It’s Princess Charlotte in bloom!
A special Chrysanthemum, called Rossano Charlotte, was unveiled for royal eyes – and noses! – at the highly anticipated Chelsea Flower Show in London on Monday. The flower has been created to raise money for one of Princess Kate‘s key causes, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.
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The Queen and her husband walked through a dazzling floral arch that marked her 90th birthday, which is being celebrated across various events this spring. Among the striking displays: a field of 5,000 poppies, a tribute of remembrance created to mark the sacrifice of those who have fallen in conflicts around the world.
And the Queen showed her quick wit she when she joked that she had been the victim of an assassination attempt – by flower.
When herb gardener Jekka McVicar told her how lily of the valley used to be used to as a poison. “She said, ‘I’ve been given two bunches this week. Perhaps they want me dead,’ ” McVicar told reporters.
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The Queen also stopped to chat to veteran rose breeder David Austin, who is still working, like the Queen, at the age of 90.
Austin, who was born in February 1926, two months before the Queen, showed her his latest creation – a white rose called Roald Dahl.
When he told Her Majesty his age, she told him, “1926 was a very good vintage!” he shared.
This is the first time William and Kate have officially attended the celebration of horticultural color and design. Last year, Harry showed off a unique display created to honor his Sentebale charity.