The personal touches in Her Majesty's colourful wreath

Flowers have always played an important and symbolic role in the life of the UK's longest-reigning monarch. So what can we learn from the flowers used in the Queen's funeral?

Blooms of gold, pink and deep burgundy, sitting amid rich green foliage, adorned the Queen's coffin during her funeral service. The colourful flowers and plants, taken from

the gardens of royal properties, were chosen for their symbolism. At King Charles III's request, the wreath for Her Majesty's funeral contained flowers and foliage cut from

the gardens of Buckingham Palace and Clarence House in London - and Highgrove House in Gloucestershire. It included foliage chosen for its symbolism: Rosemary for

remembrance - rosemary has long been associated with remembrance Myrtle, the ancient symbol of a happy marriage, cut from a plant that was grown from a sprig of myrtle in The

Queen's wedding bouquet in 1947. English oak, a national symbol of strength, in a nod to the Queen's constancy and steadfast duty. It also symbolises strength of love In

among the flowers was a hand-written card which read: "In loving and devoted memory, Charles R". Personal flowers cut from the royal gardens have been included in all of the

wreaths that have accompanied the Queen on her final journey. When she was lying-in-state in Westminster Hall, the wreath included pine from the gardens at Balmoral and

pittosporum, lavender and rosemary from the gardens at Windsor. The flowers in the Queen's funeral wreath featured scented pelargoniums, garden roses, autumnal hydrangea,

sedum, dahlias and scabious, all in shades of gold, pink and deep burgundy, with touches of white, to reflect the colours in the Royal Standard flag on which it sat.