Ten surprising facts about Meghan Markle's wedding dress

The veil was HOW long?

Jessica B

The dress that Meghan Markle chose to wear when she walked down the aisle to marry Prince Harry has surely been the most talked-about item of clothing of the year. The rumour mill went into overdrive in the weeks leading up to the wedding, with couture house Ralph & Russo hotly tipped to have won the much-coveted gig, and designers including Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham also touted as possible contenders. But when the 36-year-old finally stood on the steps of St George's Chapel in Windsor it was revealed that the stunning, timeless gown was the handiwork of Claire Waight Keller, artistic director of Parisian fashion house Givenchy. You've seen the pictures and watched the broadcast, but here are ten facts about the dress you may have missed.

The gorgeous gown is full of special meanings

1. Meghan's stunning veil was embroidered with the national flowers of each of the 53 commonwealth countries.

2. Crops of wheat were blended with the flowers to symbolise love and charity.

3. The veil was also decorated with the California poppy, to represent Meghan's place of birth, and a wintersweet, a flower that grows in Harry and Meghan's private garden at Kensington Palace.

4.Hundreds of hours (3,900 in fact!) were spent sewing the flowers on the veil, and embroiderers ensured they washed their hands every 30 minutes to keep the tulle and threads pristine.

5. The stunning veil – which was carried by page boys Brian Mulroney and John Mulroney, the sons of Meghan's best friend Jessica Mulroney – was 16 feet long.

6. Meghan's bouquet included flowers that Prince Harry had picked from their private garden the day before, including forget-me-nots in honour of Princess Diana, as they were her favourite flower.

7. The bateau neckline is a familiar style for Meghan – she wore a similar cut during an official visit to Wales with Prince Harry back in January.

8. Meghan Markle chose to work with Keller after meeting her in early 2018 thanks to her "timeless and elegant aesthetic, impeccable tailoring, and relaxed demeanour." Meghan also wanted to highlight the success of a leading British talent who has served as the creative head of three globally influential fashion houses – Pringle of Scotland, Chloe and now Givenchy.

9. The last Givenchy wedding dress we've seen is for the Queen of reality TV – Kim Kardashian-West. Back in 2014, when she married rapper Kanye West in Italy, her stunning creation featured traditional lace sleeves and a high neckline, but still had a contemporary touch with cut-out waist detail and a slim-line belt.

10. It's believed Meghan's wedding dress costs around £100,000 - and Meghan will pay for it herself, just like Duchess Kate did.

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