Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot two-years-ago, on May 19, 2018. For the ceremony, the Duchess of Sussex used her choice of dress and jewellery to share a sweet hidden message to the Royal Family.
Even before the couple were married, both Meghan and Prince Harry made a nod to their relationship and the Royal Family with a custom-made engagement ring.
Prince Harry designed the ring so that it included things that were significant to them, CEO of jewellers Le Vian Eddie Le Vian explained.
He told Express.co.uk: “Prince Harry chose a trilogy engagement ring for Meghan, with a centre stone from Botswana and two diamonds on either side which came from his late mother Princess Diana’s jewellery collection.
“In this way he created a new jewel with a beautiful sense of history. The trilogy ring, otherwise known as a three stone ring, is designed to be classic, timeless and symbolic of the past, present and future within an engagement ring.
“By incorporating something from his mother, Harry not only captured part of his past to celebrate his present but also to pass part of his history to the future.”
By making a nod to their history in Botswana, Prince Harry and Meghan won the hearts of many royal fans.
“Harry’s choice of a diamond from Botswana delighted many. Botswana is the diamond industry’s biggest success story,” Eddie continued.
“Diamonds were discovered in Botswana in 1967 and today they remain the most important source of the country’s revenue. Diamonds have been instrumental in lifting the country out of poverty, enabling the government to invest in schools, roads, hospitals and fighting the transmission of HIV.
“As one of the most celebrated members of royalty, with a Cinderella-like story, Meghan Markle’s engagement ring has become an inspiration for the engagement ring designs of many women getting engaged today.”
The Duchess of Sussex walked down the aisle wearing an elegant gown designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy.
The dress had long sleeves with an open boat neckline and structured design that pulled in at the waist.
It featured a long train with a built-in silk organza underskirt.
With her outfit, the Duchess of Sussex made a sweet nod to the Queen and the Royal Family.
She wore a veil that was embroidered with flowers representing the countries of the Commonwealth, the California poppy and wintersweet, a flower that grows at Kensington Palace.
This played homage to the look chosen by the Queen at her own wedding in 1947.
When Queen Elizabeth II married Prince Philip, she wore a veil that was also embroidered with the flowers of the Commonwealth.