! The former American actress tied the knot with the sixth in line to the British crown on Saturday, May 19 in St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. While it certainly was a royal affair, today's wedding had a few key differences compared to when . Here's how the two celebrations compared.
designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen that cost an estimated $434,000 to make. It featured a nine-foot-long train and handmade lace made by the Royal School of Needlework.
Much to the surprise of everyone, Meghan chose British designer Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy to design her sleek and modern wedding gown. While both dresses featured long sleeves, Meghan's gown was unadorned by beading or lace and had a boat neckline instead of Kate's now-iconic v-neck dress.
Kate’s veil was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework with flowers at the edges.
While Kate opted for a long train and shorter veil, Meghan did the opposite and wore a . On the border of the veil, Waight Keller embroidered the flora of all 53 countries of the Commonwealth.
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his mother’s sapphire engagement ring. On their wedding day, Kate received a Welsh gold wedding band.
Prince Harry proposed to featuring a gold band, two diamonds from Princess Diana's personal collection and a center stone from Botswana, where the the newlywed couple reportedly fell in love. Her gold wedding band is also made out of Welsh gold. Unlike Prince William, Prince Harry has chosen to wear a .
For her “something borrowed,” Kate Middleton wore the Cartier halo tiara on loan from the Queen who received it as a gift on her 18th birthday. It initially was given to her mother by her father, George VI. Her earrings were by Robinson Pelham and were a gift from her parents Carole and Michael Middleton.
Meghan Markle also wore a borrowed tiara from the Queen. She picked out , which the Queen inherited from her grandmother Queen Mary. Her were both made by Cartier.
Kate carried a small all-white bouquet that included lily of the valley, sweet William, hyacinth, ivy and a sprig of myrtle, a royal tradition dating back to Queen Victoria’s wedding.
, Prince Harry handpicked some of the flowers that ended up in Meghan's bouquet designed by Philippa Craddock. The small bouquet included forget-me-nots—the Princess of Wales’ favorite flower—sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia and a sprig of myrtle.
Prince Harry served as his brother's best man when he wed Kate Middleton in 2011. Both brothers wore their military uniforms.
The Duke of Cambridge served as Prince Harry's best man. They both wore the frockcoat uniform of the .
Kate Middleton's younger sister, Pippa Middleton, served as her maid of honor for the royal wedding in 2011, wrangling the children and carrying her long train into the church. She also wore a custom Alexander McQueen dress that day.
Because Meghan chose not to have a maid of honor, two of the older page boys at her wedding carried her veil as she entered the church.
Kate and Will had four bridesmaids and two page boys at their wedding, including Tom Petiffer, Lady Margarita Armstrong-Jones, Grace Van Cutsem, Lady Louise Windsor, Eliza Lopes, and William Lowther-Pinkerton.
Meghan and Harry's wedding party was much larger with 10 and , including and , Zalie Warren, Florence Van Cutsem, Jasper George Galloway Dyer, Remi and Rylan Litt, , and her twin brothers Brian and John Mulroney.
On Will and Kate's wedding day the Queen wore a cheery yellow hat and dress coat with a diamond brooch and pearl necklace.
For Harry and Kate's wedding, the Queen wore a bright lime green dress and coat by . Her green and purple hat was designed by Angela Kelly.
Prince Charles wore a military uniform to his eldest son's wedding in 2011, while his wife, and a light blue and champagne-colored dress coat by Anna Valentine, the same designer who created her wedding dress in 2005.
Once again, Camilla Parker Bowles wore a and and coat dress by Anna Valentine, this time both in pink. Prince Charles swapped out his military uniform for a gray morning suit for his younger son's wedding.
's daughters wore two of the most memorable outfits to the royal wedding in 2011. Princess Eugenie wore a bright blue Vivienne Westwood dress with a coordinating Philip Treacy hat, while dress and coat with a now iconic Philip Treacy fascinator.
The royal sisters went for much more understated looks at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding. Princess Eugenie wore a 60s-inspired dress by Gainsbourg and a pillbox hat by Fiona Graham, while Princess Beatrice wore a teal dress by Roksanda Ilincic and a matching headband by Stephen Jones.
Kate Middleton's mother, Carole Middleton, wore a light blue outfit by Catherine Walker to her daughter's 2011 wedding. She wore as guest at Meghan Markle's wedding, too.
Meghan Markle's mom, Doria Ragland, wore a light green wool crepe dress and coat designed by Oscar de la Renta.
The former Spice Girl wore a loose-fitting navy dress (she was pregnant at the time) from her own line with a matching hat by Philip Treacy to the royal wedding in 2011, while David Beckham wore a Ralph Lauren Purple label suit. The former soccer player wore his Order of the British Empire medal on his right lapel instead of the left, committing an accidental faux-pas.
The couple looked even more handsome at Prince Harry's wedding, with Posh in another similar navy blue outfit paired with red heels and Becks in a dashing three-piece suit sans hat and medal this time around.
Elton John wore a traditional morning suit with a yellow vest and purple tie to show off some of his trademark flair in 2011. His longtime partner, David Furnish, whom he married in 2014, wore a similar suit in shades of gray.
Elton John wore a blue tie this time around with his morning suit and accessorized the traditional look with a floral pocket square and pink glasses. He later at the wedding reception at Windsor Castle.
Michael Middleton accompanied his eldest daughter, Kate Middleton, to Westminster Abbey on her wedding day in a black car.
rode with her daughter, Meghan Markle, to Windsor Castle from in a vintage Rolls-Royce.
London's Westminster Abbey hosted around 1,900 people on the day of Will and Kate's wedding in 2011.
Harry and Meghan wed at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, a venue that can only fit 800 people, automatically making their wedding a much smaller affair.
Kate's father, Michael Middleton, walked her down the aisle to marry Prince William.
Because her , Meghan Markle had her new father-in-law, , walk her down the aisle in the quire of St. George's Chapel after she walked the nave alone.
While seated at their wedding ceremonies, both Kate and Meghan struck a similar pose with their long veils and trains trailing out in to the aisle.
After the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wed, they proceeded back up the aisle at Westminster Abbey followed by their bridesmaids, page boys, siblings and their parents.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walked back up the aisle through a magnificent floral arch designed by Philippa Craddock followed by their bridesmaids and page boys, then their families.
Kate and Will were greeted by about a million fans when they exited Westminster Abbey after tying the knot.
While Harry and Meghan were greeted by a smaller crowd, they had a very similar moment as they exited the chapel to cheering fans.
On their way back to Buckingham Palace, Kate and Will rode in the Imperial State Landau, a century-old carriage built for Edward VII. It's the same one that .
Meghan and Harry chose to ride in a Ascot Landau carriage on their ride around Windsor after getting married. They likely chose the smaller carriage—the same style Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys Jones rode in after their —because it's easier to see into and because their wedding didn't take place in London, where the larger coach is kept.
Kate and Will got their royal wave in on to greet their well-wishers outside of the palace gates.
Because their wedding didn't take place in London, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn't have a moment to wave to fans from the Buckingham Palace balcony. Instead they greeted well-wishers on a 30-minute carriage ride throughout Windsor.
Kate and Will went in for a romantic smooch while greeting fans on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, but were who took umbrage with the roaring crowds.
Fortunately, no little bridesmaids stole the scene from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during their first kiss as a married couple.
Will and Kate commissioned to make their eight-tier wedding cake in 2011 made up of layers of traditional fruitcake.
Harry and Meghan asked Claire Ptak of London's Violet Bakery to make a decorated with swiss meringue frosting and fresh flowers. Instead of serving the cake in traditional tiers, the newlyweds opted to serve them as three separate un-tiered layers.
Will and Kate's traditional white, gold and black invites were issued via the Queen and read "the Marriage of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales, K.G. with Miss Catherine Middleton."
The invitations on behalf of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had a similar color palette but acknowledged that Meghan had been married before by referring to her as "Ms. Meghan Markle."
Prince William drove his new wife from Buckingham Palace to Clarence House in his father's that Prince Harry and other friends decorated with streamers, balloons and a rear license plate that read "JU5T WED."
Prince Harry drove Meghan Markle from Windsor Castle to their evening reception at Frogmore House in an undecorated light blue 1968 Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero.
Kate changed into a second wedding dress designed by Alexander McQueen—a white satin gown with a white shrug—for the evening reception thrown by Prince Charles.
Meghan showed off her shoulders in a designed by Stella McCartney for the evening reception at Frogmore House hosted by Prince Charles.