Royal Perfumes: Kate's Wedding Fragrance and the Queen's Scent for the Diamond Jubilee

Find out where to buy Kate's wedding perfume for your own dressing table. Or go regal like Her Majesty.

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Royal Warrant holder Floris brings back a rose-based scent from the 1920s for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. Royal Arms Diamond Edition, £99.

We could all see that Kate Middleton looked lovely, coming down the aisle of Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011. Now we know that she smelled lovely too, and it wasn't just from the romantically chosen flowers in her bouquet.

The soon-to-be-Duchess Kate was in a cloud of gardenia scent, mixed with, well, I'll let a perfume seller describe it for you: "Wisps of lily dance around the heart notes of ylang ylang, muguet (lily of the valley) and jasmine, which bring a further trio of white flowers into play. Amber wood underscores this light, fresh, modern bouquet."

illuminum-white-gardenia-petals-50-or-100ml-2733-p[ekm]190x300[ekm].jpgA bit over-the-top in expression, but what perfumer wouldn't be excited to provide The Scent of a Royal Woman?

In the mood for dancing lilies and gardenias? Spray on Illuminum's White Gardenia Petals for a reasonable £70.

If white flowers are a traditional fragrance for brides, what captures the charisma of a monarch? Queen Elizabeth's favorite flower is rumored to be the carnation with its spicy, clove aroma.

The Floris Royal Arms Diamond Edition might be coming close with "a nostalgic powdery base of amber, musk, patchouli and vanilla."

Another fragrant tribute to the Queen is Penhaligon's Jubilee Bouquet, £110. Created for her Silver Jubilee in 1977 it has stood fast in the shifting fragrance world, not unlike Her Majesty. See if these Jubilee Bouquet ingredients sound like her: "Head Notes: Bergamot, Chamomile, Cloves. Heart Notes: Jasmine, Violet, Ylang, Iris, Rose. Base Notes: Sandalwood, Musk, Moss, Amber."

jubileebouquet.jpgSeems to capture the many moods of the monarch, from crowned and opening Parliament, to head-scarfed and walking the Corgis. I confess it's a personal favorite of mine.

Perhaps you're just ready to wash your hands of the whole subject. There's a royal answer for that too. highgrove.jpg Floris' Highgrove Lavender Hand Wash, £13, named for Prince Charles' country home and made with lavender from the Queen's Sandringham estate.

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Charlotte Germane dishes the dirt on gardening in newsletters, radio shows, newspapers, and blogs. Follow her on Twitter to get the latest trowel-full of news. She live-blogged the Royal Wedding for The Morton Report and has series of royalty columns here.

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