Royal Wedding Flowers Donated To London Hospice
By Bill Galluccio
May 21, 2018
Residents at St. Joseph's Hospice in Hackney, East London woke up to the sweet smell of royal flowers on Sunday, the day after Prince Harry married Meghan Markle. The flowers were donated by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and sent to a variety of charities and hospice facilities across London.
The flowers that adorned St. George's Chapel and St. George's Hall in Windsor were designed by Philippa Craddock, who worked with a team of florists from Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle to create a fairy-tale atmosphere at the Royal Wedding. Craddock used a variety of flowers including foxgloves, peonies, and white garden roses, which were hand-picked from the royal-owned Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park.
After the ceremony, the flowers were taken down and assembled into bouquets that were handed out across London. A worker at St. Joseph's shared a photo on Facebook of Pauline Clayton holding the white flowers.
Today we got a very special delivery. Beautiful bouquets made from the #royalwedding flowers which we gave to our patients. A big thank you to Harry and Meghan and florist Philippa Craddock. Our hospice smells and looks gorgeous. Such a lovely gesture.
Clayton has a royal history of her own. According to the BBC, when Clayton was just 19-years-old, "she worked for royal dressmaker Norman Hartnell and helped to embroider the 15ft (4.5m) Botticelli-inspired train of Queen Elizabeth II's wedding dress"
She said that "with my royal connections it's such a lovely coincidence to be at St Joseph's and receive these wedding flowers."
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