Flowers for Kate and Prince William’s wedding at Westmininster Abbey

The London Flower Lover

Beloved Flower Lover,

WESTMINSTER Abbey will be adorned out with eight 20ft trees and seasonal British flowers and foliage. The aisle at WestminsterAbbey is being transformed into an “avenue of trees” up to 25ft tall for the royal wedding.

Six field maples and two hornbeams will edge the path to the altar as part of Kate Middleton’s floral designs. Almost 30,000 flowers, mostly taken from Windsor Great Park’s ValleyGardensin Surrey, will adorn the abbey on Friday, including azaleas and blossoms. The aspiration is the abbey looks humble, unpretentious and simply natural and that it reflects the fact that Kate is a countryside girl at heart.  Kate has asked Connolly to transform the already stunning 700-year-old Gothic church into a fairytale forest for the royal wedding. Kate has apparently spent £50,000 (more than $80,000) on four tons of foliage, including seasonal, organic British flowers and eight 20-foot-high trees.

London-based floral designer Shane Connolly, a native of Northern Ireland is directing a team of florists, including flower wranglers from Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, plus florists chosen by the couple, to produce the floral displays at the Abbey and Palace.

The couple chose Connolly because he’s known as a “green” florist, so to speak. According to the royal wedding website, he is known for his sustainable approach to floristy, using growing, rather than cut, plants and trees, and for producing “elegant and unique displays” using seasonal, natural and organic flowers.

William and Kate have taken a “close interest” in the designs on a theme of the “Language of Flowers,” which follows the theme of decoration on the wedding cake by cakemaker to the grand and famous. “The trees are field maples, which is a very English native tree and the field maples symbolise reserve and humility,” Mr Connolly said.”The hornbeams represent resilience in the language of flowers so we hope that the couple’s life is full of resilience and full of strong love.”

It is customary for a royal bride’s bouquet to hold a sprig of myrtle from the bush grown from the original myrtle in QueenVictoria’s wedding bouquet.  Royal brides also send their bouquet back to the abbey to be put on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior – a moving memorial to the dead of World War I. After the wedding, the flowers will be left in the abbey for viewing until May 6. Then the trees will be taken to Highgrove’s gardens for planting. The plan is to give many of the cut plants and flowers and all the growing plants to charities or re-planted.

When we imagine this wedding, we picture it as a way of seeing yourself through the eyes of love.  Yes, in the easiest simplest way it’s just that. It reminds us that love is not a reward. It shifts our perspective when you consider the couples story.  This wedding is not the finishing line; it’s just the beginning of their life together. They are great friends as well as a couple. We are really excited that we can share this love story and the understanding that we all have this within our lives if we choose to notice it. So please as you tune into this wedding, recall someone you love and someone who loves you.

Congratulations Kate and Prince William as you embrace married life.


The Team

The London Flower Lover

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2 Responses to Flowers for Kate and Prince William’s wedding at Westmininster Abbey

  1. What are the blossoms that were behind the priest or at the alter? I have the beautiful plant in my garden. A gift from my mother on my wedding day, and in memory, I passed to my daugter! Those deligate green balls were lovely. What is the botanical term?


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