According to Alan, every royal bride must have a sprig of myrtle in their wedding bouquet, he revealed to Lorraine Kelly on her ITV chat show. This tradition has lasted for almost 180 years thanks to Queen Victoria who had myrtle in her wedding bouquet back in 1840 for her wedding to Prince Albert.
The Duchess of Cambridge with her wedding bouquet
It is thought the tradition began after Prince Albert’s grandmother gifted Victoria a posy of myrtle during a visit to the family home. Victoria then planted her posy in the gardens of Osborne House. Queen Elizabeth then took a cutting from that very plant when she wed Prince Phillip then went on to plant that cutting herself. A sprig from that plant then went to The Duchess of Cambridge when she married Prince William.
Myrtle is the ideal flower to go in any wedding bouquet. The star-shaped white flower symbolises good luck, love and fidelity in marriage.