Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral: The monarch’s favorite flowers and the meanings behind them

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral: The monarch’s favorite flowers and the meanings behind them

The Queen is considered the longest-reigning monarch in British history. The head of the royal family died at the age of 96. As the nation gathers in the streets to mourn and pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth, flowers will be laid. But what is the Queen’s favorite flower? Will it be included in funeral bouquets? Express.co.uk spoke to a flower expert from Flying Flowers who revealed the meanings behind many of the flowers chosen by the Queen during her reign.

The Queen’s favorite flower is thought to be the lily of the valley, a plant famous for its white, bell-shaped flowers and sweet scent.

It is believed that the lily of the valley symbolizes motherhood, purity and good luck, and in the language of flowers it represents sweetness, tears of the Virgin Mary and humility.

But for the Queen, Lily of the Valley was also very sentimental.

At her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947, the Queen carried the flowers in her orchid bouquet.

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Lily of the valley also appeared in her coronation bouquet.

Regarding the meaning behind lily of the valley, Sandra, Sales and Marketing Director at Flying Flowers commented: “The beauty of these delicate little bell-shaped flowers is the wonderful scent they produce, they are loved by many for this very reason.

“A refreshing green scent with a slight hint of jasmine.

“With this popularity, this favorite flower comes with many meanings; Lily of the valley is very popular among brides because it symbolizes “good luck in love.”

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“(This flower) translates from Greek to ‘fit for a crown’ and is known to symbolize good luck,” Sandra said.

Symbolizing Wales, orchids are a flower “known to represent luxury, wealth and power.”

“The elegant blooms had strong associations with fertility and masculinity in ancient Greece,” the flower expert said.

Carnations from Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man can also be featured as they “roughly translate to ‘flower of love’.”

Sandra added: “It is believed that the carnations were picked to appear in the coronation bouquet because their everyday name comes from the Greek word ‘corone’.”

However, there are other flowers that represent these four parts of Britain.

The national flower of England is the rose. “The immortal rose is one of the most popular types of flowers and is often used as a symbol of love, affection and beauty,” Sandra said.

For Wells, it’s the daffodil: “Only available during the spring months, this flower was known to ancient civilizations for its botanical and medicinal value.”

The flower of Scotland is the thistle which “symbolizes resilience and is known to represent bravery and bravery.”

While the flower of Northern Ireland is the shamrock which “indicates luck, by carrying the flower it is believed it can thwart evil spirits and danger.”

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