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The One Plant We Already Know Will Be in Meghan Markle's Wedding Bouquet

It's a royal tradition.
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When it comes to weddings, the British royal family has more than a few traditions. For example, Meghan Markle's bridesmaids will likely be the children of friends and family instead of her friends, and her wedding band will almost certainly be made from precious Welsh gold. Centuries-old customs will also dictate what her wedding bouquet will include.

Every royal wedding bouquet contains at least one sprig of myrtle, a tradition which dates back to 1840, when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert. Myrtle symbolizes hope and love, making it a fitting addition to any bride's bouquet, royal or not.

In addition to the evergreen shrub, Markle could pay tribute to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana with her flower choice, as Duchess Kate did.


Duchess Kate on her wedding day in 2011.

While Duchess Kate's small, simple bouquet served as a stark contrast to Diana's enormous cascading collection of blooms, both featured lily of the valley. Other British royal brides who have incorporated the local flower in their bouquets are Princess Margaret in 1960, Princess Anne in 1973, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, when she wed Prince Charles in 2005.


Princess Diana with Prince Charles on their wedding day in 1981.

Perhaps they were all inspired by Princess Grace of Monaco, who started the trend when she carried a small bunch of lily of the valley atop a prayerbook down the aisle in place of an oversized bouquet during her 1956 wedding to Monaco's Prince Rainier.


In addition to these classic standbys, we'd be willing to bet we see Markle carrying peonies down the aisle. They are said to be her favorite flower (one only needs to scroll through her Instagram to confirm she's a fan), and better yet, they'll be in season for a May 2018 wedding.

Swooning over these. #London #peonies #spoiledrotten

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Her social media accounts also indicate she loves roses.

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Thank you for a beautiful morning in Chelsea @milliemackintoshofficial - see you soon xx ????????+ ????+???? #London

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But don't expect to see pale pink blooms in her bouquet. According to British florist Jane Packer, royal bouquets tend to be all-white.

“Brides often have to be gently guided towards the right sort of flowers that will accentuate rather than distract from their gown, yet are bold enough to be seen at a large-scale ceremony – and won’t begin to wilt as soon as they are cut,” she told the Telegraph in advance of Will and Kate's wedding. “Protocol dictates that for an occasion such as this, the bouquet will be all-white.”

Following their weddings, it is also 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.

While Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be married at St. George's Chapel, not Westminster Abbey, she will likely still send her bouquet to the church, following in the footsteps 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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