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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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.
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