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Fragrance for a Royal bride

Might Kate Middleton follow in Diana's footsteps and choose Houbigant as her wedding day fragrance?

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Quelques Fleurs perfume by Houbigant

Diana, Princess of Wales, scented her wedding day with the floral fragrance Quelques Fleurs from the historic perfumer Houbigant, the family-run founders of French perfumery.

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Whether Kate Middleton carries on the tradition when she walks down the aisle at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011, remains to be seen. But she’s already wearing Diana’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring. And Prince William has made it clear he wants his mother to be there in spirit although she cannot be there in person.

So maybe Quelques Fleurs will be her wedding fragrance of choice. Here’s the story behind the classic perfume.

The House of Houbigant dates from 1775, when Jean-François Houbigant hung a handpainted sign of a flower basket over his little shop on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris. It wasn’t long before his fragrant creations found favour with royalty and nobility including Marie-Antoinette, the wife of Louis XVI. Houbigant became perfumer to all the royal courts.

In 1912 the wedding fragrance Quelques Fleurs was launched, becoming a perfume classic. It is a floral composition created from a bouquet of jasmine, rose, tuberose, carnation and ylang-ylang, gently warmed by precious sandalwood, and blended with powdery orris and musk, giving a fresh, warm, powdery scent.

Quelques Fleurs Parfum 15ml £190; Eau de Parfum from 30ml £45. Stockist: The Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie, 5th Floor, Harrods 0207 893 8797 or call 01420 489 700 for stockists nationwide.

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