The Antigua Agave (Agave Karatto)was among 53 flowers from the Commonwealth featured on the veil of Meghan Markle when she wedded Prince Harry over the weekend.
The Duchess of Sussex requested a flower from all 53 countries of the Commonwealth embroidered on her veil for the royal wedding. Twelve came from the Caribbean area.
Kensington Palace said significant time was spent researching the flora of each Commonwealth country “and much care was taken by Waight Keller (who designed the veil) to ensure that every flower was unique.”
The Caribbean was well represented at the event which was viewed by millions across the Commonwealth.
The cellist at the wedding was Sheku Kanneh-Mason, whose father is from Antigua.
The female choir director of the Kingdom Choir which sang, Karen Gibson, parents are from Guyana.
The Queen’s chaplain, Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who prayed after Prince Harry and Meghan were declared husband and wife was born in Jamaica.
Agave karatto it is the national flower of Antigua and Barbuda.
The rosettes are up to 10 feet (3 m) wide. The leaves are dagger-like, medium green, up to 3 feet (1 m) long, with sharp tips and small teeth along the edges.
The flowering spike is up to 18 feet (5.5 m) high, multiply branched near the top. Flowers are yellow in color. After flowering, numerous bulbils appear near the spent flowers, forming new plants which shortly drop to the ground.
(Additional Reporting from DNO)
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