It should come as no surprise that Prince Harry wants Princess Diana, his beloved late mother, to be honored in some way during his wedding to Meghan Markle. That's why the couple has come up with an incredibly sweet way to pay tribute to her memory and ensure she's part of the happy occasion: Harry and Meghan have decided that the ceremony floral arrangements in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle will include white garden roses, a variety that Princess Diana loved, reports People.
This isn't the first time the bloom has been used to honor Prince Harry's mother. Last year, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death, a temporary rose garden was opened at her former London home, in Kensington Palace's sunken gardens. (This is also the spot where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle snapped their first engaged photos just hours after announcing their intentions to wed in November 2017.) Both Prince William and Prince Harry were involved in creating the installation, dubbed the "White Garden," which involved potting white cream-colored roses around the garden's pond.
On Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding day, London-based florist Philippa Craddock will have the honor of bringing this homage to Princess Diana to life. "I am excited and honored to have been chosen by Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle to create and design their wedding flowers," she said in a Kensington Palace statement, shortly after the royal family publicized her involvement in the upcoming wedding.
"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," she continued. White roses won't be the only blooms used throughout the royal wedding's floral décor, however. We'll also see beech, birch, hornbeam, foxgloves, and peonies, Markle's favorite flower.