Meghan Markle made a spectacular entrance to Windor Castle on Saturday for her wedding to Prince Harry with a long, flowing veil draped over her Queen Mary Diamond Headband tiara.
Markle opted for a simple and chic Givency dress by British designer Clare Waight Keller, without embroidery or beading. The veil, which was made by the same designer, was more elaborate with delicate embroidery along the edges – and had special meaning.
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“Ms. Markle expressed a wish to have the 53 Commonwealth countries with her on her journey through the ceremony. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil depicting the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in a spectacular flower arrangement,” Kensington Palace tweeted on Saturday.
The veil was five meters – or 16.5 feet – long and was made of silk tulle, reported United States today. And it was held in place by Queen Mary’s diamond headband tiara, which was loaned to Markle by the Queen. “The diamond band is English and was made in 1932, with the brooch between dating from 1893,” the Palais tweeted.
Waight Keller was an unexpected choice as a clothing designer. Last year, she became the first female artistic director of French fashion house Givenchy.
Two pageboys held the long veil as Markle entered Windsor Castle for the ceremony. And Prince Harry lifted the veil before they took their vows. The elaborate veil made a powerful impact, paired with Markle’s simple gown and her hair pulled back into a low bun.
“It’s completely blind,” CNN fashion commentator Caryn Franklin said. “Huge veil, lots of embroidery, trapeze dress. Long, slim and modern.”
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