The myrtle in the Queen’s wedding bouquet had been replanted, resulting in the growth of a new plant used for the ornament at her funeral.
All the details matter for this royal funeral. The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is accompanied by several symbolic objects, such as the British imperial crown or the scepter of the British sovereign. It is also surmounted by a floral ornament, about which the royal family gave some explanations on Monday on Twitter.
“At the King’s request, the wreath contains rosemary, English oak and myrtle foliage,” the tweet details. Myrtle is a shrub native to the Mediterranean with lush leaves and white flowers, but the myrtle foliage placed above the queen’s coffin is not just any.
It comes “from a plant grown from the myrtle in the Queen’s wedding bouquet”, explains the royal family.
Elizabeth II married Philip Mountbatten on November 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey where his funeral took place on Monday. She was then 21 years old and more than 2000 people attended her wedding.
Flowers from the royal residences
The ornament on the queen’s coffin is also made up of flowers, colors gold, pink and burgundy with “touches of white”, picked from the gardens of the royal residences.
The British Royal Family owns 22 royal residences across the United Kingdom, including Buckingham Castle, Windsor Castle in England and Holyrood Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland.
It is at Windsor Castle that Queen Elizabeth II chose to rest, alongside her husband, who died in April 2021. Her remains are due to arrive there in the afternoon of Monday.