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The Royal Wedding Goes Sustainable

Prince William and Kate Middleton have already made it clear that they want to add their own touches to their wedding: they're bucking the traditional sit-down breakfast before the ceremony for a more casual buffet-style reception and asking for charitable donations rather than gifts. Now it seems that approach extends to the day's flowers and greenery.

The couple wants their floral arrangements to be sustainable and beautiful, without seeming over the top. Kate has requested the bulk of the floral displays be centered around live, growing plants rather than cut flowers and is also requesting that the plants come mainly from royal estates. An avenue of trees in planters will line the path leading to the altar; azaleas, wisteria, beech, and lilac will also be planted around the abbey. After the ceremony, the flowers and plants will stay behind for the public to view until May 6, and then they'll be replanted.

What do you make of Will and Kate's sustainable approach to wedding flowers? Is it a thoughtful detail, or just a meaningless gesture?

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