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The Somerset sprig spending Christmas with the Queen

A child from St John's School cuts the sprig every year Photo: ITV News

A 400 year old tradition will be upheld in Glastonbury later today.

A pupil from St John's School will cut a sprig from the Holy Thorn in the St John's Churchyard.

It will be sent to the Her Majesty the Queen, where it takes pride of place on her dining table at Sandringham on Christmas Day.

The tree flowers twice a year, at Easter and Christmas Credit: ITV News

The Thorn is said to be unique in that it flowers and bears berries at the same time and does it twice a year.

One was planted on Wearyall Hill in 1951 to replace the tree burned in the 17th century Credit: ITV West Country