What perfume does Meghan Markle wear? From Princess Diana’s love of Dior to Queen Elizabeth’s classic Guerlain pick – 5 royals and their favourite scents
It was Christian Dior who famously said, “A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.” For centuries, fragrances have defined the wearer, and this holds as true for members of the British royal family as it does for anyone.
The Duchess of Sussex has spoken quite a bit in the past about her love of perfumes. She told The Express in an interview: “Fragrance is my favourite thing. So much so that if I leave the house and I don’t put any on, I’ll turn around and go back home.” She has spoken of her favourites too, admitting to alternating between several at times.
Unsurprisingly, the queen opts for a classic scent. According to Vogue, the monarch favours Guerlain’s L’Heure Bleue, which was first released in 1912. Top notes are anise, neroli, coriander, bergamot and lemon; middle notes are heliotrope, carnation, violet, cloves, neroli, ylang-ylang, Bulgarian rose, jasmine, orchid and tuberose; and base notes are iris, vanilla, benzoin, sandalwood, tonka bean, musk and vetiver.
But which did she favour? According to Hello magazine, Diana was a fan of Penhaligon’s Bluebell, and also often chose to wear Christian Dior’s Diorissimo. For her wedding in 1981, Diana opted for Parisian perfumer Houbigant’s Quelques Fleurs – described on the brand’s website as a “secret, mythical formula [that] diligently curates upwards of 15,000 exemplary flowers and 250 prestigious raw materials in the creation of a single ounce of the Eau de Parfum”. Fit for a princess indeed!
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