Flowers: The meaning behind the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding bouquet


Your wedding bouquet is one of the most personal expressions you can make on your wedding day. A chance to choose flowers that mean something to you, or have special memories that you can easily incorporate into your theme.

When Kate Middleton married Prince William on the 29th April 2011 at Westminster Abbey she chose a very understated and simple bouquet – especially when compared to the excesses of  Princess Diana’s huge statement bouquet of the 1980’s. Katherine chose to keep the colour palette all white but she chose the blooms that she carried very carefully. Each flower was hand picked for a very specific reason, and each bloom was also chosen as it would be naturally in season at this time.


The bouquet included:

Lily of the Valley

The bouquet was mainly made up of this sweet, gentle bloom and represents Trustworthiness (a most apt flower to include on your wedding day) Humility, the return of happiness, purity of the heart and is the symbol of loves good fortune.


It is a Royal Tradition to include a sprig of Myrtle in the wedding bouquet. The tradition started with Queen Victoria and has been continued in every royal Brides bouquet ever since. The Myrtle used in Katherine’s bouquet was actually grown in Queen Victoria’s private 175 year old garden at Osborne House in the Isle of Wight. Myrtles special symbol is Love and is the Hebrew emblem for Marriage – how apt.

Sweet William

We like to think that this was chosen to be included because it is the name of her Prince, but Sweet William also represents Gallantry and the promise of a smile. Very romantic.


Ivy is one of the most popular blooms to be found in a bouquet and it is not hard to see why. Ivy symbolises Marriage, Affection, Fidelity and Friendship.


The Hyacinth has a double meaning. It symbolises Sport (both Kate and William are sporty) but it also represents Loveliness and the constancy and continuation of Love.

The flowers carried by the flower girls and worn in their hair also replicated Katherine’s bouquet, consisting of Lily of the Valley, Sweet William and Hyacinth.





Sheila Harding at BOA Boutique exhibiting at Brides The Show

bridestheshowStep into the pages of the UK’s favourite bridal magazine from 30 September – 2 October! Brides The Show brings together the very best of the bridal industry at The Business Design Centre this Autumn – making it the only place to cross off your wedding to-do list in style.

From dresses to diamonds, flowers to cakes, the event will bring together top experts and over 150 luxury suppliers. Expect the freshest ideas, the highest quality craftsmanship and the very latest trends.

The Brides The Show catwalk will this year take on a captivating Circus theme, featuring the latest collections from designers including Suzanne Neville, Charlie Brear and Halfpenny London, PLUS exclusive to the Friday Night Preview, there will be an America’s catwalk showcasing seven top American designers including Monique LHuillier, Galia Lahav and Mira Zwillinger.

Be inspired by a crafted selection of hands-on workshops in the Imagination room and interactive travel hub Dream Destinations. Meet bridal experts who will help you plan your big day, and discuss bridal looks with the Bobbi Brown Pro-team and Michael Van-Clarke hairdressers.

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The Making of the Sheila Harding Harmony Collection

It is not often a bride gets to see the genesis of her own dress from the mood board inside the designer’s head all the way through to its completion and showcasing at ‘Brides The Show’ – the definitive bridal show of the year.

Brides-to-be can see the fascinating behind the scenes journey of Sheila Harding’s Harmony Collection on a ‘making of’ video that details fabric sourcing, pattern cutting, sewing and modeling, including some wonderful on-location shots at Strawberry Hill House, Leighton House Museum and the Bingham Hotel – you can enjoy your journey with us too:

2016 SALE – new styles added to our sale room …

We love each and every one of our beautiful gowns in the boutique, however due to new deliveries arriving we need to say goodbye to some styles which we have discounted including some Charlotte Balbier gowns – perfect for a Bride on a budget or a Bride who is getting married in the near future who does not have the time required to order a dress from the designer.


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