Forget the great wedding dress reveal: Prince George and Princess Charlotte have stolen the show at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding and melted hearts globally.
The royal children arrived ahead of Meghan with the Duchess of Cambridge and the rest of the bridal party, before heading into St. George’s Chapel via the West Steps.
George, four, and Charlotte, three, acted as page boy and bridesmaid respectively, for their uncle’s big day in Windsor.
The bridesmaids were wearing simple, white Givenchy dresses, mirroring Meghan’s wedding look, and floral crowns designed by wedding florist Philippa Craddock while the page boys were dressed in miniature versions of the Blues and Royals frockcoat that Prince Harry is wearing.
Clare Waight Keller designed the six young bridesmaids’ dresses in the Givenchy Haute Couture Atelier in Paris.
The dresses were designed to have the same timeless purity as Ms. Markle’s dress.
Each dress was sculpted in ivory silk, and was high-waisted with short puff sleeves and hand finished with a double silk ribbon detail tied at the back in a bow.
The bridesmaids’ dresses included pockets and pleated skirts to create a relaxed and luxurious silhouette.
The bridesmaids were wearing white leather Aquazurra shoes; each pair is monogrammed with the bridesmaids initials, and the wedding date.
The shoes were a gift from Ms. Markle to the young ladies as a keepsake of the special day.
The frockcoats were made from blue doeskin, single-breasted in style with a stand-up collar and completed with figured braiding of Regimental pattern.
The figured braiding has been scaled down for the pages, as otherwise it would have gone above their shoulders.
As a special memento, each page had their initials embroidered in gold on their shoulder straps.
The Pages were not wearing hats or white waist belts for practical reasons.
Their leg garments were made from blue/black wool barathea with three-quarter scarlet stripes fastened with a leather strap.
The uniforms were cut and made by the tailors Dege & Skinner in Savile Row.
The ‘Prince George’ and ‘Princess Charlotte’ effect
We hazard a guess it won’t be long before copycat versions of their outfits are available to shop. But get them fast – if their existing selling power is anything to go by, any replica outfits will sell out in moments.
Their influence is already impressive: the terms ‘Prince George Effect’ and ‘Princess Charlotte Effect’ are often used to describe their ability to boost brands, which kick-started the moment both children were each introduced to the world on the steps of the Lindo wing. The blankets they were swaddled in flew off the shelves.
Collectively, they have seen brands such as Aden + Anais, G.H. Hurt & Son, John Lewis, My 1st Years and Pepe & Co selling out instantaneously.
It’s not the first time the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest children have played a starring role in a wedding.
The royal tots took on page boy and flower girl roles at their aunt Pippa Middleton’s wedding to James Matthews in May 2017.
Both were wearing bespoke outfits by Spanish childrenswear label Pepa & Co; each handmade in Spain using British fabrics.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child, Prince Louis – born just last month on April 26th – is not present at the ceremony and is staying at Kensington Palace with his nanny.
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