First Glimpse of Meghan Markle in Her Wedding Dress Is Everything We Hoped for & More

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Well? The big moment has finally arrived. Dedicated royal fans in the United States have been up since 4:00am anxiously awaiting a glimpse of Meghan Markle's wedding dress -- and I know I'm not the only one who literally gasped out loud when she stepped out of that car in front of St. George's Chapel in Windsor. We knew the gown would be stunning. But this? Oh. My. GOD.

  • Here is our first look at Meghan as a gorgeous bride.

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    Meghan's wedding dress was designed by Claire Waight Keller who is the Artistic Director at Givenchy. Meghan is also wearing the Queen Mary Filigree tiara, which was likely chosen because it isn't too weighty on her head. It was lent to her by Queen Elizabeth. Many fans were hoping she would turn up in the Spencer tiara, but that particular tiara is reportedly much heavier.

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  • Here's the official tweet from Kensington Palace, regarding Meghan's dress.

  • We gasped from the moment the car left Cliveden House Hotel.

    Who else had a hard time not tearing up a bit?

  • There were a few designers in the running, as to who was predicted to have the honor of making the gown.

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    In recent months, Burberry, Erdem, and Ralph and Russo were all contenders. And last year, Israeli desinger Inbal Dror sent wedding dress sketches to Meghan, which had us wondering if that's who she would ultimately go with. But the fact that she went with an unexpected choice is just so ... Meghan. And the fact that Claire Waight Keller is the first female Artistic Director at Givenchy speaks volumes. It's simply perfect.

    And the gown is just so simple and elegant. It's timeless and classy. You gotta love that Meghan went for a more understated look as opposed to making the dress the main focus of the wedding. This just goes to show that the marriage to Prince Harry is what is important to her, not the allure of the big day.

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  • Oh -- and how great is it that Prince Harry opted to keep his beard?

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    Sure, Queen Elizabeth probably isn't too keen on it, but it's Harry's day, not hers ... right?

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    What a thrilling day this is. Now let's get back to watching the rest of the ceremony!