Even though our weekend was packed with events, I still managed to check out the Royal Wedding Bouquet that Kate carried down the aisle this past week. It was a shield-shaped all-white bouquet with minimal foliage, small over-all size in a bouquet holder. While I appreciate that it did not take away from Kate’s beautiful Alexander McQueen gown, I thought it could be 10-20% larger.
Kate’s Bouquet was demure and understated and all of the flowers were grown locally. A statement from The Royal Palace stated, “The bouquet is a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. The bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers.”
The symbolism of the flowers is described below:
Lily-of-the-valley — Return of happiness
Sweet William — Gallantry (and undoubtedly chosen for their reference to Prince William)
Hyacinth — Constancy of love
Ivy — Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle – the emblem of marriage; love. (The stems from a myrtle planted by Queen Victoria in 1845 are traditionally used in all Royal Wedding Bouquets.)
What did you think of The Royal Wedding Bouquet? Was it perfectly petite or not regal enough for your tastes?