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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Saturday, April 30, 2011

One of My Favorite Things from the Royal Wedding

That sweet, simple bouquet.

Lily-of-the-valley -– Return of happiness

Sweet William –- Gallantry (and undoubtedly chosen for their reference to Prince William)

Hyacinth –- Constancy of love

Ivy — Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection

Myrtle – the emblem of marriage; love. (The stems from a myrtle planted by Queen Victoria in 1845 are traditionally used in all royal wedding bouquets.)

     The entire wedding was a study in understated elegance.  I loved Kate's gown, the stunning dress worn by her sister, Pippa, and the simple, beautiful wedding band made from rare Welsh gold given them by the Queen. But my favorite part of that wedding was her bouquet. Diminutive, pure, simple, perfect.

     Can you just imagine how heavenly that bouquet must have smelled? The only flower I might have added to this bouquet would have been a sprig of white lilac.  Weren't the Sweet Williams a romantic touch? I think William's mother, the lovely Diana would have liked that! ( I'll bet she called her sweet little son 'Sweet William' from time to time.) And I think she would have loved her new daughter in law!

     Best wishes to the happy couple!

     (I'm off to the garden store...yes, I'm going to find a sunny spot in the garden for some Sweet Williams! When you plant them from seed, it takes two years before flowers bloom. Maybe just in time to greet a new royal baby?)

note: credit for information on the significance of the wedding bouquet and photograph goes to www.hollywoodlife.com


ellen b. said...

Oh what a fun idea to plant some Sweet William. Her bouquet really was beautiful and complimented her beautiful dress. She really is a pretty lady...

Scrabblequeen said...

I didn't watch the wedding, nor have I seen many pics from it...but I do love her dress and the bouquet is a sweet thing. It's fun to learn the significance of each flower.

Linda O'Connell said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your reference to the Little Engine That Could, empowerment and encouragement is what we all need at times.
Funny, when you were talking about the bouquet, that is EXACTLY what I thought: a sprig of white lilac. Her dress was beautiful.

Anneliese said...

I did not even get a look at her bouquet .. and now I see how sweet it is! Thank you! My Lilly of the Valley is just coming up ... I will have to make a bouquet in Kate's honor.


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