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FACIALS AND FLOWERS: With just two days to go, wedding preparations are shifting into high gear: Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, was spotted leaving Jo Hansford, her hair colorist on Tuesday, while the Middleton sisters, Kate and Pippa, were reported to have had facials at a spa near their family home in Berkshire before heading to London on Tuesday. The London Chamber Orchestra has been rehearsing at a church near the Houses of Parliament, and spectators have already begun to set up camp near Westminster Abbey.
St. James’s Palace officials have also confirmed that Shane Connolly, the official supplier of flowers for royal events, will create the floral displays for the wedding. Connolly, who did the flowers for Prince Charles’ wedding in 2005, will direct a team of florists — including the Middleton’s family florist, Emma Sampson — who will design displays both for Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. The palace said the couple chose Connolly “owing to his reputation for producing elegant and unique displays…using seasonal, natural and organic flowers.” The display’s theme will pay tribute to “the language of flowers,” and the Victorian art of flowers signifying different meanings.
Flowers among the displays at Westminster Abbey will include blossoms, azaleas, rhododendron, euphorbias, beech, wisteria and lilac. There will also be eight 20-foot high trees growing in planters, including six English field maples and two hornbeam trees. They will be sourced from gardens including those at Windsor Great Park and the Sandringham, Queen Elizabeth’s Norfolk, England retreat. The flowers and plants will remain in position at the Abbey for visitors to view until May 6, when many of the trees will be taken to Highgrove, Prince Charles’ home, to be replanted.
And in keeping with Prince Charles’ green sensibilities, St. James’s Palace said William and Kate intend for many of the cut plants and flowers, and all the growing plants that are used in the displays, to be donated to charities or replanted.