What was on Meghan’s veil?

Kensington Palace has this afternoon released sketches of Meghan Markle’s wedding veil, designed by  Clare Waight Keller.

“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. On the veil, all 53 countries of the Commonwealth were represented by their respective flora, and yes, so was Singapore’s!

The Palace said: “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.”

“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

United Kingdom

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


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