Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue: The newly-anointed Duke and Duchess of Sussex may have broken tons of royal protocol during their wedding, but the Duchess couldn't skip this one time-honored tradition. So, what was Meghan Markle's "something blue," "something borrowed," and "something old" at the royal wedding? As it turns out, she hit three birds with one stone. Literally.
As the newlywed stepped out in a blindingly beautiful Stella McCartney gown for her evening reception at Frogmore House, we couldn't help but fixate on the sparkly jewel she sported on her right ring finger. Apparently, it was a trinket that once belonged to Princess Diana — one she wore at two separate public outings: a 1996 gala dinner in Australia and a Christy's charity auction in 1997. According to People, the bauble is part of a set along with an aquamarine stone bracelet affixed by five strands of pearls. Princess Diana's ring is Meghan's something old, something borrowed, and something blue!
Markle also made sure to add one more touch of blue to her reception ensemble. The soles of her custom white satin Aquazurra shoes were dyed with a blue tint. What a sneaky move!
"Something old" was all about her bridal bouquet. The Palace confirmed that the day before the wedding, Prince Harry handpicked several flowers from their private garden to be placed in the arrangement. He specifically included forget-me-nots, which were Princess Diana's favorite flowers. Additionally, "Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer" was performed at the wedding ceremony, a hymn that was also sung at Diana's funeral.
Markle's "something new" was probably the easiest to spot. The Duchess of Sussex donned a custom Givenchy gown with a shallow boat neckline, three-quarter-length sleeves, and a long-winding train.
It seems to be a royal tradition for the groom to gift the bride with an heirloom. When Prince William wed Kate Middleton in 2011, he gave her Diana's diamond and sapphire wedding ring (along with a set of earrings to match), while Prince Philip gave Queen Elizabeth II a bracelet of stones taken from his mother’s tiara.
This isn’t the first time Prince Harry honored his late mother with a nostalgic piece of jewelry. Meghan’s custom-made engagement ring also featured two stones from Princess Diana’s collection.
"It's incredible," Meghan said of Harry's touching gesture. "Everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of [Princess Diana’s stones] and obviously not being able to meet his mom, it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us."
We’re really trying not to cry. Promise.