An American is marrying into Britain's royal family and the world is watching. The countdown is on for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's May 19th wedding, and on Wednesday Kensington Palace announced the lineup for the couple's bridal party.
Spoiler alert: It's gonna be epically adorable, and probably start a trend of kid-filled wedding parties stateside.
Like royal in-law Pippa Middleton, who famously had no adult bridesmaids at her 2017 wedding, Meghan Markle's bridal party is all children. Four-year-old Prince George and 3-year-old Princess Charlotte are obviously in the lineup, but they are joined by eight other children.
Prince Harry's godchildren, Florence van Cutsem, 3, Jasper Dyer, 6, and Zalie Warren, 2, join the Prince and Princess, as do American girls Remi and Rylan Litt (ages 6 and 7, respectively) who are Markle's goddaughters and the daughters of LA-based Benita and Darren Litt, a handbag designer. Four-year-old Ivy Mulroney and her twin brothers Brian and John, 7—the children of Canadian TV host Ben Mulroney and his wife, well-known stylist Jessica Mulroney—also made the cut.
No word yet on what the children will be wearing when they accompany the bride down the aisle, but we have no doubt it will inspire wedding trends around the world.
If you've got a wedding in your near future you might want to take some fashion inspiration from Prince George and Charlotte when dressing your little flower girls and ring bearers. There are several children's brands offering styles that could easily be found in the closets of Kate's kids, including Feltman Brothers, whose Instagram is basically exploding with adorableness (although with Mulroney at her side, Markle's wedding party might have a more modern twist than Pippa's or Kate's did).
And mama, if you need to outfit yourself for a (non-royal) wedding along with your kids, you might want to check out the #replikate hashtag on Instagram. While we don't yet know what Kate will be wearing to the wedding (her first public appearance since Prince Louis' birth) we do know what she's worn in the past, and the royal watchers posting to #replikate have plenty of ideas about how to dress like a Duchess without a palace budget.
The dress Kate wore to her sister Pippa's 2017 wedding has inspired a clone from bridesmaids dress maker TFNC London. The non-maternity, rose colored version appears to be sold out, but a maternity version in a gorgeous grey shade is still available through ASOS (for much, much less than Kate's Alexander McQueen version). We almost like that grey one better anyway, as it allows the wearer to take a cue from the royal's style without looking like straight-up Kate cosplay.
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Whether you decide to dress your little bridal attendants in classic royal style or partake yourself, one thing is for sure, Meghan Markle's upcoming wedding is bound to set some trends. If one of those is allowing more kids at (and in) weddings, we're all for it.
Most mamas won't mind handing over bridesmaid's duties to an attention loving, adorable 5-year-old. For some postpartum mothers, like Kate Middleton, a loved one's wedding is a chance for a rare baby-free evening (yes, Prince Louis is the one little royal who won't be attending the big event), and those are always better when you don't have to worry about squeezing into a bridesmaid's dress or keeping your up-do perfect.