In honor of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's May 19 royal wedding, Kensington Palace revealed last Friday that the future royal groom will save the notorious "first look" of his bride for when she walks down the aisle. However, another major member of the royal fam actually might get a sneak peek of Markle's wedding gown, even before Harry does—Queen Elizabeth. This could be the most high stakes "first look" to date.
While getting your mom's approval of your wedding dress is one thing, running it by your future grandmother-in-law, who just happens to be the Queen of England, is a whole other story. According to US Weekly, the royal matriarch will get a glimpse of the dress (before the rest of the world) at some point this week or next. And with only ten days until Harry and Markle tie the knot, we sure hope the future bride's gown of choice meets Her Majesty's approval. US Weekly reports that Kate Middleton also showed her wedding dress off to the Queen three weeks before her nuptials in 2011, so this must be a royal rite of passage.
Meghan Markle's dress has been a hot topic of speculation from the moment she revealed her engagement, but even more so recently. While the debate over the lucky designer chosen to create her gown will finally come to light May 19, the latest prediction is pointing toward London-based design duo Ralph & Russo, which is also the label behind Markle's engagement photos gown.
Sources also report that Markle will follow in Kate Middleton's footsteps and sport two different looks throughout the course of the big day, which may or may not be designed by different brands. The future bride plans to don a more traditional, grandiose dress for the church ceremony and Queen's luncheon, then change into something more casual for the evening reception. Harry and Markle will be prohibiting guests from taking photos during the latter portion of the wedding day, so hopefully the public will still get a glimpse of Markle's second look.
One of Markle's closest friends, Priyanka Chopra, implied on Watch What Happens Live that the soon-to-be-bride cried after trying on her gown. That, combined with Markle's impeccable style, means her dress(es) will obviously exceed all our expectations, so maybe, just maybe, even Queen Elizabeth herself might be moved to tears at the sight of it, as well. We hope she realizes just how lucky she is to see such a talked-about frock before the rest of us.