The Royal Bridal Bouquet

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The Princess Bride went for an understated, rather simple bundle of blooms — but this royal bouquet is not without its symbolism.  According to the Palace, “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 tradition of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers”
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As per tradition, the sprig of myrtle, which represents fidelity, marriage wedding love, friendship and affection, is from a bush planted by Queen Victoria on the Isle of Wight in 1845.  Lily-of-the-valley signifies the return of happiness, hyacinth stands for constancy, and the Sweet William, of course, is a nod to her groom. The flower also means gallantry. Now that is sweet.
Word is there will be no tossing of the bouquet during the wedding party (sorry, Pippa). In fact, the bride is expected to leave her flowers on the grave of the Unknown Solider at Westminster Abbey, a tradition started by the Queen Mother in 1923.
The man behind the fabulous flowers, london-based floral designer Shane Connolly, is known for his green approach to decorating. Connolly was also responsible for adorning Westminster Abbey with eight  20-foot-tall maple trees, which will be taken to the gardens at Highgrove for replanting.
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