English Heritage is offering an exclusive opportunity to celebrate the Royal wedding in the graceful and majestic surroundings of Osborne House and grounds on April 29. Islanders and Island visitors are invited to watch Prince William exchange vows with his new princess in Westminster Abbey live on a big screen on the lawns at Osborne House.
The ‘congregation’ of watchers before the big screen on the Durbar Lawn will also be presented with a special button hole of Osborne House Myrtle to wear and there will be patriotic Union Jacks to wave on sale.
Wedding watchers can take their own picnic and a rug to relax and watch the ceremony at Westminster Abbey unfold on the big screen, but there will also be special celebratory refreshments including picnic boxes and local champagne and wine by the glass to purchase.
Or you could opt for a themed cake and afternoon tea package in Osborne’s café and Terrace Restaurant where there will also be ‘pageboy’ and ‘flowergirl’ themed meals for children.
The lawns at Osborne, which witnessed another great royal love story take shape, between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert 175 years ago, will be a fitting setting to watch the romantic day unfold. Becoming part of the historic occasion, visitors will view live coverage of the event on a 10 metre square big screen, against the special backdrop of Victoria and Albert’s royal retreat, from 10am on Friday April 29.
Myrtle button holes are being offered because the plant has long associations with royal weddings and with Osborne, and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Queen Victoria was given a nosegay of myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother in 1845 and a sprig was planted on the terraces at Osborne, where it and its progeny still grow. Royal bouquets have traditionally included a sprig of myrtle from the original Osborne plant to signify the innocence of the bride.
A selection of top quality souvenirs will be on sale including Myrtle plants and fine bone china Royal Wedding Commemorative items decorated with platinum and 22 carat gold. Also fun ‘street party’ items including egg cups, mugs, tea cosy’s and teapots will be on offer.
The house and gardens where Victoria & Albert’s love was allowed to blossom in private will also be open for viewing (no food, drink or large bags allowed).
Osborne’s grounds will be open from 9.30am-6pm. House open from 10am-5pm. Normal admission prices apply: adults £11.50, concessions £10.40, children £6.90, family ticket £29.90. Open 10am-6pm.