Chelsea Flower Show

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The Chelsea Flower show is one of many things relocated online this year, with a message of encouragement from its patron. Buckingham Palace also shared a gallery of Her Majesty attending in years past and some of the hats are wonderful:

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The Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show is moving online for the first time. 🌸💻 . Visit @the_rhs for a unique timetable of events from Monday 18th to Saturday 23rd May, including gardening advice and virtual sessions. The RHS have been supporting gardeners old and new, with more people than ever accessing the advice pages on their website over recent weeks. Her Majesty has been Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society since 1952 - she first attended the show as Monarch in 1955, and has visited almost every year since. The Queen has today sent her best wishes to all those associated with the RHS: ‘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. . ‘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.’ . #RHSChelsea #VirtualChelsea #ChelseaFlowerShow Images: ©️ @the_rhs Lindley Library

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Jump over to this post to see all the hats (and hairnets!) Queen Elizabeth has worn to the Chelsea Flower Show since first attending in 1952

To kick off this year’s virtual Flower Show, which coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, members of the Royal Family joined in the #MyChelseaGarden campaign, sharing their favourite plants and flowers. Since flowers are such a huge part of royal hats and we all need some encouragement, let’s take a peek, starting with the Queen’s favourites:

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On the first day of the virtual Chelsea Flower Show, members of the Royal Family are taking part in the #MyChelseaGarden campaign, sharing a selection of their favourite plants and flowers at this time of year. 🌿🌸 . As this year's show coincides with #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, @the_rhs are encouraging people to brighten their social media feeds with images of plants and gardens, to provide a moment of respite in these challenging times. The Queen has chosen lily of the valley, pictured here in the Buckingham Palace gardens. Lily of the valley featured in Her Majesty’s coronation bouquet and has held special associations since. Visit our website to see #MyChelseaGarden images shared by other members of the Royal Family (link in bio). . #MyChelseaGarden #VirtualChelsea #RHSChelsea

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Princess Alexandra: 

Duke & Duchess of Gloucester

The Earl and Countess of Wessex

Princess Anne
Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

I thought this was charming and I hope it brightens your day.

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2 thoughts on “Chelsea Flower Show

  1. So lovely! The first photo reminds me so much of the Vancouver artist by the (unfortunate?) name Agent X. I have a limited print by him in my living room, though I wasn’t ballsy enough to go for the one with the Queen’s profile. I adore all the floral choices, and props to Camilla for picking a good foliage/filler plant!

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