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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Nechells Wellbeing Centre to join Birmingham's Coach Core apprentices, designed by The Royal Foundation, in Birmingham, UK.
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Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX/Shutterstock (9451977t) Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Nechells Wellbeing Centre to join Birmingham's Coach Core apprentices, designed by The Royal Foundation, in Birmingham, UK. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Birmingham, UK - 08 Mar 2018 | © REX/Shutterstock
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The Story Behind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding Perfume

Picture of Lizzie Thomson
London Writer
Updated: 11 May 2018
From a lemon and elderflower wedding cake to rose-themed flowers, the royal wedding is about to get even more floral.

If you’re obsessed with all things royal, you’ll be thrilled to hear the latest announcement on the upcoming event – the fact that luxury fragrance house Floris London is making a customised perfume for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

The brand says the perfume was inspired by Bergamotto di Positano, a warm citrus fragrance that smells of bergamot, orange blossom, ginger and green tea, and it also has a very romantic history.

Bergamotto di Positano was created in remembrance of Mary Floris and her husband Charles Joseph Pagliano, who left the village of Positano on the Amalfi Coast to travel to England to wed.

The London-based perfumers describe the bespoke scent as “a vivacious combination of orange blossom with a hint of vanilla, which lends a smooth character and creaminess to complement the initial sparkle”. Overall, it sounds like the perfume is a perfect fit for the couple’s spring wedding and also shadows Meghan’s love of the Italian coast.

Sadly, royal-family fans and fragrance-lovers alike will be gutted to hear this bespoke scent is part of Floris London’s private collection, so it will not be available for non-royals.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to tie the knot in just a few weeks | © Wikimedia Commons

The powerhouse fragrance brand is the only perfumer to hold a Royal Warrant from the Queen herself. Floris London creates a scent for the Queen on her birthday every year and has a history of creating special perfumes for the royal family. The company has been working with the royals for generations and is the go-to brand for all things fragrance; it even made a personalised scent for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding, fittingly called Wedding Bouquet.

Over the years, it’s not just beautiful dresses that are memorable from royal weddings; the scents worn by Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge are well-known and incredibly sought-after. In 1981, when Diana married Prince Charles, she famously wore Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant Paris, a perfume made from 15,000 flowers including rose, orange blossom and lily-of-the-valley. She was rumoured to have been so nervous on her wedding day that she spilt a whole bottle over her luxurious Emanuel dress.

Touchingly, the Duchess of Cambridge also wore a very similar scent to the late Diana on her wedding day. Clarence House confirmed Kate wore Illuminum’s White Gardenia Petals on her a big day, a scent with a lily-of-the-valley top note.

While there are no official commercial perfumes from royal weddings over the years, the bride’s choice of perfume tends to mark the signature scent of the event and is often tied into the floral arrangements and notes of the wedding on the whole.