LIFE MATTERS MEDIA STAFF
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gifted flowers from their Royal Wedding to St. Joseph’s Hospice in London.
Flowers that adorned St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on Saturday were a “very special delivery,” the health care facility posted on social media.
Thank you @philippaflowers and Meghan and Harry for the #royalwedding flowers. All our patients got a stunning bouquet and the hospice smells and looks gorgeous. An amazing gesture, you're all very kind ❤ pic.twitter.com/o7YbUOslxC
— St Joseph's Hospice (@StJoHospice) May 20, 2018
“A big thank you to Harry and Meghan and florist Philippa Craddock,” St. Joseph’s wrote in a post that went viral on Facebook. “Our hospice smells and looks gorgeous. Such a lovely gesture.”
Prince Harry reportedly hand-picked the flowers for his bride’s bouquet, which included white roses and forget-me-nots from the private garden at Kensington Palace.
The “beautiful bouquets” were extra special for 89-year-old Pauline Clayton, who at 19 worked for royal dressmaker Norman Hartnell and helped embroider the wedding dress of Queen Elizabeth II, according to the BBC.
“I really liked working for the Queen Mother and I helped to make many of her dresses during my 20-year career with Norman,” she told the network. “With my royal connections it’s such a lovely coincidence to be at St. Joseph’s and receive these wedding flowers.”
The hospice has a long history of royal connections, having been visited by Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana, CNN reports. The hospice was founded in 1905 with support from Queen Alexandra and Princess Victoria.
Hospice aims to provide comfort care and pain management rather than aggressive treatments- usually for terminally ill patients with six months or less to live. Hospice is most often used when curative treatments are no longer effective.