Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, the meaning of flowers

From the bride’s myrtle to the ecological crown

It is the myrtle that characterizes the floral arrangement for the last farewell to Queen Elizabeth in Westminster Abbey. The same myrtle that, as per royal tradition, had characterized the bridal bouquet of Elizabeth with Prince Philip. The abbey was then decorated with an array of white and green flowers including Asian lilies, gladioli, Peruvian alstroemeria, South American native eustoma, and foliage of English oak, birch and myrtle sprigs.

On the coffin, however, there is a crown with flowers personally chosen by King Charles and a personal message from the new monarch. They are flowers cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House, all residences the Queen loved and which were chosen for their symbolic value. They include rosemary, which has a commemorative value, and English oak, indicating the strength of love.

Pelargonium, which are a sort of geranium, garden roses, autumn hydrangea, sedum, dahlias and scabiosa complete the crown. All in shades of gold, pink and burgundy, with some white elements to recall the royal banner. Also at the request of King Charles, the crown was made in an eco-sustainable way without the use of floral foam, but with a nest of moss and oak.