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Why Princess Diana had to have TWO wedding bouquets

Evoke.ie logoEvoke.ie 7/5/2018 Bronwyn O Neill
a man and a woman in a wedding dress © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

With Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle fast approaching, people are looking back at the royal weddings that have come before his.

Including the nuptials of his parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana back in July of 1981.

During her wedding, Princess Diana had two wedding bouquets and it looks like Meghan Markle may follow suit.

It was actually the Queen who advised her daughter-in-law to go with two bouquets after a disaster at her own wedding.

a man and a woman standing in front of a building: Princess Diana Prince Charles © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland Princess Diana Prince Charles

Chief florist David Longman explained in ITV’s Invitation to the Royal Wedding revealed the reasoning behind Diana having two identical bouquets.

‘We made two bouquets. The first one had to be delivered at 8 o’clock to Buckingham Palace. We had a police escort motorcyclist who took us all through the city to the Palace,’ he explained.

‘Then we came back, and by that time they had finished the second bouquet and back we went again.’

Elizabeth II et al. standing in front of a building © Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Limited, t/a dmg Media Ireland

The decision to have more than one bouquet comes after the Queen’s bouquet was lost when she married Prince Philip in 1947! Imagine losing the Queen’s bouquet!

‘If we go back to the Queen’s wedding in 1947, when you look at the state photographs of all the bridesmaids and royal guests – there’s the Queen without a bouquet,’ he said.

‘It got lost, so in the middle of their honeymoon, they had to get dressed up again in their wedding clothes and my father had to provide another bouquet for those photographs.’

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