With all eyes glued to the tube on Friday for the Royal Wedding extravaganza, we wanted to take a few minutes to debrief Kate Middleton’s stunning Royal Bridal bouquet!
Designed by acclaimed Royal Wedding floral stylist, Shane Connolly, the shield-shaped wired bouquet of delicate myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth was the perfect accoutrement to Kate Middleton’s impeccable Alexander McQueen dress.
According to the Royal Website, the flowers draw on the tradition and significance of the Royal Family and the Middleton family. The meaning of the flowers 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 the 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’s eldest daughter,Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858, and was used to signify the traditional innocence of a bride.
Cheers to the new Duke & Duchess of Cambridge!