It wouldn’t be a royal wedding without a bridal outfit change, now would it?
You might remember how, when she married Prince William back in 2011, Kate Middleton swapped her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen ceremony gown for a more streamlined (but no less breathtaking) dress by the same designer to wear to the reception at Buckingham Palace. Meghan Markle took a page out of her new sister-in-law’s playbook and debuted a second bridal ensemble on her way to the more intimate gathering to celebrate her wedding to Prince Harry at Frogmore House this evening.
“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex depart Windsor Castle for a reception hosted by The Prince of Wales at Frogmore House, in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. This vehicle was originally manufactured in 1968, and has since been converted to electric power,” the palace shared in a tweet, alongside a video giving the world its first glimpse of Meghan’s second dress, which is a halterneck Stella McCartney creation.
Of the second dress, Kensington Palace shared in a statement, “The Bride’s evening dress is designed by Stella McCartney and is a bespoke lily white high neck gown made of silk crepe. The Bride is wearing shoes from Aquazurra made in silky satin, with nude mesh, with soles painted in baby blue.”
Of course, we still can’t forget Meghan’s Givenchy Haute Couture ceremony gown. Of the ceremony dress, designer Clare Waight Keller said: “We wanted to create a timeless piece that would emphasize the iconic codes of Givenchy throughout its history, as well as convey modernity through sleek lines and sharp cuts. In contrast, the delicate floral beauty of the veil was a vision Meghan and I shared, a special gesture embracing the commonwealth flora, ascending the circumference of the silk tulle.”
It’s clear that Meghan wanted to keep those sleek, modern lines going well into the night. In a beautifully sentimental addition to her outfit, she also chose a stunning aquamarine ring that once belonged to Princess Diana—one of many tributes the couple included in the big day.