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Duchess Accepts Winnipeg Designer's Beaded Bouquet

07/13/2011 08:08 EDT | Updated 09/12/2011 05:12 EDT
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CBC -- The wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may be long over, but the royal couple will soon be receiving a unique gift from a Winnipeg.

Stella Mazza said she was fascinated by Kate Middleton's all-white bouquet while watching the royal wedding in April.

"I just fell in love with the intricacies of it because it was consisting of about, you know, the four flowers and instantly knew exactly how I would be able to duplicate it," Mazza said.

When the duchess left her bouquet on the tomb of the unknown soldier during the ceremony, Mazza decided she wanted to create something for the bride that would keep the bouquet alive forever.

Mazza's idea: recreate the bouquet using the 500-year-old technique of French beaded flowers, in which intricate loops of beads form each bloom.

She sent a request to royal protocol officers and last week she received an email confirming the duchess would be pleased to receive her gift.

"I just screamed," Mazza recalled.

Mazza spent four days designing and 15 hours creating a prototype of the beaded bouquet.

She's creating a "fresh" replica that she hopes will be delivered to London in the next couple of weeks.