By Amy Hunt
The wedding of Princess Diana and Princes Charles may have happened over 30 years ago, but it's gone down as one of the most memorable days in recent history.
And one very special guest at the esteemed royal wedding has revealed that she's actually kept a memento from the day - and that she still treasures it even now.
India Hicks, who was one of Princess Diana's bridesmaids on the special day at Westminster Abbey, recently shared that she has held on to her flower crown from the big day.
She posted a photo of the floral headpiece on Instagram. The crown as adorned with a range of flowers, designed to compliment Diana's wedding bouquet, which was made up of fressias, gardenias, and lily of the valley. And it seems the keepsake has managed to stay in remarkably good condition in her cabinet.
Alongside the photo, India, wrote, 'The preserved flower wreath I wore as a bridesmaid to the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana sits among 18th century ornamental Chinese white jade dishes.
'They don’t smell quite as good now as they did on the day, but they do bring back some pretty fantastic memories.'
Royal fans flocked to the photo to praise the treasured keepsake, and share their own memories from the special day.
One wrote, 'I hope it brings you happy thoughts of a once happy time. And what an amazing piece of history to pass down.'
While another commented, 'Must have been an exciting day 😊". A third social media user also said," I absolutely can still imagine exactly how you all looked that day; so lovely.'
India Hicks, now 50, currently runs her eponymous lifestyle brand - but still has clear connections to the royal family.
Prince Charles is her godfather, and the pair are also second cousins. India is also 678th in line to the British throne, as her maternal grandfather is the Earl Mountbatten of Burma.
(India Hicks, far left, at the wedding of Diana and Charles)
India currently acts as a royal commentator for many media outlets, even providing commentary on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding in 2011 for ITV and US network ABC.
She has previously discussed Diana and Charles' big day, recalling how she was terrified to be asked to be a bridesmaid, as she was such a 'tomboy'.
Writing in You magazine, India said, 'When my godfather Prince Charles called to ask if I would like to be a bridesmaid, I was initially horrified.
"'I was like was a 13-year-old tomboy, never out of jodhpurs, and I would have to wear a dress.'
Luckily, it all came together in the end!
Amy Hunt is Life Channel Editor at womanandhome.com, having been with the brand since 2015. She began as the magazine's features assistant before moving over to digital as a News and Features Writer, before becoming Senior Writer, and now a Channel Editor. She has worked on either women's lifestyle websites previously too—including Woman's Weekly, Goodto.com, Woman, and Woman's Own. In 2019, Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards, for her work on womanandhome.com. She is passionate about everything from books, to homes, to food and the latest news on the royal family. When she isn't editing or updating articles on cleaning, homewares, the newest home gadgets, or the latest books releases for the website, she's busy burying her nose in a gripping thriller, practising yoga, or buying new homeware of her own.
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