Sometimes it’s important for women everywhere to take the weight of feminism off their shoulders, put on a tiara, sip champagne, and watch as one of the most privileged and historically problematic families celebrate a very fancy wedding.
Last Saturday was one of those days.
Many of us were surprised, however, when the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry broke a number of royal traditions, making us feel just a little less guilty about enjoying such a bizarrely nationalistic spectacle.
Yes, the event was still an obscene display of unimaginable wealth. And yes, most of us fundamentally disagree with what it represents.
But given Prince Harry’s role as the ‘spare’ rather than the ‘heir’ in the British royal family, his wedding was a stark contrast to the other royal wedding that sits most clearly in recent memory – that of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
So in the spirit of taking a break from feminism and fawning over the details of two exceptionally beautiful days, here are the 12 biggest differences between the last two British royal weddings.
While Meghan Markle wore a simple, elegant boat neck dress by Givenchy, with a dramatically long lace veil, Middleton wore an Alexander McQueen gown with lace detail and a shorter veil. It’s thought Markle’s exceptionally long veil was a way to honour her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, whose veil was similar.