Princess Diana shock: Why a police escort was forced to protect surprising item at wedding

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PRINCESS Diana carried a huge bouquet measuring one metre on her wedding day to Prince Charles, then 32.

Diana’s bouquet featured gardenias, stephanotis, odontolglossum orchid, lily of the valley, Earl Mountbatten roses, freesia, veronica, ivy, myrtle and trasdescantia. She carried a cascade of flowers designed by Longmans Florist, which is no longer in business. But what the public doesn’t know is that her flowers were so special they required their own police escort.

Princess Diana carried a huge bouquet measuring one metre on her wedding day Image GETTY
Princess Diana carried a huge bouquet measuring one metre on her wedding day Image GETTY

Princess Diana carried a huge bouquet measuring one metre on her wedding day (Image: GETTY)

David Longman, who was head of the florist, revealed on ITV programme ‘Invitation to the Royal Wedding’: “We made two bouquets. The first one had to be delivered at 8 o’clock to Buckingham Palace.

“We had a police escort motorcyclist who took us all through the city to the Palace.

“Then we came back, and by that time they had finished the second bouquet and back we went again.”

Diana had to have two bouquets made because of Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding in 1947.

Princess Diana carried a cascade of flowers designed by Longmans Florist Image GETTY
Princess Diana carried a cascade of flowers designed by Longmans Florist Image GETTY

Princess Diana carried a cascade of flowers designed by Longmans Florist (Image: GETTY)

Her Majesty had misplaced the bouquet and had to retake her wedding photos when a new bouquet was made.

Mr Longman explained: “If we go back to the Queen’s wedding in 1947, when you look at the state photographs of all the bridesmaids and royal guests – there’s the Queen without a bouquet.

“It got lost, so in the middle of their honeymoon, they had to get dressed up again in their wedding clothes and my father had to provide another bouquet for those photographs.

“Now, it’s the tradition to make two bouquets so that doesn’t happen again.”

Princess Diana Her flowers were so special they required their own police escort Image GETTY
Princess Diana Her flowers were so special they required their own police escort Image GETTY

Princess Diana: Her flowers were so special they required their own police escort (Image: GETTY)

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, wore White Gardenia Petals by Illuminum perfume on her wedding day as a nod to Diana.

While Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, also paid tribute to Diana with white garden roses in her bouquet.

Princess Diana’s White Garden at Kensington Palace is a nod to the late royal, the mother of Prince William, 35, and Prince Harry.

On the day, Diana stunned in a dress designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel to her St Pauls ceremony.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK