Chelsea Flower Show 2013: 100 years of royal approval – The Telegraph

May 20, 2013

According to The Telegraph:

For a century Chelsea Flower Show has benefited from royal approval. The Queen now follows in her predecessors’ footsteps… and visits Chelsea on the Monday of show week, invariably in company with members of her family.

…for 100 years, the show and its royal visitors have performed a mostly harmonious duet, in part thanks to the conservatism that shapes the show’s vetting process and exhibitor guidelines.

For a Royal family that occupies a number of historic houses, it is inevitable that gardening tastes should be essentially mainstream and largely conservative.

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Queen Alexandra attended the first Chelsea in 1913 with her sister the Dowager Empress of Russia and her unmarried daughter, Princess Victoria.

Queen Alexandra attended the first Chelsea in 1913 with her sister the Dowager Empress of Russia.

Queen Mary with a group at the show in 1913

Queen Mary with a group at the show in 1913

Hats at the 100th Chelsea Flower Show 2013.  Photo courtesy of Pauline Reeder

Hats at the 100th Chelsea Flower Show 2013. Photo courtesy of Pauline Reeder

 

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