Queen Camilla’s Coronation bouquet laid in Westminster Abbey in poignant tradition

Queen Camilla's Coronation bouquet has been laid at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, Buckingham Palace has said.

The flowers were placed on the grave at Westminster Abbey at Camilla’s request following Saturday’s Coronation service at the church.

A tweet from the King Charles III and The Queen’s official twitter account – @‌RoyalFamily – shows a delicate bouquet of yellow, white and pink flowers sitting on the tomb.

It is a simple-tied bunch of English spring flowers including auriculas and lily of the valley – both of which featured in the Queen’s wedding bouquet in 2005 – along with hellebores, which the King wore in his buttonhole during the couple’s wedding 18 years ago and are a particular favourite of his.

Jasmine and wallflowers add to the sweet scent of the bouquet, which was created by Shane Connolly.

Camilla did not carry the flowers on Coronation day.

Mr Connolly, from west Belfast, also made the floral arrangements which adorned Westminster Abbey for the coronation service.

He previously said his aim with the arrangements of seasonal home-grown blooms and foliage was to make them “incredibly personal” to Charles and Camilla as well as showing that UK-grown flowers can be used at an event of this size.

Mr Connolly also created the floral arrangements at Charles and Camilla’s wedding in 2005 and the Prince and Princess of Wales’s wedding in 2011.

All eyes were on Camilla yesterday as she and her husband were officially crowned at Westminster Abbey before millions of royal watchers.

And as well as wondering whether the weather would hold up during the grand celebration, viewers from the streets of London and at home all over the world were equally intrigued by what the new Queen would wear.

Camilla unveiled her widely-anticipated ensemble yesterday upon arrival at the church, with the 75 year old donning an elegant Bruce Oldfield couture gown with gold embroidery.

Many eagle-eyed fans were quick to spot sweet tributes she commissioned to be a part of her outfit, in that she had the names of her children and grandchildren – and even her two rescue terriers Beth and Bluebell – embroidered into the gown.

While the ivory gown itself was woven by Stephen Walters in Suffolk, to make the whole thing even more special, all of the embroidery on the Queen’s Robe of State was expertly completed by the Royal School of Needlework, where Camilla is a patron.

The dress was complete with the ‘Coronation Necklace’ – a historic piece of jewellery that was also worn during coronations in 1902, 1911, 1937 and 1953 – which features diamonds from Queen Victoria's jewellery collection.


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