The King and Queen have toured the Chelsea Flower Present – becoming a member of celebrities together with Dame Mary Berry, Dame Judi Dench and the celebrities of Bridgerton.

Monday’s royal go to, earlier than the occasion opens to the general public, got here days after the King grew to become the brand new patron of the present’s organisers, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), and because the monarch continued his return to some public duties whereas his most cancers remedy continues.

Highlights of this 12 months’s shows embody gardens full of drought-resilient vegetation, water storage options and inexperienced improvements, as a part of efforts to embrace sustainability and a future with local weather change.

Queen Camilla views The Bridgerton Garden during a visit to the Chelsea Flower Show.
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Queen Camilla views the Bridgerton Backyard. Pic: AP

Queen Camilla additionally seen the Bridgerton Backyard, impressed by the romantic drama’s character Penelope Featherington, performed by Nicola Coughlan, whose love story is without doubt one of the major themes of its recently-released third season.

Earlier, Ms Berry, 89, a former decide on The Nice British Bake Off, additionally took within the backyard, as did Hannah Dodd and Ruth Gemmell, who play Francesca Bridgerton and her mom, Woman Violet, within the hit Netflix sequence.

Bridgerton cast members Ruth Gemmell (left) and Hannah Dodd (right) in the Bridgerton Garden, during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. Picture date: Monday May 20, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SHOWBIZ Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
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Bridgerton stars Ruth Gemmell (left) and Hannah Dodd (proper) within the Bridgerton Backyard. Pic: PA

Dame Judi Dench positioned a seedling from the Sycamore Hole tree, which was felled in an act of vandalism final 12 months, within the Nationwide Belief’s Octavia Hill backyard.

The seedling, named by Dame Judi as Antoninus after the adopted son of Emperor Hadrian, can be on show in the course of the present.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla during a visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. Picture date: Monday May 20, 2024.
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King Charles and Queen Camilla. Pic: PA


The veteran actress, 89, additionally met with naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham.

Andrew Jasper, director of gardens and parklands on the Nationwide Belief, mentioned he hoped guests would take inspiration from seeing the seedling.

Alfie Boe performs with the Chelsea Pensioners singing group to celebrate the launch of the Harkness Roses Chelsea Pensioner rose, during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. Picture date: Monday May 20, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SHOWBIZ Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
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Alfie Boe performs with the Chelsea Pensioners singing group. Pic: PA

He mentioned: “After we first noticed the seedlings germinate, we knew there was hope for the tree’s future.”

Ms Berry additionally visited the Nationwide Backyard Scheme backyard, joined by the Chelsea Pensioners from the close by Royal Hospital Chelsea.

The TV chef is the president of the scheme, which supplies individuals entry to over 3,500 personal gardens in England, Wales and Northern Eire.

Dame Judi Dench holds a seedling in a pot from the Sycamore Gap tree in the Octavia Hill Garden by Blue Diamond, during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London. Picture date: Monday May 20, 2024. PA Photo. See PA story SHOWBIZ Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
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Dame Judi Dench holds a seedling in a pot from the Sycamore Hole tree within the Octavia Hill Backyard. Pic: PA

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Dame Joan Collins, Carol Vorderman, Dame Joanna Lumley, Gabby Logan and Bruno Tonioli had been among the many different celebrities who visited the present, which opens to the general public on Tuesday.

Sustainability is without doubt one of the themes of this 12 months’s present, with the RHS introducing a “inexperienced audit” for bigger gardens and handing out an environmental innovation award for the primary time.

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