Skip to main content

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Married - May 19, 2018




All Hail

Duke and Duchess of Sussex










On May 19, 2018, 1B people around the world stopped for a few hours and took in the beautiful wedding of Meghan Markle, American to Prince Harry held at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, England.  I was one of the many watching from the comfort of my home at 2:30 a.m.  Yes, it was indeed an epic day sprinkled with lush flowers, exalted fashion, open carriage, military, horses, celebrities, royalty, Queen Elizabeth II and the people in Windsor sporting expressions of enthusiasm and excitement.  Thankfully, no stiff or newspaper seeking politicians or dignitaries as requested by Prince Harry.  Thus, a thoroughly modern, refreshing and a bit of a madcap wedding with moments that brought tears, joy and yes, even surprise when a 2 minute sermon requested by Queen Elizabeth II went on for 13 minutes. The reaction of the wedding attendees was a sight to behold.  Alas, Prince Harry will never be king so let there be a joyous and an unfettered occasion.  My fascination with the royal family really began at 20 years of age when Princess Diana, also 20, wed Prince Charles. My friends and I watched the wedding live and loved every moment. Her life was indeed tumultuous, her death tragic and yet her children were a lasting gift to all.  To see them both happily married, Prince William and now Prince Harry is a blessing indeed.  Princess Diana would have been proud. 





This particular Cinderella story is indeed brilliant.  Meghan Markle found her match and good wishes surrounded both of them throughout the day.  Even though the tabloids prior to the wedding were as expected ruthless, her mother Doria Ragland was the second star of the wedding party.  Her grace, calmness and ability to handle the spotlight all alone with only her daughter present was indeed courageous.  Doria is obviously the reason behind the self confidence that emanates from her daughter.  Doria's strength, elegance and presence were center stage.  And, hats off to Prince Charles for walking Meghan down the aisle and for taking Doria's hand to be a witness for the signing of the marriage certificate and again taking her arm when walking out of the St. George's Chapel.  It was indeed a remarkable moment and one we should all remember to embrace.  We are walking through this life together, thus include everyone and always display friendship and kindness.  The royal family exemplified this message clearly yesterday. 


Let's Get Jolly to It!

The Fashion


First - The Wedding Dress




















The Claire Waight Keller for Givenchy gown was constructed of minimal lines, giving a nod towards an elegant fashion statement.  Think Audrey Hepburn rather than an over flounced, over embellished, low cut and beaded concoction meant for the younger set.  The minimalist fashionista vibe was expected from Ms. Markle, since this was her second wedding and she overall prefers classic and simplistic attire.  The pure white gown was embellishment free and echoed her favored icon of the late style maven Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.  The open bateau neckline highlighted her shoulders and emphasized her waist.  The dress was not meant to be fitted but rather gave room to walk gracefully.  The flowers were sparing, again a subtle style choice, picked by Prince Harry, a tradition, from the Kensington Palace gardens. Notice, the bouquet similarities in photo below of Audrey Hepburn, Funny Face, 1956.  However, it was the 16-and-a-half-foot veil that captured attention.  She wanted to have all 53 Commonwealth countries represented in this masterpiece as she journeyed through the ceremony.  The florals were chosen and interwoven with crops of wheat to symbolize love and charity.  This dress was worn to the ceremony and to a luncheon for 600 wedding guests.  The children carrying the veil were priceless.



"I have the luxury of wearing beautiful pieces of clothing every day for work, so my personal style - wedding or not - is very pared down and relaxed," she said. "Classic and simple is the name of the game, perhaps with a modern twist.  I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic." - Meghan Markle  








Second - The Second Wedding Dress















The Stella McCartney, second wedding dress for the 200 invited to the reception was breathtaking.  The cut, the fit and the high neck were absolutely royal carpet ready.


"I am so proud and honored to have been chosen by the Duchess of Sussex to make her evening gown and represent British design." - Stella McCartney




Third - The Children








One word only:  Unforgettable!


 Fourth -  800 Wedding Guests - Favorites

There were many gorgeous outfits and everyone looked dazzling.  It was also spectacular to see them walk down a long street into St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on a sunny day.  The colors and outfits were mesmerizing.   There were only a few who missed the memo on hemlines below the knee and not to wear black.  Other than that, all shined on this day. 
























Alas, the wedding is over.  It was a whirlwind affair, royally entertaining and a far cry from being stuffy and boring.  May the Duke and Duchess of Sussex live happily ever after.  After all, the fairy-tale has begun and the real adventure is about to begin for this happy couple. 



Stand by Me


When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we see
No I won't be afraid
No I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darling, darling stand by me
Oh, now, now, stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountain should crumble to the seas
I won't cry, I won't cry
No I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And, darling, darling stand by me
Oh, stand by me
Stand by....


Forever Chic Style by Kim Hardwick







Comments

Popular Posts - Last 30 Days

Tee-Shirts - Rag & Bone

  Ultimate Comfort "The tans will fade but the memories will last forever."  Town & Country Summer is coming.   You can feel it especially now with the sunshine filling the land in the Pacific Northwest.  The mornings are crisp with afternoons that are warm with a slight breeze.  The blue skies combined with the yellow daffodils, pink magnolia blossoms, flowers appearing, green trees, snow covered mountains and endless green growth is magnificent.  The eye is endless entertained, and the balm of the sun soothes the weary after months of rain, sleet, hail, snow and cold.  Soon we will be storing our cashmere sweaters and pulling out simple tee-shirts, shorts, bathing suits, hats and sunscreen. Overall, it is a happy time especially this year now more than ever.  We can finally breathe a sigh of relief.   While we are embracing the long awaited change, I have found the perfect tee-shirt for the Summer months to come. Rag & Bone is the answer once again. The quality of t

Red Bathing Suits

  Lady in Red Elizabeth Taylor - Pixabay "When in doubt, wear red." Bill Blass Red is the color of passion, danger, anger and ultimately love.  It is a hue that stands out in a crowd, commands attention, and flatters the owner.  Think of fashionistas sporting a red dress in film or in the real world.  Heads turn, smiles happen, and the world stops for a moment.  Red is the color that truly makes an entrance.  Finding the correct red can be daunting.  If you have light, creamy skin with a pink cast, often a blue red is best.  If your skin is olive shade with a yellow undertone, then an orange red is your choice.  This handy chart by RITO designer knitwear can help identify your personal color of red.  Now the fun begins.  Once you have your color wheel done, you can then choose a delightful red hue from lipsticks, apparel and yes for a bathing suit.  The next mission is finding a red bathing suit, which often is difficult.  One would believe that a red bathing suit would be av

Rag & Bone Sweaters

  Winter Sale Pixabay - No Attribution Required We live for sales these days!  Do we not?  Getting a deal on well made, designed clothing with a percent off. What more can we ask for? Currently, there are fantastic price decreases on one of my favorite brands, Rag and Bone.  During the winter months, and even in early Spring and Fall, there is nothing better than a warm cashmere sweater to drape yourself in against the chill.   Of course, I must recommend purchasing a sweater in a classic shape that is timeless rather than on trend.  Classic or Trendy?  Which brings up a good point?  There are always new trends for us to partake each season.  For instance, flared jeans are making a strong comeback.  Whereas skinny jeans remain front and foremost.  A skinny, cigarette or straight leg jean can be worn for years rather than with a flared hem. Another trend hitting the airwaves are loose trouser pants, which in my fashion opinion are reminiscent of pajamas.  If you are going to buy pants,

Jeans for Spring 2021

  Vi br ant Hues Pixabay - No Attribution Required The sun is out, birds are singing, and Spring is here.  I spent the day in the yard cutting back plants, grasses, and ferns in preparation for the new, glorious, and riotous growth.   The bounty is always stunning with an array of colors.  Later in the Spring, I will fill my pots with hues that add to the d├ęcor of the backyard and deck.  Yes, Jeans Please? What does this have to do with jeans in rainbow tones?  Well, the world is filled with beauty.  You must look for it and when you do sigh with delight.  Recently, my favorite celebrity diva, Suzanne Somers, was wearing and rocking skinny orange jeans with black pumps on one of her weekly Facebook videos.  Which, of course, were stunning on her.  Orange jeans are the perfect signal that springtime has officially arrived.   Of course, she is in desert and it is a bit warmer.  However, our day in the heat, will soon be here in the Pacific Northwest.  Right now, is the moment, to pull o