Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are less than two months away from walking down the aisle, but there are a few final details royal wedding fans still want to know before the big day. While we know that the couple's wedding will incorporate some modern wedding trends, the ceremony will still be rich in tradition, following the royal nuptials that came before it—and what happens to the bride's bouquet is one of the most historic royal traditions.
For the past century, it's been part of royal wedding tradition for the bride to place her bouquet on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, reports Hello!. The practice began in 1923, when Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon married the Duke of York with a bouquet of lilies of the valley and white roses in hand.
Before the ceremony, Lady Elizabeth had her bouquet placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as she entered Westminster Abbey, which Westminster Abbey believes was done to commemorate her brother Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who died during the Battle of Loos in 1915. As a result, this began an unofficial tradition for subsequent brides, many of whom had their bouquets sent back to the Abbey after the wedding ceremonies to be placed on the grave of soldiers.
Queen Elizabeth II followed this tradition after tying the knot 1947. The Duchess of York, a.k.a. Sarah Ferguson, did the same after marrying Prince Andrew, Duke of York, in 1986. Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, even followed this tradition after her 2011 wedding, opting to leave her posy on the grave. Thus, there's a good chance that Markle will choose to do the same with her bouquet.
Last week, we learned that Kensington Palace had officially commissioned florist Philippa Craddock to design and create the royal wedding's flower arrangements. Craddock, along with a team of other florists, will use locally sourced flowers for the event, many of which will be taken from the grounds of The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park themselves. Craddock plans to use white garden roses, foxgloves, peonies, and branches of beech in the floral arrangements. Additionally, it's believed that Markle will have a sprig of myrtle placed in her bouquet, as it is another long-standing tradition amongst royal brides.
In 1840, Queen Victoria first began the tradition of carrying myrtle in the royal bride's bouquet. After her nuptials, the Queen took a cut from her own bouquet and planted a garden of myrtle bushes at Fulham Palace. Since then, every bride in the family line has incorporated myrtle in some aspect of their bouquet.
Though Markle will likely not reveal her bouquet until the big day, we have a feeling she will uphold at least one of these royal traditions as a bride.