Princess Eugenie Followed This Sweet Royal Wedding Bouquet Tradition

She's one of many royal brides to follow this custom

Updated 10/14/18

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Princess Eugenie stunned at her royal nuptials to Jack Brooksbank on Friday at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle. From her Peter Pilotto wedding gown to her 93.70-carat tiara, everything about her wedding was picture perfect. And to make her big day even more meaningful, the bride followed a handful of royal wedding traditions throughout the day. But there was one in particular that is especially sweet: Princess Eugenie placed her stunning wedding bouquet on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior following her reception.

The bride's bouquet, which was designed by celebrity florist Rob van Helden, was made up of lily of the valley, white spray roses, trailing iris and ivy (which celebrated her home, Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace.) The bouquet also included a spring of myrtle—a longstanding tradition for royal brides.

Following the ceremony, Princess Eugenie followed royal brides before her (including Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle) and went to Westminster Abbey to place her bouquet on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.

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This practice originated 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. Prior to walking down the aisle, 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. This started 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 tomb.

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