FLOWER SHOW FIRST-TIMERS: For the first time, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry headed en masse to the annual Chelsea Flower Show in London, which opens to the public on Tuesday. The royals visited the floral arch that was designed for Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday at the venue, the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
The duchess wore an emerald green Catherine Walker coat dress.
This is the first time the duke and the duchess have attended the London flower showcase. Prince Harry took part in the show when a garden was created for his charity Sentebale last year. A Rossano Charlotte chrysanthemum, created by Deliflor, and named after Princess Charlotte was also on display.
Separately, as royal patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, the duchess wrote a letter to promote Children’s Hospice Week, which begins today and runs through Sunday. The letter appeared on the website for Together for Short Lives, a charity that aids families tackling this issue.
“The amazing and life-changing support provided by children’s hospices and palliative care charities across the U.K. offers a lifeline to families under incredible pressure,” she wrote in her letter. “This support gives these families the space they need to simply spend time together, which is so important in the most difficult times imaginable.”
Last week, the duchess was in Portsmouth to launch two sailing projects run by the 1851 Trust, a charity that promotes the sport and is an affiliate of Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing.