How The Royal Wedding Bouquet Honored Princess Diana

Posted at 7:09 PM, May 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-19 19:09:28-04

(NBC NEWS) – The royal wedding bouquet held a very special meaning for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Prince Harry hand-picked flowers from their private garden at Kensington Palace to add to his bride‘s bespoke bouquet, which was designed by florist Philippa Craddock.

The bouquet featured forget-me-nots, the favorite flower of Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana.

In the traditional language of flowers, forget-me-nots symbolize true love, making them a perfect choice for the newlyweds in every way.

“The bride’s bouquet is a petite design, pulled together in a gentle, ethereal, relaxed style,” Kensington Palace said of the duchess’ flower arrangement. The bouquet also included “scented sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine and astrantia, and sprigs of myrtle all bound with a naturally dyed, raw silk ribbon.”

The myrtle sprigs carried a lot of tradition. They were cut from stems planted by Queen Victoria in 1845. Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, was the first member of the royal family to carry myrtle from that plant.

Queen Elizabeth also carried sprigs of myrtle in her wedding bouquet in 1947.

The bridesmaids’ flowers replicated the flowers used in the Duchess of Sussex’s bouquet.