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May 21, 2018

The newly minted Duchess of Sussex (aka Meghan Markle) has a wedding perfume, and it is by the royal family's perfumer, Floris London. Yes that's right. This British perfume house has an actual royal warrant and has been creating fragrances for the royal family since Queen Victoria's reign in the 1800s. They have a tradition of gifting a new perfume to the Queen every year on her birthday. This triggered our curiosity of what perfumes all the female royals in the family wear, and here's the lowdown:

Queen Elizabeth I

In the year 1558 there was obviously no such thing as eau de parfum, so the Queen's fragrance was actually a combination of musk, damask water, rose water and sugar that had been boiled for 5 hours and strained. This recipe was re-created in 2009 by Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins, who named the delicate scent Elizbeth I.

Queen Victoria

She was a fan of British perfume house Creed (founded in - wait for it - 1760), who gifted her Fleurs de Bulgarie in 1845 which she wore throughout her reign. It was made from Bulgarian roses, musk, ambergris and bergamot. An updated version of this scent is still available today. Creed was granted a royal warrant in 1885.

Queen Elizabeth II

The current reigning Queen was speculated to have worn White Rose by Floris London on her wedding day because it reminded her of carnations, her favourite flower. In her Jubilee year, Floris London released Royal Arms Diamond Editionin her honour - a perfume of rose, jasmine and sweet violet.


Princess Diana

The Princess of wales loved 24 Faubourg by Hermès, which was a white floral with notes of peach. On her wedding day, she wore Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant Paris, which comprised of tuberose, jasmine and rose. She had spilt some of it on her wedding dress just before stepping out of the carriage, but the sight of her in that gown was too spectacular for anyone to notice the blotch.

Duchess Catherine (Kate Middleton)

Meghan Markle's wedding fragrance was not the first time that Floris London created a wedding scent for the royals. They first did it in 2011 for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Kate Middleton). It was an exclusive scent called Wedding Bouquet with notes of citrus, lily-of-the-valley, jasmine and musk.

On the actual day, however, Kate ended up wearing White Gardenia Petals by Illuminum, a simple, feminine and stylish fragrance that suited her very well. Kate has always been a supporter of British brands (she favours high-street brands like Reiss and Whistles), so it was no surprise that she chose to wear something from small British perfume brand Illuminum. White Gardenia Petals was sold out within minutes of news of Kate's perfume choice.

Duchess Meghan (Meghan Markle)

We heard through the grapevine that Meghan's perfume will be inspired by Floris London's limited edition Beramotto di Positano, which smells like lemon trees along the coast of the Mediterranean sea. It comprises notes of bergamot, orange blossom, ginger and green tea. On regular days, Meghan's favourite perfume is Jo Malone's Wood Sage and Sea Salt.

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