An empty seat was noticeable next to Prince William inside St. George’s Chapel as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tied the knot on Saturday — but it wasn’t for the reason many people believe.
Viewers who tuned into the royal wedding questioned whether the seat was reserved to honour the late Princess Diana. In reality, though, the seat was simply kept empty so Queen Elizabeth had a perfectly clear view of the proceedings from the second row, WHO has learned.
The Queen didn’t need the accommodation at Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s 2011 ceremony, however, as she was seated in the front row then.
Although the reserved seat wasn’t to honor Harry and William’s mother, the bride and groom carried on her memory at the ceremony in another way: using their lavish floral arrangement as a tribute to Diana.
The couple enlisted the help of floral designer Philippa Craddock to create the unique display.
The arrangement was filled with branches of beech, birch and hornbeam, as well as peonies, foxgloves, and one of Diana’s favorite flowers — white garden roses.