February 8, 2018
5 Secrets Revealed About The Queen’s Wedding Dress
The royal family is always in the highlight. . . and when secrets are revealed about them, it’s even more interesting! We all know that Prince Harry will soon tie the knot and all eyes are on Megan Markle- what will she wear? Until we have the answer, let’s go back in the past and discover some secrets about Queen Elizabeth’s wedding dress!
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You must be thinking that the dress must have cost a fortune. But, did you know that even though she was to be Queen, Princess Elizabeth paid for her dress using coupons? The wartime rationing that was in place was also applicable for the Royal family during those times. So, she was granted 200 extra clothing coupons, along with the ones she had saved.
Imagine a dress being inspired by an old painting! In fact, the motifs of The Queen’s wedding gown were pretty much inspired by Botticelli's Renaissance masterpiece, Primavera. The theme of the painting revolved around rebirth and growth after World War II. So, the dress was covered with wheat, roses and flowers shaped like stars, woven in gold and silver thread.
Norman Hartnell, the Royal dressmaker made elaborate embroidery on the wedding dress, which was his signature. It consisted of a heart-shaped neckline and a full skirt, which made it the most beautiful dress ever created!
The design of The Queen’s wedding dress was simply exquisite! The fabric of the gown itself was made using ivory silk from China. Decorated with crystals and 10,000 seed pearls from United States, it included a 15-foot train inspired by Botticelli’s Primavera. Plus, the floral designs looked like jasmine, smilax, seringa and rose blossoms. However, the 15-foot train later seemed to be average compared to Princess Diana’s 25-foot train!
Even if the diamonds set in gold and silver on the Queen Mary's Fringe Tiara was solid enough, did you know that it snapped as the bride was leaving for Westminster Abbey? Luckily, a jeweller who was present mended it. However, it still left a small visible gap in the centre of the frame.
As if the broken tiara was not enough, The Queen’s bouquet went missing on the D-day as the newly wedded couple went for photographs after the ceremony. The bouquet, which was a creation of florist Martin Longman, was an arrangement of 3 types of British-grown orchids, with a sprig of myrtle. But, if you look closely at The Queen’s wedding photographs, you will definitely notice the absence of the bouquet.
Since The Queen’s wedding gown was very special, the left side of the skirt included an additional lucky clover. It was secretly added by Mr Hartnell so The Queen’s hand would rest on it during the ceremony. The lucky clover was thus a symbol of good luck.
Despite all odds, it was a memorable wedding and the ceremony was broadcasted live to over 200 million radio listeners around the world. So, if you are also planning for the big day and are confused about your wedding gown, you will certainly be inspired by The Queen’s wedding gown! It is amazing how you can come up with a unique wedding gown without spending too much money.