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The Duchess of Sussex is one of Britain’s 25 most influential women

British Vogue has named its 25 most influential women shaping the year 2018 in Britain. The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, is among these women ! Congratulations !

THE DUCHESS OF SUSSEX
New member of the Royal family

From a teenager posing outside the palace gates to a grown-up actress marrying one of the princes within them, Meghan Markle’s story (and wardrobe) captured the public imagination like no other this year. Almost overnight, the 36-year-old has become one of the most recognisable women in the world. But her influence stretches far beyond the ceaseless coverage of her style – as a bi-racial campaigning feminist from America, she is helping to forge a new 21st-century identity for the monarchy.

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The Duchess of Sussex’s Hairstylist Spills All the Details on Her Royal Wedding ‘Messy Bun’

He was inspired by Audrey Hepburn in the 1960s.

HARPER’S BAZAAR – Celebrity hairstylist Serge Normant was the man Meghan Markle called on to style her hair for the royal wedding (he often works with Sarah Jessica Parker and Julia Roberts). “I am still pinching myself this morning. It’s just one of those moments you dream of,” Normant told reporters at Kensington Palace yesterday after the wedding, according to the DailyMail. “I am very excited about it.”

Normant spilled all the details on creating her messy bun, the inspirations, and exactly how long it took to style her hair: “We had to blow dry [her hair] from wet, I would say 45 minutes to an hour,” he dished. “Then they did the make-up and then you fiddle around with it a little bit. But it’s not that long. I always tend to try and go as fast as I can at these events. Nobody wants to sit around.”

While some Internet commenters thought her hair—specifically her face-framing layers—looked too messy (a common and tiresome critique of Markle’s favorite style), Normant embraced her signature look. “It’s a messy bun, we call it. Messy in a controlled way,” he said. Normant was focused on “making sure it doesn’t become a whole mess after a few hours” without making the hair look shellacked. “I don’t overload the hair with products in general and certainly not on this day,” he says.
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The Duchess Of Sussex’s wedding dress designer on the dress and the process

As previously reported, British-born designer Clare Waight Keller designed The Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress. She sat down with ITV to discuss the dress and the process.

ITV – The designer who created Meghan Markle’s wedding dress said she was “truly privileged” and “flattered” to have been asked.

Clare Waight Keller continued it was an “enormous honour” to have been given one of fashion’s most coveted jobs ahead of the royal wedding.

She added that the “momentous” task left her feeling “enormously proud” when Meghan “looked absolutely stunning and radiant” on her wedding day.

The designer revealed that following the ceremony, Prince Harry told her that he thought his new wife “looked incredible”.

Ms Waight Keller added that it was “an extraordinary thing to observe the whole ceremony” and see the “love in their eyes during the ceremony, it was just the most beautiful, poetic moment.

“I’m so proud to have been part of it.”

Givenchy’s Artistic Director said that when she was approached with the commission in January, the now Duchess of Sussex already “had an idea of what she wanted” and the pair “worked very closely together”.

The 47-year-old said she wanted to capture the former actress’ “modern, fresh” style in the dress, but also make her “feel absolutely incredible in the dress and also I wanted her to feel like it was absolutely right for the occasion”.
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The Duchess of Sussex has sent her bouquet to Westminster Abbey

It is tradition in the Royal Family to lay the bride’s bouquet on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, located in Westminster Abbey. As the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex happened in Windsor, Her Royal Highness sent hers to the Abbey to respect the tradition instated by Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother on her wedding day.

WESTMINSTER ABBEY – The Duchess of Sussex has sent the bouquet she carried during her wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, to Westminster Abbey to rest on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

This is a tradition which was begun by HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, at her marriage to King George VI in memory of her brother Fergus who was killed in 1915 at the Battle of Loos during the First World War.

The bouquet was designed by florist Philippa Craddock and comprises sweet pea forget-me-not, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia and myrtle.

The tradition of carrying myrtle begun after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany. In the same year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat, and a sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls, where it continues to thrive today.

The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858, and was used to signify the traditional innocence of a bride.

The Warrior’s Grave stands as a remarkable tribute both to the fallen of the First World War and to all those who have died since in international military conflict. In 1920, the Reverend David Railton, a First World War army padre, suggested that an unknown soldier from the battlefield should be brought back to Britain for burial as a representative for all who had died. The grave remains a focus for pilgrimage and a powerful symbol, known across the world, of the sacrifice, suffering and bravery brought by war. It is the only grave or memorial in the Abbey which is never walked over.

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Madame Tussauds New York unveils Meghan Markle & Prince Harry wax figures

Earlier this morning, Madame Tussauds London unveiled their Meghan & Harry wax figures, and now their counterpart in New York have arrived ! They have chosen to use Meghan’s dress from the Buckingham Palace Christmas Launch. Here’s what they have to say :

MADAME TUSSAUDS NEW YORK WELCOMES “AN AMERICAN PRINCESS” IN TIMES SQUARE!

Madame Tussauds New York Reveals Meghan Markle Figure Ahead of Royal Wedding Viewing Party!

High Tea with the Royals Experience Launching This Summer, Presented by Walkers

Madame Tussauds New York is making it reign! Today, the Times Square attraction revealed “Her Royal Likeness,” Meghan Markle, alongside husband-to-be Prince Harry and announced a Royal Wedding Viewing Party and upcoming high tea experience fit for a king.

The “American Princess” joins Prince Harry, Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and the Queen in a grand new Royal Palace space which will launch a “High Tea with the Royals Presented by Walkers” experience this summer.

Known for her chic style, fashion-spectators will find Meghan’s intricate lace and crepe midi-dress familiar. Designed by British label “Self-Portrait”, the future Duchess wore an identical dress to the Queen’s annual pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace on December 20, 2017. She’s also flashing a replica of the engagement ring designed by Harry himself. Harry’s figure – originally created to mark his 30th birthday in 2014 – has been updated for the special occasion, most notably adding the Royal’s dashing beard.

Royal Wedding Viewing Party

Grab your tiaras and practice your curtsey! To celebrate the Royal nuptials, Madame Tussauds New York is hosting a Royal Wedding Viewing Party like no other. On Saturday, May 19th from 6:30am – 9:30am, guests can enjoy breakfast, Walkers Shortbread, Twinings Tea and variety of sparkling wines from One Hope. Guests can also expect special appearances from cast members of ‘Say Yes To The Dress’ and more. Kleinfeld Bridal will also be providing the first 100 guests with custom cage bridal veils.

“Meghan Markle is set to become the first U.S. citizen to join the British Royal Family in 80 years, so we’re excited to throw the ultimate viewing party for her American fans who didn’t receive Royal Wedding invitations,” said Christine Haughney, ‎Regional Head of Marketing, ‎Merlin Entertainments. “This will be the only viewing party where you can sip tea with the Queen and “meet” Meghan!”

The attraction also continues a special “Meghans and Harrys go free” offer for guests named Meghan or Harry to visit free of charge until the May 19th wedding date (ID required).
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