The Queen has marked the opening of a virtual Chelsea Flower Show by sharing a message of support for the Royal Horticultural Society. The Queen is Patron of the RHS and has sent this special message to support the society after it was forced to cancel the usual Flower Show because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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It is tradition that many members of The Royal Family would visit the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and in recent years some members of the family, in particular The Duchess of Cambridge, have become heavily involved in creating their own showpiece gardens.

The Queen said in her message, “My family and I have always enjoyed visiting the show, and I know that your members and supporters will be disappointed that they are unable to attend in person this year. As Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, I was pleased to hear that you will be providing gardening advice and virtual sessions on your website  from Monday 18th May to Saturday 23rd May.”

The Queen’s great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra, opened the Chelsea Flower Show in 1913 and even as a young girl, Her Majesty had her own garden at the Royal Lodge in Windsor Great Park and attended the RHS Flower Show even as a child.

In her message, The Queen mentioned her grandmother, Queen Mary, saying, “I am sure that my grandmother, Queen Mary, who first attended the Chelsea Flower Show in 1916, would be delighted that many people today have an enthusiasm for horticulture, and that gardening remains a popular pastime in the United Kingdom.”

The entirety of this years Chelsea Flower Show will be online and there is plenty to look forward to including:

  • BBC Presenter, Adam Frost, tour of his rural garden in Lincolnshire.
  • Join the Chelsea Pensioners tending their allotment and growing vegetables and plants.
  • A gardening Q&A with Chris Beardshaw.
  • Announcement of Chelsea Plant of the Decade and RHS Garden Product of the Year.

To find out more on how you can join in with this year’s virtual RHS Chelsea Flower Show, click here.

Photo: Guy Evans

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