Was the QOLAB crown made of winter roses? If so that means Rhaegar premeditated such a stupid move? Ugh
Hmmm this is interesting. I never considered that is was premeditated; I always thought it was a crazy coincidence that the flowers in the crown happen to be blue winter roses, found only in the north. It’s not exactly something you can have made the day before the tourney’s end. Unless they’re not just limited to the North, but the wordage in the books seems to imply that they’re something only found up north (and considering that they only bloom in winter and/or cold weather, that wouldn’t be something found in the south in the Year of the False Spring). I mean unless Ned’s memory was a false one, the product of his fever dream, there’s no reason to doubt the truth of it:
Robert had been jesting with Jon and old Lord Hunter as the prince circled the field after unhorsing Ser Barristan in the final tilt to claim the champion’s crown. Ned remembered the moment when all the smiles died, when Prince Rhaegar Targaryen urged his horse past his own wife, the Dornish princess Elia Martell, to lay the queen of beauty’s laurel in Lyanna’s lap. He could see it still: a crown of winter roses, blue as frost.
IDK if GRRM thought about that beyond the imagery of it, but yeah, it is quite a coincidence that the flower crown is made of blue winter roses and he gives it to Lyanna, who was surely familiar with them because they grow in Winterfell’s glass gardens.
But the hiccup in the “premeditated” theory is that Rhaegar had apparently no intention of jousting until the Knight of the Laughing Tree fled. He joins the lists late and suddenly. It isn’t like it’s Rhaegar’s job or even his place to request what sort of flowers should go in the crown; that’s probably the host’s job, decided ahead of time (though if Rhaegar did bankroll the tourney, he might have a say… but again, Rhaegar never intended to joust in the first place).
I’m just gonna chalk it up to coincidence and artistic license. The blue winter roses could symbolize the winter that was still playing out while everyone else thought spring had come. Blue winter roses pop up a few times, largely in reference to Jon. It’s just meant to be symbolic, I think.