Meghan Markle and Prince Harry included several important but subtle details on their wedding day. There was the reading by Harry’s maternal aunt, Lady Jane Fellowes, Meghan’s historic solo walk for half of her trip down the aisle, and Meghan’s veil. Designed by Givenchy’s Clare Waight Keller, who also designed the wedding gown, the silk tulle veil incorporates embroidered flowers from each of the 53 countries in the Commonwealth. According to Kensington Palace, Meghan “expressed the wish of having all 53 countries of the Commonwealth with her on her journey through the ceremony,” leading Keller to create a veil that represents “the distinctive flora of each Commonwealth country united in one spectacular floral composition.”
According to an official press release on the dress, dressmakers spent “hundreds of hours” sewing the dress and washed their hands “every thirty minutes” to ensure the tulle and threads were “pristine.” Meghan’s veil also included the wintersweet, which grows in front of Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace, and the state flower of California, the California poppy. (Meghan was born in Los Angeles.)
Meghan’s wedding look was finished with Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara, on loan from The Queen; Cartier earrings; a Cartier bracelet; and Givenchy shoes made of silk duchess satin.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.