Kate wore a lace-covered ivory gown, emphasising her tiny waist with a corseted bodice. The dress, designed by British fashion house Alexander McQueen with lace made in Nottingham, took inspiration from classic Victorian styles. Meghan, on the other hand, wore a dress designed by French fashion house Givenchy. Meghan’s dress was a bright, pure white. It featured a looser fit and, controversially, its bateau necklace revealed part of Meghan’s shoulders.
Traditionally shoulders and knees are covered in church, although many brides break this rule on their wedding day.
Harriet Castle, a buyer at Public Desire, spoke to Express.co.uk about both the royal wedding dresses.
She told readers: “Both of their wedding dresses were stunning and really reflected both of their styles and positions in the family perfectly.”
The two women were marrying into two different positions in a family in which members ranked based on their order in line to the throne.
As Kate was marrying the second-in-line to the throne, the enormous state occasion was full of the expected pomp.
She and William were married in Westminster Abbey, which is highly significant to the Royal Family. It’s been the site of coronations since 1100 and many significant royal weddings and memorials have taken place here.
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“Meghan’s boat neck design was seen as a bit more risque for a royal wedding but it suited her perfectly.”
Meghan, who previously starred in US cable show Suits, also wore a second dress as she stepped out before the public post-wedding to head to her reception.
This dress, by British designer and daughter of rock icon Paul McCartney, Stella McCartney, featured totally exposed shoulders and a low back.
Kate, too, wore a second dress, also by McQueen, although pictures from their private reception came to light later.
The second dress features a full skirt, a nipped-in waist with a sliver glittering belt, and a sweetheart necklace.
She covered her shoulders with a white angora cardigan. Both dresses have inspired millions of women.
The Queen ranks fifth with 7,700 monthly average searches for her wedding dress, despite the wedding taking place 74 years ago.
Princess Diana’s wedding dress was the third most searched online fetching an average of 30,000 monthly global searches for her dress, even 40 years on from the wedding in 1981. The wedding itself still has a monthly global search count of 21,000.
A style expert analysed Kate’s style compared to Meghan’s and said: “Like Kate, Meghan exercises the same types of fashion rules – classic, modern, elegant.
“She does push her style a tad more than Kate though – this is in line with her personality.”