Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral Flowers Had a Poignant Meaning Behind Them

Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral was one of tradition and military precision, but there were a number of touching and personal details in her honor.

Atop her coffin, alongside the glittering crown jewels, was a beautiful floral arrangement which had been chosen carefully by the new king, Charles III.

The wreath poignantly features blooms taken from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Highgrove House—each with symbolic meanings. According to the palace, the flowers included rosemary for remembrance. The arrangement also included myrtle, an ancient symbol of a happy marriage, cut from a plant which was grown from a sprig of myrtle that was originally included in the Queen’s wedding bouquet in 1947.

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English oak was also featured to represent the strength of love, while pelargoniums, garden roses, autumnal hydrangea, sedum, dahlias, and scabious were added in shades of gold, pink, deep burgundy, and white to reflect the Royal Standard.

Among the foliage was a handwritten note on King Charles’s personal stationary, which read: “In loving and devoted memory, Charles R.”


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