The Royals' Top 10 Floral Fashion Moments From Diana and Kate to Meghan

The royals have had a long association with floral fashions when in past centuries the symbolism behind precious blooms signified power, wealth and status.

During her youth, Queen Elizabeth II often dressed in light floral printed frocks which she has incorporated into her wardrobe and which are worn often beneath block color coats in a rainbow of shades.

In the week that the queen attended the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show, Newsweek looks at 10 of the royals' best floral fashion moments from Princess Diana to Meghan Markle.

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The royals have had a lifelong love of florals from going to the Chelsea Flower Show each year to wearing floral-print evening gowns and day dresses. Princess Diana (L) photographed April 23, 1991. Kate Middleton (C) photographed October 27, 2015. And Meghan Markle (R) photographed December 18, 2018. Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images/Chris Jackson/WPA Pool /Getty Images/Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Princess Diana - Melbourne, January 27, 1988

Princess Diana was a firm fan of florals, often wearing printed floral day dresses in her off-duty moments such as when picking up Princes William and Harry from school or watching a polo match.

One grand floral dress that the princess owned was made by her close friend and designer Catherine Walker for a visit to Australia with Prince Charles in 1988.

The dress was made of white bois de rose silk taffeta printed with blue chintz flowers and was asymmetrical in design. The princess wore the dress to a bicentennial dance in Melbourne where she and Charles took to the floor opening the dancing to the song "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller.

The dress was sold in the charity auction of the princess' most iconic gowns in 1997 for $50,600 (about $90,000 today).

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Princess Diana wore a blue and white floral evening gown by Catherine Walker to a dance in Melbourne with Prince Charles, January 27, 1988. Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images/Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images

Princess Diana - Brazil, April 23, 1991

Princess Diana wore a subtle floral-designed asymmetric gown by Catherine Walker on a visit to Brazil in 1991. The dress was made in ivory silk crepe with pale pink sequins arranged in the form of abstract cherry blossoms.

The dress was included as lot 65 in the 1997 auction of the princess' dresses raising $26,450 for charity.

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Princess Diana wore a Catherine Walker evening gown in a pale pink cherry blossom pattern to a dinner on a visit to Brazil, April 23, 1991. Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

Meghan Markle - Invictus Launch, Australia House, London, April 21, 2018

Meghan Markle favored block colors and simple elegance for her working wardrobe as a member of the royal family but occasionally she too would select floral print pieces to inject some variety to her style.

For a reception launching the Australian Invictus Games in London, Meghan opted for a green floral print Self Portrait dress with ruched detailing and cut-out panels.

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Meghan Markle wore a Self Portrait floral print dress to an event at Australia House, April 21, 2018. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images/Karwai Tang/WireImage

Meghan Markle - Fiji University, October 24, 2018

Meghan, like other members of the royal family before her, understood that when on a royal tour, dressing with your surroundings in mind takes on greater importance.

On a visit to a university in Fiji during her 2018 tour of the South Pacific with Prince Harry shortly after their May wedding, Meghan wore a floral print dress from the brand Figue. The florals on the dress were highlighted against the lush Fijian vegetation as the royals met well-wishers on a walkabout.

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Meghan Markle wore a floral print dress on a visit to Fiji as part of her wider South Pacific tour, October 24, 2018. Samir Hussein/WireImage/Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Meghan Markle - Royal Variety Charity Residential Nursing Home, December 18, 2018

For a visit to the Royal Variety Charity Residential Nursing Home in December 2018, Meghan, pregnant with her first child, Archie, wore a paneled floral print dress by the brand Brock Collection. The dress featured a print of bunches of flowers against a white silk ground.

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Meghan Markle wore a floral print dress by Brock Collection for a visit to the Royal Variety Charity Residential Nursing Home, December 18, 2018. Samir Hussein/WireImage/Geoff Pugh/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Kate Middleton - Gala Dinner, October 27, 2015

Kate Middleton's wardrobe of florals is vast as she has accumulated pieces throughout her 11-year marriage, never afraid to select pieces with bold and sometimes clashing prints.

Many of these dresses have been made by one of Kate's favorite designers, Erdem. Headed by British designer Erdem Moralıoğlu, the brand takes inspiration each season from florals from around the world.

In 2015, Kate wore a striking floral Erdem gown in pink and blue to a charity gala hosted by women stockbrokers.

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Kate Middleton wore an Erdem floral print dress to a charity gala in London, October 27, 2015. Samir Hussein/WireImage/Chris Jackson - WPA Pool /Getty Images

Kate Middleton - Diana Garden, August 30, 2017

The year 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana in a Paris car crash. To commemorate the occasion, Kensington Palace planted a memorial garden in white blooms made up of some of the princess' favorite flowers.

To open the garden with Prince William and Prince Harry, Kate wore a Prada floral print dress in green and orange which bore a resemblance to the style of dresses Diana favored in the 1980s

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Kate Middleton wore a floral print dress by Prada to open the memorial garden to Princess Diana at Kensington Palace, August 30, 2017. Samir Hussein/WireImage

Kate Middleton - Chelsea Flower Show, May 20, 2019

To the Chelsea Flower Show in 2019 Kate wore an Erdem design for a special royal reception which saw the duchess greet the queen and guide her around a special woodland garden that Kate had helped design.

The Erdem dress complimented the color scheme of the garden and featured lace band details and fluted elbow-length sleeves.

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Kate Middleton wore an Erdem floral print dress to the Chelsea Flower Show where she showed Queen Elizabeth II her woodland garden. May 20, 2019. Geoff Pugh/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Kate Middleton - South Wales, August 5, 2020

On a surprise visit to Wales in 2020 with Prince William, Kate wore a beautiful cornflower blue day dress in a delicate floral print by designer Emilia Wickstead.

Kate has been a loyal Wickstead client over the past 11 years and the designer also found favor with the royal's sister-in-law Meghan Markle who wore an emerald green Wickstead design on her final engagement as a full-time working royal in March 2020.

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Kate Middleton wore a floral print Emilia Wickstead dress on a visit to South Wales, August 5, 2020. Ben Birchall/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II - Windsor Castle, March 23, 2022

The queen's love of florals began in childhood where her mother would dress her two daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret, in matching floral Liberty print dresses.

Today the monarch has reinvented her childhood dresses to form a part of her modern working wardrobe. On an engagement at Windsor Castle on March 23, the queen appeared wearing a yellow floral print dress which was shown to full advantage against the stark regal background of St George's Hall.

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Queen Elizabeth II wore a yellow floral print dress to view displays at Windsor Castle, March 23, 2022. Steve Parsons/WPA Pool/Getty Images
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