After a day of pomp, circumstance, and ceremony, it's officially time for newlyweds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to party. As the couple departed for the royal wedding's second reception—historically much more upbeat than the post-service luncheon hosted by the Queen—the bride showed off her second look of the day. As for the designer? The new Duchess of Sussex chose a form-fitting trumpet number (with a sleek collar neckline!) by Stella McCartney, who was always a potential royal wedding dress designer.
Her chic, glamourous second wedding dress is a far deptarture from her first bridal look—a simple Givenchy creation by Clare Waight Teller—and definitely seems more suitable for mingling, eating, and dancing. Her decision to change dresses, though, isn't rule-breaking or novel by any means. In fact, she followed in sister-in-law Kate Middleton's footsteps. Duchess Kate swapped her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen ball gown for a strapless satin A-line number (also by the designer!), complete with a crystal belt and an angora bolero.
Unlike Kate, who let her hair down for the evening reception, Meghan chose to keep her hair up. But that doesn't mean she didn't change her hairstyle at all. Although the change is subtle, it's clear her hair was restyled into a more-carefree version of her signature bun for the evening party. As for her accessories? The bride opted for a pair of Altuzzara pumps with nude mesh and baby blue soles (her "something blue!")
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex depart Windsor Castle for a reception hosted by The Prince of Wales at Frogmore House, in a silver blue Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. This vehicle was originally manufactured in 1968, and has since been converted to electric power #RoyalWedding pic.twitter.com/hRrxEUlFlJ— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 19, 2018
The royal bride's groom was just as stylish. Prince Harry was photographed in a sleek black tux and bow tie that looked even better inside of the couple's ride—a silver-blue 1968 Jaguar E-Concept Zero convertible (the license plate had their wedding date on it!). The newlyweds traveled together to Frogmore House, where they met 200 of their closet family and friends at a party hosted by Prince Charles.
This celebration follows both the Queen's luncheon (which 600 guests attended!) and the couple's ceremony, which took place at 12 p.m. GMT. The service, held at St. George's chapel, was a sight to behold. The bride arrived with her mother, Doria Ragland, after which she was escorted down the aisle by Pince Charles. Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, and the extended royal family sat close by as Prince Harry and Meghan exchanged traditional vows (just like Will and Kate!). After sealing their promises with a kiss, the newlyweds ventured around Windsor in a horse-drawn carriage to greet their adoring fans.