The British royal family attended the Chelsea Flower Show in London last evening, which has a particular royal theme this year to mark the 90th birthday of the Queen.
Over 100 years old, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is considered one of the world’s greatest showcases for flowers and plants, attracting visitors from around the globe each year.
The Queen’s significant birthday is a theme at this year’s event. One highlight includes a three-metre high, two and a half tonne tribute in the shape of the Queen’s head featuring 10,000 flowers.
Also in attendance at the opening evening was The Queen’s son Prince Andrew and his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
And, for the first time as a couple, Price William attended with his wife Kate Middleton, who saw a flower named in honour of their daughter Princess Charlotte.
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The couple admired the new pink and green Rossano Charlotte, named after their daughter. The flower will be sold in Waitrose supermarkets in the UK, with profits going to a children’s hospice.
Amongst the gardeners showing this year at Chelsea is Irish gardener Diarmuid Gavin, who is hoping to win gold again, having scooped it in 2011 for his suspended “Sky Garden”. His design this year “English Eccentrics” has courted controversy for the inclusion of a rusty garden shed, which his neighbouring exhibitor has objected to.
Other well-known faces in the crowds, included newly-wed media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his wife Jerry Hall, who wore a floral dress for the occasion.
Another highlight of the show, which continues into the weekend, is the art installation on the grounds of the Royal Hospital of a field of poppies, made of knitted flowers, as a tribute to members of the British armed forces lost in battle.