Simon Perry
May 22, 2017 01:20 PM

From one incredible flower display to the next!

Just two days after celebrating her sister Pippa Middleton‘s wedding to James MatthewsPrincess Kate was back to business as she joined Queen Elizabeth for the annual Chelsea Flower Show in London on Monday.

The royal mom, who wore a dark green dress with white floral detailing and her hair pulled back in a relaxed ponytail, was on hand to celebrate the best in garden design and mark the start of the summer social season.


During her visit, Kate toured several of the garden exhibits and saw the special “William and Catherine Rose,” which was named in 2012 following the couple’s royal wedding.

Kate, who has revealed her royal green thumb in the past (she likes to grow potatoes in her garden at home!), admired the display alongside other members of the royal family, including Princess BeatricePrincess Eugenie and her boyfriend Jack Brooksbank.

And Kate proved she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty — as she ate a tomato off the floor. 


BBC Radio 2 host Chris Evans offered the royal a cherry tomato from his Radio Two “taste garden” at the show. And despite dropping it on the decking, the down-to-earth princess was happy to pop it in her mouth. 

“It’s delicious and sweet,” she told Evans.

And while on the BBC Radio 2 show itself, she added: “I loved it. I’m just getting into gardening with the children.”


The royal family has their own expansive kitchen garden at Anmer Hall, in Norfolk, where they grow asparagus. But Kate revealed she has had to teach Prince George, 3, not to eat the foxgloves [wild flowers] — as they’re poisonous. 

Describing her own growing efforts, she said: “It makes such a difference when you take it from the ground.”


The Chelsea Flower Show is a key fixture in the spring-summer social season, which includes the Queen’s garden parties at Buckingham Palace and Royal Ascot horse racing festival.

It has become one of the world’s greatest showcases for horticultural excellence, attracting visitors and exhibitors from across the world and is held on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London — growing from around 240 exhibitors when it started in 1913 to more than 500 today.

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