Last night, the first episode of Queen of the World aired on ITV, and with it we caught quite a glimpse of the workings of the royal family. The first episode also saw Meghan Markle’s reunited with her wedding dress for the first time, where she revealed the romantic detail she had sewn into it as a nod to Prince Harry.
But another sartorial secret was revealed during the show, which makes the wedding dress even more special – if that’s possible.
Because the Duchess’ intricate wedding veil embroidered with 53 flora to represent each Commonwealth country, is actually a tribute to the Queen.
‘Few will have been more touched to see it than the Queen, for this was a poignant echo of the gown she wore herself on her Coronation day,’ the voiceover says.
You see HRH also had symbolic flora added to the Coronation gown she had designed by Norman Hartnell in 1953. He actually designed eight versions of the dress, and the Queen preferred the last one, which was embellished with gold tissue and floral emblems of Great Britain and the Commonwealth.
The couturier then created one last version with those details, but also incorporating a four-leave shamrock for luck, with other flora including a Tudor rose, the Welsh leek, Lotus flower of Ceylon and the Scottish thistle.