Princess Beatrice upheld royal tradition as sprigs of myrtle were included in her breathtaking bridal bouquet.
The princess, who is ninth-in-line for the throne, married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, yesterday at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, in the grounds of Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park.
Both the Queen and Prince Philip attended the wedding ceremony that was held in secret after the couple’s original plan to wed at the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace, in London, on 29 May was postponed by coronavirus.
Princess Beatrice and husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi smile outside the Royal Chapel of All Saints, in the grounds of Royal Lodge, in Windsor Great Park after their ‘secret’ wedding ceremony yesterday
Beatrice’s wedding had originally been postponed because of the coronavirus lockdown, but the virus would not stop tradition and the Princess included a sprig of myrtle in her bridal bouquet. Pictured: The happy couple and the Queen and Prince Philip
It seems though the despite the unusual circumstances surrounding the wedding, royal tradition was maintained when it came to Beatrice’s floral decorations.
Traditionally, wedding bouquets held by royal brides contain sprigs of myrtle, and Princess Beatrice’s flowers were no different.
Describing Princess Beatrice’s bouquet, a royal representative said: ‘Princess Beatrice carried a bouquet of trailing jasmine, pale pink and cream sweet peas, royal porcelain ivory spray roses, pink o’hara garden roses, pink wax flower and baby pink astible.
‘In keeping with Royal tradition sprigs of myrtle were included in the bouquet.
Reverend Anthony Ball, Canon of Westminster, prepares to place Princess Beatrice’s bridal bouquet on the Unknown Warrior’s Grave, in-keeping with royal tradition
Bouquets are placed on the grave by royal brides as a touching tribute to the fallen of the First World War and international military conflicts since
This tradition was first completed by the Queen Mother when she married King George VI in 1923
‘The bouquet was made by Patrice Van Helden, co owner of RVH Floral Design. The couple would like to thank the gardening teams at The Savill Garden and Windsor Great Park.
‘The Bride’s bouquet has been placed on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.’
It is not known where the myrtle used in Princess Beatrice’s bouquet came from, but in previous royal weddings it has been taken from a bush planted by Queen Victoria.
Patrice Van Helden, who put together the bridal bouquet for Beatrice also created the bouquet for her sister Eugenie when she married in 2018.
Princess Beatrice has married Italian property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a secret ceremony at Windsor Castle. Pictured, a photo released to announce their engagement
The chapel is on the grounds of the Royal Lodge, where the Duke and Duchess of York have been staying in lockdown
WHO ARE ROB AND PATRICE VAN HELDEN?
Rob Van Helden was born in the Netherlands and moved to London 33 years ago to develop his passion for flowers into a business.
His work is well known and over the years he has produced floral arrangements for stars such as Pierce Brosnan and Elton John.
Additionally he also produced the floral decorations and bouquet for Princess Eugenie’s wedding.
His sister Patrice, who is co-owner of RVH Floral Design, created the bouquet for Princess Beatrice.
Patrice normally works as part of Rob’s team when producing his floral arrangements.
Eugenie’s wedding bouquet consisted of Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, hints of baby blue thistles, white spray roses and trailing ivy, as well as the myrtle.
The tradition of carrying myrtle began after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany.
Speaking to Country Living Uk, Maddie Dawkins, head of weddings at Lavender Green Flowers said: ‘Every royal bride since Queen Victoria’s daughter is said to have carried a sprig of myrtle in their bouquet.
‘It symbolises love and hope, although some say also it represents fertility and innocence.’
The bouquet held by Meghan Markle in her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018 also contained the traditional myrtle.
Her flower arrangement was made up of: Forget-Me-Nots, which were Princess Diana’s favourite flower, sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine, and astrantia.
The lily of the valley used in Meghan’s bouquet was also used by Kate in her wedding to Prince William and was included to honour Princess Diana.
One bride who did not include the sprig of myrtle in recent history was Camilla who opted to include foliage from Cornwall instead.
The bride’s grandparents the Queen, 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, who have both been in isolation at Windsor Castle, were in attendance and appeared in excellent spirits as they left the service, pictured
Photos show Her Majesty looking resplendent in green as she left Royal Lodge today. The Queen, 94, has now watched six of her eight grandchildren tie the knot
In-keeping with tradition, Eugenie’s flowers were placed on the Unknown Warrior’s Grave, just as her sister Beatrice’s have been this year.
The bridal bouquet is placed on the Unknown Warrior’s Grave by royal brides as a touching tribute to the fallen of the First World War and international military conflicts since.
This was first completed by the Queen Mother when she married King George VI in 1923.
Another florist provided a glimpse on social media into how flowers were used to decorate Beatrice’s wedding ceremony.
Both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle included a sprig of myrtle in their wedding bouquets
Mr Crossley – who has regularly supplied the Queen from his shop in Windsor town centre – set social media ablaze when he posted an image of a spectacular arrangement.
He wrote: ‘Flowers for Royal bride Princess Beatrice of York after her marriage to Mr Eduardo Mapelli Mozzi this morning in Windsor Great Park.’
His followers were thrilled with the purple and pink arrangement and one asked which flowers he had specifically chosen.
‘Very English garden flowers in the Princess’ favourite colours. The flowers included Peonies, Scabious, Eustoma, Stocks, Dahlia. Alchemila, Phlox, Alstrameria and Stocks with Eucalyptus foliage,’ he revealed.
Martyn Crossley – who has regularly supplied the Queen from his shop in Windsor town cenre – set social media ablaze when he posted an image of a spectacular arrangement
At Friday’s low-key ceremony, which had a limited number of guests in line with coronavirus guidance, staff were seen bringing bouquets out of a van
Mr Crossley is one of the Queen’s favourite florists but had to shut his shop last year after hitting financial problems before opening new premises
Other fans wondered if the bouquet had actually been her official wedding one or they had been part of a centrepiece but Martyn clarified: ‘These were a wedding gift to the bride after the ceremony.’
The first ‘secret’ royal wedding for 235 years saw Prince Andrew walk his daughter Beatrice down the aisle.
The disgraced royal put his troubles over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal to one side to give the princess away in a remarkable private ceremony.
The clandestine nature of the hastily arranged nuptials meant the Queen’s beleaguered son was spared appearing in public.
The chapel, which can accommodate 180 people, was an ideal choice for social distancing, especially given the bride’s grandparents are both in their 90s and in a high risk group.
Weddings of up to 30 people are allowed under current government guidelines. The reduced guest list means that the couple will have to celebrate with celebrity friends such as Ellie Goulding, Karlie Kloss and Cressida Bonas at a later date.
A statement released by the palace said: ‘The small ceremony was attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and close family. The wedding took place in accordance with all relevant Government guidelines.’