Why Princess Diana was forced to have two wedding bouquets because of the Queen revealed
Princess Diana had her wedding to Prince Charles, 69, in 1981. Lady Diana Spencer, as she was then known, was only 19-year-old when she married into the Royal Family. She was forced to have two wedding bouquets, but why?
Princess Diana carried a huge bouquet on her wedding day with Prince Charles, then 32.
The stunning bride wore a dress designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel to her St Pauls ceremony.
She carried a cascade of flowers designed by Longmans Florist, which is no longer in business.
The bouquet featured gardenias, stephanotis, odontolglossum orchid, lily of the valley, Earl Mountbatten roses, freesia, veronica, ivy, myrtle and trasdescantia.
Kate Middleton’s wedding day perfume was White Gardenia Petals by Illuminum, a nod to her later mother in law.
Princess Diana was forced to have two versions of her bouquet on her wedding day, because of the Queen.
Longman’s created two identical bouquets for a very practical reason, so that Diana did not lose it.
This stems from a tradition that began with Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding to Prince Philip.
David Longman who was head of the florist revealed: “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.”
He revealed on ITV programme Invitation to the Royal Wedding: “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.”
Meghan Markle’s wedding flowers will also be a tribute to Princess Diana.
The 36-year-old Suits actress is set to marry Prince Harry, 33, this month.
She will carry peonies, a personal favourite, and white garden roses as a nod to Princess Diana.
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 Sarah Ferguson’s wedding to Prince Andrew in 1986 the bride rebelled using her bouquet.
Big bouquets had been part of royal weddings for generations before her own big day, but the Duchess followed her own style.
Unlike Princess Diana, who had an enormous bouquet of white roses, Sarah opted for something small.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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