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The Royal wedding florist: Philippa Craddock

Self-taught florist to use seasonal flowers for down-to-earth designs

Florist Philippa Craddock, who has been chosen to create the floral displays for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, is pictured in her studio on March 29, 2018, in London.
Florist Philippa Craddock, who has been chosen to create the floral displays for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, is pictured in her studio on March 29, 2018, in London. (Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

London florist Philippa Craddock will be using white garden roses, foxgloves and peonies to decorate St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle for the royal wedding of the year.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are allowing Craddock to use seasonal flowers and plants -- such as branches of beech, birch and hornbeam -- from the gardens of the Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park.

Aside from being the preferred supplier to the Kensington Palace, Banqueting House and Hampton Court Palace, Craddock's list of prominent clientele also includes the houses of Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Hermes and Jo Malone.

Craddock, a self-taught florist with a down to earth approach, opened her Central London business in 2009. She also has a studio in Fulham and a shop in Selfridges' Foodhall.

Craddock advertises her preference for fair-trade farms and avoidance of foam and plastic, and also makes regular donations to Drop4Drop, a charity with water well projects in India, Uganda, Mozambique and the Philippines.

After the wedding, the Kesington Palace announced the flowers will be distributed to local charities. Craddock usually donates them to Floral Angels, a charity that distributes the flowers to hospices and charities in London. 

 

 

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Berries and roses

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Our incredible head of events, Jemimah, joined us recently with strong project management and leadership skills, she like everyone in our team is naturally kind, has a strong work ethic, is truly customer focussed and of course has a love of flowers. But prior to joining us, no previous hands on floristry experience. I truly believe with the right attitude, desire to succeed and with the right support around you (including an amazing team with many years of event floristry experience!), anyone can excel in floristry (for that matter, any dream role). This design is one of Jemimah's recent creations (from concept to production) and testament to exactly that idea. Design created for one of our couples at the beautiful Ockendon Manor, Sussex @hshotels #nailedit #teamwork #philippacraddock

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Roll on 2017..... #exciting #flowers #florists #newyear

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