We asked three top florists what they would do if they were chosen to supply the flowers for the imminent royal wedding. What flowers would they choose for the soon-to-be princess?
Gillian Wheeler, principal of London’s Covent Garden Academy of Flowers: “The selection of flowers, and the style and shape of the bouquet, always depends on the bride and the fabric and design of her dress. However, on such a glittering and glamorous occasion, the classic English rose is hard to equal for form and fragrance. Jasmine or lily of the valley also have romantic connotations. Simplicity is our aim – a classical look that will not date in years to come, as it is after all a historic occasion.
It would be fun for Kate to have an additional, and perhaps unexpected, touch of colour – lime green, violet or blue touches to make the flowers personal. The flowers should look beautiful and fresh like the young bride-to-be herself."
Joy Gill, owner of The Flower Centre in Northfield, Birmingham: “For the bridal flowers I would love to show off the skills of a real florist and create something really different, but perfectly wearable, making the base from a framework using current European design techniques. For the Abbey and the reception tall structured table designs featuring white lilies - said to be Kate’s favourite.
"Flowers and foliage would be British sourced, possibly from the royal’s own gardens and featuring that all important sprig of myrtle that has featured in Royal bouquets since Queen Victoria.”
Clare Steward, senior floral designer at Girlflower in Maidstone, Kent: “William and Kate are a young couple and I think their flowers should reflect their personalities. I would suggest using coral sunset peonies, lime green shamrock blooms and slices of fresh limes. A classic hand-tied of massed coral peonies would suit Kate’s beautiful features and skin tone.
"Alternatively, ivory peonies, freesias and spray roses would also compliment the big day. Antique bird cages brimming with stocks, peonies and trailing amaranthus spilling out across the tables would have a great impact.”