Did Meghan Markle Model Her Garden Party Look After Kate Middleton? See Their Outfits Side-by-Side
See a comparison of what the royals wore for their royal garden party debuts six years apart
Royal fashion protocol, perhaps?
Meghan Markle made her royal debut as the Duchess of Sussex on Tuesday — three days after her historic wedding to Prince Harry — at Buckingham Palace’s annual Garden Party which also served as an early celebration for Prince Charles’ 70th birthday.
And she dressed to impress her new royal family, seemingly taking cues from her sister-in-law Kate Middleton’s outfit worn to her first Garden Party in May 2012 (panty-hose and all!).
Let’s breakdown their stylish Duchess-off, shall we?
And for her debut, Meghan went full-on royal — down to her sheer stockings! — turning to a London-based womenswear label Goat Fashion. She wore the brand’s elegant “rose-pink” “Flavia” pencil dress featuring a tailored bodice, pencil skirt and a silk-chiffon yoke and sleeves. The sleek silhouette hit below the knee. Meghan added a custom Philip Treacy hat (similar to this style) to complement her look, matching pumps, a coordinating Wilbur & Gussie clutch and Vanessa Tugendhaft diamond rose “Idylle” earrings.
When Kate attended her first Garden Party in 2012, one year after celebrating her marriage to Prince William at Buckingham Palace, she also wore a long-sleeve pink look and and tilted hat.
Kate turned to one of her favorite coat dresses, a pink, pleated, $2,000 Emilia Wickstead design, for the annual affair at Buckingham Palace, as she mingled with over 8,000 guests alongside Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Camilla and other members of the royal family. She accessorized her look with a matching pink hat by Jane Corbett. She added LK Bennett “Sledge” pumps and her go-to “Natalie” clutch from the British label.
The placement of both their pink hats is exactly the same — tilted to the right. Meghan, however, wore her hair up in a sleek bun (a departure from her usual messy style), while Kate opted for her signature messy blow out. Their earrings also differed, with Prince Harry’s wife opting for diamond floral studs and Kate choosing pearl earrings.
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While their Garden Party looks were very similar, their wedding dresses were completely different styles.
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Meghan’s white silk gown, designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, featured an open bateau neckline and sculpted waist. The train flowed in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza.
The slim three-quarter sleeves added a “note of refined modernity.”
Kate’s dress, however, was a different silhouette and incorporated different fabrics.
For her royal wedding to Prince William in April 2011, Kate wore a fitted white V-neck gown with a long-sleeved lace overlay, designed by Alexander McQueen creative director Sarah Burton, and full skirt. Her dress featured French Chantilly lace and English Cluny lace throughout the bodice, skirt and underskirt