Did you see any coverage of picture-perfect Royal Wedding of Prince William & Catherine (Kate) Middleton on April 29, 2011? Kate’s stunning appearance was both royal and modest at the same time. As was her elegant wedding bouquet.
The Royal Wedding Bouquet
Kate’s bridal bouquet of wedding flowers is a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. This lovely bouquet draws upon the traditions of flowers of significance for the British Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers.
Meaning of the Flowers in the Royal Wedding Bouquet
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.
Personal touches in the Wedding Bouquet
- 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.
This lovely, classic and modest bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly.
Source: Royal site of Prince William and Kate’s wedding, officialroyalwedding2011.org