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Westminster Abbey will be decked out in seasonal flowers and foliage grown around the UK for the coronation – here’s a closer look at how it will be decorated. 

The Great West Door

A pair of tall yew topiaries will be underplanted with a meadow of wild grasses and cowslips, primroses and violets.

After the coronation, the yews will be replanted in the new biodiverse topiary garden at Sandringham, which will be open to the public.

The Grave of the Unknown Warrior

Echoing the colourful British wildflower meadow seen on the hand-painted invitations to the coronation, fresh spring flowers that are symbolic of remembrance will be used here. 

These include sprigs of rosemary, bay for virtue, bluebells and forget-me-nots for constancy of love, daffodils for chivalry, cowslips and lilac for memories of youth.

The Quire

Two floral installations of seasonal flowers will be positioned at either side of the Quire, surrounding the entrance to the Coronation Theatre, where the majority of the service will take place.

The installations will feature hellebores – a particular favourite of the King, which appeared in his buttonhole for his wedding in 2005 – honeysuckle, tulips, ranunculus, jasmine, and aquilegia. 

The High Altar

Boughs cut from flowering shrubs and trees from the five Royal Horticultural Society gardens will adorn the High Altar, including branches from the pair of Dawyck beech trees planted by the late Queen and Prince Philip at RHS Wisley in 1978.

Among the seasonal foliage will also be crab apple blossom, amelanchier, camellia, acer, hazel, rhododendron, and azalea will be arranged alongside beech cut from an ancient cluster of trees at RHS Bridgewater, which would have been visited by Queen Victoria.


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