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King Charles III's Coronation Flowers: What We Know So Far

Oct 18, 2023

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The Royal Horticultural Society has provided foliage for the High Altar.

King Charles III's Coronation will take place tomorrow (Saturday 6th May), but what flowers can we expect the green-fingered monarch to choose for the ceremony?

From the King's favourite flowers to a look at what featured in Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation bouquet, here's everything we know so far...

King Charles and Camilla, Queen Consort, have chosen over 120 kinds of flowers and foliage to decorate Westminster Abbey. Grown locally in the UK, the series of different arrangements will include hellebore, jasmine, honeysuckle, colourful tulips, ranunculus, blossom, aquilegia, birch, hazel, bay, wild broom, rosemary, and many more.

The High Altar will be decorated with foliage provided by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), including crab apple, camellia, acer, hazel, azalea, amelanchier and cuttings from beech trees planted by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

Meanwhile, the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior will be decorated with spring flowers denoting remembrance. Expect to see cowslips, Lily of the valley, forget-me-nots (Princess Diana's favourite flowers), bluebells, and the last of this year's daffodils.

There will also be two tall yew topiaries at the entrance door, which will be replanted later at Sandringham for all to enjoy.

Surrounding the entrance to the Coronation Theatre, the Quire will feature a colour palette influenced by the rich golds, burgundies, purples, pinks and reds of the High Altar and the Cosmati Pavement, as well as Their Majesties' Robes of State and Estate.

Hellebore — which appeared in His Majesty's buttonhole for his 2005 wedding — will appear here too, alongside honeysuckle, tulips, ranunculus, and wild broom grown on the Isle of Skye.

The King is a passionate environmentalist, so all of the flowers have been sourced locally and sustainably. They have been provided by Flowers from the Farm, and will be donated to Floral Angels after use — a charity of which the Queen Consort is patron. They will be reused in bouquets, and sent to care homes, shelters, hospices and other members of the local community.

'The flowers are one of the things that can reflect the real characters of the King and Queen, simple garden flowers that are British seasonal, like they might cut themselves from their own gardens. I felt that was really important,' florist Shane Connolly, who was in charge of the flowers for the weddings of both the King and Queen Consort, told The Telegraph.

'Maybe this and the music are the two things that really reflect that personality. That was my aim, to make it all incredibly personal to them.'

Speaking about the colour palette, Shane adds: 'The colours are more serious, I think. And we were very much inspired by the Cosmati pavement and the High Altar. It's almost like a stained glass window – the deep reds, earthy colours, coppery colours and fresh green.'

At Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in May 1927, her Majesty's Coronation Bouquet was made up of white flowers – comprising orchids and lilies-of-the-valley from England, stephanotis from Scotland, orchids from Wales, and carnations from Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.

With special family connections, lily-of-the-valley was also included in Kate Middleton's bridal bouquet when she married Prince William.

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These mini trinket tins – ideal for jewellery, small sweets and everything in between – make wonderful gifts. Better still, each tin can be engraved to make it truly unique. Choose from five different templates.

Emblazoned with regal crown patterns and the words 'hip hip hooray', this mug will look delightful on your dining table and in your display cabinet.

Made from 100 per cent recycled board, this special collector's edition (a 1,000 piece montage puzzle) portrays the tradition and grandeur of the Coronation ceremony. Bring this out post-afternoon tea for a relaxing way to unwind.

This laser cut acrylic medal is a lovely way to commemorate King Charles' Coronation. The medal, adorned with the official emblem, is supplied with a red satin ribbon. It's attached to a textured card which includes a name and age, making it a lovely keepsake.

A new creation from Gin In A Tin, and made in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces, is this aptly named Coronation Gin.

It's described as a smooth crisp gin with juniper at the forefront, with citrus notes of lemon and orange, finished with subtle notes of cardamom.

M&S has launched a 14-stem floral arrangement to celebrate the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III. Inspired by the red, white and blue of the Union Jack, this bouquet includes a vibrant selection of delphinium, peony, stock and greenbell, plus the aptly named Coronation Rose, grown and bred exclusively for M&S. You can also buy Coronation bud vases if you prefer.

Fortnum & Mason's elegant cotton tea towel – decorated in its signature Eau de Nil colour – features 13 crowns, which is a reference to F&M's service to each of the 13 monarchs of Great Britain since 1707, the year of its foundation.

With a webbed handle, this 100 per cent cotton commemorative tote bag is strong as well as spacious. This reusable bag is also available to buy at Waitrose.

What more could you want as you settle in to watch the Coronation from the comfort of your home? This mini gift box includes yummy Coronation macarons and a mini bottle of Prosecco.

This limited-edition earthenware plate from Spode displays a traditional coat of arms and is complemented by a regal royal blue floral border.

This gorgeous A4 print celebrates King Charles III's favourite flower, the delphinium, depicted in the shape of a crown. The print comes with gold ink lettering, hand-signed and numbered and with a Limited Edition print certificate. Place it in a photo frame and prop it up on a desk or shelving unit.

This celebratory Coronation bouquet features striking fragrant purple blooms (including irises and stocks) mixed with yellow and orange bi-coloured tulips. The gift set is complete with English breakfast tea and all butter shortbread, both in collectable commemorative tins.

Exclusive to F&M and handcrafted from fine bone china, this bauble is handmade by talented artisans in the heart of the English Potteries. The tapestry design combines tea leaves from the camellia sinensis plant with elements from the Royal Oak tree, a symbol of the British monarchy dating back to the 17th century. It's monogrammed with the date of the King's Coronation.

Here, a traditional design has been brought into the 21st century with stylised shapes and a muted colour palette. The foliage reflects Charles' love of nature and gardening, while the bees depict his passion for collecting honey on his country estate.

This pure cotton throw truly captures the patriotic spirit with an all-over Union Jack print. It's given a playful, feminine touch with floral patterns and multicoloured fringe edges.

This luxury 100 per cent organic cotton tea towel is bustling with Royal-themed features, from St. Edward's Crown to icons showing King Charles' passion for the outdoors and music.

You can't go wrong with a chocolate gift. Beautifully presented in a mini box, inside you'll find six crown-shaped organic milk chocolates, filled with a hazelnut praline centre.

This stylish recycled cotton tote bag is in honour of the late Queen Elizabeth II. 'This commemorative tote bag pays respect to her memory through the embroidered years of her life, as well as a crown surrounded by an elegant wreath,' say Harrods.

Lisa Joyner is the Senior Digital Writer at House Beautiful UK and Country Living UK, where she's busy writing about home and interiors, gardening, dog breeds, pets, health and wellbeing, countryside news, small space inspiration, and the hottest properties on the market.

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King Charles III's Coronation will take place tomorrow (Saturday 6th May), but what flowers can we expect the green-fingered monarch to choose for the ceremony? King Charles III's Coronation flowers: what you need to know hellebore jasmine honeysuckle colourful tulips blossom aquilegia birch hazel bay wild broom rosemary, crab apple camellia acer hazel azalea amelanchier beech trees cowslips Lily of the valley, forget-me-nots bluebells daffodils Florist Shane Connolly arranging the flowers inside Westminster Abbey two tall yew topiaries Hellebore honeysuckle tulips ranunculus wild broom Queen Elizabeth II carrying her Coronation bouquet, which was made up of white flowers Follow House Beautiful on TikTok and Instagram .