It’s the first time a royal couple have recorded an audio guide together for an exhibition.
Close to 30 million people tuned in to watch the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on 19 May 2018. The moment most people were waiting for? The dress reveal. Papers and bookies spent months in the lead-up betting on who designed the gown the future Duchess of Sussex would wear.
And boy, it was a magical moment – British designer Clare Waight Keller from the house of Givenchy had the honour and everyone started frantically Googling the term ‘bateau neckline’.
Now you can relive the bridal fashion moment of the year, exactly where it all happened. A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle opens on Friday 26 October as a part of the tour of Windsor Castle. Your guides? Harry and Meghan. Well, sort of.
In another first for the Royal Family (something this couple are making a habit of), they have recorded some brilliant commentary for you to listen to on an audio guide as you walk through the castle’s Green Drawing Room, where their official photos were taken, and the Grand Reception Room where their wedding attire is displayed.
We picked up five fascinating anecdotes from the newlyweds as they spoke about the preparations for their big day:
1. Prince Harry went with Meghan to try on tiaras with the Queen
“Harry and I went to Buckingham Palace to meet with Her Majesty The Queen to select one of the options – which was an incredibly surreal day as you can imagine.”
The Prince added, “It’s every girl’s dream to be able to try on a Tiara! Funnily enough, there was one that looked the best without any question. I shouldn’t really have been there but it was such an incredible loan from my grandmother.”
2. Meghan was so thrilled when she found her dress designer she couldn’t keep it from her fiancé
“I said to Harry, [Clare Waight Keller] is going to do my dress, I just know it. I had a very clear vision of what I wanted for the day.”
Also another fun fact: the fabric was created specifically for Meghan’s dress. That’s right, Keller went to a silk mill in Como, Italy. The final dress was made in the exclusive double cady silk, woven to give the illusion of luminosity.
The designer explains, “There’s a special, very fine texture in it which gives a radiant glow from the white colour, that just beams of the dress.”
3. Meghan was very passionate about finding a female designer
“I wanted a female designer: that was really important. I wanted a British designer to embrace my new home, and also someone who was working for a brand that had international impact. In choosing Clare, it seemed to tick all the boxes.”
4. The Duke of Sussex was really feeling his choice of wedding clothes
Prince Harry chose the Household Cavalry (the Blues and Royals) frock coat to wear on the warm summer’s day. “I think it’s the smartest of the Calvary uniforms they have. It can be incredibly warm inside, though. Some people probably saw!”
5. The Duke and Duchess were relieved their young bridal party were on best behaviour
As you gaze at the mini-frock coat and bridesmaids dress Prince George and Princess Charlotte wore on the day, you’ll hear Harry express his relief that it all went to plan.
“We had 10 bridesmaids and page boys all under the age of seven. Everybody says it’s impossible to have them behaving, but they did it! And they did a great job.” (Meghan is laughing in the background of this recording, and we’re giggling too)
These are just a few of the insights you’ll get from the audio guide on the tour experience. So we suggest you hop on a train to Windsor to visit the exhibition which is on until 6 January 2019. Book tickets for a tour now at www.rct.uk.
Images: Getty / Royal Collection Trust