Royal Wedding Flower Predictions 2018

Steve Betts | 18-May-18
Category : Wedding Flowers

With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding just days away, the UK’s getting the Pimms, strawberries and scones prepared in order to celebrate. One of our favourite aspects of any wedding is the flowers. Check out our flower predictions for the royal wedding!

Royal Wedding Flower Predictions

One of the biggest weddings of the century is just around the corner, and the whole of the UK is waiting in anticipation for the nation’s favourite Ginger to say ‘I do’ to his American fiance. When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement in November 2017, the globe went into a frenzy of excitement. From how they met to the stunning three stone diamond engagement ring, everything about Meghan and Harry’s love story was perfect. During their engagement photos at Kensington Palace Gardens, Harry stated that he knew Meghan was ‘the one’ from the very first time he met her.

In celebration of the impending Royal Wedding at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on Saturday 19th May, we’ve got the Pimms chilling and the scones baking. Obviously flowers are one of our favourite aspects of any wedding, so we at Urban Design thought we’d have a look back at the flowers at previous royal weddings and give a few predictions of our own.

Flowers at previous Royal Weddings

Every Royal Wedding is super exciting, and in the spirit of the current reigning monarch, we decided to have a look back at the flowers that have made an appearance at Royal Weddings of the past.

Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth - 1947

When Philip Mountbatten married Princess Elizabeth (now known as Queen Elizabeth II) at Westminster Abbey on 20th November 1947, Elizabeth had a large wedding bouquet, featuring white cattleya, odontoglossum orchids, myrtle and cypripedium orchids.

Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones - 1960

Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones got married at Westminster Abbey on 6th May 1960. Their ceremony was the first ever Royal wedding to be televised and attracted over 300 million worldwide viewing figures.  However, Princess Margaret’s wedding bouquet was a much smaller scaled down version of  her sister’s wedding bouquet.

Princess Diana and Prince Charles - 1981

When the People’s Princess, Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981, 750 million people tuned into watch Diana walk down the aisle with one of the largest flower bouquets to bedeck a royal wedding. From odontoglossum orchids to lily of the valley, earl mountbatten roses, veronica, ivy, tradescantia and myrtle, the flowers were arranged to cascade down.

Kate Middleton and Prince William - 2011

When Kate Middleton married Prince William in 2011 she surprised everyone by choosing a small and simple wedding bouquet of four flowers - sweet william, hyacinth, myrtle and lily of the valley. What makes Kate’s bouquet so unique is that every flower had to be individually hand wired. It is estimated that two billion people tuned into watch this Royal Wedding.

Royal Wedding Flower Predictions

Will Meghan Markle pay homage to Harry’s late mother and have a huge cascading bouquet of flowers, or will she follow Kate’s footsteps and go for a much smaller but intricate bouquet of flowers? Obviously we will find out on the day, but we’re pretty sure Meghan will have the following:


In January 2018 Meghan Markle deleted all of her social media accounts, but when they were live, there were images of colourful peonies and roses splashed all over her Instagram account. A peony is a spring flower, and the couple are having a spring wedding, so we think peonies in her bouquet or decorating the wedding reception will be quite fitting.  


Roses are synonymous with everlasting love and romance - vibrant red roses or sweet pink roses will make a colourful difference to the usual cream and white Royal Wedding flowers we are used to seeing the Princess Bride carry down the aisle… It will definitely count as your ‘something new’.


At Urban Design we love the whole idea of standing out from the crowd, but we also love an old tradition. Ever since Queen Victoria incorporated myrtle into her wedding flower bouquet, it’s been passed down to every royal wedding since. We’re pretty sure this prediction is on to a winner… (because Ancient Greeks used to make crowns out of Myrtles for WINNERS of the Olympics… get it…?)

Hornbeam , Birch and Beech

It was reported that Meghan and Harry will be having locally sourced foliaged incorporated into their wedding flowers ( Picked from the Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park, we’d also expect to see British white roses and many other classic English blooms!

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