The most famous royal wedding flowers revealed: Princess Diana, Princess Eugenie and more

The most famous royal wedding flowers revealed: Princess Diana, Princess Eugenie and more

From fall bouquets like Princess Eugenie’s to classic white flowers like Princess Diana’s, royal brides have chosen very different bouquets for their weddings. However, there are some flowers that are traditionally included, such as myrtle.

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So what are the most popular flowers? New research from Flowercard has taken a look at what the royal ladies chose for their big days. Keep scrolling to get inspired by the likes of The Queen and Duchess of Cambridge…

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1. Myrtle

The Duchess of Cambridge chose a white bouquet that included myrtle

Myrtle is not a flower that immediately comes to mind when you think of a wedding bouquet, but it has already appeared at 15 royal weddings according to research. The tradition was started by Queen Victoria who grew myrtle from her own bouquet, and branches of the plant have been used over the years by the likes of Princess Beatrice and Kate Middleton.

The latter had a beautiful bouquet designed by Shane Connolly when she married Prince William, and each flower was symbolic: lilies for the return of happiness; Lilies for steady love. Ivy for loyalty and friendship. The ace is the symbol of marriage.

Meanwhile, Beatrice carried a bouquet of jasmine roses, light pink and cream sweet peas, royal ivory porcelain roses, pink O’Hara Garden roses, pink wax roses, baby pink astilbe and myrtle sprigs, in keeping with royal tradition.

2. Lily of the valley

Princess Eugenie’s stunning fall flowers

Nine royal wedding bouquets included lily of the valley, making the white-flowered forest plant the second most popular plant among royal ladies — not surprising since the flower symbolizes happiness. It has been used by the Queen Mother, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Eugenie and more.

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In addition to lily-of-the-valley, Princess Eugenie’s wedding bouquet, designed by celebrity florist Rob van Helden, included white roses, irises and ivy – believed to be a tribute to her and Jack Brooksbank’s Ivy Cottage.

Meanwhile, Meghan Markle’s wedding bouquet, prepared by florist Philippa Craddock, consists of scented sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine and astrantia, as well as Forget-Me-Nots flowers that Harry carefully selected from his own garden at Kensington Palace in London.

3. Roses

Queen Letizia included roses in her wedding bouquet

Roses are considered one of the most romantic flowers, so it’s no surprise that they are third in popularity, appearing in eight wedding bouquets.

Queen Mary had a bouquet made up mostly of roses during her 1893 marriage to the future King George V, while Queen Letizia of Spain’s bouquet elegantly combined Elizabethan roses, irises and lilies.

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4. Orchids

The king chose a white orchid bouquet

Orchids came in fourth place in the search, known for fertility and love. Five royal ladies chose it for their big day, including Princess Stéphanie of Luxembourg, whose white orchid bouquet was designed by Maison Lachaume.

5. Stephanotis

Princess Diana on her wedding day to Prince Charles

Supposedly meaning happiness in marriage, stephanotis ranked fifth despite the fact that only three brides included it in their flower arrangements. They included Princess Diana, whose flowers included gardenias, stephanotis, lily of the valley, freesia and myrtle, and Peter Phillips’ ex-wife Autumn, who carried a lavish bouquet of roses, lily of the valley, stephanotis and ivy.

Ivy, jasmine, primrose, freesia and hydrangea also appeared in the top 20 list, but each appeared in the royal wedding bouquet only once or twice.

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