For the first time ever – The Queen won’t be at the Chelsea Flower Show 2021



Press Day (a day reserved for celebrities, other VIPs, and members of the media) is taking place on 20th September. The coronavirus epidemic has forced the postponement of the world’s most prestigious gardening event from May to September, however Her Majesty, the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Patron will be absent.

This year’s celebration will formally begin on 21st September, but the Queen will remain in Balmoral Castle in Scotland as is typical at this time of year, where she’s not likely to leave until October.

The Queen looks around exhibits at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1994 CREDIT: PA
The Queen attends the 1971 Chelsea Flower Show CREDIT: PA

This year’s Chelsea Flower Show is of course historic for the RHS, being held in autumn for the first time in its 108-year history.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, and Princess Alexandra are among the Royal family members who will attend the historic autumn Chelsea Flower Show in 2021, according to The Telegraph.

The Royals at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) garden, designed by David Dodd, will be a key feature at Chelsea this year, as well as the largest plot. The garden will be unveiled by Dame Judi Dench on Monday’s Press Day. Dame Judi is an ambassador for the QGC, an initiative honoring The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 by inviting people to ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.’

Queen’s Green Canopy garden designed by David Dodd

The Queen rarely misses a performance. She first attended RHS Chelsea as Monarch in 1955, and has returned almost every year since – the last show she missed was in 2005, when she was on tour in Canada.

When the Chelsea Flower Show 2020 was canceled for the first time since World War II, the Queen sent a virtual message ahead of the rescheduled virtual show last year.

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