Over the years, royal brides have set the trends in wedding floristry and all eyes will be on Catherine Middleton on the 29th of April when she marries HRH Prince William of Wales at Westminster Abbey.
We have been trailing through the archives to see what previous royal brides chose for their special day.
HRH Queen Mary – Prince George, Duke of York married Princess Mary of Teck in 1892. Mary carried perhaps one of the largest royal bouquets, with lots of foliage interspersed with small white flowers.
HRH Queen Mother – When Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married prince Albert in 1923 at the height of Flapper fashion, she carried a large bouquet with lots of small flowers, including white rose buds.
HRH Queen Elizabeth – A 1947 post war wedding lifted the spirits of the nation, when Princess Elizabeth married Prince Phillip of Greece. Princess Elizabeth carried a modest bouquet featuring large white orchids with rich yellow centres.
Diana, Princess of Wales – The flamboyance of the 1980’s saw the nation’s favourite bride, Lady Diana Spencer, marry HRH Prince Charles. Dressed in oceans of ivory pure silk, she carried a large trailing bouquet of white roses.
Sarah Ferguson (Duchess of York) – Shortly after the wedding of Prince Charles, his brother, HRH Prince Andrew married Lady Sarah Ferguson. Fergie broke from the tradition of the large bouquet by carrying small white spray dominated by Asiatic Lilies
Sophie Rhys-Jones (Countess of Wessex) – In June 1999, The younger of the Queen’s sons, Prince Edward, married Sophie Rhys-Jones at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. Sophie chose a chic, moderately sized bouquet of White calla Lilies
Camilla Parker Bowles (Duchess of Cornwall) – Prince Charles’ second marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall, took place in April 2005. Her small posy bouquet was designed by Shane O’Conolly and featured seasonal flowers of Lily of the Valley mixed with cream, lilac and yellow primroses.
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The Royal Wedding – Official website bringing you the latest news on the Royal wedding.
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