To the naked eye, Kate Middleton’s wedding bouquet might look like just another bunch of pretty white wedding flowers.
But according to expert florists, the Duchess of Cambridge actually carefully calculated her choice of flora for the big day.
Kate’s wedding flowers, assembled by Shane Connolly Flowers in North Kensington, featured a selection of pure white flowers, including hyacinths and myrtle.
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The now-iconic photos of her wedding to Prince William on April 29, 2011, show Kate clutching the pretty little bunch in front of her stunning Sarah Burton wedding dress.
Experts at Flying Flowers have revealed the ‘hidden meaning’ behind the unassuming bouquet.
According to the florists, Kate used the bouquet to symbolise embracing each side of her family, by including the favourite stems of both the royal family and the Middleton’s.
Flying Flowers has said the bouquet was designed “to have symbolic meaning, with each flower being perfectly selected for the future Queen Consort.”
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Lily of the Valley flowers, a popular choice for brides, feature small white sprays of petals and their stems have a sweet perfume.
These were used to signify “purity.”
The bouquet also featured hyacinths which represent “steady love”, while ivy was used to symbolise “fidelity and friendship”.
And to top off the simple and natural white bouquet, the aromatic myrtle, the emblem of matrimony, was included.
Meanwhile, other royals had their own bouquets chosen with a similar degree of meticulous care.
For her wedding to Prince Phillip, Queen Elizabeth II made her bouquet “personal” by using homegrown myrtle, plucked from a bush at Osbourne House propagated from a sprig given to Queen Victoria by Albert’s Grandmother.
Meghan Markle’s bouquet also contained homegrown flowers from the Royal Gardens, including sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia and a few flowers which were hand-picked by Harry from the couple’s private garden at Kensington Palace.
The bouquet also paid tribute to Princess Diana by including forget-me-nots which were her favourite flower.
Princess Diana herself was the first to have not one but two bouquets for her special day, apparently inspired by the Queen herself.
Both bouquets were made up of gardenias, stephanotis, lily of the valley, freesia and myrtle.
The inclusion of stephanotis was a symbol of marital happiness dating back to the Victorian era and was thought to represent ‘good fortune’ and ‘the longing to travel’.
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