Kate Middleton’s Wedding Scent Was a Tribute to Princess Diana


They say smell plays a huge part in evoking memories. The smell of freshly cut lawn smells like a hot American summer, mango body butter smells like your teenage years, and a whiff of your mother’s perfume brings you back to the home you grew up in.

So you can imagine that the fragrance one would wear on their wedding day would take a lot of consideration. This is going to be the scent that transports you back to the magical moment where you say, “I do.” Do you choose something special and new, maybe a bit luxurious and reserved for that day and anniversaries only? Or do you choose something familiar, your signature scent, that smells, “just like you?” Or perhaps do you honor your mom and borrow her scent?

Kate Middleton might have never met Princess Diana, but she subtly honored her late mother-in-law on her wedding day. Kate wore a now-famous perfume that had a nod to the fragrance Princess Diana wore during her wedding to Prince Charles. Although both women wore equally luxurious, floral scents, there was one very specific similarity in the perfumes.

Princess Diana’s wedding day perfume

It’s been said that Princess Diana was extremely nervous to walk down the aisle to meet her future husband, Prince Charles, in front of the eyes of millions all over the world. The 20-year-old Diana, who had reportedly only been on 12 dates with her future husband, turned to her faithful fragrance, Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant Paris, for the big day. As the story goes, Princess Diana was so nervous that just as she was due to leave for the ceremony, she spilled the perfume all over her iconic wedding dress.

The luxurious fragrance, which still available today, earns its pretty floral scent from an extravagant amount of blooms used in its creation. In just 28 grams of the royally-favored liquid is 15,000 different flowers; some of the most notable flowers being lily of the valley, rose, and orange blossom.

Duchess Catherine’s wedding day perfume

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On April 29, 2011, Prince William married the love of his life, Catherine Middleton. It was the love story that captivated the entire world, and no detail was spared. For the big day, the Kate chose a scent that had a subtle nod to her future-husband’s late mother, Princess Diana.

Like her mother-in-law, the Duchess chose a floral fragrance, Illuminum’s White Gardenia Petals, which sold-out almost immediately when word got out that this was this was the scent worn by the royal on her wedding day.

Perhaps the biggest hint that the bride’s perfume was chosen with Princess Diana in mind is scent’s make up. The perfume carries “top notes of lily,” which is one of the florals predominantly used in Quelques Fleurs.

This post was written by Bettina Tyrrell. For more, check out our sister site Now to Love.

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