Cutting of Holy Thorn for the Queen

The oldest child at St Johns School will cut the sprig. Credit: ITV Westcountry

A tradition that dates back hundreds of years to the reign of James the First is taking place in Glastonbury today.

A sprig from the town's Holy Thorn is to be cut for the Queen. It only flowers twice a year and the cutting will grace the Royal dining table this Christmas.

It's believed the original thorn grew when Joseph of Arimathea, a friend of Jesus, stuck his staff into the ground.