What to Wear to a Royal Wedding

We hate to break it to you, but chances are, if you were going to be invited to the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle in May, you’d have already received your invitation. Even if you’ll be watching from home instead of sitting in the pews at St. George’s Chapel, there are still things you need to know about royal dress code and etiquette in order to fully appreciate the traditional ensembles you’ll see making their way down the aisle.

Even though Megan and Harry are extremely modern young people, and are innovating new customs within the Royal Family, their wedding will still be extremely traditional. From the elaborately frilled hats all the way down to the rise of the ladies’ heels, royal protocol still reigns supreme. Here’s a crash course on royal wedding attire, so you can be ready to jump into action if your invitation arrives at last.

1. Morning Coat

Let’s start with the men — because men’s attire tends to be a little less complicated than the ladies’ options. On Megan and Harry’s wedding invitation, which of course came from Kensington Palace rather than from the couple themselves, invites male guests to wear a “Uniform, Morning Coat, or Lounge Suit” while women should stick to a “Day Dress with hat.” Most men who haven’t been associated with the military opt to wear a morning coat — a formal outfit consisting of a single-breasted coat with tails that fastens in the middle with one button. This is an extremely typical choice for most men middle-aged and above. This attire can be made of either grey or black fabric.

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