Behind the scenes at royal wedding

ABOVE: Norma with her team in London.
ABOVE: Norma with her team in London.

A BIRKENSHAW flower arranger was given a sneak preview of the wedding ceremony watched by the world last Friday.

As chairwoman of the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS), Norma was chosen to be part of the team who put together the dazzling flower arrangements in Westminster Abbey.

But while Norma was hard at work with the team last Thursday, the bride-to-be, her family, and Prince Harry were in the Abbey practising their steps for the following day.

She said: “It was surreal. She was beautiful and very natural. They attached a false train to her dress and they were timing her walking up the aisle so the crescendo of the music was at the right time, but I think she was slightly faster on the day!

“I have done flowers in the abbey several times so I feel at home there, but for the royal family to be there was a bonus.”

Norma put together the flowers around the candles at the high altar, where Kate and William stood during the ceremony.

She said: “On the television they look quite small but they were 3ft across. The scale of the abbey makes everything look tiny. The flowers were all very natural and all from the royal estates and the trees are going to be planted at Highgrove. It’s very eco-conscious. It was wonderful to be involved.”