Kate Middleton’s Wedding Bouquet

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The Royal Wedding Bouquet

Kate Middleton's Wedding Bouquet Photo

Royal Wedding Bouquet

 

The wedding ceremony of William and Kate is over and it was a beautiful sight to behold. While many people were dying to find out what the wedding dress Kate will be wearing, our eyes were focused on Kate’s wedding bouquet. This is what we originally speculated based on the history of royal weddings. 

Flowers for the Royal Wedding Bouquet (What we predicted)

Kate’s favorite flower just happens to be white lilies which also happens to be the royal flowers (Lily of the Valley).  So expect white lilies as part of the royal bouquet. 

Sprig of Myrtle.  This is mandatory as it has been carried in previous royal weddings.  A sprig of Mrytle will be chosen from the Queen’s garden. 

White daffodils is also a must have as daffodils is Wales’ national symbol. The daffodil also signifies Prince Williams status in the royal family (next king to be). 

As Prince Williams proposed to Kate in Kenya, there is also speculation that roses from Kenya may make its way to the royal  bouquet. 

Other flowers: Stephanotis, odontoglossum orchid (Royal Wedding Orchid), Ivy, Orange Blossom. roses from David Austin (World known rose breeder located in England). 

As Kate’s favourite color is blue, we may see a touch of  blue in the flower arrangements. 

Wedding Bouquet Style

Traditional royal bouquet style were of the cascading type. Lady Diana carried one on her wedding.  Sarah Ferguson also carried a cascading bouquet but in an “S” shape.  Will Kate also carry one or will she break away from tradition? 

Close Up of Kate Middleton's Wedding Bouquet Photo

Close Up of Royal Wedding Bouquet

 

Actual Wedding Bouquet (After the wedding)

Wow, talk about simplistic! Kate’s bouquet was a very simple, petit, shield-shaped bouquet unlike those of the large cascading bouquets of previous royal weddings. This is in keeping with the delicate lace of her wedding dress. 

According to the British Palace press release this is what Kate’s bouquet consists of: 

“The bouquet is a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. The bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers. The flowers’ meanings in the bouquet are: 

Lily-of-the-valley – Return of happiness 

Sweet William – Gallantry 

Hyacinth – Constancy of love 

Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection 

Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love. 

The bouquet contains stems from a myrtle planted at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, by Queen Victoria in 1845, and a sprig from a plant grown from the myrtle used in The Queen’s wedding bouquet of 1947. 

The tradition of carrying myrtle begun after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany.  In the same year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat, and a sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls, where it continues to thrive today.  

The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858, and was used to signify the traditional innocence of a bride.” 

Once the wedding is over and all the photos have been taken, Kate will be leaving her bouquet on the grave of the unknown soldier at the Westminster Abbey.  This has been a long traditon in the royal weddings. 

 

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