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British royals visit Chelsea Flower Show

The Queen, alongside Prince Philip, the Duchess of Cambridge, Princesses Beatrice, Eugenie and Alexandra, as well as Sophie Wessex, toured the gardens of the Chelsea Flower Show before the gates of the yearly festival opened to the public.

The royal party was greeted by Sir Nicholas Bacon who serves as the President of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Princess Alexandra also made an appearance. Photo: @RoyalFamily/Twitter

The royals who visited the event were then shown a selection of this year’s displays and had a chat with many of the exhibitors including Chris Evans and Mary Berry.

The Queen was spotted talking to Mary Berry, who teamed up with Chris Evans to create their garden. Real royalty met baking royalty as The Queen was pictured talking to Mary Berry. It is thought The Queen was a fan of The Great British Bake Off.

The Countess of Wessex at the Chelsea Flower Show. Photo: @RoyalFamily/Twitter

This year’s Chelsea Flower Show will host over 500 exhibitions and is believed to have attracted a crowd of over 150,000 visitors from all around the world. The event sold out two weeks before the gates opened on the 23rd of May, and the event will conclude on the 27th of May.

The Queen serves as the patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, the organisation responsible for organising the event. During her reign, she has attended all but 12 of the flower shows

Before entering the gates to the event, which is hosted within the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, visitors will be greeted by 15,000 white, pink and purple carnations that surround the pillars to the entrance.


The event is a spectacular display of the beauty of nature. It takes 800 people 33 days to build the show from start to finish.

Some highlights from previous years include the Irish Sky Garden made by Diarmuid Gavin; the garden was suspended in the air. In 2016, 300,000 individually crocheted poppies went on display in a touching remembrance tribute.

Credit: Kent Wang, Flickr, (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Highlights from this year include a garden set in an “urban landscape.” For the first time in the 104-year-old show, a garden will feature street art. Radio 2’s Feel Good Garden is modelled around the five senses and provides a sensory experience.

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