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Princess Beatrice’s wedding bouquet placed on Grave of the Unknown Warrior

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Princess Beatrice’s wedding bouquet has been placed on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey following royal tradition.

The bouquet was brought straight to Westminster Abbey after the nuptials and placed on the tomb by Reverend Anthony Ball, Canon of Westminster.

The Princess married Edoardo “Edo” Mapelli Mozzi on Friday, 17 July at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor in a private ceremony with around 20 people in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Princess Beatrice’s flowers consisted of a pink and white arrangement with pink and cream sweet peas, trailing jasmine, royal porcelain ivory spray roses, baby pink astilbe, pink waxflower, and pink o’hara garden roses. Of course, the traditional myrtle was also part of the floral arrangement; the placement of myrtle in royal wedding bouquets goes back to Queen Victoria.

The bouquet was designed by Patrice Van Helden of RVH Floral Design – the same company that created the floral arrangements for Beatrice’s younger sister, Princess Eugenie’s 2018 wedding.

The tradition of royal brides placing their bouquets on the tomb began with Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 1923. As she was walking into Westminster Abbey to marry the future King George VI, she stopped and put her bouquet on the tomb. She did this in memory of her brother, Fergus, who was killed in 1915 during World War One.

Royal brides since then have followed in her footsteps and have had their bouquets placed on the tomb after their wedding ceremonies.

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Brittani is from Tennessee, USA. She is a political scientist and historian after graduating with a degree in the topics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in December 2014. She also holds a master's degree from Northeastern University. She enjoys reading and researching all things regarding the royals of the world. Her love of royals began in middle school, and she's been researching, reading, and writing on royalty for over a decade. She became Europe Editor in October 2016, and then Deputy Editor in January 2019, and has been featured on several podcasts, radio shows, news broadcasts and websites.