Her Majesty The Queen, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, TRH The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall and TRH The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester will today attend the Chelsea Flower Show for its 100th anniversary.
The Royal Family always attend the show on the Monday before it opens to the public. For its past 100 years running, the event has always been a favourite of many members of the Royal Family, past and present.
King George VI’s love of rhododendrons and The Queen Mother’s love of magnolias drove them both to keep coming back to the flower show, continuing a royal tradition established when Queen Alexandra attended the first Chelsea Flower Show with her sister the Dowager Empress of Russia and her unmarried daughter, Princess Victoria.
Now, The Queen and the Royal Family carry on this tradition to this day and every year visit the flower show on the Monday before it opens to the public.
Her Majesty isn’t participant in any of the council meetings for the flower show, nor is she involved in planning it – it is largely just its place as a royal favourite, not as a vested interest of The Queen’s.
This year, HRH Prince Harry has his own garden at the flower show, designed by Jinny Blom for the Prince for his charity Sentebale, the garden is said to reflect Prince Harry’s experience of losing his mother.