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Chelsea Flower Show was celebrating its centenary and the Queen, in a lavender Karl Ludwig boucle coat, and her family turned out in force to mark the occasion, not least because Prince Harry was exhibiting for the first time.
Following in the footsteps of his father Prince Charles, who designed a garden for the show in 2002, Harry proudly showed his grandparents, father and stepmother, and countless other relatives around his B&Q Sentebale Forget-me-not garden, created to promote his African Aids orphans charity and in memory of his mother Princess Diana.
The third in line to the throne played host as a succession of royals came to admire the garden, created by designer Jinny Blom, who also helped Charles build his Chelsea exhibit 11 years ago. It was
“This is the great garden designer!” said Charles when he spied his younger son. “This is the great garden, is it?” After all this effort, I wondered if it didn’t exist.”
Charles, 64, was taken with a large round stone at the centre of the garden, which features flowers from the southern African kingdom of Lesotho, where Harry’s charity Sentebale does most of its work. He thought it might be a dance floor. “Shall we dance? Does it spin around?” he asked.
Harry, however, was keen to do a deal to offload some of the surplus garden products when the show finishes at the end of the week.
”If there’s anything that you might like, we can probably come to a deal,” he told his father, a keen gardener. “You can’t have it but we can probably come to a deal.
“A deal?” exclaimed his father in mock surprise, as Camilla congratulated Harry on raising $1 million for Sentebale from a single polo game in Connecticut at the end of his US tour last week.”It was one of those things. I just turned up for lunch, gave a speech, jumped on a horse and then jumped on a plane,” he said.
As Harry talked to Charles and Camilla, his grandfather Prince Philip turned up, to the surprise of all. “You’re supposed to be looking at strimmers and tractors, grandpa,” the 28-year-old Prince said. “I didn’t know you were coming. Fantastic.
Hopefully you like it. You’ve been coming here for so many years, your opinion is highly regarded. Are we going to see any of this at Sandringham or Balmoral?”
Earlier, his cousins Zara Phillips and Princess Beatrice came to see the garden.
“I think it’s really beautiful and I like the story behind it,” said Beatrice, 24.
“Beatrice was lovely. She’s a really nice girl,” said Jinny, the designer, who was delighted to bring in a younger generation of royals to the show.
“People always think gardening and horticulture are for old gits,” she added.
Harry was delighted to see so many relatives. “They’re queuing up!” he said.
His last visitor was the Queen, surrounded by security guards, friends and advisors and her grandson strode manfully across his garden to come and greet her. The Queen liked the greenery in the garden and observed tartly that Charles could do with some of that in his stumpery at Highgrove.
Standing on the stone circle, which is decorated with hearts and crowns, Harry pointed it out and told her: “Pa thought it was going to spin round – but sadly it doesn’t.”
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