These carefully chosen bouquets often have hidden meanings and are part of treasured royal wedding traditions. From the wedding of Queen Victoria to now what have been the five most popular royal wedding flowers? And what is the significance behind them?
There’s nothing grander, or more special, than a royal wedding.
When it comes to a royal wedding, all eyes are on the bride: what’s she wearing, how long is her train and what bouquet is she carrying?
The team from Flowercard have studied royal wedding bouquets, from the wedding of Queen Victoria in 1840 to now, to find out what the most popular flowers are.
So, what are a royal bride’s five favourite flowers?
4 – Orchids
Another flower that symbolises eternal love is the Orchid, so how fitting that Queen Elizabeth II carried a bouquet of three different types of Orchid at her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947.
Legend has it that the Queen’s bouquet went missing after the ceremony and could not be found anywhere.
The royal couple had to have a replica made, and since then royal brides have always had a backup bouquet.
Orchids have been in the bouquet at five royal weddings.
Princess Diana, never afraid to break with convention, carried yellow orchids at her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles. The colourful flowers were a striking addition to the traditional all-white bouquet.
5 – Stephanotis
Stephanotis is a plant with delicate white star-shaped flowers. Another popular flower for royal brides, it has been carried in three bouquets.
Stephanotis is thought to represent marital happiness, so couldn’t be better suited for a royal wedding.
At her wedding in October 2018, Princess Eugenie chose to carry a unique autumnal bouquet, featuring stephanotis alongside ivy and blue thistles.