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Day 75: The Significance of Silkworms

  |   By Nicole Keen

This may sound strange---creepy crawly even---but bear with me. I've been reading a lot about Royal Wedding traditions lately, and I keep coming across tidbits about silkworms. For instance, Queen Elizabeth's wedding dress designer, Norman Hartnell, had to assure the Royals that the silkworms spinning the silk for her dress weren't from an enemy state. Also, Princess Diana gave each of her bridesmaids a box containing silkworms. And here's one last bit of interesting silkworm-related trivia for you: if Kate Middleton wants to use homespun silk for her wedding gown, she's out of luck---the last English silk farm, Lullingstone Silk Farm, closed 20 years ago. Their last royal commission was for Princess Diana's wedding veil. Want to read more about the princess brides that came before Kate? Check out our British Royal Brides slide show here.

This article was originally published on Feb 13, 2011
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