Wedding Dress: Clare Waight Keller For Givenchy (Double-bonded silk cady, with triple silk organza underskirt). The dress is made from an exclusive double-bonded silk cady, developed by Ms Waight Keller following extensive research in fabric mills throughout Europe. True to the heritage of the House of Givenchy, the graceful lines of the dress were achieved using six meticulously placed seams. These extend towards the back of the dress, where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. One of the main features of the dress is the boat neckline bodice.
Veil (Silk tulle | 500 cm)
The five-metre-long veil is made from silk tulle and embroidered with the flora of the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, a reference to an important part of The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s official work following His Royal Highness’s appointment as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.
The Duchess added two of her favourite flowers to the embroidered decoration: Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox), which grows in the grounds of Kensington Palace in front of Nottingham Cottage, and the California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), the State flower of The Duchess’s place of birth, California. Embroidered ears of wheat, symbolising love and charity, are symmetrically placed at the front of the veil, which is edged with embroidered organza flowers.
It took the team of embroiderers hundreds of hours to create the design, washing their hands every 30 minutes to keep the tulle and threads pristine.
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is getting a lot of attention for the new documentary, Queen of the World, in which she opens up to cameras about her wedding day.
In the new film, she makes several notable admissions, like the fact that she secretly had a piece of the dress worn on her first date with Prince Harry sewn into her wedding gown and that she surprised her husband with the veil containing wild flowers representing all 53 countries of the Commonwealth.
Executive producer Nick Kent tells ET it was “really, really exciting” to witness the new royal be reunited with her gown for the first time since her wedding day.
“When she saw the dress, she was really excited to see it and spend time looking at it,” he reveals, adding how wonderful it was that “the first thing she does is she looks for that little piece of blue that she secretly had sewn into the dress.”
He adds, “The fact that was the first thing she said and nobody knew shows how relaxed she was in front of the camera and how for her, it was a genuinely enjoyable moment. She really cherished it.”
It’s that kind of rare, personal revelation that Kent says demonstrates how Markle is making her own stamp on the royal family. Since becoming the Duchess of Sussex, observers have commented on how she’s bucked protocol or broken traditions, like most recently shutting her own car door or crossing her legs.
“A powerful example of that is the piece of blue fabric in the dress. That was a very private gesture that she made, to have that piece of fabric sewn in, nobody knew about that. The fact that she was happy to share that, you know, it’s quite an intimate insight,” Kent says, before adding an unexpected caveat: “The other thing, is that it’s a mistake to think that the monarchy stays the same. In a sense, reinventing how you fulfill your duties as a member of the royal family is something that’s not a new thing. So in a funny way, she’s kind of following in the tradition of queen herself and Princess Diana.”
Markle’s royal presence also represents a new era for the monarchy, which is addressed in the new film by focusing heavily on the “younger generation,” notably her and Prince Harry, whom the queen has appointed as youth ambassador for the Commonwealth.
In addition to making their wedding day about the Commonwealth, by incorporating each country into Markle’s veil, in the documentary, the two are seen co-hosting a group of Caribbean scholars at an event at Buckingham Palace with relative ease.
“She’s a professional in front of the camera,” Kent notes, later adding about the couple: “He and Meghan are a dream team.”
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