Buckingham Palace confirms the Queen will attend the Chelsea Flower Show
The queen will be at the Chelsea Flower Show for a royal preview this afternoon before the official opening tomorrow, Buckingham Palace has confirmed after a last-minute decision was made for her to attend.
The head of state has targeted the world-famous event in London organized by the Royal Horticultural Society, of which she is a patron, more than 50 times in her 70-year reign, but her recent illness made her presence uncertain.
But Buckingham Palace has now confirmed that the final decision has been made that he will attend the event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea despite his mobility problems, having said last Thursday that he still hoped to visit the event.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra were already confirmed attendees for this afternoon.
Earlier, a royal source told MailOnline that it was still the Queen’s ‘intent’ to attend and that she was ‘on her way to London’, adding that ‘it was ‘most likely’ but ‘these things are played out day by day. and hour by hour’.
Sue Biggs, director general of the Royal Horticultural Society, said this morning that the Queen is “the most special person to us” and there were tributes to her long reign “everywhere you go” around the show.
Queen Elizabeth II unveils a plaque to mark the official opening of the Elizabeth Line at Paddington Station in London on May 17, 2022
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Garden, a design surrounded by 70 terracotta pots each planted with lilies of the valley created by Simon Lycett, and representing each year of her reign, is on display today during press day at the Chelsea Flower Show
Plans for a floral sculpture portrait of the Queen that will be among tributes to the monarch at the Chelsea Flower Show
Plans of a monument in the middle of forests that will be among the tributes to the Queen in the celebration of her Platinum Jubilee
Plans for ‘Natural Perspectives’ which pays homage to the Balmoral area and features the image of the Queen in pressed petals
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today program this morning: ‘There’s a whole cross section of different firms. So we had a signature, which is a painting just for one member of the Royal Family, of her favorite flowers, and that’s what we have on display today. And the Queen is the only queen in history to have three signatures painted on her.
“So we hope she’s well enough that she can come see us today, and we hope to see her and show her the signing later this afternoon, which will be great.”
Sue Biggs, director general of the Royal Horticultural Society, said today that the Queen is ‘the most special person to us’
“But you can’t walk through this spectacle, whether you’re in the incredible 39 gardens or the 80 exhibits in the Great Pavilion, to see everyone’s love for the Queen and tribute to the Queen on this very, very special occasion. special. ‘
She said other tributes included one from renowned florist Simon Lycett, who has created many arrangements for the Royal Family, and has designed a special silhouette of the Queen in the official Platinum Jubilee shade of purple.
It will be covered on both sides with a variety of British native tree branches with internal connected shelves arranged with 70 terracotta pots, handmade in Warwickshire, and planted with lily of the valley, one of the Queen’s favorite plants which appeared in her coronation bouquet.
Mr Lycett told the Daily Telegraph it would be “absolutely overwhelming and magical” if the Queen saw her tribute in person, adding: “It would be totally special and a delicious cherry on top of what is already quite a beautiful cake.”
Her Majesty was unable to attend the State Opening of Parliament on May 10. However, she was in good health to attend the Royal Windsor Horse Show on May 13 and then, on May 17, she opened London’s new railway line, the ‘Elizabeth Line’. , which has been named in her honor and will open to the public tomorrow.
The Queen’s surprise appearance to inaugurate the line at Paddington station, which will start operating to and from Abbey Wood tomorrow, boosted hopes that she may join the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend festivities.
The queen is shown around a display with the Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in May 2019.
The Queen smiles as she looks at a display of roses during her visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in London in May 2018.
Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in London in May 1971. The Queen has been Royal Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society since 1952 and, as a child, regularly attended the garden show with her parents.
Visitors will also be transported to one of the Head of State’s favorite haunts in honor of her 70 years on the throne, with a setting inspired by the colors of the Balmoral countryside.
Florist Simon Lycett said it would be “absolutely overwhelming and magical” if the Queen saw her tribute in person today.
An installation by floral designers Veevers Carter will feature a flower canopy including fresh Delphiniums, emulating the colors and plants of the Scottish landscape near the Royal Family’s Balmoral Castle estate in Aberdeenshire.
The area, Natural Perspectives, will offer visitors an “ambient soundscape” and visual projections of wildlife, leading up to a full-scale portrait of the Queen made from pressed dried flowers that have been collected and reused from previous events. of the designers. .
In the Great Pavilion of the show, the monument will be surrounded by an exhibition of photographs of the Queen visiting the show during her reign.
With a calm and serene environment, it will be contrasted with a color palette of white, green, purple and blue plants to reflect the hues found in natural forests.
An arch of royal emblems reminiscent of a country lawn from Lucy Vail Floristry will decorate the Bullring Gate.
It will include three wicker wreaths covered in sweet peas and bountiful columns of foxgloves, geraniums and irises.
Members of the royal family traditionally walk through the gardens of Chelsea. Among the exhibits will be The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Garden, which will feature laser-cut steel silhouettes of the monarch, surrounded by 70 planted terracotta pots, representing each year of her reign.
The RAF Benevolent Fund Garden will remember the Battle of Britain to celebrate the support the charity has provided to RAF personnel, veterans and their families for over 100 years.
Preparations for the Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London are shown last Wednesday
A worker at The Mind Garden designed by Andy Sturgeon, during the weekend before the Chelsea Flower Show 2022
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Royals will also be shown The Mind Garden, which provides a colorful place for people to connect and open up. You will then be transported to a local Mind organization, which will provide ecotherapy for people with mental health problems.
The garden extravaganza returns to its May dates for the first time since the pandemic. In 2021 it was held in September, for the first time on the show, and in 2020 it was cancelled.
The Queen has been the Royal Patron of the RHS since 1952 and, as a child, regularly attended the Garden Show with her parents.
Helena Pettit, Director of RHS Gardens and Shows: ‘This year’s RHS Chelsea will be particularly special as we celebrate Her Majesty’s historic anniversary and the show returns in May after the pandemic.
“These imaginative floral tributes are a fitting and joyful representation of a truly unique monarch, and we hope visitors will enjoy seeing them on show in the run-up to the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.”