Breaking with tradition: Meghan Markle’s wedding dress: an affront to Queen Elizabeth II

Royal expert Katie Nicholls says Queen Elizabeth II didn’t like Meghan Markle’s choice to wear a crisp white dress for her wedding to Prince Harry.

Meghan Markle’s choice of an immaculate white dress represents a break with tradition.

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On May 19, 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle united before God in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The bride wowed the crowd in a pure white Givenchy dress, a custom creation by Clare Waight Keller.

However, this dress was not unanimous, in particular with a prominent personality: Queen Elizabeth II.

According to royal expert Katie Nicholls in her book “The New Royals”, the queen was surprised by Meghan’s choice of immaculate white. “It may be a generational thing, but the Queen believes that married women should opt for off-white on their second wedding day,” says Nicholls.

Indeed, Queen Elizabeth II would have liked Meghan to be inspired by Camilla, the wife of Prince Charles. At her second wedding to Charles on April 9, 2005, Camilla sported a blue-beige chiffon ensemble by designer Bruce Oldfield, accented with a silk coat.

During her second marriage to Charles on April 9, 2005, Camilla sported a blue-beige chiffon ensemble.

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Meghan Markle’s choice of an immaculate white dress therefore constituted a break with tradition, which would have displeased Queen Elizabeth II.

Traditionally, members of the British royal family favor off-white wedding dresses for their second marriages. Queen Elizabeth II herself wore an ivory silk taffeta dress when she married Prince Philip in 1947.

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