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The Search for a Perfect (Royal) Wedding Scent

The news that Meghan Markle is getting married to Prince Harry of England on the 19th of May 2018 has been making the rounds for months. The anticipation of every detail of the royal wedding has been feeding the tabloids as well as the glossies as well. In light of that, questioning what will be the fragrant choice of the “soon to be joining the ranks of the royal family“ Meghan is not strange in a community of fragrance lovers. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle hugging engagement photo

It's no doubt one of life's most memorable moments, getting married, therefore the search for a wedding scent for both bride and groom, is important and valid. Whether traditional or more modern, casual or very formal, weddings and the accompanying scents that help make the occasion even more memorable down memory lane in years to come are an intergral part of it. Here on Fragrantica we have composed fragrance guides for such dilemmas helping you out into choosing a new scent to share with your partner or revisiting an old favorite that seals your personality and makes you smile inwardly for all your right decisions; including your partner. 

HERE you can find a guide into the Floral Fragrances for the Spring Bride, while HERE there is a guide of Fragrances for the Scent-Fearing Groom. Perhaps if you're planning a wedding or intending to have a casual reception, you might want to visit and get some ideas, even leave us a comment directing us for future guides. 

wedding bride with flowers amidst cypress trees

In what concerns the royal wedding on Saturday we have already posted about the press release of Memoize London, a fine fragrance British brand catering to select customers, among them hopefully the soon-to-be bride. 

"Luxuria by Memoize London is a stunning fragrance and has been carefully created with the finest British perfumers; understanding that every small detail makes something truly special, Memoize London adds the finishing touch. The bottle that was passed on to Meghan Markle, is adorned with an engraving ‘For Meghan’ inset into the hand crafted, solid oak cap. The icing on the ‘wedding’ cake!

This exciting British brand was created to evoke memories through scent. The perfect way to remember this special Royal occasion; to have a scent that encapsulates the moment and in the future will forever evoke the memory of this magical moment in history."

The move recalls the similar move by Illuminum, the company which launched White Gardenia Petals at the royal wedding of the Princess of Kent, Catherine, the occasion of which we highlighted previously on Fragrantica. The scent did not seem incongruent with the Duchess's favorite scents, as she is purportedly a fan of Jo Malone's Orange Blossom, Lime Basil and Mandarin, and French Lime Blossom. 

Nevertheless nothing is written in stone and Meghan might choose to pick something else from her collection. 

Someone has already compiled a good round-up of Meghan's favorite brands and mashed up a video of her beauty bag, using resources like interviews and photoshoots for Elle magazine, Daily Mail, Today, Southern Living and Beauty Banter. 

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Meghan reportedly likes a Jo Malone fragrance, Wild Bluebell, which she shares with her soon-to-be sister-in-law, Catherine of Kent, who also likes Red Roses by Jo Malone on the side as well. The former Jo Malone cologne, please note, might be the modernised version of one of her soon-to-be mother in law's (Queen Elizabeth II) favorites, namely Bluebell by Penhaligon's. This scent was made by perfumer Michael Pitchall, launched in 1985, and also a favorite of English supermodel Kate Moss interestingly enough. 

A subtle touch to feel kinship with the royal mother whose approval they need? Who knows. 

Wild Bluebell by Jo Malone perfume bottle

The scent of bluebell is a very English reference, no less because of the literary reference found in I Capture the Castle. The scent of bluebells returns again and again in the novel: "the shop smelled exactly like heaven and bluebells"…The heroine Rose connects the luxury department store they visit in London with the scent of bluebells and associates it evermore with her own slice of heaven, romantically reflected onto her object of desire as well.

For those who want a bluebell fragrance on a budget, the traditionally British firm of Yardley caters with a English Bluebell Fragrance Mist. Worth checking out!

And no one can forget that Princess Diana of Wales was wedded wearing her favorite old-school Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant, a historic scent from 1913, purpotedly one of the very first to include a pleiad of flowers in its bouquet, which was resurected at the time of her nuptials. This is definitely not an option for Meghan, since it would be deemed a bit disrespectful, though it might be a cherished memory to smell and narrate the scents of a bygone era among the two spouses later on…

Quelques Fleurs houligans perfume bottle on flowers made of fabric

Every little bit about the favorite brands of Meghan Markle, much like with Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Kent, and with Diana, Princess of Wales before them, will increase sales of said items. The fashion-conscious and stylish among the royals are serving as fashion plates these days. Therefore stay tuned.

Elena Vosnaki

Elena Vosnaki

Elena Vosnaki is a historian & perfume writer from Greece and a Writer for Fragrantica. She is the founder & editor of Perfume Shrine, one of the most respected independent online publications on perfume. Her writing was recognized at the Fifi Awards for Editorial Excellence in 2009 and in 2011. She's consulted as a fragrance historian & expert, and has been curating fragrance installations at museum exhibits, at the Milan Expo 2015 and elsewhere. She also contributes to publications around the world. 
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