The florist was chosen twice to create bouquets for the late Queen Elizabeth II
A TALENTED florist has shared her pride at being chosen twice to create bouquets for the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Angela Smith was asked to make a bouquet for the late monarch for her Diamond Jubilee visit to Inverclyde in 2012.
She was working at Parklea Branching Out at the time and was thrilled to have the opportunity to provide an arrangement for the Queen.
Angela, 66, who now works for the Royal Horticultural Society, said: “I was delighted when I was asked to do something so important.
“I felt honored and quite nervous – it’s special to be asked to create a bouquet for the Queen.
“I was so proud when I saw her holding the bouquet in Greenock.
“She kept it for quite a while, so she must have liked it.”
Angela, from Langbank, is a community outreach assistant with the HRH and runs workshops for community development groups and schools.
The Diamond Jubilee was not the first time she received the Royal Seal of Approval.
When she was an apprentice to Renfrew District Council in 1983, she had the honor of making arrangements for the Queen during a visit to Paisley.
She says she feels privileged to have been chosen twice to create a flower arrangement for such a special person.
Angela, who is also a West of Scotland organizer for RHS, said: “It was such a privilege to be asked as an apprentice to deliver the bouquet to the Queen.
“I thought it would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I was so thrilled to be asked a second time.”
Angela said she was heartbroken by the Queen’s passing and decided to make a bouquet using flowers from her own garden as a personal tribute.
She told Tele: “I was extremely sad, devastated.
“The Queen was very special and so dedicated to her work.
“The fact that she spent her last days in her beloved Scotland made me very emotional.”