We saw so many beautiful, meaningful gestures in the royal wedding Saturday, but this lovely story is one of the sweetest. On Sunday, St. Joseph’s Hospice in London received a very special delivery: bouquets made from the royal wedding flowers that adorned St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
In a Facebook post, St. Joseph’s offered a thank you to “Harry and Meghan and florist Philippa Craddock” for the flowers. They added, “Our hospice smells and looks gorgeous. Such a lovely gesture.” They also posted a picture of one of their patients holding a giant bouquet filled with beautiful green and white royal wedding flowers and sporting a beautiful smile at the lovely surprise.
Today we got a very special delivery. Beautiful bouquets made from the #royalwedding flowers which we gave to our patients. A big thank you to Harry and Meghan and florist Philippa Craddock. Our hospice smells and looks gorgeous. Such a lovely gesture
Craddock used seasonal and local greenery, much of it coming from the gardens and parks at Windsor and The Crown Estate. But Harry and Meghan’s flowers weren’t just pretty decorations; they also carried great meaning for the couple. Included in the cascading curtains of green and white were white garden roses, a favorite of Prince Harry’s mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Peonies, a favorite of Meghan’s, were also featured.
Other flowers included in the arrangements were branches of beech, hornbeam, birch and foxglove.
Philippa Craddock, who designed all the arrangements for the royal wedding, posted more information about the fate of the flowers post-ceremony on her Instagram account. She noted that flowers from the giant arrangements over the two entrances at St George’s Chapel were turned into bouquets and delivered to hospices and women’s refuges across London.
Craddock revealed that she was able to keep the flowers fresh by using hidden buckets and vials of water, all incorporated into the design that evoked a natural landscape.
Meghan’s wedding bouquet was also made up of meaningful flowers, including forget-me-nots, Diana’s favorite flower, handpicked by Harry, and myrtle, which is a royal tradition going all the way back to Queen Victoria’s time.
Meghan, now Duchess of Sussex, sent her bouquet to Westminster Abbey to rest on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. According to Westminster Abbey, it’s a tradition which began with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) on her marriage to King George VI in memory of her brother Fergus who was killed in 1915 at the Battle of Loos during the First World War.