Queen to attend Chelsea Flower Show with Princess Beatrice and Sophie Wessex

The Queen is planning to attend the Chelsea Flower Show next week it has been confirmed.

Buckingham Palace said the 96 year-old monarch is hoping to make an appearance at the event – which is a highlight in the annual royal calendar.

The Queen's granddaughter, Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's daughter Princess Beatrice, 33, is already confirmed to be attending alongside Prince Edward, his wife Sophie the Countess of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Alexandra.

Members of the royal family will visit the event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London on Monday ahead of its official opening the next day.

It is understood a decision will be made on the day as to whether the Queen is able to make it, according to the Mirror.

The Queen missed the State Opening of Parliament ten days ago due to mobility problems she has been experiencing with Prince Charles reading the Queen's Speech on her behalf.

However, she has been seen out and about several times since. On Tuesday she made a surprise visit to Paddington station alongside Prince Edward to formally open the new Elizabeth Line on the London Underground.

Last Friday she made an appearance at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and on Sunday attended the show's main event, A Gallop Through History, which was broadcast live on TV.

The Chelsea Flower Show is also said to be an event close to the Queen's heart.

She was a regular visitor to the garden show with her parents as a child and has been a royal patron for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) since 1952.

In total, she has attended more than 50 times in her 70-year reign.

Among this year's displays is The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Garden which features laser-cut steel silhouettes of the monarch, surrounded by 70 planted terracotta pots, to represent each year of her reign.

A garden by the RAF Benevolent Fund will pay tribute to the heroes of the Battle of Britain and celebrate the charity which has provided support to RAF personnel and veterans for over a century.

Whilst the royals will also be shown The Mind Garden, a colourful space designed to help people open up and will later be transported to a local Mind charity to eco-therapy for those with mental health problems.

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