When it comes to, there are a number of traditions that have stood the test of time. For example, it’s likely that Meghan Markle’s wedding band will be made from Welsh gold, just like those worn by the Queen, Princess Diana and the Duchess of Cambridge. Many royal brides have also chosen to include a sprig of Myrtle in their . But there’s one age-old practice that is less well known.
Royal brides have an association with orange blossom which began with Queen Victoria when she married Prince Albert in 1840. Instead of a tiara, she wore a simple wreath of orange blossom flowers on her wedding day, which as the , served as an emblem of chastity.
Victoria’s affection for the fragrant flower lasted throughout her lifetime, with Prince Albert choosing an orange blossom wreath as a wedding anniversary gift. However, along with her white silk wedding dress, Victoria’s love for the bloom also went on to influence her daughters, daughters-in-law and generations of royal brides who incorporated orange blossom into their own dress designs.
When Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later the Queen mother) married the future King George VI, she wore an orange blossom wreath. Similarly, Queen Elizabeth II’s Norman Hartnell wedding dress featured an orange blossom border around the hem.
While the Duchess of Cambridge chose a variety of flowers with afor her bridal gown, she gave a nod to the tradition in another way. Her signature scent was to be Jo Malone Orange Blossom after she requested that candles burned the scent in Westminster Abbey on her big day in 2011.