Royal Wedding Flowers | Victorian Weddings

Wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

When Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840, she started some traditions that changed the world, including some with flowers.

Queen Victoria’s bouquet carried a small posy filled with snowdrops (supposedly Prince Albert’s favorite flower). She also planted myrtle at her garden in the Osborne House on the Isle of Wight after her wedding, also known as “the herb of love.”

Since her wedding, it has been a tradition to use a sprig from that same shrub in all royal bouquets.

Flowers can make a statement all their own. Take the April 29, 2011 wedding of Britain’s Prince William and Catherine Middleton, for example.

Catherine Middleton's bridal bouquet, April 29, 2011

Catherine’s bouquet flowers featured lily of the valley, sweet William and hyacinth, flowers of significance to both sides of the family.

Myrtle stands for love, lily of the valley for sweetness and humility, and sweet William for gallantry, or its obvious reference to the name of the groom. She also included the sprig of myrtle from Queen Victoria’s shrub.

Flowers adorn William and Catherine's wedding attendants

Maid of honor Pippa Middleton did not carry a bouquet, rather, to keep her hands free for the train and to help guide the young children, she wore a small spray of the same flowers in her hair.

All four young bridesmaids wore garlands of flower in their hair, and the two oldest each carried a pomander of flowers that hung from their wrists.


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