King Charles beams with major honour, shares emotional message

Sophie read a personal message from King Charles during her trip to Italy

By Web Desk
May 20, 2024
This visit follows Charles's appointment as patron of The Royal Horticultural Society

King Charles and Queen Camilla beamed during their debut at the Chelsea Flower Show. They were welcomed to the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds in London on Monday afternoon.

This visit follows Charles's appointment as patron of The Royal Horticultural Society, a role previously held by his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, until her passing.


During their visit, the King and Queen will meet with growers, designers and horticulturists from the UK.

The royals will also be taken around The RHS No Adults Allowed Garde, the first garden in the show’s history to be designed by children to encourage young people to try gardening to help the planet and have fun.

The monarch will then visit the Moroto no IE garden featuring a tumbling waterfall and The Addleshaw Goddard Junglette Garden by Mike McMahon and Jewlsy Mathews.

The Queen looked regal in a blue dress matched with beige sandals while the King stepped out in a navy suit.

The green-fingered monarch has a long-standing history with the RHS and has regularly attended the Flower Show over the years.

The late Queen, who was Patron of the Society since her accession to the throne in 1952, also frequently attended the show during her 70-year reign.

Last year there was a special show dedicated to the late Queen’s favourite plants while commemorating King Charles’s reign and Coronation.

Keith Weed, President of the RHS, spoke about the King’s commitment to environmental issues and love of gardening.

He said: “As an advocate for the planet and champion for environmental issues, we are thrilled and honoured that His Majesty The King is our Royal Patron.

Gardening is a labour of love for the monarch who has spent much of his life and has transformed his garden at Highgrove using organic practices.

Charles has previously stated that the gardens at Highgrove are to “please the eye and sit in harmony with nature.”

In 2007, the King published a book, The Elements of Organic Gardening, explaining his beliefs about sustainable gardening and experiences in his own gardens.

For the unversed, the Duchess of Edinburgh Sophie marked the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cassino this weekend.

She read a personal message from King Charles during her trip to Italy.

Sophie read the monarch’s message of remembrance during a ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cassino over the weekend.

The message from the monarch read: “80years ago, the Battle of Monte Cassino concluded with an Allied victory which opened the Road to Rome and marked the beginning of the end for the occupation of Italy.

“The actions of the courageous men and women who achieved success here were vital to enabling the landings in Normandy a few weeks later.

“On this 80th Anniversary, let us pause to reflect on the immense sacrifices made by so many for the cause of freedom in Europe - perhaps ever more poignant today."