Here comes the bride—and she's carrying the most beautiful bouquet! Princess Eugenie's big day is underway, and we can't stop ogling the details of her nuptials to Jack Brooksbank. From her stunning wedding dress to the star-studded guest list, every aspect of the second royal wedding of the year has been absolutely beautiful thus far.
The 28-year-old bride carried a bouquet filled with lily of the valley, stephanotis pips, baby blue thistles, white spray roses, and trailing ivy to meet Brooksbank at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. It was designed by floral designer Rob Van Helden's sister, Patrice Van Helden Oakes, according to a press release from the royal family.
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 very same shrub.
Following the ceremony, Eugenie is likely going to follow yet another royal wedding bouquet tradition. (Yes, there is more than one!) Instead of holding onto her bouquet as a keepsake, the royal bride will instead head over to Westminster Abbey to rest the bundle of blooms on the cathedral's Grave of the Unknown Warrior. After her 1947 wedding, Queen Elizabeth II's mother placed her wedding bouquet there to honor her brother who was killed in 1915 during World War I's Battle of Loos. Since then, other royal brides have followed suit. Eugenie's mother, Sarah Ferguson, did so after marrying Prince Andrew, Duke of York, in 1986. Kate Middleton followed this tradition after her 2011 nuptials, and Meghan Markle also laid her bouquet on the grave after her May royal wedding.
We expect Princess Eugenie and her beautiful bouquet will follow suit!