The Royal Family Just Revealed a Sneak Peek of the Ceremony Flowers for the Coronation

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These Flowers Will Displayed During the CoronationTim Graham - Getty Images

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In addition to the friends and royals who will attend the May 6 coronation by King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla, all of us at home will be able to witness the regal details of the big day as it airs on TV.

So far, Buckingham Palace officials have shared details about the coronation thrones, Camilla’s crown and Kate Middleton’s coronation outfit. And as the Royal Family puts the finishing touches on prep for the coronation itself as well as the celebratory Big Lunch on May 7, they’re revealing more about the stunning botanical details of the big day.

Seasonal flowers and foliage from all corners of the United Kingdom will dress up ornate Westminster Abbey even more, palace officials say in a recent news release. More than 120 varieties of flowers have been grown by 80 members of the non-profit Flowers from the Farm, which advocates for artisan growers of cut flowers. (Check out a gallery of behind-the-scenes preparations here!) The foliage and more flowers are from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), the U.K.’s leading garden-related charity.

The arrangements are designed by the “floral alchemists” at Shane Connolly and Co. using sustainable techniques and without any floral foam or single-use plastic. The goal of all the grand greens and blooms? To “reflect Their Majesties’ deep affection for the natural world and their shared passion for gardening, and showcase the best of the British countryside in the Spring, inspired by the richness of Westminster Abbey,” palace officials explain.

There’s one final heart-warming detail that will make the gorgeous celebration live on as well. After the coronation, all of these naturally stunning elements will be donated to Floral Angels, a volunteer-lead non-profit that recycles flowers from events to repurpose into arrangements and bouquets to deliver to hospices, shelters, care homes and other vetted community beneficiaries. The Queen Consort is Patron of Floral Angels.

Learn more about the four big plant displays you might see at the coronation below.

  • The Great West Door of Westminster Abbey will be adorned with a pair of tall topiaries and a makeshift meadow of wild grasses, cowslips, primroses and violets.

  • The Grave of the Unknown Warrior will be framed by fresh spring flowers that hold special symbolic meaning related to remembrance. The design is said to echo the colorful British wildflower meadow hand-painted on the coronation invitations, and includes sprigs of rosemary (an emblem of remembrance), bay (virtue), bluebells (constancy) and forget-me-nots (true love and respect), daffodils (chivalry), lilac (memories) and more. Lily of the valley and auricula also join the display since they both appeared in Camilla’s 2005 wedding bouquet.

  • The Quire is where most of the coronation will take place. Expect to spy hellebores (one of King Charles's favorites), honeysuckle, tulips, ranunculus, blossom, jasmine, and aquilegia, as well as with foliage details like rosemary, birch, bay and hazel, and wild broom. The color palette is said to be rich with gold, burgundies, purples, pinks and reds.

  • The High Altar will be going green with flowering shrubs and trees including crab apple blossom, amelanchier, camellia, acer, hazel, rhododendron and azalea.

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