Kate Middleton goes organic
London - London's Westminster Abbey will be
adorned with seasonal British flowers, shrubs and trees mainly sourced from
royal estates for the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton.
An avenue of trees lining the aisle and
leading to the altar will be the main feature of the display, which is based
around growing, rather than cut plants, in line with the bride-to-be's desire
that it should be sustainable.
London-based florist Shane Connolly, 47,
who is in charge of the displays, said he had been in regular touch with
Middleton and that the flowers would not give a message of "wow, what an
extravagance", but "how beautiful".
"I suggested right from the beginning
that we would use things from the royal estates because her whole ethos has
been that it had to be British (...) and that it had to be seasonal and as
organic to the place as possible," he said.
The plants will include blossoms, azaleas,
rhododendron, euphorbias, beech, wisteria and lilac, royal officials said on
Eight 7m high trees, six English Field
Maple and two Hornbeam, will be the most prominent feature and they will be in
planters designed by Connolly, who was chosen by the couple for his reputation
for producing "elegant and unique" displays.
Tradition dictates that the bride's bouquet
consists of white flowers but Connolly would not divulge any details.
However, he hinted there could be a hidden
message in the bouquet, as some flowers are said to convey certain meanings
about love, romance, and fidelity.
"One of the things that has been very
important to Catherine and to me are the meanings of flowers and the language
of flowers," said Connolly, who also arranged the flowers for the second
marriage of William's father Prince Charles in 2005.
"We've tried, especially in the
wedding bouquets, which you'll see on the day, we've tried very much to make
Whatever the design, media have reported
that Middleton is expected to leave her flowers on a memorial in the abbey to
an unknown soldier from World War One, following a tradition started by the
queen's mother at her wedding in 1923.
After the wedding, the other flowers and
plants will be left at the church until May 6 for the public to view. After
that, many of the trees will be taken to Highgrove, Charles's residence in
The couple hope that other cut plants and
flowers will be donated to charities or re-planted.