Queen visits RHS Chelsea Flower Show in first official engagement since Royal Wedding

Her Majesty is patron of The Royal Horticultural Society.

The Queen joined the Prime Minister Theresa May and a host of television stars for the opening of the most famous flower show in the world.

Dressed in a baby pink Stuart Parvin coat with a diamond brooch and white gloves, the Monarch looked relaxed and happy as she was welcomed on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London by the President of the Royal Horticultural Society, Sir Nicholas Bacon.

In keeping with the floral theme, the Monarch was invited to walk along a floral carpet instead of a traditional red carpet.

She was accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Princess Royal, the Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice and Princess Alexandra.

The Royal Family has visited the Chelsea Flower Show annually since it was opened by Queen Alexandra in 1913.

Queen Elizabeth has only ever missed two years of the show since she was crowned.

Ingrid Seward, Editor in Chief of Majesty Magazine, took to Twitter saying: "Her Majesty looking lovely at Chelsea Flower Show."

The Queen was seen admiring the roses on display, many of which matched with her coat.

She was then taken on a tour of the gardens, which this year includes the RHS Feel Good Garden.

The Feel Good Garden celebrates 70 years of the National Health Service and aims to highlight the positive effect of horticulture on mental health.

Following a short tour of the exhibit, Her Majesty will attend a private reception in the evening.

The Chelsea Flower Show opens to members of the Royal Horticultural Society on Tuesday May 22 at 8am and members of the public on Thursday May 24.

Show guests can will be able to explore the Great Pavilion, which will house 100 displays from the world’s best nurseries and florists.

There is also a range of show gardens to give visitors inspiration for their own outdoor spaces.

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

From hosting 244 exhibitors in 1913, it has now grown to over 500, including nurseries, gardens, floristry, as well as educational and trade stands.

More than 168,000 people are expected to descend on the show this year.


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