The Queen is known to enjoy gardening immensely, and she rarely misses the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show. But the Queen is likely to miss this year’s event for the first time in 16 years as she is currently residing in Balmoral, Scotland. However, several other members of the Royal Family are expected to attend the Chelsea Flower Show in her place this year. As the event returns after a hiatus due to coronavirus, here are some of the best pictures of the Royal Family at the Chelsea Flower Show over the years.
In the absence of the Queen, several members of the Royal Family attended the show’s kick-off on Monday, September 20.
Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex all paid a visit to the gardening event.
The autumnal show this year featured a giant pumpkin, which caused Sophie to reportedly exclaim “Wow! You could sit in that” after seeing.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were also in attendance for the opening day on Monday.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex at the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday, September 20
The 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show was particularly special for the Royal Family as Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, helped to design one of the gardens.
Along with Andree Davies and Adam White, the Duchess helped to design the ‘Back to Nature Garden’ which was displayed in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Kate got to show off her garden to the Queen and Prince William, as well as her three children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
The Queen, Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge at Chelsea 2019
The Queen and Prince Harry at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2015
The Queen attended the Chelsea Flower Show in 2015, as she does most years.
But for that year, the Queen was joined by her beloved grandson Prince Harry and her son Prince Charles.
The Queen and Prince Harry were pictured looking at the exhibits together and laughing, to the delight of royal fans.
The Queen and Prince Charles at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2002
Kate is not the only royal to have helped design a garden at Chelsea, with Prince Charles doing so back in 2002.
Prince Charles helped to design the ‘Healing Garden’ with Jinny Blom for the show that year.
The garden was created in honour of the late Queen Mother, and the Queen visited the garden to see the creation first-hand.
The Queen’s first visit to the Chelsea Flower Show as monarch in 1952
The Queen’s first visit to the Chelsea Flower Show as monarch occurred in 1952, the year she took the throne.
Pictures from the event show the Queen admiring a rock garden and touring the grounds.
The Queen was accompanied to the event by her husband, Prince Philip.