What do the flowers in the wreath placed on Queen Elizabeth's coffin symbolise?

Flowers grown from the queen's wedding bouquet, signifying love, strength and commitment, were chosen

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The flowers selected for the wreath on Queen Elizabeth II's coffin were requested by King Charles III.

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The wreath that adorns the queen's coffin was created to reflect the Royal Standard, according to The Telegraph.

The coffin of Queen Elizabeth II, draped in the Royal Standard and adorned with the Imperial State Crown and the Sovereign's Orb and Sceptre, being carried into Westminster Abbey for the state funeral. AFP

They were primarily cut from the gardens of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Highgrove House, and include roses, foliage of English oak and rosemary.

Rosemary was chosen as a traditional symbol of remembrance, along with myrtle, which was cut from a plant grown from the flowers in Queen Elizabeth II's wedding bouquet in 1947. Fragrant myrtle flowers are symbolic of love.

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on their wedding day in 1947. PA News

The most easily identifiable flowers in the wreath are the roses, which were chosen in several colours. The light pink flowers are Queen Elizabeth II Roses, named to mark her platinum jubilee. Also visible are red roses, the national flower of England.

The Queen Elizabeth II Rose was named for the queen's platinum jubilee and displayed at the Chelsea Flower Show in London in May 2022. AP Photo

There is also English oak foliage, which symbolises the strength of love, as well as pelargoniums, which have connotations of friendship, happiness and positive emotions. Autumnal hydrangeas, sedums, dahlias and scabiouses are also present.

Hydrangeas symbolise purity, innocence and abundance; sedum flowers are symbols of peace, perseverance and calmness; dahlias represent beauty, commitment and kindness; and the scabious is a traditional mourning flower.

The combination of gold, pink and deep red are thought to have been chosen to reflect the Royal Standard.

Inside Westminster Abbey, the bouquets include Asiatic lilies and lily of the valley, a favourite flower of the queen, along with gladioli, alstroemeria, eustoma, weeping birch and sprigs of myrtle.

The wreath is placed on top of the coffin with the Imperial State Crown, and the Sovereign’s Orb and Sceptre.

Updated: September 19, 2022, 12:31 PM
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