By Jill Brooke
What must it be like for Queen Elizabeth II to lose the love of your life that you’ve spent over 70 years with?
At times of loses or sadness, flowers often comfort.
Did you know that Queen Elizabeth’s favorite flower is the lily of the valley – which is such a sweet delicate flower?
The Queen’s Coronation Bouquet in 1953 was made up of white flowers comprising orchids and lilies of the valley from England, stephanotis from Scotland, orchids from Wales, and carnations from Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. She has also always been a flower lover and in fact, almost always wears floral motifs in her hats or dresses.
Indeed she will carry on and petal on. We all have such respect for her service and focus, don’t you? Surely her favorite flower must be in some arrangement nearby. The Queen also selected white roses and lilies to be put on his coffin.
Meanwhile, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry sent a wreath for the funeral service made by Willow Crossley who designed arrangements for her wedding and christening of son Archie.
In the language of flowers, the wreath represented Prince Philip’s Greek heritage. They chose Acanthus mollis (Bear’s breeches), the national flower of Greece, to represent the Duke of Edinburgh’s heritage and Eryngium (Sea Holly), to represent the Royal Marines. They also requested campanula to represent gratitude and everlasting love, rosemary to signify remembrance, lavender for devotion, and roses in honor of June being the duke’s birth month.
However, we’re thinking of the Queen today. We all need our rocks whether it’s a spouse, a friend, or a sibling. Hope she is surrounded by both flowers and love.