The flowers chosen at today's state funeral of Her Majesty the Queen were chosen for many special reasons, with the wreath which adorns the Queen’s coffin including flowers requested by King Charles.
Cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House, the flowers and foliage have been chosen for their symbolism.
They include rosemary, for remembrance, and myrtle cut from a plant which was grown from a sprig of myrtle in the Queen’s wedding bouquet. Myrtle is often seen as a symbol of a happy marriage.
Also included are English oak to symbolise the strength of love, pelargoniums, garden roses, autumnal hydrangea, sedum, dahlias and scabious.
These are in shades of gold, pink and deep burgundy, with touches of white, to reflect the Royal Standard. Also at the King’s request, the wreath has been made in a sustainable way, in a nest of English moss and oak branches. No use of floral foam has been used.
In a ceremony befitting her historic 70 year reign on the throne, the Queen's funeral is taking place at Westminster Abbey, attended by up more than 2000 mourners and with tens of thousands of people lining the streets of central London to witness the historic and poignant event.
Following the service in London, the Queen’s coffin will be transported to Windsor, where a private ceremony will take place before she is interred alongside her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Queen's great-grandchildrenPrincess Charlotteand Prince George walked behind their parents, while their unclePrince HarryandMeghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex walked behind.
Paying his respects to his grandmother, Prince William wrote in a tribute: "I thank her for the kindness she showed my family and me. And I thank her on behalf of my generation for providing an example of service and dignity in public life that was from a different age, but always relevant to us all."
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