The Secret Meaning Behind The Flowers Placed On Queen Elizabeth II's Coffin

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Photo credit: CHIP SOMODEVILLA - Getty Images
Photo credit: CHIP SOMODEVILLA - Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II's coffin is currently lying in state at Westminster Hall in London, where it will remain until her funeral on Monday.

The coffin—which made its way through Scotland and Edinburgh before heading to Buckingham Palace a final time—has been adorned with multiple floral tributes since her death on September 8.

Ahead, we track the meaning of each tribute.

September 14: Westminster Hall

For a procession that brought the coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, the late monarch's casket was draped in the Royal Standard, or a flag that represents the sovereign, according to The Independent. Additionally, the Imperial State Crown was perched on top of a velvet cushion and placed next to a wreath of flowers.

The wreath was composed of pine from the gardens at Balmoral and lavender from Windsor, according to The Independent. It also included white roses, dahlias, rosemary, and pittosporum. Generally, white roses are regarded to symbolise innocence and reverence.

Photo credit: CHIP SOMODEVILLA - Getty Images
Photo credit: CHIP SOMODEVILLA - Getty Images
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Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

September 12: Edinburgh

While her coffin traveled along the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, it was adorned with a different floral arrangement. At the time, the royal family announced that the wreath was made up of dahlias, sweet peas, phlox, white heather, and pine fir, all of which were gathered from the monarch's Balmoral estate. The Daily Mail reported that it additionally included white and green spray roses, freesias, button chrysanthemums, dried heather, spray eryngium, foliage, rosemary, hebe, and pittosporum.

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Photo credit: JANE BARLOW - Getty Images

This arrangement seemed to honour the queen's late husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away last year. Per Hello! magazine, Queen Elizabeth personally selected the wreath that was placed on his coffin. It featured white lilies, roses, freesia, wax flower, jasmine, and sweet peas, the last of which represent farewells and departures.

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Photo credit: DANNY LAWSON - Getty Images

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