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The Royal Wedding

Floral Decorations

Floral wedding


Stockholm woke up to a floral extravaganza on Saturday 19 June!

The floral decorations that framed the royal wedding linked royal traditions with popular wedding customs. The idea had been for the wedding's floral expression to capture and reflect the surrounding architecture. The dazzling decoration of the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral, Skeppsholmen, Logården and Lejonbacken had been inspired by Swedish early summer flowers.

Midsummer light


The colour scheme of the decorations had been chosen to capture the clear Nordic Midsummer light. Pink roses, peonies, sweet peas, lilac and hydrangeas, together with lilies of the valley and gypsophila were interspersed with delphiniums in shades of blue and white. There were Swedish wild flowers from Ockelbo and majestic rhododendrons from Sofiero Palace.
 

Stockholm Cathedral


A pale blue carpet led from the Royal Palace to Stockholm Cathedral. The carpet covered the pavements of Trångsund and the aisle in the cathedral.
 
The stone plinths on the steps up to the cathedral were decorated with wrought iron obelisks covered with birch leaves. The obelisks were flanked by flower beds of lobelia in shades of light blue.

Six-metre high floral columns


Stockholm Cathedral's brick pillars were covered with six-metre high floral columns. Blue and white delphiniums reach for the cathedral vaults. The same height effect was followed at the end of each pew. Flowers here were entwined in varying fields of colour to create an asymmetrical colour effect.
 
The steps in front of the altar had been extended and the steps at the sides were decorated to look like beds of pink summer flowers. There were pink sweet peas on the altar. The sides and corners of the altar rails were adorned with high cones of blue delphiniums.
  

Skeppsbron - seven-metre high triumphal arch of birch leaves


At Logårdstrappan, on their arrival by the Royal Barge Vasaorden from the Vasa Museum to Skeppsbron, the Bridal Couple was greeted by a seven-metre high triumphal arch of birch.

Stockholm Cathedral's organ inspiration for shape of triumphal arch


The custom of raising triumphal arches like this one is a long and popular tradition at Swedish weddings. The triumphal arch also has its roots in the temporary structures that were used on special royal occasions such as coronations and weddings. The shape of the triumphal arch is based on the façade of the organ in Stockholm Cathedral.

Skeppsbron - green meadows and pink flower beds


Skeppsbron had been transformed into rolling green meadows and gourd-shaped beds in pale shades of pink, blue, white and yellow.  

The blue carpet continued towards the steps at Logården. On the parapets there were twenty blue monogrammed urns filled with floral spheres, made up of pale blue bluebells and campanula.

Royal broadcloth featuring Crown Princess Couple's monogram


A new royal broadcloth was hanging over the parapet at Yttre Logårdstrappan, embroidered with The Crown Princess Couple's monogram. The broadcloth was rolled down so that it was visible to the crowd at Skeppsbron when the Bride and Groom had exchanged their vows.
 

Lejonbacken


Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel walked via the Inner Courtyard to the Swedish Choral Society's and the general public's choral tribute at Lejonbacken. A royal coverlet of blue velvet embroidered with gold crowns hang from the stone parapet. The parapet was flanked by beds of summer flowers.

The floral arrangements had been created by the Royal Court's florist Claes Carlsson. A team of some 60 volunteers from Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Denmark put the finishing touches to the decorations the evening before the wedding day. 

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