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The royal wedding bouquet: A modest affair

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Kate Middleton's bridal bouquet

Kate Middleton carried a small bouquet down the aisle at Westminster Abbey. Was it grand enough for such a momentous occasion?

Kate Middleton will not be throwing her bouquet at the royal wedding reception, and it's a good thing because the wee little decoration would immediately be lost in the throng of single aristocrats!

Kate Middleton's bridal bouquet

Kate's bridal bouquet is a small, understated affair, much tinier than the cascading piece carried by her late mother-in-law Princess Diana at her own nuptials.

According to the royal press release, "The bouquet is a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. The bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly and draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers."

The bouquet is extremely small in comparison to the beautiful, sweeping gown Kate Middleton -- now Prince William's wife complete with the titles of Earl and Countess of Strathearn -- is wearing, but the tiny blooms echo the delicate lace on the bodice of the dress.

Image courtesy Anthony Stanley/WENN

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