Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s royal wedding is finally here — and the royal couple highlighted the things that are nearest to their heart. That includes Prince Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana. Harry and Meghan paid tribute to “The People’s Princess” by using white roses in their floral arrangement, known as one of Princess Diana’s favorite flowers.
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At the main entrance of St. George’s chapel, wedding guests were greated with a beautiful arch made of white roses. Inside the chapel there are more flower walls and arches, and they’re simply stunning. We can’t help feeling like Princess Diana is really there in spirit at the wedding.
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Last year, to mark the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s passing, a temporary garden was erected at Kensington Palace’s sunken garden that was filled with white roses. Named the “White Garden,” the deeply personal project from William and Harry featured a stunning tribute where large white-rose-filled terracotta pots were placed around the reflective pond.
Princess Diana’s memorial “White Garden.” (Photo Credit: Now to Love)
The royal wedding floral arrangement was also featured Meghan Markle’s favorite flowers, peonies. The bride-to-be used to regularly share the colorful flowers on her now-deleted Instagram page. In one post, she penned, “Swooning over these,” with the hashtag, #spoiledrotten.
A few months ago, Kensington Palace confirmed that Meghan and Harry’s florist for the wedding day would be Philippa Craddock (who has a studio in Fulham and Selfridges in London). She selected the blooms from the Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park gardens. “Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen floral designer @philippacraddock to create the church flowers for their wedding,” the statement from the palace read.
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Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have chosen floral designer @philippacraddock to create the church flowers for their wedding💐 The displays in St George's Chapel will feature foliage from The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, and will use seasonal plants including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves. The designs will reflect the wild and natural landscapes from which many of the plants will be drawn. The Royal Parks will also supply pollinator-friendly plants from their wildflower meadows. These plants provide a great habitat for bees and help to sustain healthy and biodiverse ecosystems. 📷PA
“The displays in St. George’s Chapel will feature foliage from The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, and will use seasonal plants including branches of beech, birch, and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies, and foxgloves. The designs will reflect the wild and natural landscapes from which many of the plants will be drawn. The Royal Parks will also supply some pollinator-friendly plants from their wildflower meadows, which will be incorporated into the floral designs. These plants provide a great habitat for bees and help to nurture and sustain entire ecosystems by promoting a healthy and biodiverse environment.”
In a touching tribute, after their wedding, the couple will donate the flowers to charitable organizations. Upon her royal appointment, Philippa Craddock said, “I am excited and honored to have been chosen by Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle to design and create their wedding flowers. Working with them has been an absolute pleasure.”
She added, “The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative, and fun. The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality, and sustainability being at the forefront.”
This article was written by Chloe Lal. For more, check out our sister site, Now to Love.