During the Queen’s funeral service, blooms in shades of deep burgundy, pink, and gold were placed among lush green foliage to decorate the coffin. The vibrant flowers and plants were picked for their symbolic meaning and were taken from the gardens of royal residences.
The wreath for Her Majesty’s funeral included flowers and leaves picked from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Highgrove House in London at the request of King Charles III.
It had plants chosen for their symbolic qualities:
- Rosemary as a symbol of memory – Rosemary has long been a symbol of memory.
- A myrtle branch from a plant that was cultivated from a sprig of myrtle from The Queen’s 1947 wedding bouquet, the ancient emblem of a happy marriage.
- The English oak, a symbol of power and perseverance that honors the Queen and her unwavering devotion. It also represents the power of love.
A handwritten letter with the words “In love and loyal memory, Charles R.” was tucked amid the flowers.