More details of the pending May 19 royal wedding have been revealed: a selection of sustainable peonies, garden roses, and foxgloves from London-based florist Philippa Craddock will adorn the ceremony.
As Kensington Palace continues to drip feed the world with delicious royal wedding details, the latest development is the announcement of the florist who will work her botanical magic on the big day. And like the cake, flowers will have a sustainable focus and will be pollinator-friendly.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen florist to the fashion world, Philippa Craddock. Philippa operates a shop out of Selfridges in London and has worked with the likes of Alexander McQueen, Dior, Jo Malone, Hermès, and Lancôme.
I am thrilled to share with you that we have been asked by Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle to create their wedding flowers in May. I am loving working with them, it is an incredible privilege, and the designs will be a true reflection of them as a couple, with sustainability at the forefront. We will be using plenty of locally sourced greenery and seasonal flowers including peonies, garden roses and foxgloves @kensingtonroyal photograph credit PA
In a statement issued Sunday, Kensington Palace said that Philippa “will direct a team, including florists from St George’s Chapel and Buckingham Palace, to create the displays at St George’s Chapel and for St George’s Hall.”
It's another move from the modern couple that does away with regular royal wedding tradition. Kate and William followed in Prince Charles’s footsteps by choosing Royal Warrant holder Shane Connolly to fill Westminster Abbey. Meghan, however, is known to love flowers, regularly posting blooms on her former Instagram account - so it's not surprising she's taken the lead on this wedding decision.
As for which flowers will feature, Philippa revealed her royal arrangements “will be using plenty of locally sourced greenery and seasonal flowers including peonies, garden roses, and foxgloves.” Peonies are apparently Meghan's favourite.
Flowers chosen will be from the bee-friendly wildflower meadows of the Royal Parks. On Instagram, the Palace stated, "The displays in St George's Chapel will feature foliage from The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, and will use seasonal plants including branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves. The designs will reflect the wild and natural landscapes from which many of the plants will be drawn."
After the wedding, the couple has declared they will donate the flowers to charity - though it's not entirely clear how the leftover arrangements will be put to use. As for details still to come: we are waiting with bated breath for the catering menu, and of course - Meghan's dress!