Princess Beatrice's royal wedding is a scant three months away, and details for the big event are starting to trickle out. But one of the most-anticipated elements—the bride's choice of gown—remains a closely-guarded secret. Here, some hints as to what the Princess will wear on her big day.
Who will design it?
No one label or designer has been named yet, but as a princess, Beatrice will have her pick of couturiers. Recent royal brides have each gone a different route: Kate with Alexander McQueen, Meghan with Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller, and Princess Eugenie with Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos.
What does it take to create a royal wedding dress?
Royals don't pick their gowns off the rack. Usually, the designer and bride will work together for months, meeting at fitting after fitting, until the dress is just right. Eugenie's dress, for example, certainly took time. "During several fittings the dress was developed layer by layer, constructing it from the corset and the complex underskirt to the fitted bodice and full pleated skirt," the royal family revealed on her wedding day.
Speaking to Grazia, Clare Waight Keller said that she'd worked closely enough with Meghan to form a lasting bond. "I think the magic of that being so intimate and so personal for so long felt incredibly special because it evolved from a designer and client relationship very quickly into a friendship," she said.
It helped that, in order to make the right dress, Waight Keller had to ask the Duchess some intimate questions. "We talked about the ceremony, the implications of her coming into the family and what her role was going to be in the future, and what she wanted to represent, what emotions she wanted to portray, how she wanted to carve out a new idea of a way to dress for a royal, and also the magnitude of it," the designer explained.
What might Beatrice's gown look like?
Fans will have to wait until the princess's nuptials to see the overall design—but there are a few details the dress is likely to include. Royal wedding looks often feature motifs that represent things important to the couple.
Meghan's veil had flora representing the 53 Commonwealth countries, plus a California Poppy for her home across the pond and Wintersweet for Nottingham Cottage, her and Harry's first home in the UK; Eugenie's dress had a Thistle for Scotland, a Shamrock for Ireland, the York Rose, and ivy for Ivy Cottage, her and her husband's home. It wouldn't be surprising if the York Rose appeared on Beatrice's dress, too.
Will she have a second dress?
In the past, royal brides have changed into a second look for the reception. For Meghan, that meant trading her Givenchy gown in for a looser Stella McCartney one; Kate wore another by design by Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen; and Eugenie opted to swap her first dress for a Grace Kelly-inspired number. It's entirely possible that Beatrice will go the same route—royal watchers will have to wait and see.
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