The Queen's Language of Flowers

A very heartfelt tribute from King Charles III in the language of flowers

I have always admired Prince Charles, now King Charles III, and his honorable commitment to our natural resources and stewardship in sustainability. Now, I could not admire him any more! A deep and respectful bow to him for selecting his late mum's flowers for her coffin wreath carefully by their meanings in their beautiful and sentimental language. And oh, what messages she will carry with her forever!

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin wreath

Beginning with the roses, let's decode the extraordinary sentiments and messages of this beautiful wreath of flowers;

Yellow roses represent the highest mark of achievement, coral for longevity, and pink roses mean grace, beauty, and appreciation. The Hydrangeas mean devotion, Hypericum for protection, and Rosemary is for remembrance. There is English Oak for bravery, endurance, and love of country. The Myrtle included was made from a sprig that was used in the Queen's bridal bouquet when she married Prince Phillip in 1947, and is an ancient symbol of a happy marriage. Sedum means tranquility, and the everlastings mean everlasting love.  The scabiosa is so appropriate in a funeral wreath such as this because it indicates mourning, but also means one that is dear. And finally, the Dahlia represents dignity, eloquence, and gratitude.

Perhaps King Charles III didn't realize the depth of meaning in some blooms. But I am certain that he knew and deliberately chose many of them for their context, however; I find it absolutely fitting and extraordinary that all the flowers DO represent and convey the world's emotions and sentiments during this time of loss of such a monumental and beloved person such as Her Majesty. I am so happy he did it. She deserves to be laid to rest with all these heartfelt messages.

1 comment

Shirley Smith

I wanted to know if hypericum were in the queens wreath.
I now have confirmation that they were.
How wonderful that King Charlie’s 111 chose them for part of the Queens wreath. I thank you for the information. Shirley.

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