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Queen Elizabeth Gets Nostalgic About A Favourite Royal Event In Series Of New Photos

Queen Elizabeth & The Royal Family Share Photos As A Favourite Royal Event Goes Virtual
May 18, 2020 - 23:59 / Lucas Anderson

This year's Chelsea Flower Show was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the royal family made sure it lived on in a virtual form! See the series of great photos - new and old - they shared for the day below.

The royal family marked the special virtual edition of the Chelsea Flower Show 2020 by sharing floral memories and their garden favourites.

The annual event is known as a favourite of the Queen, who is the patron of the Royal Horticultural Society. As part of the virtual event, Her Majesty named her favourite flower and revisited highlights of her years at the show.

"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," a statement provided by the Queen began.

"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."

Queen Elizabeth II's throwback Chelsea Flower Show photos

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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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The royal family names favourite flowers

In a second Instagram post on the Royal Family's Instagram page, it was revealed that the Queen's favourite flower is lily-of-the-valley, which is grown at Buckingham Palace.

Prince Charles chose the delphinium plant, while Duchess Camilla chose the alchemilla mollis. Additional historical photos of Queen Elizabeth II with flowers are included in this post as well.

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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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The royals help keep Chelsea Flower Show alive in quarantine

The Chelsea Flower Show launched on Monday, May 18, and will run with virtual events through the 23rd.

The Queen typically attends the show for its Monday festivities. But, in lieu of the in-person event for 2020, horticulture fans were treated to some royal trivia and great throwback pictures on day one.

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The world's greatest flower show is going digital to bring you an exciting line-up of world-leading designers, plant experts and practical gardening advice. Next week is Virtual #RHSChelsea! Every day next week you can enjoy new videos and inspirational articles from regular Chelsea exhibitors. We'll be bringing you tours from well-known garden designers, florists and gardening personalities of their own private gardens as they share their top design tips, favourite planting combinations and gardening trends with virtual visitors. Our online event, Virtual Chelsea, will be live on our website from 18 - 23 May. Our members will be able to access special content for Virtual Chelsea on 18 May. @mandggarden #flowershow #chelseaflowershow #virtualchelsea #rhschelseaflowershow

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