Lady Gabriella Windsor marries Thomas Kingston in May this year, becoming the latest in the current crop of royal brides. And as with all weddings with a regal hint, interest is already building over every aspect of the bridal party. From dress to tiara, what Ella (as her friends and family call her) will wear on her big day is causing plenty of excitement. Her bridal bouquet will also be pored over so as we wait to find out her picks, here’s a look back at the floral choices made by some of the House of Kent’s other royal women.
Princess Marina, November 1934
Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent’s huge wedding bouquet, carried to her marriage at Westminster Abbey on November 29th 1934, was dominated by lilies. Interest in this royal wedding was huge with the team responsible for growing the flowers photographed by newspapers beforehand.
Katharine Worsley, York, 1961
Katharine Worsley was the first royal bride at York Minster in over 600 years so when she wed Edward, Duke of Kent there on June 8th 1961 she carried a bouquet featuring the city’s famous flower. The new Duchess of Kent, who was born and raised at Hovingham Hall in Yorkshire, chose a posy full of the white rose of her home county. Her bridesmaids also carried arrangements of roses with rosebuds in their hair. And just to make this an even more perfect choice, in the language of flowers so beloved by Queen Victoria, a bridal rose means happy love.
Princess Alexandra of Kent, April 1963, London
On 24th April 1963, Princess Alexandra of Kent married Angus Ogilvy at Westminster Abbey with a retinue of royal guests in attendance. The bride chose a small bouquet of spring flowers which included camellias and jasmine. In the language of flowers, camellias signify admiration while jasmine means contentment.
Lady Helen Windsor, July 1992, Windsor
Lady Helen Windsor, who married Timothy Taylor on July 18th 1992 at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, was an unusual royal bride. She opted for pastel shades for her flowers rather than the more traditional whites and creams. The end result was a pretty posy of pink roses, cornflowers and lavender. In the language of flowers, pink roses mean grace and joy while lavender symbolises devotion.
Interestingly, Lady Gabriella Windsor was a bridesmaid at the wedding of her cousin, Lady Helen, and wore a garland of country garden flowers in white and blue in her hair and carried a posy in similar shades. Whether that, or any of the Kent wedding bouquets, will influence her own choice remains to be seen. All will be revealed in May when a new chapter in the history of Kent royal brides is written.