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Royal Wedding Flowers: the Duchess of Cornwall

The flowers carried by the Duchess of Cornwall on her wedding day, April 9th 2005, were filled with personal touches that had their own place in her royal romance with the Prince of Wales. For not only were the flowers in Camilla’s posy highly significant, they had been grown by the bride and groom themselves.

The Duchess of Cornwall’s wedding flowers were a burst of spring sunshine. She carried cream, yellow and mauve primroses which start to bloom in late spring and which dot many a garden in the first part of April. The bouquet was certainly fragrant as it also contained lily of the valley. The flowers were arranged on top of that royal wedding staple, myrtle foliage, and they were all gathered together in a traditional wired style bouquet.

It was the work of Shane Connolly who also designed the arrangements that decorated St. George’s Chapel, Windsor during the blessing ceremony. And Charles and Camilla, both well known for their love of gardening, kept it home grown for their wedding. Many of the blooms that decorated St. George’s Chapel in Windsor during their service of blessing came from the gardens at Highgrove and Camilla’s home at Ray Mill House.

The symbolism of the flowers was lost on no one either. In the Victorian language of flowers, lily of the valley means a ‘’return to happiness’’ and can also symbolize ‘’you have made my life complete’’. Primroses in general are taken to mean ‘’young love’’ and sometimes the much more passionate ‘’I can’t live without you’’. However, the Victorians added other meanings to the flower depending on its colour with purple primroses, such as those that star in Camilla’s bouquet, symbolizing confidence. Myrtle, as always, is a sign of married love.

Camilla had just one bouquet on her royal wedding day, having chosen to forego flowers at her civil wedding earlier in the day. The posy she carried at St. George’s was neat and rather sweet. But it is the personal touches attached to this bouquet that make it so important. After a sometimes bumpy path to the altar, these flowers did plenty of talking for both the bride and her groom.

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