonies and buttercream icing.
Notable guests: A-list guests included James Corden, tennis player Serena Williams, the Beckhams, Sir Elton John, George and Amal Clooney and Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford.
Who: Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank
Where: St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Berkshire
When: 12 October 2018
Dress: Eugenie’s dress was made by Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos and had a full skirt, long sleeves and was ivory in colour. The dress has a low back designed to show Euegnie’s scar from scoliosis surgery, a cause she has spoken out about in the past and since the wedding.
Tiara: She wore the stunning Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, lent to her by the Queen. It has a huge emerald in the middle.
Cake: The cake had five tiers and was a red velvet and chocolate cake made by London-based cake designer Sophie Cabot.
Notable guests: Famous faces at the wedding included Robbie Williams, Naomi Campbell, Kate Miss, Jack Whitehall and Liv Tyler.
Who: Prince William and Kate Middleton
Where: Westminster Abbey, London
When: 29 April 2011
Dress: Kate wore a dress made by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The satin gown featured long lace sleeves. It had a nine foot train and the lace featured roses, daffodils, thistles and shamrocks.
Tiara: Kate borrowed the Cartier Scroll Tiara, now known as the Halo tiara. It bought by the Queen’s father, the future King George VI, for his wife Elizabeth.
Cake: William and Kate opted for a traditional fruit cake with eight tiers. It was decorated with sugar flowers. William also had an additional chocolate biscuit cake was made from a Royal Family recipe.
Notable guests: Guests included family and friends of the couple, as well as members of the military and people who work with charities the pair support.
Who: Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer
Where: St Paul’s Cathedral, London
When: 29 July 1981
Dress: Diana’s gown was designed by the Elizabeth and David Emanuel and had an enormous 25-foot train. The dress was ivory and featured lace. In typical 80s style the rather large dress had huge sleeves. The dress was badly creased during the carriage ride to the ceremony, as it was so large.
Cake: Diana and Charles had a number of cakes including a five-foot-tall layered fruitcake. Another cake was made by Belgian pastry chef S. G. Sender and another by Chef Nicholas Lodge.
Notable guests: Guests includes foreign royals from Spain and Greece, as well as First Lady Nancy Reagan who represented the United States.