The hidden meaning behind the flowers on Queen Elizabeth's coffin

The hidden meaning behind the flowers on Queen Elizabeth's coffin

As Queen Elizabeth II's coffin made its way on September 12 along Edinburgh's Royal Mile, past thousands of mourners on its way to London for her funeral, one image remained that will likely endure over time: a single traditional wreath filled with seasonal flowers. . It blooms over the casket. Despite the simplicity of the ring, which added a quiet beauty to this historic moment, there is more than meets the eye. This is the poignant meaning behind Her Majesty's tributary plants.

What flowers were placed on the queen's coffin?

The oak coffin was covered with the Royal Scottish Standard and a circular wreath of white flowers composed of sweet peas, dahlias, phlox, white heather and conifer fir. The royal family revealed. the daily Mail She mentioned that the wreath also contains spray roses, freesia, chrysanthemums, dried heather, spray eringium, foliage, rosemary, hops, and pittosporum – all white or green.

What is the history behind the wreath?

The wreath's flowers, which were picked from the Queen's beloved Balmoral Garden, bear a striking resemblance to the white wreath that Queen Elizabeth II chose to sit on the coffin of her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, in 2021. The wreath featured white lilies and roses, freesia, wax rose, and jasmine. And the sweet pea – chosen by the king herself to be placed on his wreath, according to Welcome! magazine.

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Pallbearers carry the coffin of Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

What is the importance of flowers?

Three of the flowers placed on the coffins of the Queen and Prince Philip have special significance. The sweet pea is the birth flower of April, the Queen's true birthday. In the language of flowers, sweet peas mean farewell. White roses are associated with loyalty. The freesia symbolizes friendship and perseverance, and is a poignant reference to their long-lasting marriage.

What is Queen Elizabeth's favorite flower?

Lily of the valley had not yet been seen in the Queen's funeral wreaths, and it held a prominent place in the Queen's botanical affections. An elegant yet robust plant, it is a woodland flowering plant with dark green leaves and white bell-shaped flowers known for its sweet scent. It is known for being relatively easy to grow. The lily of the valley symbolizes motherhood, purity and good luck, but the sentiment goes beyond textbook definitions of the queen. She carried it in her orchid bouquet when she married the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947, and it appeared six years later in her coronation bouquet. When her husband died in April 2021, the flowers were again used to decorate the church in a nod to their wedding bouquet. In addition to being a staple flower for key royal occasions (and a staple of… Kate Middleton's wedding bouquet), lily of the valley is also Permanent advantage From the flower displays at Buckingham Palace. It would be fitting, then, that the white flower was a centerpiece of the Queen's final farewell ceremony in London.


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The wedding of then-Princess Elizabeth, holding a bouquet of lilies of the valley, and Philip Mountbatten in November 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London.

A replica bouquet created before the 60th anniversary of the coronation

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A replica of the coronation bouquet was presented to Queen Elizabeth II in May 2013, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

Is there a rose named after the Queen?

Other possible flowers that could appear at the next funeral are the queen's namesake flowers (there are more than one). The royal family has a long history of lending their names to specific plants, and the Queen, a lover of all things gardening, is no exception. the Dendrobium 'Queen Elizabeth II' is a tropical orchid named after the Queen during her 1972 tour of Asia. The evergreen plant produces long, arching flower stems that bear up to 20 long-lasting yellow flowers. the Camellia japonica “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II'A peony-type rose with salmon-pink flowers that bloom for just two weeks in spring. With showy flowers that can grow up to 12cm across, these bright evergreen plants came from the US in 1953. They were only introduced this year Rosa Queen Elizabetha sweet-smelling pink hybrid tea rose introduced by Harkness Roses to celebrate the Queen's platinum jubilee, and Elizabeth (Asmajesty), a tall, silvery-pink rose bred by the Royal Horticultural Society in honor of what would have been Prince Philip's 100th birthday. Our favorite detail? The flower of the same name has a strong, sweet scent with hints of lemon sherbet and old rose.

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Queen Elizabeth II looks at the rose display on the Peter Bell stand during the 2018 Chelsea Flower Show in London.

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