Catherine’s bouquet was a shield-shaped wired bouquet of lily of the valley, sweet william and hyacinth with myrtle and ivy. The meaning of the flowers was very important to Kate, so the design included flowers of significance for the Royal Family and the Middleton family.
Flower 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
Flowers also featured in Catherine’s dress. The lace, custom made for the dress, incorporated four emblems of the United Kingdom; the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock. Embellishing flowers were cut from English and French Chantilly lace, and the layers of the dress were also designed to resemble an opening flower.
The aisle at Westminster abbey was transformed into an “avenue of trees”
Six field maples and two hornbeams flanked the route to the altar.
English field maples are a native tree whose wood is favored for making harps and which symbolizes reserve and humility. The hornbeams represent resilience.
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