Meghan Markle has followed the long time tradition as she placed her wedding bouquet on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey on Sunday.
The bouquet — filled with Forget-Me-Nots (Princess Diana’s favorite flower), scented sweet peas, lily of the valley, astilbe, jasmine and astrantia, and sprigs of myrtle, and blooms picked from the gardens at Kensington Palace by Prince Harry himself.
Meghan had just performed one of the long-term royal traditions which dates back nearly a century, starting with Queen Elizabeth’s mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who became the Duchess of York (and later Queen Elizabeth) when she married the future King George VI (then the Duke of York) in 1923.
As Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon made her way into Westminster Abbey for her wedding ceremony, she laid her bouquet on the Grave of the Unknown Warrior which is also called the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, in memory of her older brother Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who was killed in action in the Battle of Loos in 1915 during World War I.
Since then, nearly every major royal bride has had her bouquet placed at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, whether they married at Westminster Abbey or not. Queen Elizabeth did, as did her sister Princess Margaret in 1960 and her cousin Princess Alexandra in 1963. In the next generation, Princess Anne, Princess Diana, Sarah, Duchess of York and Sophie, Countess of Wessex carried on the tradition in 1973, 1981, 1986 and 1999, respectively. Kate Middleton did it following her wedding in 2011, too.
Westminster Abbey shared a photo of Meghan’s bouquet on the grave, which houses the body of an unknown soldier who died during World War I, on Twitter.