KENSINGTON Palace has this afternoon released sketches of Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, designed by Clare Waight Keller.
The images were released on the social media account of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex to much acclaim.
Kensington Palace Kensington Palace released the sketches
“The Duchess and Ms Waight Keller worked closely together on the design, epitomising a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy,” Kensington Palace said in a statement, explaining how all 53 countries of the Commonwealth were represented by flora sewn into the veil.
People praised the Palace for releasing the images, with many saying they loved the dress’s elegance.
@sewingyorkie said: “The veil was as stunning as the dress. The sketches are beautiful …”
Meghan met her designer in early 2018, the Palace revealed.
EPA Sketches of Meghan’s dress have been released
“Ms. Markle…wanted to highlight the success of a leading British talent who has now served as the creative head of three globally influential fashion houses – Pringle of Scotland, Chloé, and now Givenchy,” they said.
“Ms. Markle and Ms. Waight Keller worked closely together on the design. The dress epitomises a timeless minimal elegance referencing the codes of the iconic House of Givenchy and showcasing the expert craftsmanship of its world-renowned Parisian couture atelier founded in 1952.”
Kensington Palace The veil was carried by twin pageboys
The Palace, explaining details of the dress, added: “True to the heritage of the house, the pure lines of the dress are achieved using six meticulously placed seams.
“The focus of the dress is the graphic open bateau neckline that gracefully frames the shoulders and emphasises the slender sculpted waist. The lines of the dress extend towards the back where the train flows in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The slim three-quarter sleeves add a note of refined modernity.”
Which flora represented which country on the veil?
Botswana – Ear of Sorghum and Cat’s Claw
Cameroon – Red Stinkwood
Gambia – White Variety Orchid
Ghana – Caladium
Kenya – The Tropical Orchid
Lesotho – Spiral Aloe
Malawi – Lotus
Mauritius – Trochetia Boutoniana
Mozambique – Maroon Bell Bean
Namibia – Welwitschia
Nigeria – Yellow Trumpet
Rwanda – Torch Lily
Seychelles – Tropicbird orchid
Sierra Leone – Scadoxus
South Africa – Protea
Swaziland – Fire Heath
Uganda – Desert rose
United Republic of Tanzania – African violet
Zambia – Bougainvillea
Bangladesh – White Water Lily
Brunei Darussalam – Simpor
India – Indian Lotus
Malaysia – Bunga Raya Hibiscus
Pakistan – Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)
Singapore – Vanda miss Joaquim Orchid
Sri Lanka – Blue Water Lily
Antigua and Barbuda – Agave
Bahamas – Yellow Elder
Barbados – The pride of Barbados
Belize – The Black Orchid
Canada – Bunchberry
Dominica – Carib Wood
Grenada – Bougainvillea
Guyana – Victoria Regia Water Lily
Jamaica – Lignum Vitae
Saint Lucia – The rose and the marguerite
St Kitts and Nevis – Poinciana
St Vincent & the Grenadines – Soufriere Tree
Trinidad & Tobago – Chaconia
Cyprus – Cyclamen Cyprium
Malta – Maltese centaury
England – Rose
Wales – Daffodil
Northern Ireland – Flax flower
Scotland – Thistle
Australia – Golden wattles
Fiji – Tagimaucia
Kiribati – Bidens Kiribatiensis
Nauru – Calophyllum
New Zealand – Kowhai
Papua – Sepik Blue Orchid
Samoa – Teuila
Solomon Islands – Hibiscus
Tonga – Heilala
Tuvalu – Plumeria
Vanuatu – Anthurium
The Palace also revealed how Meghan’s shoes were based on “a Givenchy refined pointed couture design made of a silk duchess satin.”
Referring to her bouquet, it said: “Prince Harry handpicked several flowers yesterday from their private garden at Kensington Palace to add to the bespoke bridal bouquet designed by florist Philippa Craddock.
The spring blooms include Forget-Me-Nots which were Diana, Princess of Wales’ favourite flower. The couple specifically chose them to be included in Ms Markle’s bouquet to honour the memory of the late Princess on this special day.”
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