Small, delicate, and regal. Lily of the valley is said to be the favorite bloom of one of old Hollywood’s most famous actresses, Audrey Hepburn. As a matter of fact, she has photos marrying actor Mel Ferrer clutching a bunch of it.
These days, lily of the valley has become a staple for traditional bridal bouquets. But did you know, that it was the royals who started the trend?
In 1956, Grace Kelly wed the Prince of Monaco wearing a modest wedding dress and clutching a simple but sophisticated cluster of lily of the valley set on a white prayer book. When she married Prince Charles, Diana, Princess of Wales, also showcased a waterfall or cascade style bouquet filled with three kilos of lily of the valley, ivy, freesia, stephanotis, gardenia, and freesia.
Keeping the royal tradition alive, Kate Middleton, now officially known as Duchess Catherine of Cambridge, walked down the aisle carrying a charming bouquet made almost entirely from lily of the valley, which experts say could have been plucked from an English country garden, back in 2011 when she and Prince William tied the knot.