Butterflies are widely considered to be the most popular piece of symbolism and decorative feature of the Victorian Era. This was due to the fact that Victorians considered the butterfly a representation of the soul and because Queen Victoria went through a period of grieving after losing her husband.
Queen Victoria’s interest in what happens after death led her to embrace the symbolism of butterflies. The belief during the time, that essentially continues to this day, was that the soul escapes the body and flies up and away after death. Butterflies are a beautiful representation of this belief, as they begin the final part of their lives after going through metamorphosis.