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Before Meghan Markle got married to Prince Harry, there was a lot of speculations about who would design her wedding gown. They guessed what it would look like and how much it would cost. People had also surmised that it would look similar to the wedding gown Kate Middleton wore in 2011 when she married Prince William.
All the speculations were put to rest on Saturday, May 19, 2018, when Meghan stepped out of the car at Windsor Castle. She was wearing a gorgeous wedding gown that was nothing like anyone had imagined it to be. Millions of people around the world watched the royal wedding on television and saw the gown Meghan wore when she went from a commoner to a royal.
The gown can be seen up close and personal when it goes on display at Windsor Castle at the end of this year. Kensington Palace will announce the official date when the wedding dress will be displayed in an exhibition.
Centerpiece of the Exhibit
The dress will not be the only item on display. However, it will be the main part of the exhibit that will be open to the public.
Officials are expecting that many people will stop by to see the gown that was worn by Meghan on her special day. Windsor Castle has seen a 92 percent increase in traffic since the royal wedding last May.
By the end of the year, the castle is expected to have more than the 1.4 million visitors it had in 2017. If people are visiting the place now without Meghan's dress, it probably will have a record-breaking total after the dress is put on display.
Designer Clare Waight Keller
The former Suits actress surprised royal watchers and fashion experts around the world after months of guessing who the designer would be. It turned out to be none other than Clare Waight Keller, the first female artistic director of the French fashion house Givenchy.
Meghan met the designer earlier this year, and she liked her work. The 48-year-old designer became the first female artistic director of Givenchy in 2017. It is the historic fashion house that is at the top of the list of historic designers around the world.
The bride and groom tied the knot in front of hundreds of guests at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. Millions of others saw the dress on television and in newspapers and magazines later. Now people will be able to see the real gown at the same place where it was originally seen while Meghan was wearing it.
Description of Meghan Markle's Wedding Gown
Meghan Markle's famous Givenchy wedding gown with its boat-neck was made of pure white silk. It has a slight A-line skirt with three-quarter-length sleeves. Most royal brides get married in long sleeve dresses. This was one of Meghan's personal choices.
It has a 16-and-a-half-foot veil with 53 embroidered flowers representing countries of the Commonwealth. According to Glamour, workers spent hundreds of hours hand sewing the flowers on the veil. They were required to wash their hands every 30 minutes to keep the delicate flowers clean.
No one had revealed the exact cost of the Givenchy wedding dress that the Duchess of Sussex wore. However, it has been estimated to cost approximately $264,000.
The cost was far less than Kim Kardashian's $500,000 Givenchy wedding gown she wore when she married Kanye West. It also cost much less than Kate Middleton's $434,000 long-sleeved Alexander McQueen gown that she wore when she married Prince William in 2011.
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