Why the Queen will get to see Meghan Markle’s wedding dress WEEKS before anyone else

Meghan Markle’s wedding dress will be presented to Her Majesty The Queen a few weeks before the wedding so Her Majesty can 'approve' the gown

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There’s been much speculation in recent weeks about Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, and most of us will have to wait until May 19 to see what the bride has chosen - apart from one very important person - Her Majesty The Queen.

The 92-year-old monarch will get a sneak peak of Meghan Markle's wedding dress ahead of the big day.

According to US Weekly, the Queen did the same with Kate Middleton's wedding dress before she married Prince William back in 2011.

Kate Middleton wearing Alexander McQueen with Maid of Honour Pippa Middleton before entering Westminster Abbey

Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine, royal correspondent Emily Andrews explained that the reason the Queen gets to see royal bride-to-be's wedding dresses before the big day - aside from being the most important person in the family - is because the monarch needs to give a final seal of approval for the gown before it gets shown to the world.

'The Queen is going to see a sneak peak of Meghan’s dress because she has to approve it beforehand' Emily divulged.

Meghan Markle Prince Harry

Royal commentator Omid Scobie also stated that the Queen will get to see the dress before everyone else, and said the gown has already been delivered to Windsor Castle.

'Sources confirm that Meghan’s wedding dress is finished and safely hidden at Windsor Castle until the big day,’ they posted on Twitter.

'Just one person left to see it - the Queen. Meghan will privately show the gown to HM later this week (just like Kate did before she married William).'

Omid also claimed that Meghan’s mother Doria, who will play an important part in the royal wedding, has already arrived in London and is staying with Meghan and Prince Harry, 33, at Kensington Palace.

Meghan Markle with her mum Doria at the Invictus Games in Toronto in 2017

Another tweet read: ‘As well as being introduced to the Royal Family, Doria will meet their closest friends and spend #MothersDay(US) with Meghan.’

It’s thought Meghan Markle will wear two wedding dresses over the course of the day -  a formal gown for the wedding ceremony at Windsor Castle and then change into something a bit more glamorous for the couple's evening reception at Frogmore House.

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Reports have suggested that Meghan, 36, has chosen designers Ralph and Russo to create her £100,000 wedding dress.

She opted to wear one of their creations for her official engagement portrait with Prince Harry and looked absolutely stunning in the £56,000 black evening dress.

Words by Kirsty McCormack


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