It has a surprising connection to the Commonwealth. 

By Stephanie Petit
Updated: May 19, 2018
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All eyes were on Meghan Markle‘s tiara at her royal wedding to Prince Harry, but her cathedral-length veil represented a special connection to the Commonwealth.

The bride’s headpiece, made from silk tulle, featured a trim of hand-embroidered flowers from each of the 53 counties in the Commonwealth in threads and organza.

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The veil is held in place by the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau tiara, lent to Meghan by Queen Elizabeth. The diamond bandeau is English and was made in 1932, with the center brooch dating from 1893. The bandeau, which is made of diamonds and platinum, is formed as a flexible band of 11 sections, pierced with interlaced ovals and pavé set with large and small brilliant diamonds. The center is set with a detachable brooch of 10 brilliant diamonds.

Meghan styled the diamond tiara featuring a center floral motif with a chic bridal updo and a custom Givenchy dress featuring slim three-quarter sleeves and a statement train.

The stunning silk gown, designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, featured an open bateau neckline and sculpted waist. The train flowed in soft round folds cushioned by an underskirt in triple silk organza. The sleeves added a note of refined modernity. She also wore shoes by Givenchy made of silk duchess satin and featuring a refined pointed couture design.

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