Colombia donates royal wedding flowers

The upcoming wedding of Princess Victoria will be decorated with thousands of flowers donated by Colombia, government and business officials said Saturday.

The crown princess, 32, is set to marry Daniel Westling at a June 19th wedding in Stockholm.

Flower growers and exporters, supported by the Colombian government, will send more than 40,000 flowers – roses, carnations, hydrangeas, and irises – to the wedding, said Nubia Martinez, president of the state-run Export Promotion Fund.

“This gesture brings both countries closer and is a great opportunity for the world to learn of the beauty of Colombian flowers,” Martinez said.

“It’s a special gift for Princess Victoria from all Colombians,” she added.

Colombia is the world’s second largest flower exporter, and the main supplier of flowers to the United States, said Agusto Solano, president of the Association of Colombian Flower Exporters (Asocolflores).

Colombian flower exports raked in more than one billion dollars in 2009, according to Asocolflores figures.

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