The wreath which sat on top of the coffin during the procession and service of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral featured flowers and foliage cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House at the request of King Charles III. A card in remembrance sat among the flowers, with the King’s goodbye message to his mother: ‘In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.’
The wreath on the day of the funeral was quite a colourful contrast from the white and green wreath, which had adorned the coffin previously. This one featured shades of pink, deep burgundy and yellow. The flowers included different shades of pink garden roses, pink sedum, deep burgundy scabious, and scented pelargoniums.
The foliage in the wreath, chosen for its symbolism, included myrtle, rosemary and oak. The myrtle was picked as an ‘ancient symbol’ of a happy marriage, according to Buckingham Palace. It was cut from a plant that was grown from a sprig of myrtle in Her late Majesty’s wedding bouquet in 1947.
Myrtle also featured in the Princess of Wales’s wedding bouquet in 2011. The wreath will also contain rosemary signifying remembrance and English oak, which symbolises the strength of love.
At the King’s request, the wreath was environmentally friendly, made in a totally sustainable way without floral foam. It featured a nest of English moss and oak branches.
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