The Duchess of Sussex has ended the weekend of her wedding by paying a very special, traditional tribute. Meghan has sent her wedding bouquet to Westminster Abbey to be placed on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The duchess is following in the footsteps of many a royal bride before her. The tradition began in 1923 when Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon stopped on her way into her wedding ot Albert, Duke of York to lay her own bouquet on the tomb. She made the tribute in memory of her brother, Fergus, who was killed in World War One and of all those who lost their lives fighting in that conflict. Since then, royal brides have made the same gesture - sadly, remembering even more who have died while serving their country.
Meghan's bouquet was placed there on Sunday afternoon. It is a poignant sight. The royal bride had chosen cottage garden flowers for her wedding posy, the sweet peas and forget me nots that many of those who left England to fight in the trenches of World War One would have seen on their march to war. In the year we mark the centenary of the end of that conflict, there is something very special about seeing the blooms so familiar to them placed in such a very regal tribute.
Photo credit: Westminster Abbey Twitter.