Princess Eugenie Honours Royal Wedding Tradition By Placing Her Bouquet On The Grave Of Unknown Warrior In Westminster Abbey
Princess Eugenie has carried on the several-decades-old traditions of the royal family by leaving her royal bouquet to rest on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.
The royal family’s tradition honours Britain’s fallen soldiers, with the gravestone representing all those who died in the battlefield during the First World War.
The age-long tradition was started by Lady Elizabeth Bowles Lyon, who would later become the Queen Mother after her wedding to the future King George VI in 1923 when she laid her bouquet on the gravestone as she made her way into the wedding ceremony.
She did this in honour of her brother Fergus who died in 1915 during the battle of the Loos and also in respect of all those who lost their lives during the war.
Ever since, all royal weddings aligned with this tradition including Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and now Princess Eugenie’s wedding.
Westminster Abbey shared the news that the bouquet was placed on the tomb on Twitter.
“The bouquet carried by Princess Eugenie at the #royal wedding yesterday has been sent to rest on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior here at Westminster Abbey.
This royal wedding tradition was started by the Queen Mother and remembers fallen soldiers.”
The bouquet carried by Princess Eugenie at the #royalweddding yesterday has been sent to rest on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior here at Westminster Abbey. This royal wedding tradition was started by The Queen Mother and remembers fallen soldiers. 💐 pic.twitter.com/F9yI98XnIq— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) October 13, 2018
The elaborate bouquet was designed by celebrity florist Rob Van Helden Oakes and it featured the traditional royal wedding sprig of myrtle alongside lily of the valley, white spray roses, trailing iris, and Ivy - a homage to her home Ivy Cottage at Kensington Palace.
Myrtle formed part of the regal tradition of the royal family and was first carried by the Queen's eldest daughter when she married in 1958.
The flower is used to represent the traditional innocence of the bride.
The gorgeously arranged bouquet was not just pleasing to the eyes but followed the formation of the royal custom, just like other previous royal weddings.