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.

HRH The Duchess of Sussex receives her own Coat of Arms

Upon her marriage to Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, The Duchess has received a Coat of Arms, with many symbols representing her native California. He Coat of Arms will now be joined with the one of her husband.

A Coat of Arms has been created for The Duchess of Sussex. The design of the Arms was agreed and approved by Her Majesty The Queen and Mr. Thomas Woodcock (Garter King of Arms and Senior Herald in England), who is based at the College of Arms in London.

Her Royal Highness worked closely with the College of Arms throughout the design process to create a Coat of Arms that was both personal and representative.

The blue background of the shield represents the Pacific Ocean off the California coast, while the two golden rays across the shield are symbolic of the sunshine of The Duchess’s home state. The three quills represent communication and the power of words.

Beneath the shield on the grass sits a collection of golden poppies, California’s state flower, and wintersweet, which grows at Kensington Palace.
It is customary for Supporters of the shield to be assigned to Members of the Royal Family, and for wives of Members of the Royal Family to have one of their husband’s Supporters and one relating to themselves. The Supporter relating to The Duchess of Sussex is a songbird with wings elevated as if flying and an open beak, which with the quill represents the power of communication.

A Coronet has also been assigned to The Duchess of Sussex. It is the Coronet laid down by a Royal Warrant of 1917 for the sons and daughters of the Heir Apparent. It is composed of two crosses patée, four fleurs-de-lys and two strawberry leaves.

The arms of a married woman are shown with those of her husband and the technical term is that they are impaled, meaning placed side by side in the same shield.

Mr. Thomas Woodcock, Garter King of Arms said: “The Duchess of Sussex took a great interest in the design. Good heraldic design is nearly always simple and the Arms of The Duchess of Sussex stand well beside the historic beauty of the quartered British Royal Arms. Heraldry as a means of identification has flourished in Europe for almost nine hundred years and is associated with both individual people and great corporate bodies such as Cities, Universities and for instance the Livery Companies in the City of London. ”

The Duchess of Sussex attends The Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration at Buckingham Palace

The Duchess of Sussex attends The Prince of Wales’ 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration at Buckingham Palace

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have undergone their first royal engagement since their wedding ! Along with the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, they attended a patronage celebration held at Buckingham Palace. The party not only celebrated more than 400 charities patroned by the Prince of Wales, but also his upcoming 70th birthday (he was born on November 14th). You can find photos in our gallery as well as the speech made by the Duke of Sussex.




Official Photographs of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Wedding

Official Photographs of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Wedding

Hi everyone ! We were all waiting for them, the official photos from the wedding have been released by The Royal Family. We can see the newlyweds with their family members as well as the Bridesmaids and Pageboys. The photos were taken by Alexi Lubomirski, who also did the couple’s engagements portraits. I have to say, the B&W photo of Harry and Meghan is probably my favourite.


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.