April 26, 2011— -- Prince William and Kate Middleton have selected the London-based floral designer Shane Connolly to create and oversee the flower arrangements at Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.
Connolly has worked on numerous events for Prince Charles and is no stranger to royal weddings. Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, hired Connolly to oversee all the flowers, including her bouquet, for her 2005 wedding to the Prince of Wales.
The floral arrangements in Westminster Abbey will feature a variety of British flowers and trees, including azaleas, rhododendron, euphorbias, beech, wisteria and lilac.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have made several eco-friendly choices at their royal wedding, and the appointment of Shane Connolly is no exception. Connolly is known for his "sustainable approach to floristry," which uses live growing plants and trees.
Westminster Abbey will have eight 20 feet-high Maple and Hornbeam trees, all growing in planters, for the wedding. The palace said Will and Kate will donate or replant most of their royal wedding flowers and greenery.