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As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Wed, a New Era Dawns

“It’s a modern version of Wallis Simpson, where it all ends sensibly, rather than in disaster,” she said.

Any royal wedding is theater, and this one did not disappoint. The dim vaulted opening of St. George’s Chapel, whose construction was finished in the reign of King Henry VIII, was so densely crowded with meadow flowers that it felt as if you were stepping into a wonderland. A palace spokesman described the floral style as “cascading hedgerow,” and it filled the chapel with the smell of growing things.

Harry arrived at the chapel on foot, walking beside his brother, Prince William, in the doeskin frock coat of the Blues and Royals, the regiment he joined after graduating from military school. Harry took his place in the chapel and shifted in his seat nervously, trying to catch Ms. Ragland’s eye.

Ten minutes later, Ms. Markle stepped from a Rolls-Royce Phantom 4, in the company of two small pageboys in military dress. Her dress, with a flowing train 16 feet long, was dazzling pure white, wide-necked and minimal, leaving her collarbones bare, à la Audrey Hepburn.

The dress, which had been the subject of agitated speculation for weeks leading up to the wedding, was designed by Clare Waight Keller, the first female artistic director at the French fashion house Givenchy.

Source: NYT > World

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