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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Donated Their Wedding Flowers to a Local Hospice

meghan harry wedding arch churchBritain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, on May 19, 2018 after their wedding ceremony. (Photo by Ben Birchall / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read BEN BIRCHALL/AFP/Getty Images)

So much sweetness. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry enjoyed a rather eventful weekend with their grand spectacle of a wedding at Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 19, and yet, the couple opted to quietly take the remnants of their luxurious nuptials and donate their wedding flowers to a local hospice in London.

St. Joseph’s Hospice, a facility based in London, revealed on Sunday, May 20, that its patients were among the lucky recipients of the couple’s wedding day floral designs and arrangements.

“Today we got a very special delivery,” a post on the hospice’s Facebook page read, alongside a sweet photo of a patient holding a bountiful bouquet of blooms. “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. Our hospice smells and looks gorgeous. Such a lovely gesture.”

London based florist Craddock is well known for her high fashion designs. The couple broke from typical royal tradition by selecting the luxe florist for their nuptials.

Markle’s own bridal bouquet, meanwhile, went to the Grave of the Unknown Soldier on Sunday in accordance with royal tradition. As recalled, Prince Harry handpicked a few flowers from Kensington Palace’s private garden and added the blooms to Craddock’s bespoke bridal bouquet. The bouquet itself included a cocktail of Forget-Me-Nots, scented sweet peas, astilbe, jasmine, lily of the valley, astrantia, and sprigs of myrtle (another royal tradition).

The tradition of including sprigs of myrtle—which represents hope and love—is a historic royal bridal homage that dates back to Princess Victoria’s wedding.

The Knot spoke with former White House florist Laura Dowling about her predictions leading up to the wedding day (and many of her comments were spot on). “By using flowers and plants from the royal gardens, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ensure that their wedding flowers will be sentimental, honoring royal and family traditions as well as representing special symbolic messages in the language of flowers,” Dowling said at the time. “Perhaps we’ll even see special flowers that honor specific members of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, who maintain a special and close relationship with their grandson. The fact that the royal couple are donating their flowers to charities after the wedding is another thoughtful touch.”

The floral donation wasn’t the only charitable component of the couple’s wedding day. The pair also wanted to give back to the global community with their charity registry arranged to raise funds and awareness for some of their favorite causes and organizations.

Check out all of our royal wedding coverage here, plus The Knot Gifts Back if you want to be charitable with your wedding too. And re-watch all the best moments from the wedding in The Knot’s video above.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.