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Royal Wedding Cake Invokes the Healing Power of Flowers

Posted by admin on May 7, 2011

©2011 by Donna Cunningham, MSW

When Prince William and Catherine Middleton married on April 29th, the design of their wedding cake incorporated an ancient tradition in which the choice of flowers carried secret messages and sentiments between lovers. Called the Language of Flowers, it was part of courtship rituals and of a centuries-old magical symbolism in which particular flowers were believed to be associated with certain qualities and spiritual principles.

sugarflower-wiki These same associations have become part of flower essence literature, as descriptions of the properties of various essences are often influenced by the traditional beliefs.

Numerous newspaper and blog accounts of the wedding cake state that Catherine believes in the Language of Flowers, and that those ideas were incorporated into the design she requested for her wedding cake.

According to the Daily Mail, a major British newspaper, “…the cake had 900 sugar paste flowers, and each tells a story. The cake was designed for the couple by Fiona Cairns — and it was a fruit cake!  See Kate also gave Ms Cairns detailed instructions for her to include 17 different blooms and foliage for their meaning or symbolism – known as the ‘language of flowers.”

Read more and see pictures of this amazing cake here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1381944/Royal-Wedding-cake-Kate-Middleton-requested-8-tiers-decorated-900-flowers.html#ixzz1L2sVCcSZ

Adriana Velez’s article, Royal Wedding Cake Contains Secret Messages, lists the flowers included on the cake and their meanings:

  • Acorns, Oak Leaf: Strength, endurance
  • Apple Blossom: Preference, Good Fortuneappleblossom-wiki
  • Daffodil: National symbol of Wales, new beginnings
  • Daisy: Innocence, Beauty, Simplicity
  • Honeysuckle: The Bond of Love
  • Ivy: Wedded Love, Marriage
  • Jasmine (White): Amiability
  • Lavender: ardent attachment, devotion, success, and luck
  • Lily-of-the-Valley: Sweetness, Humility
  • Myrtle: Love
  • Orange Blossom: Marriage, Eternal Love, Fruitfulness
  • Rose (Bridal): Happiness, Love.
  • Shamrock: National symbol of Ireland
  • Sweet William: Grant me one smile
  • Thistle: National symbol of Scotland
  • White Heather: Protection, Wishes will come true
  • White Rose: National symbol of England

We’re happy to see that an ancient floral custom lives on in England, and we join Catherine in her wishes for the happiness and strength of the marriage between her and Prince William.

More Articles on this secret language from Vibration’s archives:

Art credit: The flowers on this page–both sugar and real–are from WikiMedia Commons.

4 Comments »

Tamara Penn:

Donna, Thanks you for your ongoing gifts in this wonderful newsletter. I am always d’Lighted to receive them and (in true PINE fassion) feel guilty that I have not acknowledged your gift till now. I love this issue. When my son told me he couldnt understand why his wife and I were even bothering with the Royal wedding. My response was “Its a woman thing dear” Keep up this wonderful work and again I am most appreciative of all the information you share with other “flower people”. I’ve been a flower essence practitoner/ seminar leader since 1979. My children both use flower essences for my 4 grandchildren – to my surprise and ofcourse delight. My blessings to you and this good work. Thank You. Sincerely, Tamara, Toronto Canada

May 8th, 2011 | 6:11 am
Nicoli:

THANK YOU so much for this Donna. It gives me hope for our future knowing we are still using the ancient wisdom of the flowers.

All love and blessings, nicoli

May 8th, 2011 | 10:35 am

thanks so much for all the information you share with us. I grew up with a grandmother whose language always included flowers.I wish for everyone in the year ahead a bouquet of carnations, jasmine, lavender, marjoram, pansy and yarrow

May 8th, 2011 | 11:54 am

Thanks so much for sharing this. It taught me a couple things I didn’t know. It was lovely!

May 13th, 2011 | 1:22 am