RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2020: The Queen shares her favourite flower to mark this year’s event

Her Majesty The Queen chose a bloom to mark the first day of virtual Chelsea Flower Show 2020.

The Queen and members of the royal family have shared their favourite flowers to mark the start of the Chelsea Flower Show online.

As patron of the Royal Horticultural Society and a familiar face at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show, Her Majesty The Queen has continued to champion this year’s virtual event.

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Image credit: RHS / Luke MacGregor

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An Instagram post released to The Royal Family account showed two images of lily of the valley growing in the Buckingham Palace gardens, as well as two images of the Queen holding the flowers – as part of her Coronation bouquet, and when she received a bunch from a member of the public.

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On the first day of the virtual Chelsea Flower Show, members of the Royal Family are taking part in the #MyChelseaGarden campaign, sharing a selection of their favourite plants and flowers at this time of year. 🌿🌸 . As this year's show coincides with #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, @the_rhs are encouraging people to brighten their social media feeds with images of plants and gardens, to provide a moment of respite in these challenging times. The Queen has chosen lily of the valley, pictured here in the Buckingham Palace gardens. Lily of the valley featured in Her Majesty’s coronation bouquet and has held special associations since. Visit our website to see #MyChelseaGarden images shared by other members of the Royal Family (link in bio). . #MyChelseaGarden #VirtualChelsea #RHSChelsea

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The accompanying caption reads: ‘On the first day of the virtual Chelsea Flower Show, members of the Royal Family are taking part in the #MyChelseaGarden campaign, sharing a selection of their favourite plants and flowers at this time of year.

‘As this year’s show coincides with #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, @the_rhs are encouraging people to brighten their social media feeds with images of plants and gardens, to provide a moment of respite in these challenging times.

Queen's favourite flower

Photography: Amateur Gardening

Lily of the valley, with its dark green leaves and bell-shaped fragrant white flowers, featured in the Queen’s coronation bouquet and has held special associations for her ever since.

Queen's favourite flower lily of the valley

Photography: Amateur Gardening

Other family members have also shared their most-beloved blooms, with The Prince of Wales choosing delphiniums.

Known for his love of gardening, The Prince of Wales said of his chosen flower: ‘For me, the magnificent, gloriously apparelled delphinium, with its impeccable bearing and massed in platoons, holds pride of place in my botanical affections.’

Queen's favourite flower lily of the valley

The Prince of Wales chose delphiniums at his favourite flower. Photography: Jeremy Young

The Duchess of Cornwall has opted for Alchemilla Mollis.

Queen's favourite flower lily of the valley

The Duchess of Cornwall has opted for Alchemilla Mollis as her favourite flower. Photography: Mark Bolton

‘This acid green fluffy-flowered plant is one of the best ever foliage plants for the garden and the vase,’ says The Duchess of Cornwall. ‘A must for every gardener…’

The Princess Royal has selected hellebores, while The Earl and Countess of Wessex chose azaleas.

You can join the #MyChelseaGarden initiative by sharing your images online.

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