Living Flowers

Princess Diana and flowers

I JOINED THE Royal Household at Buckingham Palace in December 1976 as a household footman at the age of 18. The only previous experience I had was working as an assistant manager at a hotel in Torquay that summer!

After several years I started to learn floristry in the basement at Buckingham Palace and some of my favorite memories were being introduced to the basics – the shapes, colors and how to arrange flowers for use in the different rooms at the Palace.

Her Majesty loves all kind of flowers and her favorites include ‘Queen of Night’ tulips, which always appear in the King’s border in the Buckingham Palace garden. She also adores lily-of-the-valley, Narcissus and garden roses, which she dead-headed regularly when she was out walking the corgis.

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