Meanings behind the royals’ wedding bouquets including Meghan’s tribute to Diana

Royal weddings are always memorable, and they never fail to set some of the biggest wedding trends.

From dresses to decorations, royal brides and grooms have influenced trends massively over the years.

Each royal wedding is filled with traditional details and touching tributes, and it turns out that each royal bride’s bouquet has a special meaning.

From Kate Middleton’s traditional bouquet to Princess Beatrice’s colourful arrangement, each bride’s bouquet was carefully selected.

Experts at Flying Flowers have now revealed the meanings behind some of the most iconic royal wedding flowers. Here we take a look…

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Meghan Markle

In May 2019, the whole world watched Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tie the knot at St George’s Chapel.

While Meghan’s bridal gown was unsurprisingly stunning, her bouquet was also gorgeous.

She opted for a petite bouquet which held significance to both herself and the royal family, which was created by florist Philippa Craddock.

Meghan Markle's petite bouquet featured several significant flowers

Meghan Markle’s petite bouquet featured several significant flowers

The floral arrangement was made up of sweet peads, Lily of the Valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia, and several flowers which were lovingly hand-picked by Prince Harry from the couple’s private garden at Kensington Palace.

Meghan’s bouquet also paid tribute to Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, as it included forget-me-nots which were her favourite flower.

A cut of myrtle from the same plant used by Queen Elizabeth II was also used.

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Kate Middleton

When Kate Middleton married Prince William in 2011, she chose a gorgeous bouquet that perfectly complimented her Alexander McQueen wedding gown.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s bouquet symbolised family, with the floral arrangement featuring both the Middletons’ and the royal family’s favourite flowers.

Each flower was selected carefully by designer Shane Connolly, to ensure Kate’s bouquet have a symbolic meaning.

The Duchess of Cambridge's bouquet symbolised family and purity

The Duchess of Cambridge’s bouquet symbolised family and purity

It featured Lily of the Valley, which is a favourite among brides as it signifies purity, and also has a sweet perfume.

Kate’s bouquet was also made up of hyacinths, which symbolise steady love, ivy for fidelity and friendship, as well as myrtle, the emblem of matrimony.

It was also made up of kept simple and made up of white flowers, a tradition among the royals.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II opted for a meaningful bouquet when she married Prince Phillip.

Her Majesty’s bouquet was delicately designed by florist MH Longman, and made up of white orchids with a very significant sprig of myrtle too.

Speaking about the Queen’s bridal bouquet, Sandra Varley at Flying Flowers said: “Queen Elizabeth made her bouquet personal by using myrtle. Queen Victoria was given a sprig of myrtle by Albert’s Grandmother and this was propagated into a bush at Osbourne House. The first time it was used in a Royal Wedding bouquet was Princess Victoria – Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter.

“Taking homegrown flowers with significance is an incredible way to add a personal touch and can be replicated easily for those who want to take inspiration from the Royals for their own bouquet”.

Queen Elizabeth II opted for a delicate bouquet

Queen Elizabeth II opted for a delicate bouquet

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Princess Diana

Princess Diana was the first royal bride to have two bouquets for her wedding day in 1981.

David Longman, Diana’s chief florist, previously claimed that the decision was inspired by the Queen. Her Majesty was pictured without a bouquet at her 1947 wedding as it got lost, and the photographs were then done for a second time on their honeymoon with a replacement bouquet.

In order to avoid the mishap in the future, it became a royal tradition that there be a spare bouquet available for all royal brides.

Princess Diana selected a bouquet made up of gardenias, stephanotis, lily of the valley, freesia, and myrtle.

Stephanotis symbolises marital happiness, and is also thought to represent good fortune and ‘the longing to travel’.

Princess Diana's bouquet featured stephanotis, ivy, and myrtle

Princess Diana’s bouquet featured stephanotis, ivy, and myrtle

Princess Beatrice

Princess Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in 2020, in a lavish ceremony held at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Royal Lodge, Windsor.

While the couple’s nuptials were very private, a select few photographs from the gorgeous day were eventually released, giving fans a look at Princess Beatrice’s incredible bridal gown and bouquet.

Princess Beatrice’s bouquet consisted of pale pink and cream sweet peaks, pink astilbes, porcelain ivory spray roses, pink O’Hara garden roses, trailing jasmine as well as pink waxflower.

Her stunning bouquet was glamorous and symbolised her colourful personality, but it also remained traditional by featuring sprigs of myrtle.

Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi married in a small ceremony last year.

Princess Beatrice selected a colourful bouquet

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Princess Eugenie

Differing from her sister Beatrice’s colourful arrangement, Princess Eugenie opted for a more understated bouquet when she wed Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel in 2018.

Eugenie chose a classic royal wedding bouquet designed by Patrice Van Helden, co-owner of RVH Floral Design.

Princess Eugenie chose a traditional bouquet for her big day

Princess Eugenie chose a traditional bouquet for her big day

The gorgeous bouquet featured the Lily of the Valley, a favourite among royal brides, to convey purity.

She also added her own personal touch to the floral arrangement by including white spray roses, blue eryngium thistle, trailing iris and ivy, which are believed to have been used as a tribute to her and husband Jack’s home, Ivy Cottage.

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