A piece of the Isle of Wight has played a very special part in the Royal Wedding today (Saturday).

Myrtle has been grown at Osborne for about 170 years, and Meghan Markle joins a long line of royal brides to include it in their wedding Bouquet, since the tradition was introduced by Queen Victoria in 1858.

The flower grown from the same plant at Osborne has gone on to feature in the bouquets of several generations of royal brides – including Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, and the Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton.

English Heritage Head Gardener Toby Beasley said:

“Osborne’s myrtle is a plant steeped in history. Foliage from the unassuming shrub has played a part in royal weddings for 160 years, and it’s a real honour to keep this tradition going today.

Our team of gardeners have carefully tended the myrtle to ensure that, in spite of the cold winter, it is at its best for the Royal Wedding. It is a joy to know that a small part of our beautiful garden on the Isle of Wight has been included in the celebrations.”