Kate's bouquet left at military memorial

30th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Kate's wedding bouquet was placed Saturday on the grave of the unknown warrior at Westminster Abbey, in line with royal tradition, a palace spokeswoman said.

The new Duchess of Cambridge asked for her green and white bouquet to be left on the tomb, which holds the remains of a soldier who died in World War I but has come to symbolise all of Britain's war dead.

Most British brides throw their bouquet into the crowd and tradition dictates that the woman who catches it will be the next to marry.

But the queen's mother Elizabeth began a more sombre ceremony for the royals when she left flowers from her wedding to the future King George VI in 1923 on the grave, in memory of her brother Fergus, who was killed in 1915.

Kate's bouquet of lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth was placed on a white cushion on the tomb, which itself was surrounded by red poppies, the symbol used in Britain to remember its lost soldiers.

The unknown warrior's body was brought from France and buried on Armistice Day, November 11, 1920. The site is now one of the most visited war graves in the world.

© 2011 AFP

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