Princess Eugenie and Meghan Markle’s Weddings Were Surprisingly Similar, Here’s How
With another 2018 royal wedding in the books, many have begun to compare Princess Eugenie and Meghan Markle’s weddings — and, for good reason. As it turns out, both royal weddings had a lot of similarities, especially when it came to the venue, dress, and even the tiaras. These details paired with the royal wedding traditions that both brides followed made for two complementary events.
The similarities between Princess Eugenie and Meghan Markle’s weddings
There were a lot of similarities between Princess Eugenie and Meghan Markle’s weddings. From their nearly identical tiaras to where they shared their first kiss, here are all the ways Princess Eugenie and Meghan Markle’s weddings mirrored each other.
The most obvious similarity between Princess Eugenie and Meghan Markle’s weddings? The chapel. While the ceremony itself was a little different — Meghan included a lot of personal touches — both the princess and duchess said “I do” at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Because both ceremonies were at St. George’s Chapel, both afternoon receptions were at Windsor Castle. Another similarity? The queen hosted both occasions. When it comes to royal weddings, it is a tradition for the royal side of the family to cover the cost of the nuptials.
In addition to hosting the reception, the queen typically gives an additional wedding gift. For Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, she gifted them a new vacation home. Perhaps she will do the same for Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank?
There were a lot of similarities between Meghan Markle’s and Princess Eugenie’s wedding dresses. For one, they were both structured with off-the-shoulder necklines. However, there were a lot more details in Princess Eugenie’s dress compared to Meghan Markle’s. Her structured gown featured several pleats, as well as a detailed, fold over neckline. In addition, it followed suit with royal family wedding dress code and incorporated lace.
One of the biggest differences between the royal women’s wedding looks? Princess Eugenie skipped out on the veil. In the royal family, it is a tradition for a bride to wear a veil on their royal wedding day. Princess Eugenie decided to forgo the protocol and let her tiara do the talking.
Speaking of Princess Eugenie’s wedding tiara, she wore something similar to Meghan Markle. While many believed she would walk down the aisle in the York Tiara — after all, she is the Princess of York! — she surprised viewers and fans alike with the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara. The headband-like dazzler is made of platinum, rose-cut pavé diamonds, six emeralds on the sides, and a beautiful oval-shaped emerald stone in the center, all in a kokoshnik design, which was popular in the Russian Imperial Court. The tiara was passed down to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother by Mrs. Greville, a close friend of Queen Mary’s.
Meghan Markle also wore a headband-like tiara with connections to Queen Mary. And while she left out the colored stones, the similarities between Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau Tiara and the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara are striking.
Princess Eugenie and Meghan Markle both included Myrtle from Osborne House in their bouquets. The flower is a nod to a family tradition that allegedly dates back to Princess Victoria’s wedding in 1858.
Given their venues were the same, Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie’s first kisses were also kind of similar. Following their nuptials, both headed to the steps of St. George’s Chapel to share an intimate — yet public — moment with their grooms.
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