King Charles III at Highgrove Gardens

The Coronation of King Charles III: What flowers can we expect at the Coronation ceremony?

As the nation (and the rest of the world!) prepares to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III on Saturday 6th May, are you wondering what flowers will feature at the Coronation ceremony? Whether you're just a nosy Rosie like us, or you want to start preparing for your Coronation street party floral displays, we've done some digging (pun intended) to round up the flowers most likely to feature at the King's Coronation...
Delphinium flowers at Highgrove

King Charles III's favourite flower: Delphiniums

It's no secret that King Charles III loves gardening, in fact he's said to be our most green-fingered monarch to date, having spent decades creating his pride and joy - his gardens at Highgrove.

During celebrations for the Chelsea Flower Show 2020, King Charles III revealed his favourite flower, the Delphinium, saying "for me, the magnificent, gloriously apparelled delphinium, with its impeccable bearing and massed in platoons, holds pride of place in my botanical affections."

Just as beautiful blue delphiniums stand proudly here in the gardens at Highgrove, we look forward to seeing the King himself standing to receive the honour of St Edward's Crown on Saturday 6th May.

“The garden at Highgrove really does spring from my heart and, strange as it may seem to some, creating it has been rather like a form of worship.”

King Charles III, 1993

Meadow Gatefold wildflower meadow at Highgrove

An ode to King Charles III's passion for environmentalism

An outspoken campaigner for the environment for over 50 years, King Charles III is said to be attempting to balance keeping the carbon footprint of the Coronation down whilst keeping the event in line with royal protocol.

Having planted Meadow Gatefold, a wildflower meadow home to 120 different plant species and 30 bee hives, at Highgrove over 30 years ago, it is thought that more common, and less protected wildflowers are sure to spring up amongst the blooms adorning Coronation weekend.

“Ever since I first arrived at Highgrove 40 years ago this year, I have battled to preserve and protect the crucially important diversity of flora and fauna that ultimately sustain our survival on this planet.”

King Charles III

Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation bouquet from 1953

Queen Elizabeth II's favourite flowers: Lily of the Valley

Not just an ever-popular spring flower here in the UK, Lily of the Valley is a firm Royal favourite, having featured in Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation bouquet in 1953, as well as in Kate Middleton's bridal bouquet when she married Prince William.

A symbol of purity, joy, love and sincerity, scents of Lily of the Valley are sure to fill Westminster Abbey on Saturday 6th May.

The King's Coronation emblem

Blooms of Britain

Just as the official Coronation emblem features floral symbols of all four Home Nations - the rose of England, the thistle of Scotland, the daffodil of Wales and the shamrock of Northern Ireland, the floral displays too are sure contain nods to each of the four countries making up the United Kingdom.

So there you have our predictions for which flowers will feature at the King's Coronation. Before we find out how accurate our predictions were on Saturday 6th May, sign up below to ensure you're first to get your hands on our limited edition Coronation Bouquet candle, launching this Friday 31st March!