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'I Never Expected It To Be This Designer But What An Inspired, Modern Choice For A Wedding Dress'

Finally…Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding has started and we now know that the bride wore British designer Clare Waight Keller, who is artistic director Givenchy. Breathe. After months and months of speculation and umpteen names being floated as possible designers – bets were on Ralph and Russo, Vera Wang and Alexander McQueen– we know who was wrong and who was right and where this royal’s sartorial loyalty lies. That said, she may surprise us with an outfit change for the upcoming reception later this evening.

The bride, Markle, who will now be known as The Duchess Of Sussex has followed the grand tradition of wearing white. No surprise, really. However, few were probably expecting the ex-Suits actress who was led down the aisle by Prince Charles (in lieu of her father Thomas Markle Snr) to wear a demure boatneck gown by Clare Waight Keller. 'I never expected it to be this designer, but what an inspired, modern choice for a wedding dress,' says Laura Antonia Jordan, Grazia's Fashion and News Editor.

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'I remember after Kate Middleton's wedding everyone wanted lace sleeves on their wedding gowns', recalls Elizabeth Von Der Goltz, ' I think it will definitely influence what brides wear in the future. That kind of modernity, for that modern-day working and empowered woman will definitely come across to new brides.'

However when asked how this headline-making dress will affect future brides, Burnstein surprisingly says, '[n]ot as much as you would think', she adds, 'Meghan’s look and style has always been more fashion led and I really think that it will set a "less is more" vibe to Bridal trends.' This simplicity, Burnstein admits that while Meghan's 'clean, uncluttered' choice will 'kickstart a trend back to the clean, unfussy styles'.

Meanwhile Prince Harry wore navy military regalia that the Queen gave special permission to be worn at the nuptials. As for the bridesmaids, little Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, 3, Florence van Cutsem, 3, Remi Litt, 6, Rylan Litt, 7, Ivy Mulroney, 4, and Zalie Warren, 2, looked adorable in white custom dresses by Givenchy Haute Couture Atelier in Paris with floral crowns, which is appropriate as they were acting as flower girls. Each gown, which was purposefully designed to compliment Meghan's and was cut from Ivory silk Radzmir with puff sleeves and a double silk ribbon bow. They wore Aquazurra shoes monogrammed with their initials.

The page boys, led by Prince George of Cambridge, 4, Jasper Dyer, 6, Brian Mulroney, 7, and John Mulroney, 7, wore miniature Blues and Royals frockcoats made from blue doeskin with Regimental patterning. Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a yellow wool silk tailored coat by Alexander McQueen and her husband Prince William (AKA the best man) look spiffy in a frockcoat uniform of the Blues and Royals, which matched Prince Harrys.

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The whole affair, which began just after midday on Saturday 19th May wasn’t short of royal pageantry. The American actress met her Prince at the end of the aisle at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle – the seat of the British royal family. With crowds lining the streets, 2,640 members of the public watching from the grounds of Windsor and enough kitschy themed tchotchkes on sale at local tourist shops to keep the British economy afloat for years to come, the couple may have wanted an intimate affair but this was far from it.