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See How Princess Eugenie’s Bridal Bouquet Compared to Meghan Markle’s Floral Arrangements

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Myrtle means marriage. Though some elements of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s wedding bypassed royal tradition, the bride’s bouquet included one particularly well-known historic touch of a sprig of myrtle.

According to the palace, the bride’s bouquet was crafted by Patrice Van Helden Oakes, the sister of floral designer Rob Van Helden. The arrangement included Lily of the Valley, Stephanotis pips, hints of baby blue thistles and white spray roses. Some romantic structure was added to the bouquet with the use of trailing ivy for a rather unique shape.

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Jack Brooksbank and Princess Eugenie
The wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank, Carriage Procession, Windsor, Berkshire, UK – 12 Oct 2018

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Britain’s Princess Eugenie of York arrives for her royal wedding ceremony to Jack Brooksbank at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, Britain, 12 October 2018.
Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in Windsor, United Kingdom – 12 Oct 2018

The palace also revealed that sprigs of myrtle from Osbourne House were plucked to be included in the bouquet as part of the royal tradition that dates back to Queen Victoria’s reign. The concept first started in 1858 when Victoria’s eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, got married.

Eugenie’s bridesmaid flowers were mini bouquets comprised of spray roses and Lily of the Valley, created by Rob Van Helden to correlate directly to Eugenie’s bouquet.

Though Eugenie married at the same exact venue as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the bouquet aesthetic was vastly different. London-based high fashion florist Philippa Craddock concocted a simple floral cocktail that included sprigs of myrtle, forget-me-nots and flowers hand-picked by Prince Harry that morning.

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 19: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Owen Humphreys – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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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.