How Kenya was referenced on Meghan Markle’s wedding veil

Meghan Markle's wedding veil
Sketches of The Duchess of Sussex’s Royal Wedding dress, designed by Clare Waight Keller, have been released by Kensington Palace. Photo: Kensington Palace

Kensington Palace have released details of the new Duchess of Sussex’s wedding veil which she wore at yesterday’s ceremony.

With the Commonwealth family of nations being a central part of Prince Harry’s and Ms. Markle’s official work, she wanted to express her gratitude for the opportunity to support the work of the Commonwealth by incorporating references to its members into the design of her wedding dress.

Significant time was spent researching the flora of every on of the 53 Commonwealth countries and much care was taken by the wedding dress designer, Clare Waight Keller, to ensure that every flower is unique.

The five metre long veil was made from silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers in silk threads and organza.

Meghan Markle's wedding veil
Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of all 53 Commonwealth countries united in one spectacular floral composition. Photo: Kensington Palace

Kenya was represented on the veil by the tropical orchid, with the rose for England, thistle for Scotland, daffodil for Wales and flax flower for Northern Ireland.

Uganda was referenced by the desert rose (Adenium obesum) and Tanzania by the African violet (Saintpaulia).


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