Flowers of Sydney

Wedding and Event Specialists


Royal Wedding Bouquet Catherine and William

Kate's royal wedding bouquet lilyof the valley; sweet william hyacinth

Kate’s (aka Catherine) royal wedding bouquet was a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. The bouquet draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and the Language of Flowers.
The flowers’ meanings in the bouquet are:
 
 
 

 

Lily-of-the-valley – Return of happiness

Sweet William – Gallantry Hyacinth – Constancy of love

Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection

Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.

The bouquet contains stems from a myrtle planted at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, by Queen Victoria in 1845, and a sprig from a plant grown from the myrtle used in The Queen’s wedding bouquet of 1947.

The tradition of carrying myrtle begun after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany. In the same year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat, and a sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls, where it continues to thrive today.

The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858, and was used to signify the traditional innocence of a bride.