Sunday, September 15, 2019

Meghan Remembered The Commonwealth

Prince Harry was delightfully surprised by his beautiful bride's wedding veil. Meghan Markle wondered how she could surprise her prince, and decided to include a piece of every Commonwealth country in her dress. She wasn't sure how to do this, however, so the British designer Clare Waight Keller suggested that she have the signature flower from each country embroidered onto her veil.

The flowers came from all 53 countries, and were delicately appliqued onto the Duchess of Sussex's 16-foot veil which she wore with her Givenchy gown.  They included the golden wattle of Australia, the kowhai of New Zealand, the bunchberry of Canada and the daffodil of Wales (my favourite).  Meghan also requested that two of her favourite flowers be embroidered onto her veil - the wintersweet and the Californian poppy.  The wintersweet grows outside Kensington Palace, where she lived with Prince Harry. The Queen had all of the Commonwealth flowers embroidered onto her coronation gown in 1953, but there were only eight flowers then.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are Commonwealth Youth Ambassadors.

Australia's Golden Wattle      Melburnian [CC BY-SA 3.0 (]                             

The Wintersweet 

The Californian Poppy

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