Prince William and Kate Middleton Spent a Staggering $1.1 Million on Their Wedding Flowers

Prince William and Kate Middleton had one of the most-watched weddings of the century — possibly of all time — when they were married in 2011. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stopped at nothing to make their day absolute perfection, no matter the cost.

Flowers are certainly an important part of any wedding, and these two stopped at nothing to have the most perfect arrangements — and spent a whopping $1.1 million in the process.

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton holds her “sweet William” bouquet as she kisses Prince William shortly after their wedding ceremony in 2011 | Anwar Hussein/WireImage

William and Kate’s wedding cost a fortune

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge didn’t spare any expense to create the wedding of their dreams. William and Kate first started dating in 2002, and nearly a decade had passed before they finally walked down the aisle. So when the time finally did come, the two went above and beyond to make sure they had the most incredible day.

Kate Middleton’s dress cost an estimated $434,000, all of which was paid by her parents, Michael and Carole Middleton. The couple also spent about $80,000 on each of their two wedding cakes, plus a staggering $32 million on security. The wedding total came to more than $34 million.

The two spent $1.1 million on wedding flowers

It’s hard to imagine spending $1.1 million on an entire wedding, let alone just the flowers. But Kate and William wanted their day to look picture perfect, and that required the perfect floral setup. The aisle of Westminster Abbey was lined with trees; there were six English Field Maple trees and two Hornbeam trees. According to Town & Country, each of the trees stood at about 20 feet high.

Shane Connolly, a London-based floral designer, handled everything floral for the couple’s wedding, including Kate’s bouquet, which had a hidden message to her husband.

Florists deliver flowers to Westminster Abbey in preparation for William Kate's wedding in 2011
Florists deliver flowers to Westminster Abbey in preparation for William Kate’s wedding in 2011 | Sang Tan/AFP via Getty Images

Kate’s bouquet featured Sweet William in honor of her new husband

Kate walked down the aisle with a bouquet fit for a queen. It was subtle yet beautiful and featured flowers such as myrtle, lily of the valley, and hyacinth. The myrtle was significant, as its stems had been planted by Queen Victoria all the way back in 1845.

It was one flower, though, that truly caught the attention of attendees. The bouquet was filled with white blooms of sweet William, a flower meant to honor her new husband. The bouquet was subtle in color; it was only green and white, but it was elegant enough to fit in with Kate’s dress and accessories.

William and Kate have been married for nine years.

The royal family is worth an estimated $88 billion total

Though the royal wedding might have seemed over the top in its cost, it was hardly a drop in the bucket for the family overall. Each member of the royal family is worth millions, and their overall net worth is estimated around $88 billion; Forbes factored in the family’s concrete assets along with the value of the family brand to arrive at that number. Queen Elizabeth has the highest personal net worth, estimated around $530 million.

It’s no secret that the royal family is insanely wealthy. But breaking down the massive cost of William and Kate’s wedding shows just how much money the queen and her relatives actually have.