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The One Thing Princess Eugenie's Wedding Bouquet Will Have in Common with Meghan Markle's

It's a royal tradition.
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While Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding broke many traditions, her bridal bouquet was strictly by the book. A small collection of flowers, it included Diana's favorite forget-me-nots, sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, astrantia, and as is custom, it included a sprig of myrtle.

Princess Eugenie's bouquet when walks down the aisle to marry Jack Brooksbank this October, will likely also include that last traditional plant.

"Many Royal Brides across the generations have chosen to carry a sprig of Myrtle, which represents love, in their bouquets," reads a tweet from the royal family's official account in the weeks leading up to Meghan's wedding. "This tradition dates back to the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s eldest daughter."

Myrtle was found not only in Meghan's bouquet, but also in Eugenie's moms, back in 1986. When Sarah Ferguson married Prince Andrew, she carried a relatively small bouquet, which included not only the myrtle, but also gardenias, lilies, and lily of the valley. Fergie also notably wore flowers in her hair.


Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew on their wedding day in 1986.

Following their weddings, royal brides leave a bouquet on the grave of the unknown warrior in Westminster Abbey, a tradition that was started by the Queen Mother in 1923, in honor of her brother Fergus, who was killed in World War I in 1915.

Eugenie and Jack will be married in St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, but it's still likely that she will send her bouquet back to Westminster Abbey, following in the footsteps of not only the Duchess of Sussex earlier this year, but also of Sophie Rhys-Jones, who wed Prince Edward at the Chapel back in 1999.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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