Photo: Philippa Craddock
With just weeks leading up to the big day, Royal Wedding planning is well under way. Prince Harry is set to marry Meghan Markle on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, and with each passing day, new details of the much-anticipated event—from the walk down the aisle to the lemon elderflower wedding cake to the star-studded guest list—are revealed. Now, we have even more wedding day deets: On Sunday, Kensington Palace announced that the couple has chosen Philippa Craddock as the official florist. The London-based florist will design the floral arrangements and direct a team of florists on the grounds to create displays for both the ceremony and reception to follow at St. George’s Hall at Windsor Castle.
Craddock, who is self-taught in the art of floristry, has become known as the "Queen of London florists." According to the website, her clients include Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Hermes, and Jo Malone, and she is no stranger to the royal family either, being a preferred supplier to Kensington Palace. A quick scroll through Instagram will confirm why—her floral arrangements are awe-inspiring.
"I am thrilled to share with you that we have been asked by Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle to create their wedding flowers in May," Craddock wrote of the news on Instagram. "I am loving working with them, it is an incredible privilege, and the designs will be a true reflection of them as a couple, with sustainability at the forefront. We will be using plenty of locally sourced greenery, including peonies, garden roses, and foxgloves."
The couple has made it very clear that their wedding will reflect their characters and personalities, so it comes as no surprise that Markle has chosen to use peonies in her arrangements as she has long shared her fondness for the flower. “Meghan has been very hands on with all elements of the wedding, but especially the flowers,” a royal source told Vanity Fair, hinting at a “very fashionable and fairy tale” vision.
The couple will also use flowers sourced locally from the gardens of the Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park that bloom naturally in May. Not only will the flowers be environmentally-friendly, but pollinator-friendly (aka bee-friendly) plants will be provided, too. Keeping in line with their charitable endeavors, the floral arrangements will be donated to charities after the wedding.
Check out some of Craddock's designs below.