Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding flowers will be full of symbolism

Flowers are a big part of most weddings and when you’re royal, they matter even more so.

Princess Eugenie will marry long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on October 12, and while we know a few details about the day, others are being kept under wraps.

A lot of thought and effort goes into royal bouquets and there is usually a special meaning behind each flower chosen.

FlorismartUK ’s expert florist, Katie-Jane Hermes, has shared some predictions about what she thinks Eugenie and Jack will pick.

“Looking back at previous recent Royal weddings and the style of florals they have been carrying, it can be expected that Princess Eugenie will carry a petite bouquet with delicate symbolic flowers. If her Mother’s flowers are anything to go by, the symbolism will be huge!”

Eugenie’s mother, Sarah, the Duchess of York, carried Gardenias, Roses, Lily of the valley, Lilies and Myrtle on her wedding day on 23 July 1986.

Katie-Jane explains: "Gardenias are an expression of secret love and denotes sincerity. Lily of the valley, which has been a staple of previous royal bouquets, (including Meghan Markle ’s) means return to happiness. The Lilies represent purity while the rose is a long held symbol for love."

So what about Princess Eugenie?

Katie-Jane says: "Let us start with the style… My guess is a ‘hand tied’. In keeping with their plastic free wedding plans, anything else would be out of place. A wired design would involve plastic tapes.

"For the flowers, I imagine it will derive from a sprig of tradition – myrtle, dating back to Queen Victoria. Then, similarly to her mother, Gardenia, Roses and Lily Of the Valley. "

Every royal bride since Queen Victoria has carried a small piece of myrtle in their bouquet, which represents love and marriage.

Eugenie has also revealed her wedding dress will be made by a British-based fashion designer and Katie-Jane thinks her flowers will also be homegrown.

"Mindful of her eco, sustainable wedding choices, I imagine it will be influenced by British flowers, so we could see Freesias as these will be seasonally available in the UK at that time of the wedding.

"To loosen the design up a little, offering a more rustic touch, she could well include British grown herbs too. This would not only add a touch of foliage and height to the bouquet, but also a beautiful scent”.

We can’t wait to see on the day.

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Other royal bouquets

Kate Middleton

Kate and Prince William were married on April 29, 2011. The beautiful bride stunned the world in a satin and lace dress, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen .

For her big day, Kate chose a homegrown British bouquet, designed by Shane Connolly . It featured hyacinth flowers (for love), Lily-of-the-valley (for happiness), Mrytle (for love and marriage), and Sweet William (for gallantry).

Meghan Markle

Meghan and Prince Harry were wed at St George’s Chapel on May 19, 2018, in one of the biggest high-profile nuptials of the year. The former actress stunned in a pure white silk dress with a bateau neckline, designed by Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy.

Meghan’s bouquet, which was designed by florist Philipa Craddock featured scented sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine and astrantia, and sprigs of myrtle, all bound with a naturally dyed, raw silk ribbon

Harry also paid a touching tribute to his late mother Princess Diana, by adding handpicked flowers from their private garden at Kensington Palace, including her favourites Forget-Me-Nots.

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