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Meghan Markle's Something Blue on Her Wedding Day Was a Tribute to Her First Date with Prince Harry

This is so romantic.
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Queen Elizabeth is undoubtedly the star of the new documentary Queen of the World, which focuses on her work with the Commonwealth, but the British monarch's granddaughter-in-law, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, features quite prominently in the program as well. In fact, Meghan even revealed a little-known secret about her wedding veil during filming.

"My goodness, it's amazing isn't it?" Meghan says, seeing her dress and veil for the first time since the wedding.

Looking at Clare Waight Keller's design alongside conservator Hannah Belcher, who works with the Royal Collection Trust, the Duchess of Sussex hunts for a small bit of blue fabric, revealing the meaning behind her bridal "something blue."

"Somewhere in here there's a piece of—did you see it?—the piece of blue fabric that's stitched inside," Meghan says. "It was my something blue. It's fabric from the dress that I wore on our first date."

Belcher replies, "Oh that's about the most romantic thing I've ever heard."

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Same, Belcher, same.

And though Meghan wore the dress—and worked closely with Claire Waight Keller to design it—the Duchess is still in awe of the finished product. "The work that they did here is just so beautiful," she reflects, touching the 16-foot-long silk veil's delicate embroidery. Meghan's veil was a tribute to the Commonwealth, featuring one embroidered wildflower from each of the organization's 53 countries along the edge (plus a California poppy for the state of her birth, and wintersweet, which grows outside her new home in Kensington Palace).

"With Harry’s role of youth ambassador for the Commonwealth. It was so important for us to have the spirit of inclusivity in our wedding," she says.


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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day.

If you'd like to see the dress—and hunt for that small piece of blue fabric yourself—you'll soon be able to. From October 26 to January 6, Meghan's dress, veil, and tiara will be on display at Windsor Castle along with a replica of Prince Harry's uniform. The exhibition titled "A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex" will later move to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburg, Scotland, where it will be on display from June 14 to October 6.

'Queen of the World' will air in the U.K. on ITV on September 25, and it will premiere in the States on HBO October 1 at 8 p.m.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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