"...and they arrived in the corridor outside the Queen's apartments just as the page was serving Her Majesty's breakfast. The bouquet was duly handed to him and those who saw the Queen carrying it on the drive to the Abbey were unanimous in their approval of its beauty.
Another bouquet was provided by the Company a few days later for the State Drive of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to Guildhall to be entertained at a Luncheon given by the Corporation of London to celebrate the Coronation. In view of her inability to receive the Coronation bouquet in person. Her
Majesty was graciously pleased to receive the Master and Wardens (FA.B. Luke. Sir BruneI Cohen and Lord Nathan). with the Clerk in attendance. at Buckingham Palace on 19th May 1954. In a delightfully informal ceremony they presented a bouquet for the Queen to carry on her State Drive with the Duke of Edinburgh to Mansion House. to be entertained by the Corporation of London on their return from a tour of New Zealand and Australia.
The Presentation of "Replica" Bouquets each year on the anniversary of their respective Coronations, the late Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother had consented to accept what has usually been described as a replica of their Coronation bouquets. but in many cases has been in fact a gift of choice flowers.
In July 1916 it was reported that Messrs. Piper and Son had been unable to supply "King George" and "Queen Mary" carnations for the bouquet presented in that year (which was composed of Lady Hermione carnations. as in the original Coronation bouquet - a fact upon which her Private Secretary commented in acknowledging the gift) but that they could supply seedlings. It was decided to ask five members of the Company to grow some of these for the 19I7 bouquet. but this appears not to have been successful. for an acknowledgement from the Palace reads:
"Her Majesty understands that several of the members have tried to grow 'King George' and 'Queen Mary' carnations for the Royal Bouquet. but she fully realizes that owing to the effects of the war and the weather their efforts have been unsuccessful. The Queen trusts that under brighter conditions, difficulties may be overcome. Her Majesty is most grateful to the Gardeners Company for their charming offering and she heartily appreciates the fact that. in the midst of their anxiety and sorrow, the members continue to render this tribute of their loyalty and devotion."
The annual gift to Queen Mary was in the early years usually taken to Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle by the Master and Clerk and handed to her Private Secretary. but on a number of occasions the presentations were made in person. Thus the Minute Books show that the following per- sonal presentations took place. while others might have been recorded in those Minute Books destroyed by enemy action in 1941."
It then goes on to list the few remaining records.
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