Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Gave a Bouquet of Royal Wedding Flowers to Each Patient at a Hospice in London
The beautiful flowers that adorned the outside St. George's Chapel the other day for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding ceremony aren't staying on the church. Rather, they've gone to decorate the rooms of St. Joseph's Hospice in London.
It was announced before the royal wedding that the flowers, which were designed by London-based florist Philippa Craddock and include white garden roses, peonies, and foxgloves, would be distributed to charity, but the organizations had yet to be revealed until today.
Iain MacLeod shared the news on Twitter that the flowers had been delivered to the hospice.
"Today we got a very special delivery. Beautiful bouquets made from the #royalwedding flowers which we gave to our patients," reads his Tweet. "A big thank you to Harry and Meghan and florist Philippa Craddock. Our hospice smells and looks gorgeous. Such a lovely gesture."
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.https://t.co/zHGNteRwG7 pic.twitter.com/UCDUuMvjOS— Iain MacLeod (@IainLe2i) May 20, 2018
The organization's official account posted as well.
Thank you @philippaflowers and Meghan and Harry for the #royalwedding flowers. All our patients got a stunning bouquet and the hospice smells and looks gorgeous. An amazing gesture, you're all very kind ? pic.twitter.com/o7YbUOslxC— St Joseph's Hospice (@StJoHospice) May 20, 2018
It is unclear if they received all the flowers from the day, or if they were split between multiple charities.
That said, we do know that Markle's bouquet was not given to a non-profit. It is customary for royal brides to leave their bouquets on the grave of the unknown warrior in Westminster Abbey, a somber tradition that was started by the Queen Mum in 1923, who left her flowers on the memorial in honor of her brother Fergus, who was killed in World War I in 1915.
Meghan's small collection of blooms, some of which were hand-picked by Prince Harry, arrived at the abbey earlier this morning.
The Duchess of Sussex has sent the bouquet she carried during yesterday's #RoyalWedding to Westminster Abbey to rest on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. More: https://t.co/pdFnYO1S49 @KensingtonRoyal @RoyalFamily pic.twitter.com/TnrCEl4M4u— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) May 20, 2018
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