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The Queen visits the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018

Published 15 May 2018

The Queen is Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society which organises the event, which showcases horticultural excellence each year. 

The Queen, as Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, today attended the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show has become one of the world’s greatest showcases for horticultural excellence, attracting visitors and exhibitors from across the globe.

The event was first established in 1913, on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London and has been visited by many members of The Royal Family, including The Queen's grandparents King George V and Queen Mary.

King George V and Queen Mary

When the RHS Chelsea Flower Show opened in 1913 there were just 244 exhibitors – nowadays over 500 stalls are set up showcasing garden designs, nurseries, floristry, educational displays and trade stands.

Her Majesty will toured the gardens and viewing displays, including, 'The RHS Feel Good Garden', celebrating 70 years of the National Health Service and highlighting the positive impact of horticulture on mental health.

The Queen also saw the 'The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden', inspired by the famous Yorkshire Dales, 'The Wuhan Water Garden, China', which showcases the natural landscape of Hubei Province and The Morgan Stanley garden for the NSPCC.

Also attending The RHS Chelsea Flower Show today was The Duke of York with HRH's daughter Princess Beatrice of York, The Princess Royal, The Countess of Wessex, The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra.