The RHS Chelsea Flower Show officially opens today, and it is a long-held tradition that the Queen attends the show the day before the event opens to the public. Yesterday, however the Royal Hospital Gardens in SW3 hosted not one but several members of the Royal family!
Prince Harry was one of the first attendees when the gates were opened at the grounds, joined by the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, and later on by cousins Zara and Peter Phillips. Prince Harry proudly showed them round the garden he helped design for his African charity Sentebale. The charity was co-founded by Prince Harry with the aim of helping the most vulnerable children in Lesotho, which has one of the highest rates of HIV and Aids in Africa.
As requested by the Prince, the garden, which he designed alongside award-winning landscape designer, Matt Keightley, features plants that are native both to the UK and Lesotho. The garden titled “Hope In Vulnerability – HIV” was Harry’s idea, as he was keen to encourage a positive interpretation on the disease.
Prince Harry was reportedly very nervous as he guided his father and grandmother around the garden which features a life-sized African tribal hut and footprints made from casts taken from some of the children that Sentebale has helped. But the Queen looked delighted and told Harry he should be very proud.
This is not the first design the Prince has done for the Chelsea Flower Show. His association with the show began in 2013 when he designed a poignant tribute garden to his mother, the late Princess Diana.
An estimated 165,000 people are expected to visit for the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual exhibition this week. Four Seasons wishes Prince Harry and Sentebale success in their valuable work.