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Harry and Meghan Markle donate wedding flowers to charities

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Unlike what obtains in regular weddings where the bride usually tosses her bouquet to her maids of honour, with the belief that whoever catches it would be the next to marry, Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, have opted to donate their wedding flowers to charities.

Perhaps to confirm their philanthropic spirits, the couple shared out the beautiful flowers which graced their royal wedding to different charities.

One of the recipients, a former embroideress, Pauline Clayton, 89, who is a patient at St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney, east London, described the gift from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex as “lovely.”

Hospice officials discovered by chance that Mrs. Clayton used to work for the Queen’s dressmaker Sir Norman Hartnell, when they chatted to her after the royal wedding, News & Star reports.

The hospice, which was founded in 1905, is among a number of charities which on Sunday had a special delivery of some of the white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves which surrounded the royal couple on their big day.

The flowers were admired by the staff, volunteers and visitors as they were shared out among the patients and placed in the chapel.

Speaking from her room at the hospice where she is receiving respite care, Mrs. Clayton said: “If I was her (Meghan) I would have wanted to keep them all with me.”

Mrs. Clayton said she worked on the skilled and fine detail embroidery on the Queen’s wedding and coronation outfits.

Floral designer, Phillippa Craddock, directed a team, including florists from St George’s Chapel and Buckingham Palace, to create the wedding displays at St George’s Chapel and for St George’s Hall in Windsor.

Kensington Palace has said the floral displays in St George’s Chapel were created using locally sourced foliage, much of which was taken from the gardens and parkland of The Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park.

These included branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves.

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