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Regal blooms: Timeless royal wedding bouquets

13 JULY 2012

The bridal bouquet is an accessory not to be underestimated, especially when the bride is royal, and has the eyes of the world upon her. 

A bride's choice of bouquet is one of the many decisions she has to make in the run-up to her big day. Fresh and fragrant, bridal bouquets are steeped in tradition and symbolism as well as reflecting the bride's own tastes.

Whether you're looking for ideas for your own bridal bouquet or simply hope to be in with a chance of catching the blooms, see our gallery of the best royal wedding bouquets.
 

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The tradition carrying of bridal bouquets dates back from ancient Roman and Greek civilisation when brides carried potent herbs and garlic to ward off evil spirits. This tradition evolved and as florigraphy (the language of flowers) became increasingly popular in the Victorian period, the flowers selected for bridal bouquets came to carry more significance and thankfully more pleasant aromas.

A royal bridal bouquet is often linked to a specific coat of arms or, as in the case of Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, representative of the bride's origins. She had her homeland's traditional eucalyptus leaves flown in from Australia to form part of her bouquet for her wedding to Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.

Royal customs are also fundamental to the floral selection. The Duchess of Cambridge's choice included myrtles from a tree planted by Queen Victoria back in 1845.

But a royal wedding doesn't mean that bridal bouquets have to be strictly traditional. Royal brides have opted for unusual shaped bouquets - Princess Martha Louise of Norway's bouquet was heart-shaped, whilst Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway designed her long bouquet of vibrant blooms.


 

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