Royal brides follow ‘beautiful’ bouquet tradition to honour fallen heroes

Millions of fans tuned in to watch the Royal Weddings of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

And eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed that the brides both followed the same tradition with their bouquets of flowers.

Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie all followed the same custom when they tied the knot.

After their weddings, all the newlyweds placed their flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey.

Brides have honoured the tradition ever since Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who later became the Queen Mother, married Prince Albert – the future King, George VI.

She placed her bouquet at the tomb in tribute to her brother Fergus, who died at the Battle of Loos in 1915.

The Royal website states: “Her spontaneous action of remembrance created a beautiful tradition for other Royal Brides to follow, in 1947 Queen Elizabeth II also laid down her bouquet, as did, among others, The Princess Royal, The Countess of Wessex, The Duchess of Cambridge, The Duchess of Sussex and both Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie of York.”

It comes after the Queen laid a replica of her own bridal bouquet on the Tomb during a personal visit to Westminster Abbey last week.

The unknown warrior represents all those who lost their lives in the First World War, but whose place of death was not known.

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His grave has a pivotal part in Remembrance services, which mark the brave soldiers who have fought for their country.

Remembrance Sunday was attended by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who also paid tribute.

Charles place a wreath at the grave, which was a replica of one laid by his great-grandfather at the warrior's funeral in 1920.

Eugenie and Beatrice also shared pictures poignantly marking Remembrance Day in their own way.

The Princesses posted pictures of their wedding bouquets laid on the tomb as they remembered all those who lost their lives.

"Today we remember and honour all those who sacrificed so much for us. We shall never forget!" tweeted Beatrice, while her husband Edo Mapelli Mozzi added: "You will never be forgotten. #RemembranceSunday."

Eugenie, 30, shared an image of her royal wedding flowers from 2018, and said: "Today on Remembrance Day we remember all those who have given their lives in wars so bravely. The Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey honours all those. As with tradition, my bouquet was laid on there."

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