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In The News: What's The Royal Wedding Bouquet?

4/29/2011 8:30:36 AM

Tags: In The News, Royal Wedding, Bouquet, Florists, Pop Culture, England, Westminster Abbey

GinaGood morning and happy Royal Wedding Day! If you are not much of a morning person, like moi, then chances are you also didn't tune in for the marriage festivities. (The procession aired 6 a.m. my time. Yuck!) However, that doesn't detract from my interest in this royal affair—or my interest in Kate Middleton's gorgeous bouquet.

Compared to Princess Diana's exaggerated arrangement, Kate's bouquet is elegantly understated. It comprises of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. Shane Connolly, the London-based floral designer for the event, says his floral scheme plays tribute to the Language of Flowers

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The Language of Flowers, or floriography, was a Victorian-era means of communication. Each flower represents personal sentiments from the individual holding the bouquet. Here is the meaning behind each blossom in Kate's bouquet.

Myrtle is a symbol of love, passion and marriage; the ancient emblem of Venus.

Lily-of-the-valley is a symbol of sweetness and the return to happiness

Sweet William is a symbol of perfection and gallantry. (Awwww.)

Hyacinth is a symbol of games and sports; dedicated to Apollo.

According to the royal press release, the tradition of carrying myrtle began after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert's grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany. 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.

Connolly is well known for his sustainable approach to floristy. (He incorporates the use of growing, rather than cut, plants and trees whenever possible.)

You can easily recreate this look for your own wedding. Or, assemble your own matrimonial message using the Language of Flowers. Discover the traditional Victorian meanings behind an array of beautiful herbs.  



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