Kate’s Bouquet on display of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey

May 2, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I previously blogged about traditions that are carried out at royal weddings and I am pleased to hear that Prince William’s bride Kate followed tradition and has displayed her wedding bouquet at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.

Duchess of Cambridge wedding Bouquet Tomb of unkown warrior

Kate’s bouquet that included sweet William, as well as myrtle, lily-of-the-valley and hyacinth was returned to Westminster after the ceremony and put on display for the public to view along with other flowers and trees which the couple had at their wedding.

Prince William and Kate in carriage

The tradition was set by the Queen Mother, who lay her bouquet down at the ceremony itself in honour of her brother. I was a little surprised to see that Kate did not do this too, however the bride travelled back to Buckingham Palace with her bouquet in hand and it was later returned to the Abbey.

The bouquet and a selection of other flowers will be on display in Westminster Abbey until 6th May.

Royal Wedding Traditions…

April 22, 2011 at 12:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Royal wedding traditions

After catching up with ‘British Royal Weddings’ on BBC iplayer from earlier this week I discovered some fantastic traditions that occur in royal weddings.

Queen mother King George VI weddingI am very much looking forward to the next instalment as I found the programme fascinating. During part one I discovered that since the wedding of the Queen Mother and King George VI it became tradition for royal brides, who marry in Westminster Abbey to lay their bouquet on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

The Queen Mother unknowingly created the tradition when a guard fainted as she was about to make her way down the aisle. Whilst waiting as the gentleman was attended to, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyons laid down her bouquet in remembrance of her brother who has lost his life in the Battle of Loos.

Since it has become a royal tradition that royal brides do the same, however, unlike the Queen Mother brides place their flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior as they walk out of the abbey instead of on entering.  

Other traditions…

Queen Elizabeth & Prince Phillip Wedding

Following tradition the royal bouquets laid down at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior traditionally have a sprig of the herb myrtle. This tradition began at the wedding of Queen Victoria who married in 1840. Brides such as Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana carried on the tradition.

Finally, royal wedding bands contain a piece of gold from a nugget of Welsh gold. All royal brides since and including the Queen Mother have received a band with a piece of the same welsh gold. It is thought that Kate Middleton’s ring will do to.

The ‘British Royal Wedding’ is a great programme, offering so much detail and intimate accounts of royal weddings. I really liked that the programme is documented by people who were there and saw the occasions themselves. Hope you enjoy…

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