Here you thought the Royal Couple was having a nice, simple, "austerity times" luncheon. Well, did you know that their wedding cake actually contains secret messages in the flowers? That those flowers are actually code?
Okay, it's not as sinister as that. Kate and Will's wedding cake -- the fancy one, not the silly chocolate "biscuit" groom's cake -- was decorated with 17 different flower designs all symbolizing different meanings according to the Language of Flowers. (There's a Language of Flowers? Is that what wee English fairies speak?) Keep reading to find out what Kate the Great's cake said.
Famed pastry chef Fiona Cairns used the Joseph Lambeth Method of cake decorating, a fancy way of piping 3D images and designs on a cake. It has eight tiers and took five weeks to make, which begs the question: how does a cake that old taste? Well, it's fruit cake inside, so, you know... Oh, never mind that. We all know wedding cake tastes like sawdust to every bride, and anyway, what's up with the flowers?
Here they are, the flowers of merry England and their language of love for the new couple:
- Acorns, Oak Leaf: Strength, endurance
- Apple Blossom: Preference, Good Fortune
- Daffodil: National symbol of Wales, new beginnings
- Daisy: Innocence, Beauty, Simplicity
- Honeysuckle: The Bond of Love
- Ivy: Wedded Love, Marriage
- Jasmine (White): Amiability
- Lavender: ardent attachment, devotion, success, and luck
- Lily-of-the-Valley: Sweetness, Humility
- Myrtle: Love
- Orange Blossom: Marriage, Eternal Love, Fruitfulness
- Rose (Bridal): Happiness, Love.
- Shamrock: National symbol of Ireland
- Sweet William: Grant me one smile
- Thistle: National symbol of Scotland
- White Heather: Protection, Wishes will come true
- White Rose: National symbol of England
Speaking of that daffodil, symbol of Wales, the young couple will be living in Northern Wales after the wedding. I think Kate will need all the strength and endurance (acorns, oak leaf) she can get to remain her own person in the Royal Family. And come on, can you resist "granting one smile" for that Sweet William?
Shockingly enough I was NOT granted a press pass to the event in order to snap my own photos, a slight I am still trying to overlook! See images of the real Royal Wedding Cake via the British Monarchy's Flickr Account. Ah the modern age, when even the creaky old British Monarchy has a Flickr account!
Image above via Afroswede/Flicker