at St George’s Chapel of Windsor Castle
Miss Sophie Rhys-Jones married Prince Edward, the youngest son of HM The Queen Elizabeth II on the 19th June 1999. Upon their marriage, Sophie & Edward were given titles of The Earl & Countess of Wessex. Though in the future, they will be given titles of The Duke & Duchess of Edinburgh, when the title will return to the crown.
Sophie wore a mysterious tiara, that was seen for the very first time at her wedding day. It was said that it came from the Queen’s private collection and was designed and remodeled by the Crown Jeweller, Asprey and Garrard (now Garrard & Co), most likely from four detachable anthemions from Queen Victoria’s regal circlet. Read the full story of tiara at Order of Splendor – The Countess’ wedding tiara. Click here.
As for the rest of jewellery she wore a black-and-white pearl necklace, interspersed with white gold rondels, and a matching pair of black-and-white pearl drop earrings, designed by Prince Edward and made by Asprey and Garrard as a wedding gift from Edward. Her engagement ring is featuring a two-carat oval diamond flanked by two heart-shaped gemstones set in 18-karat white gold. It was made by Asprey and Garrard (now Garrard & Co) and many people believes it was one of the most expensive engagement rings.
Her wedding dress was designed by Samantha Shaw. The dress was made of hand-dyed silk organza and hand-dyed silk crepe. It was of full-length, with long sleeves and the detail consisted of rows of pearls and crystal beading around the neck, sleeves and train, with further beading down the back and front of the dress-coat. 325,000 cut-glass and pearl beads were sewn on the dress, which was corseted, with a v-neck. The full-length veil was one inch longer than the train. It was made of hand-dyed silk tulle, and hand-finished with spotted crystal detail. Her shoes were three-inch heel court shoes made of silk crepe by Gina. We always knew The Countess wore other dress, underneath her wedding coat-dress and as discovered by me, very recently, you can view it here.
|picture via Hello Magazine|
Sophie arrived traditionally late and climbed the steps of the chapel accompanied by a fanfare from the band of the Royal Marines. Order of Spledor’s post on that wedding can be found here.