Before Princess Eugenie chose to forgo the veil at her wedding in October 2018, all British royal brides in recent history (except Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during her second marriage to Prince Charles and Princess Anne on her second marriage to Sir Tim Laurence) had worn one for her big day.
Eugenie broke with the norm, preferring to leave the back of her dress (and the scars of childhood scoliosis surgery) clear. “I had an operation at the age of 12 on my back, and you will see on Friday [at the wedding], but it’s a nice way to honor the people who took care of me and a way to stand up for the young people who are also going through this, âEugenie said in a pre-wedding interview.
“I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that.”
Eugenie looked absolutely stunning, and her dress choice made a meaningful statement, but when her sister Princess Beatrice got married in an intimate ceremony in July 2020, she returned to royal tradition, wearing a veil. classic held in place by the magnificent Queen Mary Fringe tiara, which she borrowed from her grandmother, the Queen.
Few details have been released by the palace regarding the veil, but from photos shared publicly, it appears white and relatively unadorned, a look quite different from the Duchess of Sussex’s veil in 2018, which featured symbolic embroidery depicting both Commonwealth and Meghan’s American roots.
“Mrs Markle expressed a wish to have the 53 Commonwealth countries with her on her journey through the ceremony”, Kensington Palace tweeted on the veil.
Claire Waight Keller of Givenchy “designed a veil depicting the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in a spectacular floral arrangement,” the palace added. The design also included a California poppy and a Wintersweet, a flower that grows outside Nottingham Cottage, where Harry and Meghan lived after their wedding (but before moving to Frogmore Cottage).
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