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The Queen's funeral wreath includes romantic nod to Prince Philip

Ali Condon

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The Queen's funeral wreath includes romantic nod to Prince Philip

Featured Image Credit: Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo / Alamy Stock Photo PA

Queen Elizabeth II's funeral wreath featured a subtle nod to her late husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

On Monday (19 September), the Queen's coffin was brought into Westminster Abbey for her state funeral, followed closely by King Charles III, Camilla Queen Consort, Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, Princess Anne, and Prince Edward.

Draped on top of the Queen's coffin - alongside the State Crown, Sovereign's Sceptre and Sovereign's Orb - was a magnificent wreath of flowers, which had been made completely sustainable at the request of King Charles.

The wreath of flowers on top of the Queen's coffin had a special tribute to Prince Philip. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo
The wreath of flowers on top of the Queen's coffin had a special tribute to Prince Philip. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Within the beautiful wreath was a sprig of myrtle, which was used in Queen Elizabeth's wedding bouquet when she married Prince Philip in November 1947.

Additionally, the wreath included asiatic lilies, gladioli, alstroemeria, eustoma and foliage of English oak, weeping birch.

A statement from the Royal Family confirmed: "At The King's request, the wreath contains foliage of Rosemary, English Oak and Myrtle (cut from a plant grown from Myrtle in The Queen's wedding bouquet) and flowers, in shades of gold, pink and deep burgundy, with touches of white, cut from the gardens of Royal Residences."

When the monarch's coffin first began its journey from Balmoral last week, there had been a separate arrangement of flowers adorning it, including sweet peas, dahlias, phlox, white heather, and pine fir.

People were quick to note that this wreath also had subtle tributes to Prince Philip included.

While dahlia flowers typically represent a lasting bond between two people, sweet peas symbolise are associated with departures and goodbyes.

Sweet pea flowers - notably one of Queen Elizabeth's favourite flowers - was also used in Prince Philip's memorial wreath, which had been chosen by the Queen herself.

The wreath of flowers that were first placed on the Queen's coffin also had a small tribute to Philip. Credit:  PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo
The wreath of flowers that were first placed on the Queen's coffin also had a small tribute to Philip. Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

The state funeral service in Westminster Abbey was attended by over 2,000 people, including the Royal Family, and heads of state.

It is being broadcast live on just about every channel, and is expected to be watched all around the world.

The service is presided over by the Dean of Westminster and the Archbishop of Canterbury at Westminster Abbey.

Following the service at Westminster Abbey, the Queen will be buried at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.

Topics: News, The Queen, Royal Family

Ali Condon
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