For those looking for any tributes to Princess Diana at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding or reception, look no further than the newly-anointed Duchess of Sussex's fingertips.
Markle rocked one of Princess Diana's most memorable rings for her and Prince Harry's evening reception at Frogmore House, accentuating her sleek, Bond girl-like Stella McCartney look with something blue. Harper's Bazaar UK writes Prince Harry gave her the striking emerald-cut aquamarine Asprey London diamond ring as a wedding gift.
This gesture follows suit with the prince's previous odes to his mother — who died following a car accident in 1997 — as he used two diamonds from her personal jewelry collection for Markle's custom-made engagement ring. Back in November, he told the BBC in their engagement interview that this gesture was to help "make sure she's with us on this crazy journey together."
Judging by the significant jewelry Markle wore for the wedding reception, it appears as though Princess Diana's legacy will continue to be a part of this "crazy journey" through heirlooms and beyond. People magazine reports the standout cocktail ring also comes with a matching bracelet with pearl accents, but it is not yet known if Prince Harry's gift included this item.
"They'd be thick as thieves, without question," said Harry, about how his mother and Markle would get along, to the BBC. "It is days like today when I really miss having her around and miss being able to share the happy news... I'm sure she's with us, yeah, you know, jumping up and down somewhere else."
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This sentimental spirit also extended into the thought behind Markle's royal wedding bouquet. In a statement, Kensington Palace revealed Prince Harry handpicked the flowers for his bride's floral arrangement from the Princess Diana White Garden at Kensington Palace, and made sure to include her favourite flower, the aptly-named forget-me-not. Florist Philippa Craddock designed the bouquets, which featured lily of the valley, abstrantia, myrtle and astilbe, which represents patience and dedication.
It's all about the details. I'm not sure about you but I can't get enough of Meghan's petite hand-tied bouquet. The bridal bouquet contained forget-me-nots - Harry's late mother's favourite bloom - along with stems which were hand picked by Harry from their private garden at Kensington Palace. Let me repeat: HARRY HANDPICKED FLOWERS FOR MEGHAN'S BOUQUET. I mean, have you ever? The bouquet featured astilbe - meaning of 'I will be waiting for you' or 'I'll still be waiting' - symbolising patience and dedication to a loved one. "There was also lily-of-the-valley (convallaria); symbolising sweetness and the return of happiness, it is also the birth flower of May. It also featured the obligatory sprig of myrtle, a tradition going back to the reign of Queen Victoria and previously observed by the Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess of Wales and even the Queen at their own weddings," writes the @dailymail. And for those who are wondering: ASTILBE: Meaning 'I will be waiting for you' or 'I'll still be waiting', symbolizing patience and dedication LILY OF THE VALLEY Latin name- Convallaria. Symbolises sweetness and the return of happiness. It is also the birth flower of May. ASTRANTIA: Symbolises strength, courage and protection. FORGET-ME-NOTS: Diana's favourite flower MYRTLE: A royal custom going back to the reign of Victoria SWEET PEAS: Meaning 'delicate or blissful pleasure' 📸: BEN BIRCHALL/gettyimages #royalwedding #meghanmarkle #princeharry #bride #bouquet #bridal #romance #astilbe #forgetmenot #myrtle #lilyofthevalley #astrantia #meghanandharry #harryandmeghan #royal #dukeandduchess #wedding
"The spring blooms include Forget-Me-Nots which were Diana, Princess of Wales' favourite flower," read the Kensington Palace statement.
"The couple specifically chose them to be included in Ms. Markle's bouquet to honour the memory of the late Princess on this special day."
The family messaging and traditions did not end there. Like Queen Victoria and other royals before her, Markle sent her personal bridal bouquet to Westminister Abbey on Sunday for it to rest on and honour the Grave of the Unknown Warrior.
The Duchess of Sussex has sent the bouquet she carried during yesterday's #RoyalWedding to Westminster Abbey to rest on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior. More: https://t.co/pdFnYO1S49 @KensingtonRoyal @RoyalFamily pic.twitter.com/TnrCEl4M4u— Westminster Abbey (@wabbey) May 20, 2018
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