Londoner of the Day: Royal wedding florist Shane Connolly

17:09 27 April 2011

Shane Connolly, the royal wedding florist

Shane Connolly, the royal wedding florist

Bride Kate Middleton is likely to be the most nervous person at the royal wedding but florist Shane Connolly is likely to have some butterflies too.

He has been appointed artist director of flowers for the wedding, a role that comes with huge expectations with the eyes of the world on his arrangements for the big day.

The 47-year-old flower designer said he will be treating the occasion “like any other wedding” and felt lucky to be involved after being asked by Prince William’s office in December last year.

Mr Connolly insisted fulfilling the expectations of his royal clients was his number one priority. “The pressure from the world isn’t important, it’s what they think that’s important,” he said.

He runs Shane Connolly Flowers with business partner Jamie Marlar in west London and holds a Royal Warrant awarded by the Prince of Wales, which marks him as the official supplier of flowers for royal events.

Not unfamiliar to the pressure of grand events, he was commissioned to arrange the flowers for the marriage of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in 2005.

Originally from Belfast, Mr Connolly read psychology at university before moving to London in 1986.

He then worked in research psychology for a year before deciding to pursue his passion for plants and gardens.

Mr Connolly joined London-based florist Pulbrook and Gould, where he stayed for two years before starting up his own business in 1989.

London24’s Londoner of the Day feature aims to find people in the capital who have done something special or made the news and created a talking point for the day. It can be someone famous or an unsung hero such as a charity stalwart.

If you’d like to nominate someone for a future Londoner of the Day mention you can email London24 editor Simon Bull at simon.bull@archant.co.uk

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London news

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A 13-year old girl was raped by a man after meeting him the day before in Camden.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
[Photograph by Rept0n1x/Wikimedia Commons]

Chiltern Railways trains to and from London Marylebone are experiencing delays and cancellations this morning due to signalling problems.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
[Photograph by Tristan Newkey-Burden]

A vulnerable 16-year-old girl who went missing with a 51-year-old man has been found after more than a week.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Southeastern trains are unable to travel from London Victoria to Lewisham at present [Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images]

Southeastern services cannot run between London Victoria and Lewisham this evening due to signalling problems.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
[Photograph from the Met Police]

Two men forged Transport for London (TfL) private hire licences to illegally operate as minicab drivers.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Read more