St. George’s Chapel looked beautiful on May 19, decked out in flowers for the Royal Wedding. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made sure that the floral arrangements did not go to waste after the wedding.
Once the wedding was over and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had departed, the flowers were sent to St. Joseph’s Hospice in London to make beautiful bouquets for the patients at the facility. The hospice took to Facebook to share their appreciation for the gesture, posting a picture of a patient holding the bouquet and writing a thank you note to the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex alongside:
“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.”
The couple took the floral arrangements at their wedding extremely seriously, with some symbolic value behind all of the choices. Prince Harry wanted to honor his late mother, Princess Diana, in as many ways as possible during his wedding. He chose his wedding flowers from among her favorites. The venue was decked out in white garden roses that Princess Diana was known to love. Meghan Markle’s bouquet was filled with forget-me-nots, Princess Diana’s favorite flower. The bouquet also contained scented sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia and sprigs of myrtle. Since Princess Victoria’s time, Royal Wedding bouquets contain myrtle.
Prince Harry handpicked some of the flowers in the bouquet and handed them over to the castle florist, Philippa Craddock. As per standard, the florist used flowers that were naturally in bloom during the season to make sure the wedding arrangements and bouquet were appropriate for the summer.
Craddock designed the flowers for the chapel and for St. George’s Hall, where a lunch reception took place after the wedding.
“I am excited and honored to have been chosen by Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle to create and design their wedding flowers,” she said. “Working with them has been an absolute pleasure. The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun. The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality, and sustainability being at the forefront.”