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Royal wedding blooms in waiting

Royal wedding blooms in waiting

The queen of spring florals is set to reign at the wedding of the year this May.

As suspense builds across the nation for Prince Harry to marry his bride-to-be Meghan Markle, the countdown to the royal wedding is officially on. All eyes will be looking to Windsor on Saturday 19th May as each eagerly awaited detail of the royal nuptials unfolds.

With the official florist for the big day recently revealed as London-based Philippa Craddock, Dobbies Garden Centres has provided a preview of the beautiful blooms tipped to take centre stage this spring.

Widely regarded as Meghan's favourite flowers, peonies are the pick of the bunch when it comes to the floral arrangements, and her selection is bound to inspire the future choices of couples planning their nuptials. May is the perfect month for in-season peonies, so the wedding date couldn't be better timed to include the much-loved flower. Other blooms reported to have been selected are traditional white garden roses and foxgloves.

Blooming with inspiration, Dobbies has collaborated with leading stylist and author Selina Lake to provide a whole host of gorgeous styling ideas, all using the soon to be reigning flowers of the wedding season. From sophisticated centrepieces to bridal flower crowns, create flourishing picture-perfect displays with the great British blooms of the moment. To find out more visit www.dobbies.com

Did you know…
It has been a long-standing tradition for royal brides to carry a sprig of myrtle in their wedding bouquet. This dates back to Queen Victoria's nuptials, when she was gifted a royal myrtle plant by Prince Albert's grandmother. Myrtle symbolises hope, love and marriage.

White lily-of-the-valley is a popular traditional choice for royal bouquets. Chosen by the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Diana and the Duchess of York to name a few, lily-of-the-valley means trustworthy.

The Queen decorated her 9ft-tall wedding cake with fresh flowers when she married Prince Philip in 1947. Now a Pinterest-worthy favourite among many modern brides, it would seem that the Queen was one of the first to set the trend.