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Princess Eugenie follows tradition, has bouquet placed on Tomb of Unknown Warrior

Princess Eugenie has followed years of royal tradition and has had her wedding bouquet placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.

Her Royal Highness’s bouquet included Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, hints of baby blue thistles, white spray roses, trailing ivy, and the royal tradition of myrtle. It was designed by Patrice Van Helden Oakes of Rob Van Helden.

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You can read more about Princess Eugenie’s wedding bouquet from our senior reporter, Lydia Starbuck, here.

Rob Van Helden was also given the honour of decorating St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for the ceremony. According to the Royal Family, the floral decorations were “created using foliage and flowering branches, sourced locally from Windsor Great Park, combined with roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and berries. The designs will reflect the rich and vibrant tones of autumn and will also include Liquid Amber trees.”

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The tradition began with the Queen Mother in 1923 and is meant to honour fallen soldiers. The royal bride’s bouquet is usually placed on the tomb the day after her wedding.

The Queen Mother’s wedding bouquet was placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior as a tribute to her brother, Fergus, who died during World War One in 1915. Every royal bride has followed her lead since.

The Tomb of the Unknown Warrior contains the body of an unknown soldier who died during the First World War.

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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.