Princess Charlotte of Cambridge had her first flower named after her: a unique pink and green chrysanthemum produced by Dutch company Deliflor, the world’s largest chrysanthemum breeder.
The flower, which will be presented at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, a fixture in the spring royal calendar, is helping to raise funds for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), a charity of which the Duchess of Cambridge is royal patron.
Part of the Rossano chrysanthemum family, the Charlotte chrysanthemum has baby pink ray petals with unique pale green tips. Deliflor posted a photo of their new flower on Facebook a few days after the birth of Princess Charlotte on 2 May 2015, launching a competition to name it. The new Princess seemed an obvious choice, so the Rossano Charlotte was born! The proud new parents were even presented with a bouquet shortly after the birth.
EACH will receive 50% of all royalties from the exclusive sale of the Charlotte chrysanthemum during the 2015/16 season, a “very generous gesture” for which the charity has expressed its gratitude.
The Charlotte chrysanthemum is of course only the latest in a long series of flowers and plants named after members of the Royal Family.
In 2014, it was Prince George’s turn to have a flower named in his honour: the Georgie Boy daffodil, unveiled by Walkers Bulbs at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It has white overlapping petals surrounding a bright yellow corona and seems a particularly apt floral tribute to a young boy who will, in due course, become Prince of Wales, as the daffodil is a Welsh floral emblem.
Before that, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were shown the Vanda William Catherine, a white and pink orchid, during their Diamond Jubilee tour of Southeast Asia in September 2012. The hybrid was created in their honour at the National Orchid Garden in Singapore, and a visit there was one of the highlights of the royal couple’s first day in the country.
In addition, over the years numerous flowers have been named in honour of the Queen, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Prince Charles, Diana, Princess of Wales, Princess Margaret and other senior royals. While certainly far less glamourous than a beautiful bloom, the popular King Edward potato variety was introduced in 1902, the year of the coronation of King Edward VII, and is believed to have derived its name from the event.
Photo credits: with permission from Deliflor Chrysanten via Facebook.