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Alan Titchmarsh helps launch willow archway to mark Queen's Coronation

Alan Titchmarsh helps launch willow archway to mark Queen's Coronation

Justin Burns

Alan Titchmarsh helps launch willow archway to mark Queen's Coronation

Gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh was guest at a ceremony to launch the Coronation Arch in Windsor that has been created to mark the Queen's 60 year reign.

Project creators the Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society held an event to open it on Saturday.

The floral arch is part of a six-piece, one for each decade, nine metre (30ft) willow walkway planted on the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park.

The display also features six willow crowns, with three on either side of Cambridge Gate, each holding a new breed of disease-resistant elm surrounded by floral rose columns.

Ribbons were then cut to mark the opening by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant Jeffrey Branch and Air Marshall Ian Macfadyen, the Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle.

Project brainchild and society chairman Andrew Try wrote to the Queen, the society's patron, to seek her permission for the display.

He said the idea came to him after looked into royal history and discovered arches were built to celebrate royal reigns.

Mr Try said at the launch: "We dedicate the arch to Her Majesty and it has been created in her honour."

The arch was designed by RHS gold medal winner John Warland.

Mr Warland, said the Queen gave her approval for the design and she has seen the creation and thanked them for their work.

The 35-year-old said: "It is a modern design using a traditional craftsmanship, and a modern arch for a modern monarchy."

Broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh MBE said the design reflected the role of the monarchy in the British landscape and hailed its Britishness.

He said: "The arch is beautiful and a wonderful gateway to Windsor and it is privilege to be here today."

The arch took two months to create, with 10 people weaving it 12 hours a day and it will stay up for two weeks.

It will be sold off to raise money for the society's legacy fund to pay the education of one young horticulturist each year for 60 years.

For more pictures pick up a copy of this Friday's Express.

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