Princess Anne – Royal Central

Princess Anne – Royal Central

The only daughter of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh is known for her modesty and no-nonsense approach to life, and in many ways, the flowers Princess Anne chose for her 1973 wedding to Captain Mark Phillips were that attitude in the petal. Form. As she became the first royal bride of her generation, the princess chose a simple array of flowers that perfectly matched her classic wedding look.

To be married at Westminster Abbey on 14 Novembery In 1973, the Princess Royal carried a small spray bouquet of white and cream flowers. Among these royal wedding flowers were traditional wedding essentials including white roses, lily of the valley and stephanotis. Anne also had a sprig of myrtle, taken from plants grown by Queen Victoria, in her bouquet – another nod to the royal wedding tradition.

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In the language of flowers, so beloved of Victoria, Anne’s flowers all had somewhat romantic meanings. Lily of the valley means “a return to happiness” while white roses symbolize new beginnings and are seen as perfect petals for a first-time bride to include in her bouquet. Stephanotis means “marital happiness” while the ace denotes good luck in married life.

However, not all fairy tales have happy endings. The Princess Royal and Mark Phillips separated in 1992 after 19 years of marriage. Happiness was just around the corner for Anne, as she married for a second time later that year.

The Princess Royal married Timothy Lawrence at Crathie Kirk, near Balmoral, on 12 Decembery 1992. The celebration was less significant and came at a difficult time for her family. Her older brother, the Prince of Wales, attended the ceremony a few days after announcing his separation from Diana, Princess of Wales. The entire family was still reeling from the shock of the fire that destroyed parts of Windsor Castle in November of that year.

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So perhaps the flowers Anne carried that day were intended to have more meaning than just the bride and groom. For this Scottish wedding, the princess chose an ensemble of white heather. We all know that this flower symbolizes good luck.

Both of the Princess Royal’s wedding bouquets were simple, understated and somewhat stunning. They were clearly Anne’s own choices and not a reflection of the traditions she felt obliged to follow. They have their own place in the history of royal wedding flowers.

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