Do you remember the stunning wedding veil that Meghan Markle wore when she married Prince Harry in May – the one who stretched 16 feet behind her along the hallway, seemingly lined with an abundance of embroidered flora ?
The onslaught of pictures from that day and the worldwide gasps over their exquisite Givenchy wedding dress, you may have missed some of the amazing details of this veil – a secret surprise that Meghan had carefully planned for her future husband and family.
But there was a sharp-eyed 92-year-old great-grandmother in St. George's Chapel who probably missed nothing about Markle's wedding insignia – because it was a flowery gesture of homage to her Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Now comes a new book by British journalist and Royals historian Robert Hardman, and a companion hour-long British documentary, both called "Queen of the World". The film, which aired Monday on HBO (8 EDT / PDT) and was co-written and produced by Hardman, seeks to explain why the queen is so popular around the world.
The film shows a segment on Meghan's veil as a California-born actress prepared to marry into the royal family by paying tribute to the queen, something close and lovable: the community of countries she raised in her 66 years
Meghan's silk-and-tulle veil with hand-embroidered silk and organza flowers from each of the 53 Commonwealth countries, "united in a spectacular flower composition," as Kensington Palace put it. (A California poppy and a flower from the castle were also included in the draft.)
"It was important for me, especially now, to be part of the royal family, uniting all 53 Commonwealth countries." Meghan, 37, now the Duchess of Sussex, says in the film as she examines her wedding outfit for the first time since the wedding.
Queen Elizabeth II prepares to record a radio address in the movie "Queen of the World", which airs on October 1, 2018. (Photo: HBO)
She says Harry was surprised and delighted with the veil created by Givenchy's fashion designer Clare Waight Keller.
"I think the other members of the family had a similar response and appreciation for the fact that we understand how important this is for us and what role we play and what work we will continue to do the Commonwealth countries" Meghan adds in her conversation with a royal curator who prepares the dress and veil for an upcoming exhibition.
"Well, it was good news, I think, so I hope people liked it as much as I liked helping to make it."
Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle go away after their wedding at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, May 19, 2018. (Photo: (Andrew Matthews / pool / via AP)  One person who did this is Nick Kent, executive producer of "Queen of the World" and other recent documentaries on the Queen, Kent says filmmakers were thrilled when I agreed with Ghan in her first interview after the wedding
"Meghan had not seen her wedding dress since the wedding day, and even on the day she did not have a chance to watch it. It's very cautious – most of us are thinking of our wedding day, and it's a bit hazy, "says Kent USA TODAY.
" She had never studied it with the care and attention she had while filming at Buckingham Palace, and it's amazing how excited she is when she does comes in, "says Kent. "The first thing she does is try to have the small piece of blue fabric (from what she wore on her first date with Harry) sewn into the dress as" something blue. "
"It was a really intimate and spontaneous moment, we never expected anything so private get it, "says Kent.
Many Americans may wonder what the Commonwealth really is, but Meghan showed that she had done her homework on her new in-laws and her future role as Harry's wife, 34, the Queen's personal choice as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador.
The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex will get a chance to see their royal chops to show as a pair on October 16, when they begin their first Commonwealth tour, a two-week swing through Australia and New Zealand, two major outposts of the old British Empire, and two of the smaller South Pacific countries, Tonga and Fiji
All eyes will be focused on them, but above all on his grandmother, the Queen, who regards the Commonwealth as her "proudest achievement" when Kent was founded by her father King George VI, the Commonwealth was just eight countries of a dwindling empire was torn apart by two world wars.
Decades later, it is a thriving "family of nations," mainly because of Her Majesty, Kent says, and the palace's desire to show this is one reason Kent says, "Why do we have access to it and (? Interviews with) other members of the royal family, "such as her heritage, Prince Charles, her daughter, Princess Anne the Prince ss Royal and her grandchildren, including Harry.
Nevertheless, why does the Commonwealth theme, especially for Americans? Kent argues that the queen and the royal family who are above politics, unlike today's politicians, have done a great job of bringing people together under a single set of common democratic values.
"Realms come and go, and usually their ends are pretty bloody leaving a legacy of deep scars," says Kent. But "the Commonwealth is a fairly unique institution that grew up with the legacy of the British Empire, and now it's trying to find something positive about that experience and build people for the common good."
Americans should not misunderstand the royals as a "decorative" tourist attraction, says Kent.
"The monarchy is actually a modern institution serving a real purpose, and if that were not the case, it would not continue to exist," he says. "The reason why it has survived for a thousand years and is now high is that all its members really, work very hard to justify its existence."
The same applies to the Commonwealth, he says.
"It's a process that includes all members of the royal family, so Harry and Meghan make their first Commonwealth tour, 65 years after the Queen and (husband) Prince Philip made their first tour, something special.
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