Patients at a London hospice were delighted when they received a special delivery from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex following their unforgettable nuptials on Saturday.
St. Joseph’s Hospice shared a photo of one of their residents clutching a bouquet and captioned the picture: ‘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.’
According to one royal correspondent on Twitter, the “cascading hedgerow” was taken down from the West steps of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, where Meghan Markle walked to meet Prince Harry, on Saturday night and sent to the hospice, as well as a few other places.
It has also been reported that the flowers inside St George’s Chapel were left there for another wedding taking place this week.
Florist Craddock, who has previously worked with British Vogue and designers Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior, designed the floral displays for both the chapel and St. George’s Hall, where the wedding lunch reception was held on Saturday afternoon.
The new Duke of Sussex, 33, and wife Meghan, 36, chose the flowers carefully and in a nod to the royal’s late mother Princess Diana, they chose white garden roses – which were one of her favourites.
Harry handpicked the roses for Meghan’s bouquet himself from their private garden at Kensington Palace.
‘Prince Harry handpicked several flowers yesterday from their private garden at Kensington Palace to add to the bespoke bridal bouquet designed by florist Philippa Craddock,’ a statement from Kensington Palace read.
‘The spring blooms include Forget-Me-Nots which were Diana, Princess of Wales’ favourite flower. The couple specifically chose them to be included in Ms. Markle’s bouquet to honour the memory of the late Princess on this special day.’
And to ensure they followed royal tradition, the bouquet also included springs of myrtle, which symbolises love and hope.
‘Many Royal Brides across the generations have chosen to carry a sprig of Myrtle, which represents love, in their bouquets,’ said a recent tweet from the royal family’s official account last week.
‘This tradition dates back to the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s eldest daughter.’
Words by Kirsty McCormack