Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have revealed their wedding day florist and that one of Princess Diana’s favourite flowers will feature in the arrangements.
Luxury floral designer Philippa Craddock is known for her “down to earth approach” to floristry and has said working with Harry and Meghan has already been “creative and fun”.
She will create the floral displays for inside St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle where they’ll get married, and inside St George’s Hall for the reception on 19 May.
Working with a team of florists from St George’s Chapel and Buckingham Palace, the displays will use flowers and foliage taken from the gardens of the royal palaces and Windsor Great Park.
It’s not clear what colour scheme the couple have chosen, but the designs will feature white garden roses, one of Princess Diana’s favourite flowers, peonies and foxgloves, along with branches of beech, birch and hornbeam.
Peonies are believed to be a favourite of Meghan’s, and pictures posted on her Instagram account suggested Prince Harry may have impressed her with bunches of the flowers when they first started dating.
Flowers and plants that are in season and blooming naturally in May will be used, where possible.
The palace said the arrangements will “reflect the wild and natural landscapes from which many of the plants will be drawn”.
Ms Craddock said: “I am excited and honoured to have been chosen by Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle to design and create their wedding flowers.
“Working with them has been an absolute pleasure.
“The process has been highly collaborative, free-flowing, creative and fun.
“The final designs will represent them as a couple, which I always aim to achieve in my work, with local sourcing, seasonality and sustainability being at the forefront.”
Ms Craddock has a studio in Fulham, London and a flower shop in Selfridges.
She has already done work for Kensington Palace. Other clients include V&A, Hampton Court Palace, Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior and British Vogue.
Harry and Meghan have decided that after the wedding the flowers will be given to different charities. It’s not clear how much the flowers will cost.