King and Queen arrive at RHS Chelsea Flower Show to tour some special gardens
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King Charles and Queen Camilla have arrived at RHS Chelsea Flower Show to visit some special gardens created to commemorate causes close to the Royal Family’s hearts. Their Majesties are joined by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent as the President of the Royal Horticultural Society, Keith Weed, will greet them before they begin their evening tour.
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One of the gardens the royals will take in is the London Square Community Garden, designed by James Smith, which aims to bring together communities so they can relax, connect with nature and share food.
The garden also features a welcoming meeting space under a pergola with an outdoor kitchen, a big communal table inset with chess and draughts boards and individually styled upcycled chairs.
Darren Hawkes’s Samaritans’ Listening Garden has a particularly poignant meaning as it has been inspired by people who reached out to the charity for support during dark times.
The garden features suspended concrete panels and a specially designed bench on a sunken level which allows for two people to sit and have a conversation.
Mr Hawkes, who is currently training to be a listening volunteer, has designed the garden specially to mark the charity’s 70 years of helping people.
The royals will also visit the RHS and Eastern Eye Garden of Unity, designed by Manoj Malde, which celebrates the richness in the unity of cultures, traditions and backgrounds as a thriving community garden.
The King and Queen Consort will then come together for a presentation in the Garden of Royal Reflection and Celebration, which touchingly commemorates both the Coronation and the memory of Queen Elizabeth II.
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The late Queen made a special trip to last year’s Chelsea Flower Show on a golf buggy and looked radiant in pink despite her ailing health.
This year Kate, Princess of Wales made a suprise appearance at the Show to the delight of school pupils at the first-ever Children’s Picnic for the event.
Kate met youngsters from 10 different schools taking part in the RHS Campaign for School Gardening as they sat down to enjoy their food.
The picnic aims to bring gardening and nature into the lives of more children, a topic Kate has been passionate about for several years.
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In 2019, the Princess launched her RHS Back to Nature gardens at Chelsea and the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, in collaboration with the landscape architects Davies White, to draw attention to the importance of spending time outdoors in a child’s early life.
Earlier today Kate met the schoolchildren as they enjoyed a picnic at the site’s bandstand.
She then joined them on a visit to three of this year’s show gardens to take part in activities including a bug hunt, planning a home-grown meal and discovering how gardens can support wellbeing.
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