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The Diamond Jubilee at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 | by Karen Roe
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The Diamond Jubilee at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012

The Queen and Prince Philip, 1952


Since 1913 members of the Royal Family have attended a private view on the day before the official opening of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. HM The Queen has visited Chelsea nearly 50 times during the course of her reign.


The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars.

It used to be Britain’s largest flower show (it has now been overtaken by Hampton Court), but is still the most prestigious. From the beginning it has contained both nursery exhibits and model gardens. Every year there have been exhibits from foreign countries as well as from Britain.

It is the flower show most associated with the Royal family, who attend the opening day every year.


Whatever you love about gardening, there’s something for you at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

‘Fresh’ is a brand new area that includes modern, inventive gardens with new design ideas, along with tradestands offering ingenious new products.

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Taken on May 25, 2012