Sun May 20 14:57:25 EDT 2018
Meghan Markle‘s best friend, Jessica Mulroney, sat just a few feet away from the former Suits star at her Saturday wedding to Prince Harry — and both Mulroney’s seat and her outfit had a special significance for the ceremony.
Mulroney “was dressed in blue and wearing blue sapphire earrings, so it was almost that she acted as ’something blue,’ ” says Eva Hartling, vice president of Birks at the Birks Group (Meghan’s go-to jeweler), describing the Toronto-based stylist as Meghan’s “unofficial maid of honor.”
“The children were officially her bridesmaids, but she made sure that Jessica was sitting in that first seat closest to where Harry and Meghan were standing,” Hartling tells PEOPLE.
“It was clear that she kept a special place for her close friends — even though they weren’t standing at the altar with her, they were in close proximity and I thought that was a very nice touch,” Hartling says. “The seating arrangement at the ceremony spoke volumes.”
Mulroney’s friendship with Meghan, 36, traces back years, as they’ve bonded in part over their philanthropic work. Mulroney has also styled some of Meghan’s signature looks since her relationship with Harry became public.
Mulroney’s 4-year-old daughter, Ivy, was also one of Meghan’s little bridesmaids who walked behind her down the aisle of St. George’s Chapel.It’s the event of the year! Be sure to keep up with all of PEOPLE’s royal wedding coverage and don’t forget to check out everything you need to know about Meghan Markle’s perfect style.
For the wedding and daytime events on Saturday, Mulroney accessorized with Birks Rosée du Matin Blue Sapphire Drop Earrings with Diamonds and Birks Snowflake Starry Night Oval Earrings, according to Hartling.
For night, she transitioned to Birks Muse Large Citrine and Diamond Drop Earrings and a Birks Petalé Gold and Diamond Pendant.Can’t get enough of PEOPLE’s Royals coverage? Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more!
At the nuptials, Mulroney wore a dress in royal blue, designed by Montreal’s Antoinette Di Carlo — complete with cap sleeves and matching fascinator.
“We designed it together – it was a collaborative effort. It’s a fit and flare design with a cap detail on the sleeve, it was very classy and regal, Di Carlo tells PEOPLE of Mulroney’s dress. “We started working on it about two months ago. She’s worn pieces of mine before, but this was our first collaboration.”
“She wanted a look that was classy and timeless. Jessica chose the royal blue color. Jessica’s style is quite simple and very classy,” she says, adding that a similar version of the dress is available online.RELATED VIDEO: Party Time! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Head to Evening Reception
Adds Hartling, “I think the color blue was a nod to being the ‘something blue’ for her best friend. She chose something very elegant, keeping in line with the usual scene at a royal wedding. Blue suits her really well, I think its one her personal favorites and of course she chose our sapphire earrings, which complimented it all perfectly.”
After marrying Harry, 33, Meghan tried on some blue of her own for her evening reception look (designed by Stella McCartney). She wore one of Princess Diana’s aquamarine rings on her right hand while the soles of her custom-made white satin Aquazurra shoes were dyed baby blue.
Di Carlo, the woman behind Mulroney’s wedding look, tells PEOPLE being a part of the wedding “feels incredible!”
“I feel like I am a part of history,” she says. “It’s a lovely feeling, and I feel very proud and very grateful to Jessica for picking me, a local designer from Montreal, the town where she grew up.”
Sun May 20 14:42:45 EDT 2018
Attending the Vanderpump Dog Foundation’s 3rd Annual World Dog Day in West Hollywood, the reality star supported the dog rescue organization she and her husband Ken Todd founded in 2016.
Although she appeared to have skipped out on walking the red carpet, the 57-year-old was photographed smiling alongside singer Leona Lewis at the outdoors event.Sign up for our daily newsletter to get our best stories of the day delivered straight to your inbox.
Days earlier, Vanderpump shared a heartfelt Instagram post, thanking fans for their support during the past “devastating couple of weeks.”
“One day at a time… I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your love and support. Love Lisa xo,” she wrote.
Vanderpump’s only sibling Mark was found dead at his home in Gloucestershire, England, on April 30 after a suspected drug overdose, the Daily Mail reported. The DJ was 59.
It is unknown whether the reported overdose was accidental or deliberate, according to the report.
“This has come as a shock to us all. My brother and I had connected the day before this tragedy and I was completely unprepared for this,” Lisa said in a statement.
“He was my only sibling and I am shocked and saddened by his passing. I am trying to be supportive to his two young sons that he has left behind, and help them get through this tragedy,” she continued. “We appreciate your consideration in this private and extremely difficult family time.”
On Tuesday, the reality star paid tribute to her brother on social media.
“Rest In Peace big brother,” she captioned a photo of herself and Mark.
Sun May 20 14:29:00 EDT 2018
Although former President George H.W. Bush never got a chance to see the hit Broadway musical Hamilton with his wife Barbara Bush before she passed away last month, on Saturday he got a chance to catch the show with some of his loved ones.
“Finally had the chance yesterday to catch some new friends in action @HamiltonMusical,” Bush wrote on Twitter, adding that he was “properly attired in Hamilton socks while being “surrounded by family and friends.”
“Not a big hashtag man, but congratulations #HamFam!!” he added, after praising the production’s “epic story and performance.”
Days before Bush attended the show’s performance in Houston, the cast and crew put on a private performance for the former president in his office.
Bush’s spokesman Jim McGrath added that Bush loved “every minute of the three-hour show” and is heading to spend some time at his family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.
McGrath previously told PEOPLE that before the former first lady died, she and her husband of 73 years had been looking forward to seeing the show together during the touring production of Hamilton’s Houston run.
While Mrs. Bush passed away before the couple were able to see the show together, the show’s cast and crew brought “complete joy” to the grieving widower — who spent nearly two weeks in the hospital following his beloved wife’s funeral — on Tuesday after treating him to a very special concert.
“A complete joy to welcome the ‘HamFam’ — the cast and crew of @HamiltonMusical — to our Houston office for a special performance I will never forget,” the former president tweeted, alongside photographs taken in his office by Mark Burns. “History never sounded so powerful.”
McGrath added that Bush “was so taken with this very special performance — and the cast — that he wants to try to go see the entire production before their Houston runs ends this coming Sunday.”
“After the performance, he declared it ‘powerful and wonderful’ — it definitely got a presidential seal of approval,” the spokesperson remarked. McGrath also added that while the president, who’s become known in recent years for his love of whimsical socks, didn’t own a pair of Hamilton socks “yet,” which was remedied by the time Saturday rolled around.
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Providing a bit of an explanation for how the private performance came to be, McGrath said that “in the past, other blockbuster acts such as the cast of Jersey Boys have performed for the former president in his Houston office.”
Continuing, he said, “When Kenny Singer with Broadway Across America — working with the terrific Hamilton team — suggested that something like that could maybe be arranged with Hamilton, no one was more enthusiastic than the 41st president of the United States.”
Following the performance, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda described the opportunity an “honor.”