Those watching the Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla at Westminster Abbey may have wondered why there wasn’t an abundance of flowers popping on the screen. “It’s a more solemn occasion, so flowers are there to complement, not enhance,” explains British gardener Sarah Kowitz. Nonetheless, the symbolism of those flowers at Westminster Abbey and the embroidered flower selections on Queen Camilla’s robe and Catherine Princess of Wales’s dress reflect thoughtful contemplation.
Since the Royal Family is discouraged from discussing personal opinions and favoritism, flower choices allow expressions of sentiments without words. This tradition dates back to Queen Victoria in the late 19th century, who popularized the language of flowers.
In an expression of love for Queen Elizabeth, whose coronation bouquet in 1953 included lily of the valley, Queen Camilla had the Royal School of Needlework sew Queen Elizabeth’s favorite flower into her coronation robe, among other pollinating insects and flowers.
In fact, in their wedding bouquets, both Queen Camilla and Catherine, Princess of Wales, included the lily of the valley. The lily of the valley was also Queen Elizabeth’s favorite flower.
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