Prince Harry and Princess Meghan honored his late mother, Princess Diana, at their wedding in an extra special way

By Char Adams
May 19, 2018 08:20 AM
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot on Saturday in a fairy tale ceremony — and the couple made sure to honor Harry’s late mother, Princess Diana, in an extra special way.

The couple enlisted the help of floral designer Philippa Craddock to create a unique display in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. The arrangement was filled with branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as peonies, foxgloves, and one of Diana’s favorite flowers — white garden roses.

In a press release ahead of the big day, Craddock said working with Meghan and Harry on the arrangement was “an absolute pleasure.”

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“The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun,” she said. “The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality and sustainability being at the forefront.”

The flowers positioned at the entrance of the chapel proved to be the perfect backdrop for Meghan’s entrance.

Craddock specializes in utilizing seasonal flowers in her work, making the in-season white garden roses a perfect choice for the lavish arrangement. Diana was known for her love of white flowers, and there are still many planted at her home, Kensington Palace, in her honor.

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Last summer, a temporary garden opened at the royal home to mark the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death. The floral display, which included white roses, was set in Kensington Palace’s sunken garden. Named the “White Garden,” large terracotta pots were filled with white roses set around the reflective pond.

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Craddock created Meghan and Harry’s floral displays mostly using foliage from the gardens and parklands of The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, according to a previous statement the palace. The arrangement was full of locally-sourced flowers and plants.

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As Craddock said before the wedding, the couple’s flowers perfectly represented the pair. The display even included peonies, Meghan’s favorite flower.

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When the couple first began dating, Meghan received several deliveries of her favorite flower and posted photos to her now-deleted Instagram account. She captioned one of the first pictures, “Swooning over these,” including the hashtag, #spoiledrotten.

The floral designs included a very sustainable inclusion from the Royal Parks — pollinator-friendly plants, which provide a wonderful habitat for bees.

Now that Harry and Meghan have tied the knot, the arrangements with be distributed to various charitable organizations.