Meghan Markle’s simple and elegant wedding gown actually holds a very touching tribute to Canada.
When designing her gown, Markle collaborated with British designer, Clare Waight Keller, the creative head of Givenchy, to create a veil that incorporated a flower from each of the 53 countries that make up the Commonwealth.
Workers spent hundreds of hours to create the five meter long veil from silk tulle and hand embroidered flowers made from silk and organza threads.
To represent Canada, Markle’s veil included bunchberry, a flowering member of the dogwood family.
In addition to the flowers from each of the Commonwealth countries, Markle included two flowers with special significance. To represent her new home, Markle included Wintersweet, which grows in front of Nottingham Cottage where she now lives with Prince Harry on the grounds of Kensington Palace. Markle also included the California Poppy, to represent her home state and birthplace of California.
Markle carried handpicked flowers from their private garden at Kensington Palace to add to the bouquet designed by florist, Philippa Craddock. The bouquet contained the customary sprig of myrtle from the Isle of Wight, planted by Queen Victoria.