The fairytale wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has captured the world's attention - with a showstopping dress capturing many hearts too.

Meghan (36), now the Duchess of Sussex, wowed at Windsor on Saturday in a flawless elegant Givenchy dress by British designer Clare Waight Keller. The creator took everyone by surprise after much talk was made about Ralph and Russo as Meghan’s dress designers.

The gown was much more minimal than Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen gown, but there are many stand-out features that have asserted Meghan’s individual style, which will surely inspire brides-to-be for decades to come.

Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, loaned from the Queen, added a whimsical regal touch to her look. Her stunning veil, measuring 5m, was embroidered with the flowers of all 53 countries in the Commonwealth.

In other ways, Meghan broke from tradition with her graceful updo, while her makeup was fresh and natural to let her beautiful freckles shine through.

British bridal designer Caroline Castigliano in London said: “Meghan has totally managed to surprise us all, Givenchy and British designer Clare Waight Keller stayed totally out of the press radar.

“Meghan’s gown is simplistic and certainly fits in with Meghan’s way of dressing in a timeless and elegant manner.  The neckline is a lovely bateau that graces her neckline wonderfully.”

Meghan kept in line with Royal tradition with covered shoulders and back, but her modernisms shine through with the three-quarter sleeves, Caroline commented.

“Meghan is always super thoughtful in her fashion choices and it’s absolutely beautiful the way she has chosen to acknowledge the 53 countries of the commonwealth by have the design represented on her veil!

“Meghan has made her entrance in a minimal gown and has certainly differentiated herself from Kate who did it all in lace!  Meghan has brought the splendour here with a long veil.

“She looks thoroughly modern with her choice of gown and this is her personality shining through and I think she is showing how she will add to the Royal family here with her gown.”