The Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress

Bouquet (replica)


Shane Connolly


Made specially for the exhibition is a replica of the bouquet carried by The Duchess of Cambridge at the wedding which was made by the florist Shane Connolly. In keeping with other elements of the wedding including the dress, the cake and the floral scheme both at Westminster Abbey and at Buckingham Palace, the bouquet draws upon the tradition of the language of flowers. It includes lily-of-the-valley (representing return to happiness), Sweet William (gallantry), hyacinth (constancy of love), ivy (fidelity, marriage and friendship) and myrtle (marriage and love). Stems from a myrtle planted at Osborne House by Queen Victoria in 1845 and a sprig from a bush grown from the myrtle used in Her Majesty The Queen’s wedding bouquet in 1947 were included in the Duchess’s bouquet.