It finally happened! On May 19, 2018, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle officially became husband and wife. They also earned their royal titles. According to a statement released by the royal family, Prince Harry is now His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, while Meghan became the Duchess of Sussex upon marrying her prince. Standing before friends, family, and even celebrities, the couple said “I do” — well, technically they said “I will,” but you get the idea.
If you didn’t get a chance to watch the royal wedding live — it was streaming super early in the majority of the United States, after all — or if you just want to get a closer look at Meghan’s stunning wedding day look, have no fear, we’ve got you covered. From her understated makeup to the sentimental bouquet to the incredible veil, the Duchess of Sussex did not disappoint. Keep reading to find out how.
The beautiful, natural (and non-professional?) makeup
Meghan once told Allure one of her very biggest pet peeves: when magazines decide to airbrush out her freckles. Not cool, guys, not cool. “For all my freckle-faced friends out there, I will share with you something my dad told me when I was younger,” she told the magazine, “‘A face without freckles is a night without stars.'” Although her father was not able to walk his daughter down the aisle on the big day, she likely remembered his wise words and proudly wore her “stars.”
As Harry lifted his bride’s veil, Meghan’s makeup — and freckles — were revealed. In true Meghan Markle form, she kept things simple with just a bit of bronze eyeshadow, an outline of eyeliner, mascara-coated lashes, and a pop of pink for lip color. It’s possible that Meghan didn’t even have her makeup done professionally. A palace insider told Express that two of her friends from the States, who are not makeup artists or professionals, were given the task.
The bridal bun
Meghan wore her hair back during her wedding. Although she usually opts for messy buns for royal engagements, her bridal do was slightly less messy. Instead of leaving some wispy locks around her face, she decided to pull her hair back into slight twists, finishing the look in a low bun with her bangs settling behind her ears. She also chose to keep her signature center part.
Perhaps the best part of her wedding hair do is that it was so very Meghan. Yes, she may now be the Duchess of Sussex, but that doesn’t mean she has to totally transform into an unfamiliar and unrecognizable person, right?
Meghan once told Birchbox that she uses a boar bristle toothbrush and hairspray to tame her flyaways. “This is especially good for a sleek bun,” she explained. Maybe, just maybe, that’s how she got her hair so perfect for her wedding day.
The meaningful tiara
No one was really sure which, if any, tiara Meghan was going to wear to her wedding. In fact, royal expert Leslie Field, author of The Queen’s Jewels: The Personal Collection of Elizabeth II, told People her opinion prior to the wedding, saying, “It wont be a traditional headdress, meaning a diamond tiara.” Instead, she thought Meghan may opt for something non-traditional and maybe even American — a headdress with “fabric flowers, set with fake jewels” perhaps.
In the end, Meghan did decide to don a traditional tiara — and it was an amazing choice. Queen Elizabeth II, now Meghan’s grandmother-in-law, loaned her the dazzling tiara. Queen Mary bought the delicate diamond headband from the London-based luxury jeweler Garrard back in 1925. When Queen Mary passed, the tiara stayed in the family, first inherited by daughter-in-law, Princess Marina. According to People, Princess Margaret, the only sister of Queen Elizabeth, has also worn the tiara in the past.
The traditional welsh gold wedding band
Blink and you’d have missed it. Meghan kept her wedding day jewelry minimal, but one item she obviously had to have was her wedding band. According to ABC News, the duke placed a Welsh gold wedding ring on his bride’s finger. The ring was designed in the Cleave workshop, the very same place that was also responsible for Meghan’s phenomenal engagement ring.
Using Welsh gold in bridal bands is an age-old wedding tradition in the British royal family. These days, however, Welsh gold is incredibly rare as the mines are all but depleted. Nevertheless the royal family has their own inventory of the coveted gold, according to a statement they released (via BBC News). Thankfully for Meghan, that means she was able to carry on the tradition that began as far back as 1923, when Elizabeth Bowes Lyon (the Queen Mother) married George VI.
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