08:01AM, Thursday 17 October 2013
The Queen finally saw the Jubilee Arches for herself as she returned from church on Sunday.
Although she was unable to attend the the official unveiling of the six willow arches created on the Long Walk in honour of the 60th anniversary of her Coronation, the Queen was clearly determined to have a good look.
Her Land Rover passed straight through the arches - which are supported by steel structures - as she returned from church, giving her a chance to admire them at close quarters.
Beautiful plants that were part of the Queen's Coronation display on the Long Walk are up for grabs this weekend.
Royal fans who want a permanent momento are invited to go to Plantify on the Vansittart Trading Estate, Windsor on Saturday between 10am and 2pm. The plants that were woven into the six willow crowns on either side of Cambridge Gate will be on sale for as little as 50p each.
Money raised will go towards the Coronation Legacy Fund, set up by the Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society. Appropriately for the Queen's diamond celebrations, the fund will send one young person through horticultural college for each of the next 60 years.
The Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society supervised the whole display, which also included the six massive arches made up of willow trees.
The project manager Susann Laughton said: "This are the last few days for the arches and we are starting to
remove the willow later this week, taking down the steel structures next week."
The six main 4.5 arches that spread across the Long Walk - are each worth about £20,000. Five have been bought privately but one has been permanently acquired by the Royal Borough for display behind Alexandra Gardens.
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