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A queen admits to a secret in a garden inspired by seclusion

It’s a fictional tale that includes a version of a very famous consort and now Bridgerton has encouraged another queen to admit to a secret of her own.

Queen Camilla revealed she watched series one of the Netflix hit as she toured a garden inspired by the programme.

A queen who stood in for a poorly king

Queen Charlotte plays a part in the fictionalised telling of the ton but it’s the onscreen story of another character that has influenced the creation of the garden which is on display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Series three of the show puts a spotlight on Penelope Featherington and the garden depicts her transformation from quiet and shy, depicted by ferns and ivy, to confident, shown in the use of bright flowers.

The Bridgerton garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show that encouraged a confession from Queen Camilla
(Photo by Lydia Starbuck)

The Queen saw the garden on a visit to RHS Chelsea just hours before the famous show opened its doors to the public. She visited alongside King Charles as well as other members of the Royal Family including the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.

Her Majesty visited many of the installations including one of the most celebrated, the ‘No Adults Allowed’ garden which is designed by children, for children, and which aims to encourage them to learn and explore the world around them.

Queen Camilla meets familiar faces

Also on show are two models of Queen Camilla’s rescue dogs, Beth and Bluebell, and their owner posed happily beside the replicas as she visited RHS Chelsea.

Queen Camilla toured the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on the eve of its opening to the public
(Royal Family/ Instagram still/ fair use)

The King, meanwhile, was happy to be given a brand new title by several of the children showing him around the gardens. They offered him a badge saying ‘King of the Compost’, a tribute to his love of horticulture.

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from May 21st until May 25th 2024.

About author

Lydia Starbuck is Jubilee and Associate Editor at Royal Central and the main producer and presenter of the Royal Central Podcast and Royal Central Extra. Lydia is also a pen name of June Woolerton who is a journalist and writer with over twenty years experience in TV, radio, print and online. Her latest book, A History of British Royal Jubilees, is out now. Her new book, The Mysterious Death of Katherine Parr, will be published in March 2024. June is an award winning reporter, producer and editor. She's appeared on outlets including BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Local Radio and has also helped set up a commercial radio station. June is also an accomplished writer with a wide range of material published online and in print. She is the author of two novels, published as e-books. She is also a marriage registrar and ceremony celebrant.