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Well, Priyanka Chopra's veil - so many levels of wow! 75 foot of net followed Priyanka up the aisle to marry Nick Jonas on the lawn of the Umaid Palace in Jodphur. This required 6 people to manhandle it. It might have seriously out-veiled Miss Markle's veil were it not for the fact that this was covered in embroidery of Commonwealth emblems, but taking into account that exquisite attention to detail we at Lychgate think Miss Markle's veil was the winner. But why do brides wear veils? 
In the 19th century the veil was a symbol of modesty. Brides wore their hair flowing down their backs and the veil covered the hair. This emphasised the bride's virginity. The veil was lifted at the start or end of the marriage service by the bride's father or the groom and in this way the bride's beauty was symbolically revealed. In modern times it is not customary for the bride's veil to be lifted and most are worn at the back of the head. 
 
In many cases veils are dispensed with completely, as some view them as sexist and some brides simply wish to show off a glorious up-do. These in themselves can be works of art. HRH Princess Eugenie bucked royal tradition and sported only a fabulous tiara. In her case she wished to honour scarring on her back received as a child during treatment for scoliosis. The trend for veils or no veils going forward remains to be seen as these influential women bring their own bridal styles to the fore but whether it's a short veil or a full-on cathedral veil there's a veil style out there for everyone.  
 
 
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