Violets for Victoria
#OTD It's the birthday of Queen Victoria.
Kensington Palace is marking the bicentenary, the 200th anniversary, of Victoria's birth with an impressive floral display at the sunken garden. The display will include Flowers from the Victorian period, such as heliotropes, cannas, pelargonium, and begonias.
There are many plants named after Queen Victoria, including the Victoria agave. The giant waterlily, Victoria amazonica, Is also named for her. Violets were Queen Victoria's favorite flowers.
When Victoria married Albert, she broke with protocol. Instead of wearing a crown, she wore a wreath of orange blossoms.