Meghan Markle broke royal style protocol with her wedding dress

A big congratulations are in order for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle who will be celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary on 19 May. To celebrate, we’re taking a look back at their lavish wedding day and all of the wedding dress details you may have missed.

Meghan Markle during her time in the royal spotlight was not one for sticking to traditional fashion protocol so when it came to her wedding day she was always going to make history by breaking a few of these.

Whilst her wedding dress received rave reviews, she didn’t technically follow the exact royal style protocol that was expected of her.

Would you believe that one of the rules that was broken, was actually down to the designer she used to make her gown.

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Meghan, 40, is believed the be the first royal bride to wear a wedding dress from a non-British fashion house. Yes, arguably you can say that’s not true as Givenchy's artistic director Clare Waight Keller is British, but Givenchy is a French company.

The gorgeous bateau neckline and simple A-line skirt was actually designed to reflect ‘refined modernity’ while her veil was embroidered with flora and fauna to represent the Commonwealth countries and her Californian routes. She also sweetly wore The Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara which was lent to her by The Queen.

Givenchy released this statement at the time of the wedding, "The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasises the slender sculpted waist. The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity."

The Queen was also reported to have been surprised by the colour of her dress. Many of you may have forgotten that Meghan is actually a divorcée and it is traditional bridal etiquette for a woman on her second marriage to opt for a different shade such as champagne, soft blush or a pastel hue for her wedding dress.

And finally, The Duchess of Sussex also broke tradition by paying for her own wedding dress herself which reportedly cost around £200,000. We love the thought behind paying the designer herself but we can imagine The Queen wasn’t best pleased.

Despite the few rules that were broken we loved The Duchess's elegant Givenchy gown, it's certainly one that will be remembered for years to come.

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