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What is a boat neck wedding dress as Meghan Markle reveals her wedding dress

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What is a boat neck wedding dress as Meghan Markle reveals her wedding dress

Meghan Markle leaves Cliveden House Hotel (Picture: AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Weve seen it!

The dress – arguably one of the most long-awaited things about the royal wedding – has now been seen.

We know that Meghan Markle is wearing the filigree tiara lent to her by the queen, and we can also glean that shes got a boat neck wedding dress on.

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It is sometimes referred to as a bateau neck or a Sabrina neckline, and is a popular choice for brides who want to show off some collarbone and neck without going fully strapless.

The definition of this neckline is that it runs horizontally along the collarbone, stopping wide at each shoulder.

Interestingly, the reason it was called a boat neck is because it was used in sailors clothing.

What is a boat neck wedding dress as Meghan Markle reveals her wedding dress

A casual style of boat neck (Picture: Getty)

This wide fit on the shoulders made it easy to remove the clothes, which was particularly useful if a sailor happened to fall overboard.

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Nowadays its more often worn in an elegant way by women, and features heavily in cocktail dresses and even knitwear.

Its rumoured that this dress was designed by Erdem, who tend to go for higher necklines in their clothing.

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