Will Meghan have TWO wedding bouquets? Princess Diana’s florist reveals why it’s a royal tradition to keep a spare bunch on standby
- Diana’s florist revealed that two bouquets were made for her wedding to Charles
- Tradition began at the Queen’s wedding to Prince Philip back in 1947
- Her Majesty’s wedding bouquet went missing leading to back-ups being made
She is already expected to have two wedding dresses at her nuptials to Prince Harry in May, but the gown may not be the only thing Meghan is doubling up on.
If the bride-to-be is to follow in the footsteps of the royal weddings before her, she could have two bouquets on May 19.
Longman’s, the London-based florist responsible for creating Princess Diana’s iconic posy, says that this would not be out of the ordinary.
The company produced two identical floral arrangements for the nuptials of Prince Charles to Diana Spencer in July 1981.
If she follows royal tradition Meghan Markle will have two bouquets made up for her nuptials to Prince Harry on May 19
Having a standby is reportedly a tradition that stems back to 1947 when the Queen’s bouquet went missing during her marriage to the Duke of Edinburgh.
Speaking on ITV’s documentary, Invitation to the Royal Wedding which aired on Sunday night, David Longman, explained the process behind his iconic blooms.
He said: ‘We made two bouquets. The first one had to be delivered at 8 o’clock to Buckingham Palace.
‘We had a police escort motorcyclist who took us all through the city to the Palace. Then we came back, and by that time they had finished the second bouquet and back we went again.’
Florist to Princess Diana Longman’s revealed that two bouquets were produced for her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981
The tradition stems back to the Queen’s wedding in 1947 when Her Majesty’s bouquet went missing
David Longman points out that in certain photos from the Queen’s big day she can be seen without a bunch of flowers
‘If we go back to the Queen’s wedding in 1947, when you look at the state photographs of all the bridesmaids and royal guests – there’s the Queen without a bouquet.
‘It got lost, so in the middle of their honeymoon, they had to get dressed up again in their wedding clothes and my father had to provide another bouquet for those photographs.
‘Now, it’s the tradition to make two bouquets so that doesn’t happen again.’
MailOnline has contacted Kensington Palace for a comment.
It was revealed last month that Meghan and Harry have selected society favourite Philippa Craddock, known for her work with brands such as Alexander McQueen, Dior and Vogue, to oversee the event.
Kensington Palace officially announced the new this morning, posting a series of tweets describing in detail how Ms Craddock was chosen for the coveted role.
It was revealed last month that Meghan and Harry have selected Philippa Craddock (pictured) as the florist to oversee their big day
A royal source revealed: ‘Meghan has been hands-on with all elements of the wedding, but especially the flowers,’ .
‘She met the Queen and some of her staff at Windsor to discuss what could be done at the church and receptions. She seemed to have a pretty clear idea of what she wanted: lots of springtime whites and pastels and very romantic flowers.’
The displays in St George’s Chapel will feature foliage from Windsor Great Park, including beech, birch and hornbeam branches, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves.
The self-taught florist has a studio in Fulham and a shop in department store Selfridges. Speaking about being chosen for the Royal Wedding on May 19, she said: ‘I am excited and honoured. The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun.’
Philippa’s wedding flower displays start at £5,000 but can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.
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