Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral is taking place today (Monday 19 September 2022) at Westminster Abbey before she is due to be interred at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle – and her funeral flowers include a touching royal tradition.
The funeral marks the end of 10 days of events across Britain since the Queen’s death and pays tribute to the Queen’s “remarkable reign and lifelong service”. Around 2,000 guests are in attendance, including Presidents, Prime Ministers and foreign royalty who bid farewell to the Queen.
What are Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral flowers?
Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral flowers at Westminster Abbey include asiatic lilies, gladioli, alstroemeria, eustoma, English oak foliage, weeping birch and sprigs of myrtle – a flower used in the Queen’s wedding bouquet according to royal tradition.
The coffin featured a wreath of pink roses and rosemary, with some flowers given by King Charles III. The wreath is draped with the royal standard and bears the Imperial State Crown and includes plants from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House. This is the second wreath on the Queen’s coffin.
The beautiful flowers and foliage were chosen for their symbolism, including rosemary for remembrance and English oak for the strength of love. Meanwhile, the myrtle contained in the wreath was cut from a plant grown from a myrtle sprig in the Queen’s wedding bouquet in 1947.
Other flowers include pelargoniums, garden roses, autumn hydrangeas, sedum, dahlias and scabious – all in golds, pinks, whites and deep burgundy to reflect the Royal Standard.
Nestled in a nest of English moss and oak branches, the king requested that the wreath be made sustainably and without the use of floral foam.
The first wreath featured flowers cut from the gardens of Balmoral. Flowers picked by staff included dahlias, sweet peas – one of the Queen’s favorite flowers – phlox, white heather and pine fir.
Corresponding Hi! magazine, the sweet peas are a nod to the Queen’s late husband, Prince Philip. As a symbol of farewell and farewell, sugar snap peas were chosen by the Queen for Prince Philip’s mourning flowers back in April 2021.
What were Queen Elizabeth II’s favorite flowers?
Earning the title of Queen Elizabeth’s favorite flower, the lily of the valley has had special associations with Her Majesty since it featured in her coronation bouquet in 1953. Famous for its bell-shaped, fragrant blooms, the beautiful flowers are also a staple in the gardens of Buckingham Palace.
Is there a rose named after Queen Elizabeth II?
Elizabeth (Ausmajesty), a graceful pale pink apricot rose, was a new variety introduced by David Austin Roses to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Named in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and with the approval of the Royal Household, the English rose bush has a strong, sweet yet fresh scent with hints of lemon sorbet and aged rose.
With a remarkable repeat flowering season, she has majestic dark green textured foliage and pretty blooms that will brighten any garden border. The rose is currently sold out online, but you can sign up to find out when it’s back in stock.
What color is the Queen Elizabeth Rose?
We’ve seen many roses named after the Queen over the years, but one of the oldest is it pink “The Queen Elizabeth” – a pink Grandiflora rose variety created in 1954 by rose breeder Dr. Walter Lammerts in the United States. clear pink flowers on long stalks, midsummer to early fall.
The rose will be available from the RHS shop (£19.99) or as a bare root rose (£21.50) from David Austin Roses from autumn.