Three days until the Royal Wedding, and the secrets keep unraveling!
Westminster Abbey will be blanketed in seasonal British flowers and foliage for the royal wedding this Friday. Trees, six English Field Maples and two Hornbeams, will line both sides of the aisle which leads to the altar, while Azaleas, lilacs and wisteria will be spread throughout the abbey.
According to Shane Connolly, the Royal Wedding Florist, the symbolism of all the flowers means a great deal to Catherine Middleton. He also described Middleton as being very involved in the floral designs as a “dream client.”
So what do these flowers symbolize?
- Azaleas – Femininity and Passion
- Lilacs – First Love
- Wisteria – Endurance and Longevity
Much of the greenery will come straight from the royal estate; it was reported that Prince William spoke to the Queen, who was delighted to supply the plants. The majority of the flowers will come from Windsor Great Park.
Assisting Connolly with the flower décor is Emma Sampson, the Middleton family’s florist.
After the wedding, the flowers will remain in Westminster Abbey for the public to view until May 6. At that time, Prince William and Kate have asked that the flowers be removed and donated to charity or replanted.
The Bridal Bouquet
Although the flowers planned for the decorations have been revealed, it still remains a secret as to what flowers the bride has chosen for her bouquet.
“One of the things that has been very important to Catherine is the meanings of flowers and the language of flowers,” said Connolly. “We’ve tried, especially in the wedding bouquets, to make beautiful stories.”
Perhaps, she will stay with traditional white flowers …what are your predictions?