From King George V and Queen Mary paying a visit in the 1930s, to a young Princess Elizabeth attending with her parents and later attending herself as monarch over her 70-year reign, it's been a long tradition for royals to attend the garden show at the Royal Chelsea Hospital in London.
Several senior members of the Royal Family attended with the late Queen over the years, and Kate even curated her own garden in 2019.
As for this year, the Princess of Wales took part in the first ever children's picnic, marking the first time in the Chelsea Flower Show's 110-year history that the Royal Horticultural Society's (RHS) Campaign for School Gardening were invited to bring pupils along to the event.
The 41-year-old mother-of-three wore a two-toned pink shirt dress by Me+Em, paired with her go-to summer shoes, a pair of Castañer espadrille wedges.
Later, King Charles III and Queen Camilla returned to the annual garden show on its opening day to inspect Charles's first official sculpture since becoming king.
Sculptor Keziah Burt created the bronze bust for the Royal Tribute Garden, this year called The Garden of Royal Reflection.
It was designed by Dave Green, an RHS gold medal winner, by combining the gardening tastes of both the king and his mother, the late Queen Elizabeth, in celebration of the coronation of Their Majesties King Charles and Queen Camilla, and also in memory of the late Queen Elizabeth, herself a big fan of the Chelsea Flower Show.
Bristol resident, Burt, coincidentally started working on the impressive bust on the day the late Queen died in September 2022. The artist was inspired to start a sculpture of the then Prince Charles following the success of her sculpture of the late Queen for the National Army Museum last year.
The bronze bust and stand, which weighs 15kg and comes in at 23ins tall and 8ins wide, is open to the public to view at the Chelsea Flower Show and will be available for purchase for an estimated £20,000 after the show.
The king and queen also visited other garden highlights including the Samaritans’ Listening Garden and London Square Community Garden.
As the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show opens for another year, we take a look back at the history of the Royal Family attending the annual garden show over the years.
A couple who quit the UK to retire early in Lanzarote say they are now "living the dream" mortgage-free in the sun. Helen and Stephen Walker decided to take the plunge after a horrid year in which three people close to them died. They quit their property business, sold their three-bed semi in Cosby, Leics., and relocated to Yaiza, a town on the Canary island. Helen, 56, and Stephen, 55, are now financially free and spend their days exploring and relaxing. They say they'd never have been able to retire in the UK at their age - but life is much cheaper in Lanzarote. Helen said: “We’re living the dream. We never got a break at home. “We could never afford to take early retirement in the UK." Helen and Stephen rarely went on holiday as they were self-employed. And, even when they were away, they’d be answering phone calls and messages. But one year Helen convinced Stephen to come away on holiday to Lanzarote 0 and they fell in love with the place. She said: “We came to Lanzarote and loved it so much. “We were walking straight out to sea and he turned around and said 'I could live here'. “I said I could live here as well.” With Brexit in motion, Helen and Stephen then had to act fast if they wanted their dream to become a reality. They became more determined to go for it after losing three friends and family members in one year. Helen said: “We lost three people in that year. We thought 'We need to do it now. “We can’t think about the kids here – we’re going before grandchildren. Otherwise we’d never do it.” They found it hard to leave their children behind but their youngest daughter, Kate Walker, now 22, went to live with their son James Sorrell, 29. Helen said: “We put the house on the market. “In December 2019 we travelled all down the island looking at where we wanted to live. “We found a newbuild in Yaiza and thought ‘this is the place’.” The couple sold their UK home for £225k, and bought the three-bedroom Lanzarote property for £220k. They moved out in January 2020 and purchased the empty property in February – before lockdown hit in March. Helen said: “Luckily we had the kitchen done before lockdown.”. The pair have since spent around €40k renovating their home in Lanzarote – and have no mortgage and low bills. They were shedding out £650-a-month on a mortgage, and £230 for their gas, electric and water bills in the UK. Helen said: “There’s no mortgage and no finance. It’s a lot cheaper here to live. I could never retire in the UK.” The retired couple spend their days going on walks around the island, going for a coffee and lunch together and having chilled evenings in front of the TV. They go out for food or drinks when friends are visiting and around once a week together. Helen said: “Our fitness is fantastic. We do 8,000 to 10,000 steps a day. “We travel around the island. We can travel from one end of the island to the other in 45 minutes. “My view is the Timanfaya national park. The language barrier is a problem sometimes but we’re learning Spanish.” Helen has “no regrets” but does miss her kids. She said: “It’s just lovely but I miss my children. Taking my kids to the airport after a visit is the hardest thing. “I cry and cry. But we’re only a four hour flight away.” Helen said Lanzarote has now become a home for the couple. She said: “We’re never bored. There’s always something to do. This is my home.”
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