Queen plans to attend the Chelsea Flower Show with Princess Beatrice and other royals
The Queen is hoping to attend the opening of the annual Chelsea Flower Show next week alongside other royals including her granddaughter Princess Beatrice and daughter-in-law Sophie Wessex
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The Queen is hoping to attend the Chelsea Flower Show next week alongside other royals, including her granddaughter Princess Beatrice, Buckingham Palace has announced.
Members of the royal family will attend the event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London on Monday before it officially opens the next day.
Prince Edward, Sophie Wessex, Beatrice, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra have all been confirmed to attend.
However, it is understood that a decision will be made on that day as to whether the 96-year-old monarch, who has mobility issues, can walk.
Members of the Royal Family traditionally tour Chelsea Gardens.
Exhibits include the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Garden, which will feature laser-cut steel silhouettes of the monarch surrounded by 70 terracotta planted pots representing each year of her reign.
The RAF Benevolent Fund Garden commemorates the Battle of Britain and celebrates the support the charity has given to RAF staff, veterans and their families for over 100 years.
The royals will also be shown The Mind Garden, which offers a colorful space for people to connect and open up.
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It is later transported to a local Mind organization that offers ecotherapy for people with mental health issues.
The garden extravaganza returns to its May dates for the first time since the pandemic.
The Queen has been the Royal Patron of the Royal Horticultural Society since 1952 and was a regular visitor to the garden show with her parents as a child.
During her 70-year reign, she has competed more than 50 times.
The announcement of her possible appearance comes after the Queen has been out and about several times over the past week – despite mobility issues.
Last Friday she performed at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and on Sunday she took part in the main event of the televised show ‘A Gallop Through History’.
Meanwhile, she made a surprise appearance at Paddington Station earlier this week to officially open London’s new Elizabeth Line.
Her Majesty met key staff on the Crossrail project, as well as Elizabeth Line staff who will run the railway – including apprentices, drivers and station staff.
The Earl of Wessex was due to mark the completion of the line named in Her Majesty’s honour, but the monarch, aware of the engagement, decided to attend at the last minute.
A few weeks ago, however, she withdrew from attending the State Opening of Parliament, leaving it to her heir, Prince Charles, to read the Queen’s speech for the first time.
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