I am very into the language and symbolism of flowers both in the traditional sense and in terms of the healing qualities of the flowers within herbalism and flower essences. So i was delighted that Kate chose the flowers for her bouquet with an awareness of their deeper meaning, i think it makes the bouquet all the special that way. I found the information on the flowers used, upon the Official Royal wedding site, which is worth a browse to find out any details you may want to know of the day.
It seems fitting that the main flower within the bouquet, and used for the button holes, is Lily of the Valley. Since its definition is Return of Happiness. Kate and William's marriage it seems to me, is the beginning of a new happiness for the Royal family. One which we can enjoy seeing grow and blossom, over the years to come.
"The bouquet is a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. The bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers.
The flowers’ meanings in the bouquet are:
Lily-of-the-valley – Return of happiness
Sweet William – Gallantry
Hyacinth – Constancy of love
Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.
The bouquet contains stems from a myrtle planted at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, by Queen Victoria in 1845, and a sprig from a plant grown from the myrtle used in The Queen’s wedding bouquet of 1947.
The tradition of carrying myrtle begun after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany. In the same year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat, and a sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls, where it continues to thrive today.
The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858, and was used to signify the traditional innocence of a bride."