By: Tara Capers

This year, there were two big weddings that took place within the British royal family. Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, married Prince Harry in May, and Princess Eugenie married Jack Brooksbank earlier this month. Both weddings attracted lots of media presence and sparked lots of comparisons. Here are some main difference between this year’s royal weddings.

Meghan Markle & Princess Eugenie’s Wedding: All The Similarities & Differences

The Duchess of Sussex

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For the ceremony, Meghan Markle went with a plain white A-line gown by Givenchy, with an off the shoulder neckline, and stunning long veil. Her veil especially caught everyone’s eye, because she chose to have each flower of all 53 commonwealth countries of the UK hand embroidered on it. Many people also view the dress as a way to pay homage to Princess Diana, Prince Harry’s late mother, who’s iconic wedding dress had a 25-foot long train. Meghan later changed into a halter Stella McCartney gown for the evening reception after the ceremony. She was seen wearing a gigantic aquamarine ring, that had once belonged to Princess Diana.

Princess Eugenie

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Princess Eugenie went a unique route with her wedding dress, wearing a Peter Pilotto off-the-shoulder gown. Something that was surprising was that she did not wear a veil, because she wanted to specifically show the scar that remained from a back surgery she had when she was 12. The princess later changed into a Zac Posen gown for the reception. Her reception gown was also special compared to other royal wedding reception gowns, because it wasn’t white, it was a gold color instead.

Although these wedding dresses were completely different, both were beautiful helped capture the beauty that radiated from the brides. They were able to use their wedding and reception dresses as messages and symbols of their values.