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With just days left before the royal wedding, the floral designer for the big day has been revealed. Prince William & Kate Middleton chose London based-floral designer Shane Connolly.
Mr. Connolly has directed a team of florists, including Westminster Abbey’s and Buckingham Palace’s florists and florists individually chosen by the couple to create the floral displays for the big event.
The couple has been hands on with the floral designs and chose a theme that pays tribute to the Language of Flowers. The floral displays in Westminster Abbey will feature fresh-cut British flowers including blossoms, azaleas, rhododendron, euphorbias, beech, wisteria and lilac. Amongst these will also be eight 20 feet-high trees: six English Field Maple and two Hornbeam.
Mr. Connolly is well-known for producing elegant, unique displays and also for his sustainable approach to floristry, which incorporates the use of growing, rather than cut, plants and trees.
After the wedding, the flowers and plants will be left in position in Westminster Abbey for the public to view until Friday, May 6, 2011. Following this, many of the trees will be taken to The Prince of Wales' country residence and be planted on the grounds of Highgrove Gardens. Thirty thousand visitors tour the gardens ever year. All proceeds from the garden tours are donated to the Prince’s charities.
Prince William and Kate Middleton are set to marry this Friday, April 29, 2011 at Westminster Abbey.