With the royal wedding less than two months away, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's nuptials are almost entirely planned. From the wedding cake to the security protocol, we are starting to learn all of the details of the couple's May 19 wedding. Recently, the royals even revealed one of the biggest details of the affair, spilling the specifics on Meghan and Harry's wedding flowers.
According to Kensington Palace, florist Philippa Craddock is set to create the arrangements for their celebration at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Craddock, along with a team of assistant florists, will use locally sourced flowers (some even taken directly from the grounds of The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park) to decorate the ceremony. The couple opted for a pink and white color scheme, and Craddock said that she will try to select flowers and plants that are in season such as white garden roses, foxgloves, and peonies—which happen to be Meghan's favorite flower! Additionally, it's been said that they will also use branches of beech, birch and hornbeam for the event.
But along with the flowers and plants that Craddock is planning to use for the decor, royal fans can also expect to see some royal floral traditions sprinkled throughout the ceremony. (Yes, royal floral traditions do exist!) One tradition, in particular, is the royal wedding bouquet. Though this detail may seem like an afterthought with all of the other aspects of the wedding, the royal bride's bouquet will have some major history attached to it.
British royal brides for example usually carry myrtle in their bridal bouquet, and Meghan is expected to follow suit. This tradition comes from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's 1840 wedding, when the Queen carried myrtle—known as the herb of love—in her bouquet. Following the ceremony, Victoria planted a myrtle shrub in her garden at the Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Since then, every British royal bride since has carried a bouquet containing a sprig plucked from the same shrub.
Throughout history, royal brides have both followed their predecessors' traditions, as well as created some of their own. Here are some of the most iconic bouquets belonging to the world's royal brides, as well as the history behind some of the most interesting wedding bouquet traditions.