Sophie Wessex's 'super private' second wedding dress had a romantic detail that will blow your mind

Sophie Wessex had a 'super private' second wedding dress with a very romantic hidden detail

Sophie Wessex's private second wedding dress
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Sophie Wessex had a 'private' second wedding dress featuring a special romantic detail when she married Prince Edward, her royal fashion designer has revealed. 

  • The designer who made Sophie Wessex's wedding dress when she married Prince Edward has shared details of the touch of romance that was incorporated in a 'private' second gown the Countess wore on her big day. 
  • Sophie and Edward tied the knot in June 1999 at Windsor's St George's Chapel and now share two children - Lady Louise Windsor and James Viscount Severn. 
  • This royal news comes after it was claimed that Sophie Wessex's love of red wine and Pilates is the secret to her 'physical wellbeing'.

With Sophie Wessex and Prince Edward set to mark their 24th wedding anniversary in June 2023, the special detail that was carefully considered when the Countess of Wessex's evening gown was made has been revealed. 

While Sophie looked gorgeous in a elegant gown adorned with thousands of pearls and crystal beads, along with a tiara gifted by Queen Elizabeth II, for the ceremony at Windsor Castle's St George's Chapel, she also had a secret second dress. 

Samantha Keswick, who was given the task of designing Sophie's wedding day looks, has revealed the romantic element that was involved in the bridal gown she wore during the evening celebrations. 

Sophie Wessex's private second wedding dress

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Speaking to Tatler, Samantha said, "There was an evening dress under the coat dress, which was to remain super private for the evening dinner."

Recalling that her gown-making mission involved matching the fabric of the evening dress to the walls in Sophie and Edward's wedding venue, meaning that the tone of the custom-made piece was extremely personal. 

She added, "I had to get the fabric perfectly dyed to colour-match the beautiful stone of St George’s Chapel. Getting up there without being noticed was fun – and also a huge challenge."

Sophie Wessex's private second wedding dress

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Meanwhile, Sophie's wedding perfume was an appropriately named designer fragrance with a nod to the love-filled day. 

The scent that the royal bride wore for her nuptials over two decades ago is still available to buy now and remains super popular and is often available with a generous discount. 

Ralph Lauren Romance Eau De Parfum 50ml: £67 £42 | Boots

Ralph Lauren Romance Eau De Parfum 50ml: £67 £42 | Boots

Ralph Lauren's Romance fragrance is the scent that the Countess of Wessex opted for on her wedding day when she tied the knot with Prince Edward in 1999. The pink pepper and violet leave perfume with notes of jasmine, musk, oakmoss and marigold is on sale now.

Sophie wore Romance by Ralph Lauren to say "I do" to Edward, a perfume that is described as "timeless, feminine and romantic". 

The smell is made up of a combination of top notes of violet leaves and pink pepper with a heart of rose damascena, jasmine absolute and marigold essence, plus base notes of velvety soft woods, oakmoss and musks.

Caitlin Elliott
News Editor

Caitlin is News Editor for woman&home, covering all things royal, celeb, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Caitlin started on local papers and titles such as Cosmopolitan, Now, Reveal and Take a Break while studying for her Multimedia Journalism degree. She also worked in Fashion PR as a Press Assistant for Arcadia's Topshop before becoming a part of the Now team. Caitlin went on to add the likes of Woman, GoodtoKnow, WhatToWatch and woman&home to her writing repertoire before moving on to her current role.