Chelsea Flower Show throws its doors open to Theresa May and the Queen

That’s real flower power! Chelsea Flower Show throws its doors open to Theresa May, the Queen and celebrities as gardener’s favourite event begins

  • Famous faces Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield, Alan Titchmarsh and Joanna Lumley seen among the flora
  • The Queen is accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Royal and Princess Alexandra 
  •  Prime Minster Theresa May was shown a ‘genuine Yorkshire cowpat’ at the Welcome to Yorkshire garden area

The Queen is set to join Theresa May and a host of television stars at the opening of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show today.

Famous faces including Holly Willoughby, Phillip Schofield, Alan Titchmarsh, David Walliams and Joanna Lumley have been spotted among the flora while members of the royal family are also in attendance, fresh from the weekend’s wedding celebrations.

Her Majesty will be accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Princess Royal and Princess Alexandra, before attending a private reception.

And Prime Minster Theresa May was this morning shown a ‘genuine Yorkshire cowpat’ at the Welcome to Yorkshire garden.

Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband, Philip were among the first to be shown the ‘Welcome to Yorkshire’ garden

David Walliams looked dapper as he beamed for the camera at the opening of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show


Gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh (left) and celebrity chef James Martin (right)

Strictly Come Dancing head judge Shirley Ballas dressed for the event in her multi-coloured floral number 


Designer Paul Smith (left) and actress Joanna Lumley (right) were among the stars at the show 

Established in 1913, the flower show has become one of the world’s biggest showcases for horticultural excellence, attracting visitors and exhibitors from across the globe.

It has grown from 244 exhibitors in 1913 to more than 500 today, including gardens, nurseries, floristry, educational displays and trade stands. The show attracts 168,000 visitors.

The show is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, of which the Queen is patron.

On arrival the Queen will be greeted on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London by the President of the Royal Horticultural Society, Sir Nicholas Bacon.

She will tour the gardens and see displays, including the 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 will also see the Welcome to Yorkshire Garden, inspired by the Yorkshire Dales, the Wuhan Water Garden, China, which showcases the natural landscape of Hubei Province, and the Morgan Stanley garden for the NSPCC.

Established in 1913, the flower show has become one of the world’s biggest showcases for horticultural excellence, attracting visitors and exhibitors from across the globe.

It has grown from 244 exhibitors in 1913 to more than 500 today, including gardens, nurseries, floristry, educational displays and trade stands. The show attracts 168,000 visitors.

The show is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, of which the Queen is patron.

This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield are at the show to reveal a pink rose, which marks the programme’s 30th birthday. 

Actress Felicity Kendall talks to Chelsea Pensioner George Skipper, 95, who proudly wore his medals 

Former Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan made for an equally suave fixture in a navy trouser and waistcoat combination

Prime Minister Theresa May made an elegant appearance at the event, clad in a pair of bootcut trousers teamed with a sharp white shirt

Fresh from his epic expedition up Mount Everest, presenter Ben Fogle was joined by his wife Maria 

Alex Jones and Matt Baker made a chic entrance at the world-famous show 

Good Morning Britain’s newsreader Charlotte Hawkins looked stunning in a white floral print off the shoulder dress


Leading the glamour at the star-studded event, presenters Gabby Logan (left) and Holly Willoughby (right) were in high spirits

Dancers wowed as they put on an incredible performance in The David Harber and Savills Garden

Denis Lawson, Nigel Havers and Stephen Tompkinson put in a smart appearance in their sharp suits 


Presenter Sophie Raworth (left) and classical singer Camilla Kerslake (right) both dressed to impress in their red dresses

The flower, produced in association with Harkness Roses, was selected by This Morning’s gardener, David Domoney, for the anniversary. 

The press preview day of the annual flower show began with rapper Professor Green opening the RHS Feel Good Garden, which promotes gardening for health, happiness and well-being.

Designed by gardener Matt Keightley, the space aims to provide a contemporary and therapeutic environment which focuses on the positive impact that gardens and gardening can have on health.

The musician, whose real name is Stephen Manderson, said: ‘I know only too well how hard and hopeless it can feel when you suffer from anxiety and depression.

‘I’m opening this garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show because if being out in a garden helps people feel better or takes their mind off their worries, then that has to be a good thing.’

After the flower show, the garden will live on at Camden and Islington (C&I) NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor Green added: ‘I think the Chelsea garden living on at the Camden and Islington mental health trust is a great project that will be of real benefit to both the patients, and also the staff who work there.

‘I love my own garden and the more time people spend close to nature, away from phones and general pressure of life, the better we’ll all feel.’

 

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