This is the special reason why Meghan Markle kept her bridal bouquet

And it's lovely.

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And it's lovely.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry tied the knot earlier this year in a star-studded ceremony at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle.

But three months later, it's not the A-list royal wedding guests that were in attendance or the official royal wedding photographs that still have everyone talking, instead it's Meghan's bridal bouquet.

The now Duchess of Sussex carried scented sweet peas, lily of the valley and jasmine in her bouquet, adding forget-me-nots and white roses in a nod to Princess Diana, and sprigs of myrtle to comply with royal tradition.

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(Image credit: Rex)

But who caught the stunning bouquet? Well, actually no one.

While most weddings involve the famous bouquet toss, determining who is going to be the next to walk down the aisle, royal weddings are a little different, with the bride actually keeping her flowers for a special reason.

Royal brides always leave a bouquet at the grave of an Unknown warrior in London’s Westminster Abbey – a tradition started by the Queen Mother, so even though the royal couple wed in Windsor, Meghan's bouquet was driven to London where it was laid as a tribute.

It's important to remember however that royal brides carry two bouquets – just in case one gets lost after personal experience from the Queen – so provided Meghan didn't lose her original bouquet, she might have kept her spare flowers.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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