How she gave Malaysia a beautiful tribute at her own royal wedding.
You’ve seen all the pictures of the royal wedding by now, and given how absolutely stunning Meghan Markle looked in her natural makeup and simple sculpted Givenchy dress, you could be forgiven for not looking at her veil too closely.
And even if you had looked at the veil, you might have missed a beautiful little tribute to Malaysia on it. The 5 metre long silk veil featured gorgeous floral embroidery along its hem- but these weren’t just random pretty flowers. According to Meghan’s own wishes, each of the 53 flowers represented a country of the Commonwealth, including Malaysia.
The Commonwealth of Nations is a collection of 53 countries that used to be ruled as territories of the British Empire. With Prince Harry appointed as the Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, Meghan wanted to express her gratitude for the opportunity to support the work of the Commonwealth. And she did so by incorporating its members into the design of her wedding dress, bringing them with her through every step of her life-changing wedding.
Wedding dress designer Clare Waight Keller spent a lot of time researching the flowers of each Commonwealth country to ensure each flower was unique and accurate before hand-embroidering them onto the veil in silk tulle and organza.
And which Malaysian flower ended up on her veil? You don’t even have to ask. It was our own Bunga Raya Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa sinensis) of course!
Sketches of The Duchess of Sussex’s #RoyalWedding dress, designed by Clare Waight Keller, have been released. The Duchess and Ms. Waight Keller worked closely together on the design, which epitomises a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy. Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of all 53 Commonwealth countries united in one spectacular floral composition 📷 Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy
In addition to the flowers of the Commonwealth, Meghan also included two personal favourites: Wintersweet, which grows in the grounds of Kensington Palace in front of Nottingham Cottage, and the California Poppy the State flower of her place of birth, California. View the full list of flowers here.
It’s a beautiful symbolic gesture executed in the most wonderful way. And isn’t it a lovely thought to know our very own Bunga Raya accompanied the new Duchess of Sussex down the aisle?