Posts Tagged ‘lily of the valley’

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May Day greetings, from Queen Victoria

Yes, readers of Versailles and more get their May Day greetings from royalty… See how fortunate you are? The custom of exchanging sprigs of lily-of-the-valley, a French tradition, is also popular in England. See this lovely painting by Winterhalter. The baby in Victoria’s arms in Prince Arthur, her seventh child, and his mother’s indisputed favourite, more […]



Happy 1st of May!

Today is a holiday in France (Labor Day) and people present their loved ones with sprigs of muguet, lily of the valley. If you have plans to visit Versailles today, please note that the Palace will be closed, though the gardens will remain open. Let me add that the grounds of Versailles in themselves are […]