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Queen hopes to attend Chelsea Flower Show on Monday – less than week after she opened Elizabeth Line

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The Queen is due to attend the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday if she feels well enough – less than a week after her surprise appearance to officially open the Elizabeth line.

The 96-year-old monarch, patron of the Royal Horticultural Society, hopes to visit the famous gardening event on May 23 at the Royal Hospice Chelsea to see the exhibits which celebrate her platinum jubilee.

Since the Queen’s coronation in 1953, Her Majesty has missed around 11 Chelsea Flower Shows, according to the RHS – the most recent being last year’s Autumn Flower Show, which was the first in her 108 years of history due to the Covid pandemic.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Princess Beatrice, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra are also expected to attend the annual event.

The iconic floral show will feature laser-cut silhouettes of the Queen, surrounded by 70 planted terracotta pots, representing each year of Her Majesty’s reign.

Established in 1913, the flower show has become one of the world’s largest showcases for horticultural excellence, attracting visitors and exhibitors from around the world.

It has grown from 244 exhibitors in 1913 to over 500 today, including gardens, nurseries, florists, educational exhibits and trade stalls. The fair attracts 168,000 visitors per year.

The Queen’s planned appearance comes after she was shown how to top up an Oyster card on Tuesday during a surprise visit to Paddington station to officially open the Elizabeth line with Prince Edward – days after her appearance was canceled at the official opening of Parliament due to ‘mobility issues’.

Queen Elizabeth II planting a tree during a visit to Salvesen Gardens, a housing development for disabled veterans in Edinburgh in 2015

Queen Elizabeth II planting a tree during a visit to Salvesen Gardens, a housing development for disabled veterans in Edinburgh in 2015

Pictured: Her Majesty is shown around 'Back to Nature' by Prince William and Duchess Catherine of Cambridge at the Chelsea Flower Show in London in May 2019

Pictured: Her Majesty is shown around ‘Back to Nature’ by Prince William and Duchess Catherine of Cambridge at the Chelsea Flower Show in London in May 2019

Since the Queen's coronation in 1953, Her Majesty has reportedly missed around 11 Chelsea Flower Shows, according to the RHS - the most recent being last year's Autumn Flower Show which was the first in her 108 years of tenure. history due to the Covid pandemic

Since the Queen’s coronation in 1953, Her Majesty has reportedly missed around 11 Chelsea Flower Shows, according to the RHS – the most recent being last year’s Autumn Flower Show which was the first in her 108 years of tenure. history due to the Covid pandemic

Members of the Royal Family will attend a private reception before leaving the show and will be greeted by the President of the Royal Horticultural Society, Keith Weed, before touring the gardens and viewing the exhibits.

The RQAF Benevolent Fund Garden – reminiscent of the Battle of Britain to celebrate the support the charity has provided to RAF personnel, veterans and their families for over 100 years – is among the many features that will be presented to the royal family.

Helena Pettit, RHS Gardens and Shows Manager, said: ‘We look forward to seeing the return of an RHS Chelsea Flower Show spring in 2022 and to welcoming our visitors again after a two-year wait.

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“The show is packed with stunning gardens and inspiring displays and, with an abundance of wildlife-friendly plantings, we won’t be the only ones buzzing!”

The 96-year-old, who now rarely performs public engagements outside her royal residences, was using a cane to assist her when she opened the Elizabeth line on Tuesday.

Pictured: Queen Elizabeth at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2010

Pictured: Queen Elizabeth at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2010

Members of the Royal Family will attend a private reception before leaving the show and will be greeted by the President of the Royal Horticultural Society, Keith Weed, before touring the gardens and viewing the exhibits.  Pictured: Her Majesty at Paddington Station in London, to mark the completion of the Elizabethan Line

Members of the Royal Family will attend a private reception before leaving the show and will be greeted by the President of the Royal Horticultural Society, Keith Weed, before touring the gardens and viewing the exhibits. Pictured: Her Majesty at Paddington Station in London, to mark the completion of the Elizabethan Line

Her Majesty has purchased a limited edition Elizabeth line Oyster card.  It had already been supplemented with five pounds for the Queen, who rarely carries cash

Her Majesty has purchased a limited edition Elizabeth line Oyster card. It had already been supplemented with five pounds for the Queen, who rarely carries cash

Her Majesty has purchased a limited edition Elizabeth line Oyster card. It had already been supplemented with five pounds for the Queen, who rarely carries cash.

Her Majesty also delighted the crowds as she made her way to her seat on the first of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations last weekend to watch a performance at the Royal Windsor Horse Show alongside equestrian, military and music from all over the world.

A Crossrail worker showed how the ticket machine worked before the monarch asked where passengers could travel.

Dressed in sunshine yellow, the Queen arrived in Paddington at 11:32 a.m., cautiously stepping out of the transparent lift while holding a cane and smiling warmly.

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Unveiling a plaque saying she had “officially opened” the Elizabeth Line, the monarch spent 10 minutes in the station before heading off in a lift, escorted by her son Edward. The Earl then returned to the hall ahead of a return journey on the Paddington Railway to Tottenham Court Road.

Pictured: A Crossrail worker showed how the ticket machine worked before the monarch asked where passengers could go

Pictured: A Crossrail worker showed how the ticket machine worked before the monarch asked where passengers could go

Unveiling a plaque stating that she had

Unveiling a plaque saying she had ‘officially opened’ the Elizabeth Line, the monarch spent 10 minutes in the station before heading off again in a lift, escorted by her son Edward (left)

Her attendance was not publicly announced in advance, as the head of state faces ongoing mobility issues, but organizers have been told it is possible she could attend.

But in a major clue an hour and a quarter before Edward’s arrival, Transport for London removed a plaque saying it had opened Crossrail and replaced it with one eight inches lower bearing the Queen’s name .

After the Queen’s visit, the Prime Minister told guests: ‘We are all incredibly touched, moved and grateful to Her Majesty for coming to open the Elizabeth Line today. It was fantastic to see her.

Announcing the Queen’s attendance, a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “In a happy development, Her Majesty The Queen is attending today’s event to mark the completion of the Elizabeth Line.”

“Her Majesty was aware of the engagement and the organizers have been advised of the possibility that she may attend.”

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