Kate Middleton’s wedding dress included a secret message

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It seems forever ago that Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, and that she finally revealed her wedding dress after months of speculation.

The Givenchy gown took an incredible 3,900 hours to make, and featured a veil embroidered with 53 flour and fauna to represent the Commonwealth countries, an idea from Clare Waight Keller which Meghan was immediately taken with.

Believe it or not, this isn't the first time a secret symbol has been embroidered in a royal's gown: Kate Middleton's wedding dress.

Kate Middleton chose Alexander McQueen for her wedding day, following advice from this famous face. The dress was designed by Sarah Burton, and featured a symbolic detail you might have missed.

The floral embroidery on her sleeves was a tribute to the United Kingdom, according to HuffPost. The motif included roses, daffodils, thistles, and shamrocks, which are the national emblems of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.

They were also embroidered using a 17th-century Irish lace-making technique called Carrickmacross, another nod to the nation.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.