Kensington Palace has announced that Meghan Markle will not have a maid of honor, declining to pick a favorite from among her friends. Leaves more room for her small herd of young bridesmaids and page boys, which is fantastic news for fans of hilarious bridal fashions for kids—which I assume is everyone.
Of course, bridesmaids’ dresses for these affairs are essentially what Americans consider flower girl attire, and all exist at some point on a meringue spectrum. Plus, flower crowns. The wild card is the page boy outfits, which are some real Little Lord Fauntleroy shit. Perhaps you recall the breeches and silk stockings that Prince George wore to his Aunt Pippa’s wedding:
But really those were dressed-down—casual, for a weekend at your 30,000 acre Elizabethan-era country estate!—compared to the crew at Will and Kate’s 2011 wedding:
In the same military line, the page boys at Charles and Di’s wedding looked like cadets who’d escaped military school for the weekend:
The page boys at Queen Elizabeth’s 1957 wedding appear to have wore kilts and shirts straight out of Sir Walter Scott, judging by this commemorative exhibit from 2007:
There’s also the option of taking inspiration from the 2001 wedding of Crown Prince Hakon of Norway and Mette-Marit Tjessem Hoiby, where they put this tiny gentleman into a tiny tuxedo:
In other #royalwedding news, Kensington Palace has confirmed that her father is walking her down the aisle, and the couple will postpone their honeymoon in order to do an official appearance somewhere closer to home. Let’s face it, immediately after your wedding probably isn’t your single lifetime shot at getting a couple weeks off relatively easy when your grandmother is the boss.