Meghan Markle’s Style Before the Royal Wedding

This Saturday, Meghan Markle as her royal wedding with Prince Harry takes place t. The former Suits actress’ style has been on our radar for quite some time now thanks to her penchant for ladylike dresses, structured short suit,and sophisticated trousers– making her a natural fit into the royal family’s elegant style.

As we await the big day, take a look at Markle’s greatest looks over the years, before and after her transition into the royal family.

In a beige Mackage coat, cream Victoria Beckham cashmere sweater, Greta Constantine green skirt, Jimmy Choo velvet pumps, and Charlotte Elizabeth bag during a surprise visit to Belfast with Prince Harry.


In an Amanda Wakeley coat and navy dress, Manolo Blahnik suede pumps, Mulberry handbag, and white beret hat while arriving to the Commonwealth Day celebration at Westminster Abbey.


In a J.Crew two tone ciat,  Alexander Wang cigarette pants, an AllSaints turtleneck, and Manolo Blahnik pumps during a visit to Birmingham. England on International Women’s Day.


In a Wolford turtleneck swearer, Veronica Beard buttoned pants, and Jimmy Choo booties while visiting Edinburgh with Prince Harry.


In a Burberry tartan coat, Strathberry corssbody bag,Veronica Beard Trousers, and Jimmy Choo boots during a visit to Edinburgh.


In an Alexander McQueen suit, Tuxe blouse bodysuit, Prada clutch, and Manolo Blahnik pumps at the Endeavour Fund Awards with Prince Harry in London.


In a Wolford turtleneck top, Joseph midi skirt,and Kurt Geiger over the knee boots during her first royal engagement with Prince Harry in Nottingham, England.


In a Mackage double breasted coat, Wolford turtleneck, Kurt Geiger boots, and Strathberry tote bag during her first roral engagement, with Prince Harry in Nottingham, England.


In a white Line the Label wrap coat,emerald dress, and nude Aquazzura pumps for she and Prince Harry’s engagement ohoto call at Kensington Palace.


In a white Misha Nonoo button-down shirt, blue Mother jeans,an Everlane tote bag,and Sarah Flint flats at the Invictus Games with Prince Harry for the couple’s first official appearance together.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry in Memorial Services

The British nobility is the peerage of the United Kingdom. The nobility of its four constituent home nations has played a major role in shaping the history of the country, although in the present day they retain only the rights to stand for election to the House of Lords, dining rights in the House of Lords, position in the formal order of precedence, the right to certain titles (see below), and the right to an audience with the monarch. Still, more than a third of British land is in the hands of aristocrats and traditional landed gentry. See the Royal Ascot as proof. Extravagant fascinators are the monarchy’s bread and butter. So imagine my shock when Meghan Markle, everyone’s favorite royal-to-be, showed up at the official Anzac Day services wearing a floppy hat, with no bells or whistles.

Markle paired the relaxed style with a bespoke Matthew Williamson coat, a Gucci bag, and Sarah Flint pumps, according to the blog Meghan’s Mirror. Later that same day, she changed into a demure black dress and jacket with a traditional black fascinator for services at Westminster Abbey.

Royal protocol says that women must wear hats for formal events. Most royals opt for a dressy hat that separates them from the commoners. Seriously — as a royal expert told Insider, “There has to be a slight differentiation between the royal family and us regular folk. Not in an arrogant way, but what’s the point in the royal family if they are just like us?” Markle, the people’s princess, has been criticized for her lack of headgear in the past.

As for the other female royals, Kate Middleton often wears jaunty, romantic fascinators by milliner Philip Treacy (though she did wear a cowboy hat once). The Queen prefers structured, rainbow-colored hats with lots of feathers and flowers tucked in. And who can forget Princess Beatrice’s and Eugenie’s … intricate headwear at the royal wedding 1.0.

We all know that Markle later changed, her wide-brimmed hat feels more authentic to the laid-back, tradition-breaking style we’ve come to know and love.

Stylish Hats from the Royal Wedding

Royal family enjoys a long history relationship with hat.  To some extent, hat is a symbol of the royal family.Past royal weddings are remembered for all manner of posh hats, and sometimes they can be downright divisive:

Abigail Spencer and Priyanka Chopra did not come to play with these hats.

If there is one thing that makes British weddings different — and particularly royal weddings, it is the tradition of women wearing hats and fascinators . There is no “official” rule about what women should wear at a formal wedding in the UK,  but there is a strongly followed unofficial rule: You want to bust out an awesome-looking hat.

A hat can make or break an entire outfit. At yesterday’s marriage ceremony for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the guests did not disappoint.

Here’s a round-up of the best toppers and feathers from among the guests.

Pippa Middleton made an entrance in a beige cap with a flower accent and decorative netting.

Pippa Middleton with her husband, James Matthews

Pippa’s arrival was the first big fashion moment of the royal wedding.

Kate Middleton went for a sculpted hat with a dramatic slant and floral details that matched her sister Pippa’s cap.

Kate wore her hat in the same shade as her Alexander McQueen coat dress, a recycled look she has worn for other occasions in the past.

Doria Ragland, Markle’s mother, looked beautiful in a modest mint-green cap.

While Ragland went for an elegant, minimal style, Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall, went for a big pink hat with plenty of volume.

The queen wore a bright green hat with a pop of purple.

Queen Elizabeth II never fails to deliver when it comes to hats.

Oprah Winfrey was one of the first celebrity guests to arrive — and naturally, she arrived in style.

Her wide-brimmed pink hat had both flowers and feathers with blush pink and grey tones.

Karen Spencer (Countess Spencer) went with a purple fascinator with an elegant, ruffled texture.

Karen, who is married to Princess Diana’s brother Charles Spencer (Earl Spencer), matched her hat to her outfit.

8Argentinian model and photographer Delfina Blaquier wore a wide-brimmed blue hat.

White ribbon gave the hat a summery feel.

Lady Kitty Spencer wore a green cap with a chic veil and a dramatic feather design.

The model, who is Princess Diana’s niece, was the epitome of elegance in a green dress matching her hat, and a sparkling necklace.

Actresses Abigail Spencer and Priyanka Chopra made dramatic choices for their arrival.

Spencer chose a flat, navy fascinator to complement the color of her polka dot dress, while Chopra went with a lilac hat with a whimsical flair.

Gina Torres wore a summery wide-brimmed hat.

The “Suits” actress went for a more casual hat for the occasion.