Eugenie hires society florist who’s worked with Elton John, the Beckhams and Princess Margaret to create autumn-themed displays using foliage from Windsor Great Park for her big day
- Princess Eugenie, 28, has hired Rob Van Helden to style flowers for ceremony
- Society florist has created autumnal arrangements for St George’s Chapel
- London based Van Helden created flowers for Pippa Middleton’s wedding
- Arrangements include roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and berries and roses
Princess Eugenie has chosen a London-based society florist who works with celebrities such as Elton John to create the floral displays for her St George’s Chapel ceremony.
Rob Van Helden has produced autumnal arrangements using foliage and flowering branches, sourced locally from Windsor Great Park, combined with roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and berries, Buckingham Palace has revealed.
The West Steps to St George’s Chapel, by which the bride and groom will enter, was by this morning bedecked on gorgeous autumnal foliage and four giant maple trees dwarfed the entrance door, which will be planted later in the grounds of Frogmore House on the Windsor estate.
His services may well have been recommended by Pippa Middleton, as Mr Van Helden created floral displays for her wedding to James Matthews in May 2017 and he’s also worked for Princess Margaret and Elton John.
Mr Van Helden said: ‘It has been the greatest privilege and honour to create the flowers for Princess Eugenie and Jack, on their Wedding day.
Her Royal Highness has been very involved from the start and has been instrumental in the autumnal theme.
Princess Eugenie has chosen London-based society florist Rob Van Helden (left, with his partner Sebastien Barbereau) who works with celebrities such as Elton John to create the floral displays for her St George’s Chapel ceremony
A stunning floral arch at St George’s Chapel, featuring foliage from Windsor Great Park and fresh flowers, created by society florist Rob Van Helden
Buckingham Palace has released a sneak preview of the autumnal themed displays at St George’s chapel, created by society florist Rob Van Helden
The whole floral design team and I wish Princess Eugenie and Jack our heartfelt congratulations and we hope they have a magical Wedding day.’
Holland born Rob Van Helden spent his childhood surrounded by flowers and moved to London 31 years ago, where he started his floristry business from the back of his car.
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He now works for clients all over the world, including royalty and celebrities.
Some of his most prestigious commissions including creating displays for Princess Margaret’s 70th birthday, Elton John’s civil partnership and the Beckham’s World Cup party.
Eugenie, 28, the daughter of Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, will marry her boyfriend of seven years at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle at 11am today in a ceremony attended by most senior members of the Royal Family and with Prince George and Princess Charlotte as page boy and bridesmaid.
Princess Eugenie and her fiance Jack Brooksbank will exchange vows at St George’s Chapel, Windsor today at 11am
Her grandfather, Prince Philip, is coming out of his retirement from public life for the event, despite having an enduringly frosty relationship with his former daughter-in-law, the duchess.
The princess will arrive with her father in the same Rolls Royce 1950 Phantom IV that was lent to the now-Duchess of Sussex on her wedding day by the Queen.
It was made for the monarch when she was still a princess and the first Rolls Royce that she and Prince Philip had, a sign of how special the vehicle is.
Philip hasn’t been able to forgive her for being photographed having her feet kissed by financial adviser John Bryan in 1992, which ultimately led to her divorce from his son.
One of the Autumnal themed displays outside St George’s Chapel. Bride Princess Eugenie was instrumental in choosing the look and theme of the floral arrangements
But as the mother of the bride, Sarah has taken a major role in organising the wedding and will be centre stage, with the rest of the Royal Family, on the day.
Stars predicted to attend the second royal wedding of the year include singer Ellie Goulding, supermodel Cindy Crawford, Prince Harry’s ex, actress Cressida Bonas, who is one of Eugenie’s best friends, model Cara Delevingne, singer James Blunt and George and Amal Clooney, who also attended May’s royal wedding.
The Queen is hosting an afternoon reception afterwards in the castle’s St George’s Hall, but the festivities will continue into the early hours with an evening party at the York family home.
The Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park has had a fairground set up in the garden, complete with dodgems and a coconut shy.
Members of the public will have the chance to see the newlyweds in a carriage procession through Windsor town centre.
About 1,200 members of the public have also been given balloted invites to the castle’s Lower Ward, as have charity representatives, children from Eugenie’s old schools, and royal household staff.
Broadcast footage will be live streamed on The Royal Channel and the Duke of York’s YouTube channels, and the royal family and Andrew’s Facebook pages.
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