‘It was white-knuckle ride’: Royal florist reveals the ‘drama’ of keeping the flowers fresh for Princes Charles’s wedding to Camilla after their big day was POSTPONED following the death of Pope John Paul II
- A florist has revealed the ‘dramatic’ wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla
- The 2005 ceremony was delayed by a day after the death of Pope John Paul II
- Simon Lycett revealed the struggle of keeping the flowers fresh an extra day
The wedding of the Prince of Wales to the Duchess of Cornwall was famously postponed following the death of the Pope – and the change of plan led to behind-the-scenes chaos for some of the organisers.
Royal florist Simon Lycett revealed this week that it was a ‘white-knuckle’ ride trying to keep the couple’s flowers fresh for an extra day.
The wedding was originally supposed to be April 8 2005 but was moved to the 9th so Charles, 70, could represent the Queen at the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
Speaking to Hello! Magazine, Mr Lycett described his team’s efforts to reorganise as ‘dramatic’ as they battled to keep the blooms as fresh as possible.
The florist who did the flowers for Princess Charles’s wedding to the Duchess of Cornwall in 2005 (pictured) at Windsor Castle has revealed how ‘dramatic’ reorganisation was when the wedding was postponed
Royal florist Simon Lycett (pictured) revealed that it was a ‘white-knuckle’ ride trying to make the couple’s flowers stay fresh an extra day when Charles and Camilla wed in 2005
The florist explained that the flowers are arranged so they are at their freshest on the exact day they will be on display.
He told the magazine: ‘The most dramatic incident we had was when we created the flowers for the Prince of Wales wedding to the Duchess of Cornwall at Windsor Castle.
‘We were creating the reception flowers and his holiness the Pope died so the Prince of Wales delayed the wedding by a day.’
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He added: ‘We always try to have our flowers be on point for the actual day and time of the event. There was a bit of a white-knuckle ride to try and make sure that everybody was keeping everything fresh and perfect.’
Camilla carried cream, yellow and mauve primroses in her bouquet, as well as lily of the valley, according to Royal Central.
Many of the flowers in St George’s Chapel on the day grown in Highgrove and Camilla’s home at Ray Mill House, including daffodils (pictured)
The wedding was originally supposed to be April 8 2005 but was moved to the ninth so Charles could represent the Queen at the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Pictured: A bush is decorates St George’s Hall for the royal wedding in 2005
Many of the flowers that decorated St. George’s Chapel in Windsor on the day were grown in Highgrove and Camilla’s home at Ray Mill House and included daffodils.
Mr Lycett was also one of the florists who worked on Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank in October.
The West Steps to St George’s Chapel, by which the bride and groom entered, were bedecked on gorgeous autumnal foliage and four giant maple trees dwarfed the entrance door, which were later planted in the grounds of Frogmore House on the Windsor estate
Prince Charles (left) and Camilla (right) were married in a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall before having a blessing at St George’s Chapel (pictured)
Roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and berries, and four giant maple trees were among the plants used.
The Duke of York, 58, even personally thanked him and the other florists on Twitter.
Sharing images from the day, Prince Andrew wrote: ‘The flower arrangements displayed during the Wedding Reception for Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank last Friday at Windsor Castle were created using autumnal foliage from Windsor Great Park and biodegradable oasis, following The Couple’s autumnal theme and eco-friendly request.’
Mr Lycett was also one of the florists who worked on Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank in October (pictured)
Dutch florist Rob Van Helden, who also arranged flowers for Eugenie’s wedding, revealed how he was worried that the strong winds on the day would ruin the arrangements.
The winds form Storm Callum left many female guests holding on to their fascinators, and some unlucky women were left chasing their hats down the street after the wind knocked them off.
Speaking on This Morning a few days after the ceremony he said: ”I was sitting in the church shaking like ”Oh my god please calm down wind, because all I need is a tree on somebody’s head.”’
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