Meghan Markle Placed Her Wedding Bouquet On The Grave Of The Unknown Soldier For A Special Reason
Now, when the royal wedding is officially over, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have started their lives as Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Nonetheless, despite many broken traditions and rules, the couple decided to honor a very special one, before closing the book of their wedding.
Meghan did what many brides have done before her for a long time – she placed her wedding bouquet on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey.
Kensington Palace confirmed the news in an official tweet. The statement also offered an explanation as to why Meghan did it.
The Duchess of Sussex has sent the bouquet she carried during yesterday's #RoyalWedding to Westminster Abbey to rest on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. More: https://t.co/pdFnYO1S49 @KensingtonRoyal @RoyalFamily pic.twitter.com/TnrCEl4M4u— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) May 20, 2018
According to Westminster Abbey, the sentimental tradition has its roots in the World War I. It begun when the Queen Mother put her bouquet on the grave after her and King George VI's wedding. The gesture was very symbolic. In that way, she honored her brother, Fergus, who died during the war.
Since then, practically every royal bride has done the same, thus keeping the tradition alive up till these days. Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret, Princess Diana, and Kate Middleton – they all placed their bouquets on the grave. And now, Meghan joined them.
It was a very sweet way for Meghan to get connected with the women of the royal family. But even before she did so, her bouquet was already full of special meaning.
The collection of beautiful white flowers featured the blooms that Prince Harry picked, including forget-me-not, which were Diana’s favorite flower.
The flowers also included a sprig of myrtle, which is another royal tradition that dates back to the Queen Victoria's daughter, Princess Victoria’s wedding. Many brides, royal or not, use myrtle in their bouquets, as it symbolizes hope and love.
London-based florist Philippa Craddock worked with the royal couple on their bouquet. After the wedding, the flowers were turned into bouquets for hospice patients.
We bet the hospice smells and looks gorgeous now. What a sweet gesture!