The Special Message Behind Meghan Markle's Veil

Hint: It's in the embroidery

Updated 05/19/18

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As Meghan Markle entered Windsor Castle for her walk down the aisle, the long flowing veil that trailed behind her Givenchy gown caught everyone's attention—and there's a secret meaning behind the 16.5-foot veil.

In a statement, Kensington Palace announced, "Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition." The 5-meter veil, which was draped over the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau tiara she wore, is made of silk tulle with silk and organza hand-embroidered flowers along the trim. At the front of the veil were crops of wheat, which symbolize love ve and charity.

Meghan also added a couple more personal floral touches to the veil: The Wintersweet, which grows on the grounds of Kensington Palace in front of Nottingham Cottage, and the California Poppy the State flower of California. It took the creators of the delicate veil hundreds of hours to sew the flowers, washing their hands every 30 minutes to ensure it maintained its pristine state.

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