Whether you loved the design or not, Meghan Markle’s wedding dress was a spectacle as she walked down the aisle of Windsor Castle on May 19 to marry Prince Harry. And now, the same venue where she said “I do” will display her elegant gown.
The iconic Givenchy dress, custom made by British designer Clare Waight Keller, is worth around $255K, and, according to the Daily Mail, will be part of an exhibition to be launched at the Queen’s residence later this year.
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The Duchess of Sussex's wedding dress has been designed by the acclaimed British designer, Clare Waight Keller. Ms. Waight Keller last year became the first female Artistic Director at the historic French fashion house Givenchy. Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition #RoyalWedding
The decision to put the gown on display comes on the heels of a tourism spike at Windsor Castle — bookings have risen by 92 per cent this summer — thanks to the royal nuptials earlier this year. And it’s expected that the dress will attract thousands more visitors.
According to the Daily Mail, Windsor Castle is poised to see a record-breaking year for tourism. It received 1.4 million visitors in 2017 — the second-highest figure for the attraction.
And while royal sources confirm the addition of the dress, the Royal Collection Trust, which manages the public openings of the Queen’s official residences, told the Daily Express that any announcements would be made later this year and that, “We have nothing to announce at present.”