Our jaws dropped when we saw the first photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding flowers by Philippa Craddock. Just the massive ceremony arch alone featured a giant heaping of blooms! Considering how big and beautiful the arrangements were, we couldn't help but wonder about what happened to them after the big day. Rest assured, because Meghan and Harry made sure that their floral décor was responsibly repurposed—and in the best of ways.
St. Joseph's Hospice of Hackney, London, took to social media this weekend with an announcement that they received some of the couple's wedding flowers. "Today we got a very special delivery. Beautiful bouquets made from the #royalwedding flowers which we gave to our patients," the facility shared. "A big thank you to Harry and Meghan and florist Philippa Craddock. Our hospice smells and looks gorgeous. Such a lovely gesture," they went on. Just look at the smile on one of their client's faces as she holds a pretty arrangement.
The Duchess of Sussex has sent the bouquet she carried during yesterday's #RoyalWedding to Westminster Abbey to rest on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. More: https://t.co/pdFnYO1S49 @KensingtonRoyal @RoyalFamily pic.twitter.com/TnrCEl4M4u— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) May 20, 2018
Meanwhile, the bride's own bouquet had a different post-wedding journey. It was sent to Westminster Abbey and placed on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. "This is a tradition which was begun by HM Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, at her marriage to King George VI in memory of her brother Fergus who was killed in 1915 at the Battle of Loos during the First World War," Westminster Abbey shared in a press release. It was previously revealed that Markle's bouquet was chosen by her groom to honor Princess Diana.
We're glad to see that the blooms were recycled, especially considering how many there were. Surprisingly, though, the huge amount may not have always been part of the plan! According to CNN, Markle and her mom, Doria Ragland, weren't "entirely satisfied" with the blooms when they toured the venue the day before the wedding. "The problem wasn't the flowers themselves—they thought they looked beautiful—but they didn't feel that there were enough of them," reporter Clarissa Ward shared on TV. In turn, Craddock rushed in with her team to add more petals and foliage.