The Flowers Laid on Queen Elizabeth II’s Coffin Have a Special Meaning

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At Westminster Hall in London, where it will remain until the monarch’s burial on Monday, Queen Elizabeth II‘s coffin is now lying in state.

Several floral tributes have been placed on the casket since her passing on September 8; the coffin traveled through Scotland and Edinburgh before making its last stop at Buckingham Palace.

Read on, as we trail the meaning of each tribute:

Westminster Hall on September 14th

The Independent reports that the late monarch’s coffin was wrapped with the Royal Standard, or a flag that symbolizes the sovereign, during a procession that carried it from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall. In addition, a velvet cushion and a floral wreath were put next to the Imperial State Crown.

The queen’s coffin during a procession from buckingham palace to westminster hall.

According to The Independent, the wreath was made of pine from the Balmoral grounds and lavender from Windsor. Dahlias, pittosporum, rosemary, and white roses were also provided. In general, white roses are said to represent innocence and reverence.

Edinburgh on September 12

The queen’s coffin inside st. giles’ cathedral in edinburgh.

Her coffin was adorned with a distinctive floral arrangement as it passed along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. The wreath was constructed, according to a statement published at the time by the royal family, from flowers grown on the monarch’s Balmoral estate, including dahlias, sweet peas, phlox, white heather, and pine fir. According to The Daily Mail, it also featured rosemary, hebe, pittosporum, dried heather, freesias, button chrysanthemums, spray eryngium, and leaves.

This arrangement appeared to be in remembrance of the queen’s late husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away last year. According to Hello! magazine, Queen Elizabeth herself chose the wreath that was laid on his casket. It included sweet peas, which symbolize farewells and departures, along with white lilies, roses, freesia, wax flower, jasmine, and roses.

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