Along with the rest of the British Commonwealth, Fleurs de Villes remembers with fondness and respect her Modern Majesty as the second Elizabethan era sadly has come to a close.
As part of the global tour of Fleurs de Villes FEMMES, a floral tribute to women who have had a significant impact on history and culture throughout the ages, Fleurs de Villes honoured Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at this year’s Shrewsbury Flower Show in Shropshire, England.
Queen Elizabeth II was the longest reigning monarch in the history of the British Commonwealth whose bloodlines could be traced to William the Conqueror. Her family name, Windsor, was taken from the royal residence, Windsor Castle, and chosen to replace the family’s original Germanic name during the Great War. She is certainly the most universally beloved British Queen in history, having been popular throughout her entire reign, and was affectionately known as Lilibet, also the name of her youngest great-granddaughter.
During this year of celebrations surrounding the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee—an astonishing 70 years on the throne—Verdure Floral Design created the monarch “en fleurs” from the Coronation Day in 1953 as shown in the official coronation portrait by renowned photographer Cecil Beaton.
Far from the Queen of sturdy stacked-heel shoes and sensible handbags we knew and loved of late, the young Queen Elizabeth, who was 27 when she ascended the throne, was known to wear furs and diamonds, and to travel extensively between London and Malta, where her dashing new husband Prince Philip was stationed in the Royal Navy. The pair, third cousins, had met when she was 13 and exchanged love letters for 8 years until they were married. She learned of her father’s death, and thus her ascension to the throne, while they were on safari in Africa.
The Queen was also mother to two toddlers at the time of her coronation, adding yet another layer of responsibility and duty to her new role. According to her biographer Tina Brown, she famously answered “I wish I could” when four-year-old Prince Charles asked if she could play. The Queen’s lasting legacy includes her steadfast service to the Empire, her continuation of the House of Windsor through multiple heirs, her wit and her loving marriage to Prince Phillip, which lasted 72 years. When the Prince died in 2021 at age 99, she reportedly left a handwritten note on his coffin signed “Lillibet.”
Says Fleurs de Villes co-founder Karen Marshall, “She did her duty to the end just welcoming in the new UK Prime Minister a few days ago. Her commitment to her people was unwavering. Her word meant something. Such an incredible example of loyalty and values.”