The Princess Royal is to represent the Royal Family at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show while the Queen is set to be a notable absentee. Anne will be joined by Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex as well as the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra. Yet the monarch will miss the event for the first time since 2005, after the date was pushed back because of the pandemic.
The show, which the Queen last year admitted at the Virtual Chelsea Flower Show was one she “always enjoyed”, was moved from May to September 21, when Her Majesty is customarily in Balmoral.
Since the Queen’s 1953 coronation, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) claims she has missed just 10 Chelsea Flower Shows.
However the Queen’s daughter Anne, who is also a frequent visitor of the show, will be one of the most notable royal faces at this year’s event.
Unearthed accounts reveal that the princess once allegedly made a snide remark on the quality of the year’s show to horticulturalist Nick Bailey.
Mr Bailey, who is also a writer, told Garden’s Illustrated: “One of the funnier stories was when Princess Anne came to the edge of my garden one year.
“[She] lent over to me and whispered, ‘there’s a load of old rubbish here, but this is lovely.
“I think when the Royal Family are at Chelsea they are a little more relaxed than usual because they are en masse…