In recent days, news of the royal wedding food, the bridal party and where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will stay before their big day have been confirmed. With just days to go, the couple's floral designer Philippa Craddock has revealed details of the flower arrangements she has been working on for the St George's Chapel ceremony and the St George's Hall reception.
Craddock, who runs her studio from Fulham, discussed the floral displays in Savill Garden in Windsor Great Park, where she has sourced much of the foliage for the occasion. She was joined by Keeper of the Gardens John Anderson, who has helped to select plants for the décor.
Although she didn't share how the full arrangements will look, Craddock confirmed that silver birch and English oak will feature on the day, reports Sky News.
"The base is the foliage, that's where the designs start from and then the flowers are complementary on top of that, but actually it's very much the foliage and shapes of the branches that will give us the shape of the designs," Craddock told a reporter.
"One of the things that has been very important in this brief to me is to make sure we're sourcing locally and that the designs reflect the landscape that's around Windsor Castle, that's what we're looking to do in the chapel.
"For me, as when I work with all couples, it's been a highly collaborative process so everybody's been involved and everybody's had actually coincidentally similar ideas."
As Kensington Palace previously announced, Craddock will use plants and flowers that are blooming naturally at this time of year. As well as branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, these will include white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves.
In a video shared by the Palace, conservation expert Dr. Alice Laughton and Royal Parks Gardener Mike Jones discussed the importance of incorporating pollinator-friendly plants in the displays.
We’re incorporating pollinator-friendly plants as part of the displays in and around St George’s Chapel for the #RoyalWedding.- Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 16, 2018
Watch conservation expert Dr. Alice Laughton and @TheRoyalParks Gardener Mike Jones speak about the plants being grown for the displays. pic.twitter.com/EofKbNivoP
Referring to the perennial geraniums which are being grown by the Royal Parks team, Jones said the "border plants" are "fantastic in a shady corner... they add a splash of colour and they live for years."
The Palace has confirmed that after the wedding, the flowers will be distributed to charities.
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