If you hadn’t heard of Windsor yesterday then you sure as have now.
First things, first, didn’t Meghan look breathtakingly elegant and chic. Yes, I would have liked to see a little embellishment or even some lace here and there on her dress, but she didn’t NEED those things because she simply radiated from the minute she arrived at St George’s Chapel and powerfully walked herself halfway down the aisle (no Princess in the making was being saved here) before meeting tradition and Prince Charles midway. Much like the ceremony, it was the effortless culmination of the modern with the traditional, and saw me weep throughout.
I cried as Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland did, and rejoiced in the ceremony along with the world, as life-affirming words were uttered throughout but in particular the affirmation that there is power in love in US Minister Michael Curry’s impassioned words which were echoed in the happy couple’s eyes and smiles. And boy were they happy. It immediately made me want to get remarried to Peter all over again (after two weddings in two different countries, he’s not feeling a vow renewal right now but I’m going to work on him and hopefully break him down) and A-Lister watch was deliciously fun to boot too (Amal and George Clooney are such a dreamboat aren’t they and I have a feeling canary yellow will be selling out all over the high street anytime now)!
My close friend and hair stylist Jason Collier, his husband Roy and my pal and neighbour Libby joined Peter and I to celebrate in our hometown of Windsor as the day unfolded in our back garden essentially (how lucky are we that the Long Walk is where we play each day). What surprised me was the fact the crowds weren’t unbearable, stifling or even loud as you would imagine with 90,000 descending. The atmosphere was gentle yet jovial and hats off to the police and all the emergency services whom kept everyone safe on this special day and smiled and thanked everyone for attending as they left.
Jason had styled my hair as I offered my thoughts on the wedding on ITV’s Good Morning Britain the day before. I always love appearing-the crew and presenters are some of the friendliest in the biz. Did you catch me? Thank you to designer Daniella of DHELA who dressed the Duchess of Cambridge for her engagement in her former label Issa for the stunning dress for the show. Striking earrings c/o TLM Edit and Kurt Geiger shoes.
I was also interviewed by an American reporter on the big day who thought I looked like Meghan. What a lovely compliment!
When it came to our ceremony of the day, we strolled around the Long Walk in the morning, soaking up the atmosphere and on our return home, we were lucky enough to catch sight of stunning Meghan as she drove past our road on the way to the chapel (smiling as she went).
She had spent the night at Cliveden House Hotel who kindly reached out to me when I first moved here last summer and was the spot I spent a magical private dinner on Christmas Eve with my family and many an enriching spa day. It really my happy place here in Berkshire and I cannot recommend it enough. Not that I need to now you have Meghan’s seal of approval!
Speaking of Royal approval…
I adore the hat the Royal milliner Jane Taylor London sent me thanks to Jason who does her hair (she dressed the HRH The Countess of Wessex and Carol Middleton for the wedding yesterday) and Jason also wears a striking white hat by her too. My blossom print dress is c/o HotSquash London and I later changed into a shorter polka dot Gap frock as the temperatures soared!
As the crowds dissipated and just before the sun set, Libby and I revisited the Long Walk with the kids (as Peter napped after creating an epic vegan risotto for our earlier picnic) and Alexander was able to see his bunting creation which adorned the Long Walk along with other children from Windsor schools who had decorated the area the just married couple rode via carriage down to greet the crowds.
How thoughtful were all the details of the day and to embrace the youngsters of Windsor in this way was heart-melting.
Just look at his little proud face. The minute he woke up, he pulled open the curtains to check the weather would be nice for the wedding!
What a momentous, groundbreaking and historical day for us all.
Huge congratulations the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.