The special meaning behind Meghan Markle's wedding veil


When Meghan Markle arrived at St. George's Chapel, all eyes were on her stunning Givenchy gown, including the dramatic veil she wore with it.

It turns out that there is a special meaning to the veil. According to a press release by the Palace, the Duchess of Sussex "expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony."

Givenchy's artistic director, and the designer of her wedding gown, Claire Waight Keller, designed a veil "representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition."

The breathtaking veil measures five meters long and was made from silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza. Workers who created the statement-making piece washed their hands every 30 minutes to keep the tulle and threads absolutely pristine.

But that's not all! Meghan also chose two of her own favorite flowers -- Wintersweet (which grows in the grounds of Kensington Palace in front of Nottingham Cottage) and California Poppy (the state flower of California, where Meghan was born) -- to include in the veil.

Crops of wheat were also delicately embroidered amongst the flowers to symbolize love and charity.

She completed the look with jewels from Cartier, custom Givenchy shoes and Queen Mary's Filigree Tiara, which is on loan from the queen.

For more on the wedding, watch the video above.