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Monday, 02 May 2011 03:55

The aisle at Westminster Abbey was transformed into an "avenue of trees" up to 25ft tall for the royal wedding.

Six field maples and two hornbeams flanked the route to the altar as a part of Kate Middleton's floral plans.

Almost 30,000 flowers, most taken from Windsor Great Park's Valley Gardens in Surrey adorned the abbey on Friday, including azaleas and blossoms.

Wedding florists say the choice of white, green and cream foliage reflects the bride's English country style.

Artistic director of flowers, Shane Connolly, said: "The theme was that everything was from the estates and that everything was English, that everything was seasonal, and all along Catherine had asked that it all be in a neutral colour.

The floral decorations and trees  will be left in the same place to be seen by the public until Friday, May 6, 2011. After that date, the trees will be taken and then planted in the beautiful estate of Prince Charles, Highgrove Gardens.

The couple called the Belfast-born florist Shane Connolly in London, which uses only organic flowers, seasonal and cuts but that does not keep them in their pots.

Highgrove garden tours can be booked online - visit the Highgrove website: http://www.highgrovegardens.com

Royal Wedding Florist: Shane Connolly Flowers: 7, Bracewell Road North Kensington London W10 6AE

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