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Hear ye, hear ye: The (new) Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle actually managed to make her royal wedding quite distinctive from that of her (also new) sis-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton. How? In a variety of mostly Queen-Elizabeth-approved ways. Read on to compare/contrast their big days.

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Meghan Got Ready at the Cliveden House
An epic palace all its own, it’s also that much closer to St. George’s Church in Windsor Castle.

...While Kate Chose the Goring Hotel
Both lovely and regal, this hotel is also all the way back in London and a stone’s throw from Westminster Abbey, where Kate and Will decided to wed.

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Meghan Rode to the Church with Her Mom
Sure, Meghan’s dad was originally slated to be there for her big day, but when family drama health issues got in the way, Meghan’s mom, Doria Ragland, was there to (elegantly) represent the Markle side of the fam.

...While Kate Drove Up to the Abbey Gates with Her Dad
Michael Middleton, FTW.

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Meghan Opted for a Long Veil
It was embroidered with 53 flowers to represent all the countries of the commonwealth. (It was also said that anyone who worked on it had to take a break to wash their hands every half hour. Damn.)

...While Kate Was All About the Train
It was a royal entrance to remember back in 2011.

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Meghan Was Trailed Down the Aisle by All the Kids
George and (absolutely adorable) Char included.

...While Kate Was Followed (and Almost Upstaged) by Her Sister, Pippa
We repeat: entrance to remember.

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Meghan Sealed the Deal on the Steps of St. George’s Chapel
Surrounded by the entire royal family…and a fairy tale display of peonies, white roses and asparagus ferns.

…While Kate Smooched Will on the Steps of Buckingham Palace
It’s tradition, you know?

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Meghan Hired a Pro Makeup Artist to Achieve Her Natural Look
It helps that Meghan’s close friend Daniel Martin also happens to be a professional makeup artist. Score.

...While Kate Opted to Do Her Royal Makeup Herself
She actually took a series of makeup lessons in London in advance. We’re impressed.

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Meghan and Kate *Both* Wore Rings Owned by Princess Diana
Sure, you’re well aware that Kate’s engagement ring was the very same one gifted to Diana by her ex-hubby, Prince Charles. But Harry also selected a piece from Diana’s personal collection: a giant emerald-cut aquamarine ring gifted to her as her “something blue.” Awww.

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