Right royal bouquet

After having watched the Duchess of Cambridge receive conventional bouquets and posies (scroll to the bottom of the link for the flowers) on her recent tour of New Zealand and Australia, it was fun to see this photo of Queen Maxima of the The Netherlands and the unusual bouquet she was presented with last year when visiting the Hortus Botanicus (botanic gardens) at Leiden University.

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Photo: PacificCoastNews.com from Zimbio

Yep, those are carnivorous pitcher plants (Nepenthes spp), orchids and Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides), the perfect bouquet for a queen with an obvious sense of humour! Maxima always looks as though she’s having a great time on her royal engagements and this was no exception.

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