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Queen Elizabeth II's funeral flowers include a touching royal tradition

·4-min read
Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II will be buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel in St George's Chapel at Windsor. The Queen's state funeral (Monday 19th September 2022) began at Westminster Abbey, with St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle being her final resting place.

Marking the end of 10 days of events across the UK since the Queen's death, the funeral pays tribute to the Queen's 'remarkable reign and lifetime of service'. The Queen's funeral flowers include a beautiful, sustainable wreath with a touching royal tradition, and plants cut from her royal residences.

Take a look at the Queen's funeral flowers and floral tributes, and what they mean:

• Windsor, 19th September

The Queen will be buried in the King George VI Memorial Chapel, Windsor.

A carpet of flowers will greet mourners arriving at St George’s Chapel for the Queen’s committal service. A wreath from Number 10, signed by the Prime Minister Liz Truss, sits close to the door of the chapel, The Telegraph reports.

Inside St George's Chapel is a floral arrangement of white blossoms in full bloom. BBC reports that flowers include Longiflorum lilies ‘Watch up’, Bouvardia ‘Royal white’, Dahlia ‘Caro’, Dahlia ‘Maarten Zwaan, Eustoma ‘Rosita’ (Lisianthus) and Rose ‘Avalanche’. And greenery includes eucalyptus, Soft ruscus, and other greenery picked from Home Park.

• Westminister Abbey, 19th September

Queen Elizabeth II's funeral flowers inside Westminster Abbey included asiatic lilies, gladioli, alstroemeria, eustoma, foliage of English oak, weeping birch and sprigs of myrtle — a flower which was used in the Queen's wedding bouquet, as is royal tradition.

Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dominic Lipinski - Getty Images

The coffin featured a wreath made up of pink roses and rosemary, with some flowers requested by King Charles III. Draped in the Royal Standard and carrying the Imperial State Crown, the wreath contains plants from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House. This is the second wreath to feature on the Queen's coffin.

The beautiful flowers and foliage have been chosen for their symbolism, including rosemary for remembrance and English oak to symbolise the strength of love. Meanwhile, the myrtle included in the wreath was cut from a plant that was grown from a sprig of myrtle in the Queen's wedding bouquet in 1947.

Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

Other flowers include pelargoniums, garden roses, autumnal hydrangea, sedum, dahlias and scabious — all in shades of gold, pink, white and deep burgundy to reflect the Royal Standard. Set in a nest of English moss and oak branches, the King requested the wreath to be made sustainably and without the use of floral foam.

Attached to the wreath is a handwritten note from King Charles. It reads: 'In loving and devoted memory. Charles R.' The wreath will be buried with The Queen at St George's Chapel in Windsor.

Photo credit: PHIL NOBLE - Getty Images
Photo credit: PHIL NOBLE - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chris Jackson - Getty Images

• Westminister Hall, 14th September

When the Queen was lying-in-state in Westminster Hall, the wreath included pine from the gardens at Balmoral, and pittosporum, lavender and rosemary from the gardens at Windsor. Other flowers included dahlias and white roses.

Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

• Edinburgh, 12th September

When the Queen's coffin left Balmoral Castle, the first wreath featured flowers cut from the monarch's garden on the Balmoral Estate. Picked by staff members, the flowers included dahlias, sweet peas — one of the Queen's favourite blooms — phlox, white heather and pine fir.

The sweet peas were a nod to the Queen's late husband, Prince Philip. Symbolising departures and farewells, sweet peas were also selected by the Queen for Prince Philip's funeral flowers back in April 2021.

Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: WPA Pool - Getty Images

What were Queen Elizabeth II's favourite flowers?

Lily of the valley has earned the title of Queen Elizabeth's favourite flower, holding special associations for Her Majesty ever since it featured in her coronation bouquet in 1953. Famous for its bell-shaped, fragrant blooms, the beautiful flowers have also been a permanent feature at the gardens of Buckingham Palace.

Photo credit: C. LEHENAFF - Getty Images
Photo credit: C. LEHENAFF - Getty Images

Is there a rose named after Queen Elizabeth II?

Elizabeth (Ausmajesty), a graceful pale pink-apricot rose, was a new variety launched by David Austin Roses to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Named in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and with approval of the Royal Household, the English rose shrub has a strong, sweet, yet fresh fragrance with hints of lemon sherbet and Old Rose.

With notable repeat flowering, it has regal dark green textured foliage and pretty blooms that will brighten up any garden border. The rose is currently sold out online, but you can sign up to find out when it will be back in stock.

Photo credit: David Austin Roses/Jonathan Buckley
Photo credit: David Austin Roses/Jonathan Buckley

What colour is the Queen Elizabeth rose?

We have seen many roses named after the Queen over the years, but one of the oldest is Rosa 'The Queen Elizabeth' — a pink Grandiflora rose cultivar bred by rose grower, Dr. Walter Lammerts, in the United States in 1954. According to the RHS, this beautiful rose has leathery, dark green leaves, and produces small clusters of scented, clear pink blooms on long stems, from mid-summer to early autumn.

The rose is available to purchase from the RHS shop (£19.99) from autumn or from David Austin Roses as a bare root (£21.50).

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