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2009: Queen Elizabeth II presents Prince Charles, Prince of Wales with the Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour during a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in 2009 in London.
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In pictures: Queen Elizabeth II at Chelsea Flower Show

Published: September 9, 2022 at 1:35 pm
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Queen Elizabeth II visited the RHS Chelsea Flower Show over fifty times during her reign

Since it began in 1913, the Chelsea Flower Show has always attracted royalty. Queen Elizabeth II visited the show many times as a child and attended her first as monarch in 1952. During her 70-year reign, she attended the RHS Chelsea Flower Show more than 50 times. Here, we celebrate her love for the show with a series of pictures from her visits there over the years.

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1952

Queen Elizabeth II at Chelsea Flower Show 1952
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A Chelsea pensioner salutes Queen Elizabeth II as she tours the Chelsea Flower Show, London, 20th May 1952. The Queen is accompanied by Henry McLaren, 2nd Baron Aberconway (1979 - 1953, left).

1960

1960: Queen Elizabeth II on a tour of the Chelsea Flower Show.
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Queen Elizabeth II on a tour of the Chelsea Flower Show, London 24th May 1960.

1961

Colour photograph of Queen Elizabeth II at Chelsea Flower Show.

1962

Queen Elizabeth II at Chelsea Flower Show 1962
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Queen Elizabeth II viewing a rose bed, exhibited by 'Popular Gardening' magazine, during a tour of the Chelsea Flower Show, London, 22nd May 1962.

1973

Queen Elizabeth II at Chelsea Flower Show 1973
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Queen Elizabeth II on a tour of the Chelsea Flower Show, London, 22nd May 1973.

1975

1975: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip viewing the carpet bedding of the Royal Coat of Arms, during a tour of the Chelsea Flower Show
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip viewing the carpet bedding of the Royal Coat of Arms, during a tour of the Chelsea Flower Show, London, 19th May 1975.

1980

Queen Elizabeth II at Chelsea Flower Show 1980
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Queen Elizabeth II samples the fragrance of an 'Ann Aberconway' rose held by grower Robert Mattock (1927 - 2002), during a tour of the Chelsea Flower Show, London, 19th May 1980.

1988

Queen Elizabeth II at Chelsea Flower Show 1988
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Queen Elizabeth II visits the garden show held in the grounds of Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, 21st May 1988.

2002

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince of Wales
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles the Prince of Wales look at the 'Healing Garden', which was designed by the Prince in conjunction with designer Jinny Blom to honour the late Queen Mother, at the Chelsea Flower Show, London on the 20th of May 2002.

2009

2009: Queen Elizabeth II presents Prince Charles, Prince of Wales with the Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour during a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in 2009 in London.
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Queen Elizabeth II presents Prince Charles, Prince of Wales with the Royal Horticultural Society's Victoria Medal of Honour during a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show in 2009 in London.

2012

2012: Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea
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Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea in 2012.

2013

Queen Elizabeth II at Chelsea Flower Show 2013
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Queen Elizabeth II listens to Prince Harry as she visits his charity Sentebale, the Forget-me-not Garden, designed in conjunction with Jinny Blom (seen here on the right), at the the Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 20, 2013. This was the centenary year of the show.

2014

Queen Elizabeth II visits the WW1 Centenary garden in the Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014.
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Queen Elizabeth II visits the WW1 Centenary garden in the Great Pavilion at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014.

2015

2015: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry attend at the annual Chelsea Flower show at Royal Hospital Chelsea.
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Harry attend at the annual Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea in 2015.

2016

Queen Elizabeth II at Chelsea Flower Show 2016
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Queen Elizabeth II views a floral tribute to mark her 90th birthday, designed by florist Veevers Carter, on the New Covent Garden Flower Market stand during the Royal Visit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016.

2017

Queen Elizabeth II at Chelsea Flower Show 2017
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Queen Elizabeth II visits the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London, 22nd May, 2017. Here, Raymond Evison, of Raymond Evison Clematis, shows her some of their award-winning blooms.

2018

2018: Queen Elizabeth speaks with Ian Limmer on the Peter Beales Roases exhibition as she attends the RHS Chelsea Flower Show
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Queen Elizabeth II speaks with Ian Limmer on the Peter Beales Roses exhibition as she attends the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2018.

2019

Queen Elizabeth II and William, the Duke of Cambridge are given a tour by Catherine, (known as Kate), the Duchess of Cambridge, of her RHS Back to Nature Garden, which she designed with landscape architects Andrée Davies and Adam White of Davies White Landscape Architects at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019.

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2022

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Queen Elizabeth II smiles with garden designer Joe Swift (right) and Mark Gregory (far right), an RHS ambassador, at the 'BBC Studios Our Green Planet and RHS Bee Garden', as she toured the garden in a buggy with RHS president Keith Weed during a royal visit to RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Monday 23rd May, 2022.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth visits the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London, 2022
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Queen Elizabeth II at Chelsea Flower Show 2022.

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