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GALLERY: Royalty arrives in borough as Prince Edward visits winners of last year’s Bexley in Bloom

PUBLISHED: 12:13 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:13 12 July 2017

Prince Edward toured the borough on July 11, viewing last year's Bexley in Bloom winners

Prince Edward toured the borough on July 11, viewing last year's Bexley in Bloom winners

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The visit took place yesterday

Green-fingered Bexley residents swapped their gardening gear for something more formal this week as royalty arrived in the borough.

Prince Edward, earl of Wessex, toured the borough visiting last year’s winners of the Bexley in Bloom competition.

After travelling around the borough, the Queen’s youngest son arrived at Ruxley Manor Garden Centre in Sidcup, where was given a personal tour by managing director James Evans.

Staff and customers alike spoke to the prince as he was shown around and met youngster’s from Grace’s Day Nursery, who presented him with a Syringa shrub.

Mr Evans said of the visit: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to greet the prince and to be able to introduce the patron of the Royal Horticultural Society to local community members who take such care and effort with their own gardening activities.

“His involvement in gardening and horticulture is a great example of why we strive to participate and run community events such as this year’s Ruxley in Bloom.

“The children from Grace’s Day Nursery relished the chance to meet a member of the Royal family and will remember this for years to come.”

This year, Bexley in Bloom has been renamed as Ruxley in Bloom, which has new been closed to new entrants.

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