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A floral tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

A floral tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

By
Sarah Bancroft
Marie Antoinette by Verdure Floral Design at the 2021 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park
Queen Elizabeth II photographed by Cecil Beaton to commemorate her coronation in 1953. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2022

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 will honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at this year’s Shrewsbury Flower Show (August 12-13) in Shropshire, England. 

Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in the history of the British Commonwealth whose bloodlines can 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 is 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 will create the  monarch “en fleurs” from the Coronation Day in 1953. Shrewsbury Flower Show being the longest running flower show in the world, it was fitting to create a tribute to the Queen 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 know and love today, 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 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, 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.”

Shrewsbury Flower Festival describes the floral tribute this way: “the Queen is seated with the  coronation cloak swirling around the throne. A wide range of natural materials will be used to recreate the cloak, crown, sceptre and jewels ‘en fleurs,’ including pussy willow, berries, assorted foliage and orchids. Visitors to the show will be able to enjoy this amazing floral installation along with the other exhibits, trade stands and entertainment.”

Click here for tickets and information about Shrewsbury Flower Show.

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 will honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at this year’s Shrewsbury Flower Show (August 12-13) in Shropshire, England. 

Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in the history of the British Commonwealth whose bloodlines can 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 is 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 will create the  monarch “en fleurs” from the Coronation Day in 1953. Shrewsbury Flower Show being the longest running flower show in the world, it was fitting to create a tribute to the Queen as shown in the official coronation portrait by renowned photographer Cecil Beaton. 

Marie Antoinette by Verdure Floral Design at the 2021 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park
Marie Antoinette by Verdure Floral Design at the 2021 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park
Queen Elizabeth II photographed by Cecil Beaton to commemorate her coronation in 1953. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2022
Queen Elizabeth II photographed by Cecil Beaton to commemorate her coronation in 1953. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2022

Far from the Queen of sturdy stacked-heel shoes and sensible handbags we know and love today, 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 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, 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.”

Shrewsbury Flower Festival describes the floral tribute this way: “the Queen is seated with the  coronation cloak swirling around the throne. A wide range of natural materials will be used to recreate the cloak, crown, sceptre and jewels ‘en fleurs,’ including pussy willow, berries, assorted foliage and orchids. Visitors to the show will be able to enjoy this amazing floral installation along with the other exhibits, trade stands and entertainment.”

Click here for tickets and information about Shrewsbury Flower Show.

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