Fijian flower features at royal wedding

Meghan Markle wearing the five metre veil depicting the flowers of the Commonwealth including the Tagimaucia or Tagimoucia. Picture: REUTERS

HER Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Mountbatten-Windsor had a piece of Fiji in the attire she wore to marry Prince Henry of Wales.

According to an official statement of the wedding attire posted the royal family’s official website, the former American actress had asked for the Tagimaucia to be featured on her five metre veil.

“Ms. Markle expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony,” the statement said.

British designer, Clare Waight Keller of the French fashion house Givenchy who designed the wedding dress was tasked with bringing the commonwealth onto the veil.

“Ms. Waight Keller designed a veil representing the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition.”

Prince Harry is the Commonwealth Youth Ambassador and the statement said Ms Markle, now known as the Duchess of Sussex, wanted to include the Commonwealth on her attire as a way of saying thank you for the opportunity to work with them.

Pageboys hold the train of the dress of Meghan Markle as she arrives. Andrew Matthews/Pool via REUTERS

“Significant time was spent researching the flora of each Commonwealth country and much care was taken by Ms. Waight Keller to ensure that every flower is unique.”

“Each flower was worked flat, in three dimensions to create a unique and delicate design. The workers spent hundreds of hours meticulously sewing and washing their hands every thirty minutes to keep the tulle and threads pristine.”

In addition, the veil also features the Duchess’s two favourites flowers, Wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) and the California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), also the state flower of California where she was born.