Dr. Jill Biden’s inauguration concert outfit may have been a symbol of the nation’s pursuit of harmony and peace, but it also reflected another important union: her marriage.
Fashion-savvy viewers quickly identified a subtle addition to the First Lady’s ivory dress-coat ensemble: a delicate white corsage.
The floral piece, which appeared on Jill’s wrist just before the inauguration concert, was far more than an afterthought accessory. It has now revealed that the corsage was gifted to Jill by President Biden as part of a longstanding tradition. The romantic gesture was first made on Valentine’s Day and has since become a symbol of love in their relationship.
The corsage drew a huge amount of attention from the public, despite being designed to blend in with the outfit. "I was surprised that people actually saw it on my wrist," she said in an interview with People. "I guess with a zoom lens you see everything."
The piece wasn’t just any store-bought corsage. It was reportedly custom-made with Jill’s favorite flowers, gardenias.
The gesture may be simple, but the couple believes that it’s these small acts of kindness that have kept their 43-year marriage alive.
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When asked about the corsage tradition's meaning, President Biden explained how it serves to demonstrate his undying love for his wife.
"I think it's important to — and Jill does the same thing — let each other know no matter how much time has gone by - I got criticized for saying this awhile ago, but...she comes down the steps, (my heart) still goes a little boom, boom, boom, boom. For real."
Well, if that's not true love, we don't know what is.
Emma is a Lifestyle News Writer for woman&home. Hailing from the lovely city of Dublin, she mainly covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health and wellness feature. Always up for a good conversation, she has a passion for interviewing everyone from A-list celebrities to the local GP - or just about anyone who will chat to her, really.
Emma holds an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.
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